Frank Baxter, Hollywood Star

Here are more photos of former USC professor Frank Baxter.

Imagine the good publicity USC got from this opening scene of “The Mole People” in 1956 (above).

And below, here is Baxter with actor Richard Carlson in the 1957 TV Movie, “The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays.”

  • Today is Ward Bond’s birthday.

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about how Bond was a starting offensive lineman on the 1928 USC national championship team. He was in 13 films nominated for best picture, including three winners: “It Happened One Night” (1934); “You Can’t Take It With You (1938) and “Gone with the Wind” (1939).

And he was the star of the TV series, “Wagon Train.”

But he probably wasn’t a great guy to hang around. Comedian Robert Wuhl said in a podcast when actor Martin Landau appeared on “Wagon Train,” Bond learned that Landau was a Jewish actor from New York. Instead of throwing a fake punch during a fight scene, Bond cold-cocked Landau.

Syd Kronenthal, who was a supervisor at a rehab center for U.S. Army veterans and helped Marlon Brando play a paraplegic in his first film role, said, “Ward Bond was anti-Semitic as hell.”

Actor James Lydon said, “Ward Bond was a thick-headed loudmouth.”

Remember, at Bond’s funeral, the legendary director John Ford walked up to actor Andy Devine and said, “Now YOU’RE the biggest a—— I know.”

48 thoughts on “Frank Baxter, Hollywood Star

      1. Mr Congeniality, Ward Bond may have given one to Marty Landau but Landau gave it to Barbara Bain religiously.

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    1. Frank Baxter, Hollywood Star

      Here are more photos of former USC professor Frank Baxter.
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      Never Heard Of Him

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      1. Hey peenusbreath——- I don’t want to call you a dummshit but everybody has heard of Frank Baxter. He was a Trojan and Hollywood legend. You must be kept a prisoner in your mom’s basement I feel sorry for you man.

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  1. ugh,imajun if the poeples evr disskrimunatud agianst poeples cuzza thare rayse or relijun,probaly wuold nevr hapin but it cuold cawse problims,smdh

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    1. Ditto Ed.G, and I could never respond as well, being second-string and all, but–

      Is it not amazing all through history people pick on the Jewish people and Black people more than any other religion or ethnic group?

      And why?– I would invite answers to that question. (But be aware– all responses on blogs are embedded in history forever and ever)

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      1. HI LJ. MY ANSWER IS THAT. DOGS ARE NICE. BUT. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE RACIST MOTHER FUKKERS. IF I CAN USE AN MG WORD. AND WHY NOT. THATS A GOOD TERM FOR THE RACIST IDIOTS OF THIS WORLD. WHY ARE THEY THAT WAY. ITS BECAUSE THEY ARE JUST DUMB BAD ASSHOLES THATS WHY.

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  2. I STILL HAVE THAT ALBUM WITH BAXTER ON IT AND LOTS OF OTHER TROJAN MEMORABILIA. ANY IDEAS WHERE I CAN DONATE. OR EVEN SELL AND DONATE A PART IN CASE THEY ARE WORTH OVER TEN MILLION OR MORE ??????

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  3. I GUESS WE CAN LEAVE OLD PEENUSBRETH ON THE BOARD NOW THAT WE HAVE A GOOD NEW NAME FOR HIM BUT ID LIKE TO KICK THAT SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY GUY FROM HERE TO ETERNITY. HIS BRAND OF RACIST SHIT DOESNT BELONG ON A TROJAN BOARD. SEND HIM TO BRUINVILLE.

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    1. SouthOC can’t be for real, George…
      #Nobody’sThatDumb
      [I Think it’s Helton trying to be funny]….

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      1. I REALLY HOPE THAT YOURE RIGHT MICHAEL. BUT. THE SAD. THING IS THAT IVE MET GUYS JUST LIKE HIM BEFORE. THEYRE ALL ALIKE. THEY THINK IF YOURE NOT PURE BRED WHITE THEN YOU SHOULD BE EXTERMINATED. YOU SAW SOME MARCHING AT CHARLOTTESVILLE. ITS REALLY SAD THOSE TYPES ARE STILL AROUND. ITS SICKENING.

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      2. Sicily should rule Europe MG. It couldn’t be any worse than it is now. Would probably be a helluva lot better bro.

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      3. George—Sicily has never ruled jack [but it’s had the pleasure of being invaded & conquered by probably every country in Europe, Africa or Asia at one time or another]……

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  4. Last time I told a joke here not only did I not get any likes but ED said he didn’t get it. I know that’s his way of saying he loved it so I’ll try another——-Why is Santa Claus known as a poor romantic lover ??? Cuz he only comes once a year !!!!!!!! OK. OK I’ll make a deal with the board. Give that joke seven likes and I promise I’ll never tell another !!!!

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    1. OK, GT…. I’ll do my part…
      #[btw, Technically he comes billions of times once a year]
      #ItAveragesOutToManyMillionTimesPerDay

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      1. HI MG. WELL THE JOKE HAS BEEN THERE FOR SIX HOURS NOW AND ONLY ONE LIKE. I TAKE THAT AS A SIGN THE PEOPLE ON THR BOARD WANT TO MAKE SURE I KEEP ON TELLING GOOD JOKES. GEE. I FEEL SO HUMBLE. THANX TO ALL OF YOU

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    1. Thank you, Charles. An interesting sidebar in the article above is the statement that Malik Willis, of Liberty University, is expected to be the first QB drafted.

      Malik Willis? So much for recruiting sites and stars. Malik Willis was recruited as a 3-star athlete by Auburn, then transferred to Liberty. Not even ranked as a QB. And I had forgotten that Liberty U. had a football team.

      https://247sports.com/player/malik-willis-89076/

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    1. TIM. ENJOYED YOUR RECENT POST ON TAY BROWN. GOOD MEMORIES OF A GREAT TROJAN. AND A GREAT COACH. WHO IS OFTEN FORGOTTEN NOW. BUT NOT BY US. THANX.

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    1. Drugs or suicide. Only good reason to walk on the freeway is a broken down vehicle. No mention of one here.

      Still sad. Way too many young people dying these days, most of whom we never about.

      May he rest in peace.

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      1. Drugs or suicide?– The guy was in Florida training with some of his teammates, he had a chance to be the Steelers’ quarterback, and this occurred around 6:30 in the morning.

        I lived on PCH in Malibu for a couple of years, and parking is limited, so my wife and I had to park one of our cars across that dangerous highway. We would jog across the street, and cars would not ease up from their speed. If we had stumbled we would have been history.

        Probably the same thing happened with Haskins, on a morning jog, and he misjudged the speed of the oncoming truck, or stumbled.

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      2. PCH is not a freeway/interstate. Pedestrians are allowed on PCH.

        Out of gas would qualify as an exception, as I already noted.

        But suicide is always a possibility. We have no idea what goes on in peoples’ private lives, no matter how wonderful it may seem from the outside looking in. Cheslie Kryst was a former Miss USA and a licensed attorney. (She was GORGEOUS!!!) Jumped to her death from her high rise condo in January.

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      3. BTW, I knew someone who seemed to have it all going for him. A CFP, good looking, fit a genuinely nice person who made any & all feel welcome and included in a social setting. Got out of his car on a freeway here in So Cal and stepped in front of a big rig.

        I didn’t know his very well. He was a friend of a friend. But it still blew me away. Supposedly 1 in 6 are dealing with a mental health issue on some level. That means each of us likely knows at least a handful of people who are, whether it’s noticeable to us or not.

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  5. Update– I read somewhere that he had run out of gas, but that does not explain how the police claimed he was on the highway for “unknown reasons”

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