Joe Hursley and George Alexander Baird

Joseph Hursley (born March 19, 1979) is an actor and musician living in Los Angeles, California.

Contents 1 Early life 2 Career 3 Music 4 Filmography 5 References 6 External links

Early life

Hursley was born in Austin, Texas. His great-grandfather is Frank M. Hursley, co-creator of General Hospital, the longest running television soap opera. His father, Greg Hursley, is an architectural photographer and his mother Kelle is a nurse.

Hursley began his entertainment career after participating in the Schick "Groove n' Smooth" national talent search in 1999. He won the talent search, and started a karaoke company at age 19. He became well known in Austin nightlife scene as Karaoke Joe, going on to perform over five-hundred shows the next few years. Career

Hursley's first big break in the entertainment business was being tapped by Ashton Kutcher to star in the 2004 MTV reality comedy series You've Got a Friend. His task was to play an obnoxious 'friend' for 48 hours, while contestants had to prove their friendship in front of real friends and loved ones for a prize of $15,000. Hursley was increasingly sinister as the series progressed. After the show, Hursley joined Kutcher on Punk'd, where he pranked various celebrities.

He then appeared in major films including Accepted, Resident Evil: Extinction and Fast and Furious, which led him to his first starring feature role with cult director Penelope Spheeris in Balls to the Wall (2011).

Hursley appeared in the 2013 action/fantasy/horror short "Sequence", which was internationally recognized at festivals worldwide, which included a nod for Best Actor (Short Shorts Film Festival Japan 2014), and winning overall Best Short at the LA Shorts Fest (2013).

In The Origins of Wit and Humor he played Les Candalero, a Woody Allen-esque outsider. In the upcoming indie feature "For All Eyes Always", he plays Thomas Devlin, a CIA operative starring in a government sanctioned reality TV show for the American public. Music

In late 2004, Hursley started the Los Angeles-based rock and roll band and Sunset Strip staples, The Ringers, with whom he released the albums "Tokyo Massage III" and "Headlocks and Highkicks". They appeared in the Miami Ink episode "Ruthless and Toothless". The Ringers were featured in SPIN magazine in 2007. They also performed on stage in Accepted and were the only unsigned band to be featured on the movie soundtrack.

After The Ringers broke up in 2010, Joe and his cousin Patrick Hursley (the drummer of The Ringers) formed the indie rock band Indians. They released their self-titled debut in 2011. The first music video, "Sink Into You", was written and directed by Jordan Albertsen, and starred Joslyn Jensen and Taylor Handley.

Music by the Indians was featured in the 2012 film Rites of Passage, and the television shows Top Gear, and MTV's Catfish.

In 2013 Indians changed their name to We Were Indians, and released their debut album that same year. Filmography

George Alexander Baird and Joe Hursley

"Mr Abington", Gentleman Rider: George Alexander Baird in Vanity Fair, 1888.

George Alexander Baird (30 September 1861 – 18 March 1893) was a wealthy British race horse owner, breeder and the most successful amateur jockey (gentleman rider) of his day, who rode under the assumed name of Mr. Abington. He was a controversial figure, at times in conflict with the establishment, "warned off" for his aggressive riding behaviour, and implicated in a prize fight fixing scandal. He had a relationship with Lillie Langtry, actress and former mistress of the Prince of Wales (King Edward VII). He died in a hotel room in New Orleans aged thirty three.

Contents 1 Family fortune 2 Education 3 Early influence 4 Riding career of "Mr Abington" 5 "Mr Abington" the owner 6 Private life 7 Prize fighting 8 References

Family fortune

The Baird family wealth came from the industry of grandfather Alexander Baird (1765–1833) and seven of his sons who worked numerous coal and mineral leases in Scotland from 1816. They built ironworks that within 15 years grew to be the largest in the country, and in 1830, William Baird and Company was formed. The industrial revolution and the expansion of the railways brought the family the wealth that they used to buy land and property in Scotland. Baird's inheritance was to include that of his father plus two of his wealthy uncles who had died childless. Education

Baird was nine years old when his father died in 1870. His inheritance was held in trust until he became of age, but the funds released by the trustees during his minority were insufficient for his education, so his mother (successfully) petitioned the courts for the release of additional money.

He attended the private school St Michael's, Aldin House, Slough before going to Eton, where he lasted but one year (1875). He later attended Magdalene College, Cambridge from 1879 to 1881, although he failed to graduate. Early influence

His mother was unable or unwilling to discipline Baird after his father's death, and was said to have indulged him. She was Cecilia, eldest daughter of Vice Admiral Villiers Francis Hatton who had married Baird's father in 1858 when she was 35 and he was 48; George Alexander Baird – their only child – was born to them three years later. He was to grow up with older parents and without siblings for company, so his fondness for horses and riding out, plus "amusement in the groom's room", provided the escape and distraction for a young boy.

In his book Turf Memories of Sixty Years, Alexander Scott writes that he met the teenage Baird and subsequently followed the career of "this great horseman". He goes on to say. "Love of horses was his bond of friendship, and he would extend that to everyone irrespective of social standing. He would have discussed horses with a dustman".

Baird's interest in the "Turf" may also have been encouraged by the example of his cousins Douglas Baird, who was a successful owner, and Edward (Ned) Baird, who would become a gentleman rider and owner. Riding career of "Mr Abington"

Because his trustees disapproved of his association with horse racing, young Baird used an alias when riding, and chose "Mr Abington". He continued to use this name for the rest of his life for both riding and entering horses.

Baird's desire to ride winners was obsessive, and during his early days on the track, he became known for aggressive riding; he was warned by stewards and eventually, following an incident with another gentleman rider (Lord Harrington) at Four Oaks, Birmingham in 1882, he was banned for two years. This was referred to as being "Warned Off" and he could not ride, or run horses during the period of the ban under National Hunt or Jockey Club rules. He transferred his horses to an acquaintance − Ross (Stiffy) Smith − and allowed them to race under Smith's colours whilst he continued to ride in France.

After the ban was lifted, Baird returned to racing in Britain. He had changed his colours to bottle-green jacket and red cap, and started to put together a string of quality horses with the advice of jockey and trainer Tom Cannon, Champion jockey Fred Archer was also engaged to help improve his race-riding technique. In his first season following the ban, Baird rode 13 winners under Jockey Club rules, 22 in 1885, 28 in 1886, 46 in 1887, 36 in 1888 and in his best year of 1889, 61. To put his achievements into context, in 1889, the next best amateur rider in the list rode only three winners whilst the professional Champion Jockey (Tommy Loates) rode 167. Baird would never again achieve such success; the following year he had 42 winners and in 1891 26.

Baird was tall for a jockey and constantly struggled with his weight, living on a starvation diet when riding, exercising, and sweating off weight before races. In his great year of 1889, he could make 9 stone and 11 pounds. For all his dieting and attempts at weight loss, he could never get down to the levels of professional jockeys. For example, Tommy Loates could make 7 stone 1 pound and Fred Archer, who was the same height as Baird, was almost a stone less than him. In many "handicap" races Baird would be competitive where the weights carried by the horses were adjusted to provide an even contest.

If there were a chance of riding a winner, he would travel any distance, once even hiring a train to get to a meeting. If he did not have a suitable horse of his own available, he would ride for other owners. "Mr Abington" the owner

By the time Baird returned from his two-year ban, he had inherited his family fortune and started to buy race horses; Tom Cannon – great-grandfather of Lester Piggott – acted as his adviser. They attended a dispersal sale for Lord Falmouth's stables, buying some quality horses, including a three-year-old filly called Busybody. Tom Cannon rode her to victories in the 1,000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket and then the Oaks at Epsom in that same year. Busybody would go on to produce a foal called Meddler that was sold to America after Baird's death and became a very successful and influential stallion. Bedford Lodge (now a hotel)

Baird continued to buy horses (often selling platers), leased Bedford Lodge stables in Newmarket, Suffolk, from Captain James Machell and employed Martin Gurry as his trainer. He also used Tom and William Stevens in Berkshire, Bob Armstrong of Penrith, James Prince at Lewes and others, once remarking that he was not actually sure how many horses he had. His stud was at Kentford near Newmarket (now called Meddler Stud), later transferring this to Moulton Paddocks in 1892. He also leased Whittington Old Hall for a period, and took up residence when attending meets in the area.

Martin Gurry found Baird difficult to work for. During one of their disputes, Baird withdrew all of his horses and sent them to William Stevens, including a horse called Merry Hampton. Baird and Gurry made up their differences, and the horses were returned to Bedford Lodge in time for Merry Hampton to run in the Epsom Derby, which he duly won (1887). All expected Baird to lead Merry Hampton into the winners' enclosure after the race, as was normal for the winning owner of the Derby. However, he refused, and this was seen as a snub to the "establishment" with which he was often at odds. This mutual antipathy was in stark contrast to the relationship that Baird's cousin Douglas had with the establishment. He was elected as a member of the Jockey Club in 1887.

Gurry was eventually replaced at Bedford Lodge by Charles Morton in 1888, although the dispute with Gurry over his contract would not be settled by Baird until 1890. Morton lasted four years, to be replaced by Joe Cannon, younger brother of Tom. Charles Mowbey was Baird's general manager and Jack Watts his retained jockey. Martin Gurry used the money he received from Baird to build a stable in Newmarket from where he trained for 27 years. He named the establishment Abington Place.

As well as winning the Derby in 1887, Baird was to top the owners list with 46 wins for his horses. However, it was said that Baird was more interested in riding winners himself, but this was not always possible due to restrictions on some meetings, where amateur riders could not compete, or his weight precluded him. Private life

In 1890, Baird was named as co-respondent in the divorce case brought by Francis Darbishire against his wife – actress Agnes Hewitt. Baird's defence was that he did not know she was married, but he was ordered to pay damages to the plaintiff.

Baird also had an involvement with former actress Dolly Tester, the wife of his friend Lord Ailesbury, again being named in their divorce proceedings as a co-respondent. The farcical events that led up to this include a "kidnap" and a public fight between the Lord, the "kidnapper", and Dolly.

In 1884 Baird was charged with assaulting a policeman at Whittington. The charge was reduced to one of obstruction after the evidence was heard (Baird had threatened to kick the policeman) and Baird fined £5.
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