Ken Maynard (21 July 1895 – 23 March 1973) was an American motion picture stuntman and actor and "singing cowboy". Born Kenneth Olin Maynard in Vevay, Indiana, he was an accomplished horseman. As a young man, he performed in rodeos and was a trick rider with Buffalo Bill 's Wild West Show and a circus rider with Ringling Brothers. During World War I, he served in the United States Army. He first appeared in silent motion pictures in 1923 and in addition to acting also did stunt work.