Born on a sugar plantation in Waichinu, Hawaii on Aug. 29, 1890. At age 17 Searle moved to San Francisco and worked as a sparring partner. After serving in WWI, he settled in Los Angeles where he was a stunt man-actor in the movies known as Samuel Cooper Searle. While filming the first Tarzan serial, he was injured and abandoned acting. He was active as a sculptor during the last two years of his life. He died in Los Angeles on Feb. 14, 1924.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"Southern California Artists
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