Jay Wilsey

Jay Wilsey (February 6, 1896 – October 25, 1961) was an American film actor (born Wilbert Jay Wilsey). He appeared in nearly 100 films between 1924 and 1944. He starred in a series of very low-budget westerns in the 1920s and 1930s, billed as Buffalo Bill Jr.

Jay Wilsey
Wilsey in Texas Terror, 1935
Born(1896-02-06)February 6, 1896
DiedOctober 25, 1961(1961-10-25) (aged 65)
Years active1924-1944
Spouse(s)Jeanette Boutelle (1933-1961) (his death)

Born in St. Francisville, Missouri, Wilsey rode in Wild West shows and rodeos before he became an actor. His first film was Rarin' to Go (1924).[1] Wilsey's career as an actor diminished as sound films increased in popularity, causing him to become a stunt performer. A January 29, 1940, newspaper article reported that he had performed 6,000 stunts up to that time.[2]

Wilsey was married to actress Jeanette Boutelle.[2]

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  1. ^ Freese, Gene Scott (2014). Hollywood Stunt Performers, 1910s-1970s: A Biographical Dictionary, 2d ed. McFarland. ISBN 978-1-4766-1470-0. Retrieved January 14, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Film Stunt Man and Wife, Ex-Actress, Plan Dream Cruise". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. January 29, 1940. p. 11. Retrieved August 27, 2019 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Björn A. Schmidt Visualizing Orientalness: Chinese Immigration and Race in U.S. 2016 3412505323 "Its main cast features Jay Wilsey as inspector Steve Funney. Wilsey, who also directed the film, is credited as Buffalo Bill Jr., the pseudonym under which he was known as a western actor during the 1920s. Wilsey was unrelated to William F. Cody, the 'real' Buffalo Bill, but the reference reveals the connections.."

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