Frank A. Garbutt was an American inventor, industrialist and movie pioneer. He was one of the most prominent citizens of Los Angeles in the late 19th and early 20th Century.
Garbutt invented and secured patents on drilling tools in the late 1880s and invested his wealth in oil wells, aircraft-and boat-building businesses and a ferry operator.
Garbutt also played a prominent role in the founding of Famous Players-Lasky (which evolved into Paramount Studios), Union Oil Company, and the Automobile Club of Southern California.
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