1884 - Frank Buck, born on the 17th of March in Gainesville, Texas. He was a hunter and animal collector, as well as a movie actor, director, writer and producer.
1901 - Married light-opera star Lillie West (known as Amy Leslie).
1911 - He travelled extensively to South America and Asia to buy animals, which he then sold to zoos and circuses in the USA.
- He soon extended his operations to all continents, began to lead his own expeditions to capture exotic animals, and through his exhibits and lectures became both rich and famous.
1930 - He turned to writing adventure books, including Bring 'Em Back Alive, which was made into a film starring Buck himself.
- He published several more books and appeared in a number of films. Popular with adults as well as children, he reportedly received thousands of fan letters.
1950 - His death at age 66 was due to lung cancer after a lifetime of cigarette smoking.
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