Earl Dwire (October 3, 1883 – January 16, 1940), born Earl Dean Dwire, was an American character actor who appeared in more than 150 movies between 1921 and his death in 1940.

Earl Dwire
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Dwire in The Lucky Texan (1934)
Earl Dean Dwire

(1883-10-03)October 3, 1883
Missouri, U.S.
DiedJanuary 16, 1940(1940-01-16) (aged 56)
Resting placeLos Angeles National Cemetery
Years active1921-1940
Spouse(s)Ruth Dwire
Elizabeth Alice Maddeaux (1923-1940) (his death)[1]

Dwire acted for three years in stock theater with companies in Portland and Seattle. In December 1912, he joined the American Theater company in Spokane, Washington, and shortly after was named the company's manager when the previous manager resigned.[2] In 1921, he acted with, and was the director of, the Wright Players.[3]

Noted for his almost frightening long face, Dwire worked mainly as a villain in westerns, including Riders of Destiny (1933) with John Wayne in the first singing cowboy movie and The Trail Beyond (1934) opposite Wayne, Noah Beery, Sr., and Noah Beery, Jr. He enjoys a particularly large showcase opposite John Wayne and Gabby Hayes in The Lawless Frontier (1934). He also appeared in Bob Steele vehicles such as Alias John Law (1935).

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  1. ^ http://www.b-westerns.com/villan26.htm
  2. ^ "Leland resigns at American". The Spokesman-Review. Washington, Spokane. December 19, 1912. p. 6. Retrieved June 9, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Keller, Joe (July 20, 1929). "Little Theater Movement Being Felt Around World". The Dayton Herald. p. 7. Retrieved June 9, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.

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