Cody, William Frederick


Cody, William Frederick
(1846-1917)
   Born in Iowa, Cody became a popular stage attraction in plays depicting his exploits as a frontiersman and scout before, during, and after the American Civil War . When Ned Buntline wrote of "Buffalo Bill" Cody's adventures in serial form in 1869, various actors, including John B. Studley, played Cody in melodrama adaptations, leading Buntline to craft a play, The Scouts of the Prairie (1872), in which Cody played himself in a Chicago production. Despite Cody's lack of acting experience and the play's pedestrian quality, urban audiences were thrilled to see a genuine frontier hero. Cody appeared in similar melodramas during the 1870s and early 1880s, continuing to work as a scout for the Army between theatrical seasons. Cody partnered with William F. Carver in 1883 to stage an outdoor Wild West Show, but disagreements ended their collaboration. Nate Salsbury took over to exploit the Wild West Show for a remarkable 34 years, generating publicity with American and European tours, despite occasional financial problems that finally shuttered the show in 1915. Among the many acts to appear in Cody's Wild West Show were sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who joined his company in 1885, and Chief Sitting Bull.

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  • Cody,William Frederick — Co·dy (kōʹdē), William Frederick. Known as Buf·fa·lo Bill (bŭfʹə lō bĭlʹ) 1846 1917. American frontier scout and showman who after 1883 toured the United States and Europe with his Wild West Show. * * * …   Universalium

  • Cody, William Frederick — VER Buffalo Bill …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Cody, William Frederick — vero nome di Buffalo Bill …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • William Frederick Cody — Buffalo Bill Bisonjagd Bisons liegen tot im Schnee (1872) William Frederick Cody (* 26. Februar 1846 bei LeClair, Scott County …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • William Frederick Cody — Buffalo Bill Pour les articles homonymes, voir Buffalo Bill (homonymie). Buffalo Bill …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Cody, William F. — ▪ American showman in full  William Frederick Cody , byname  Buffalo Bill   born Feb. 26, 1846, Scott county, Iowa, U.S. died Jan. 10, 1917, Denver, Colo.  buffalo hunter, U.S. Army scout, and Indian fighter who dramatized the facts and flavour… …   Universalium

  • William Frederick Cody — noun United States showman famous for his Wild West Show (1846 1917) • Syn: ↑Cody, ↑William F. Cody, ↑Buffalo Bill, ↑Buffalo Bill Cody • Instance Hypernyms: ↑showman, ↑promoter, ↑impresario …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cody — Cody, William Frederick …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • William Cody — Buffalo Bill Bisonjagd Bisons liegen tot im Schnee (1872) William Frederick Cody (* 26. Februar 1846 bei LeClair, Scott County …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Frederick — /fred rik, euhr ik/, n. 1. a city in central Maryland. 27,557. 2. Also, Frederic. a male given name: from Germanic words meaning peace and ruler. * * * (as used in expressions) Ashton Sir Frederick William Mallandaine Frederick Austerlitz… …   Universalium


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