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Billy Butts (1918–1987)

A tow-headed, delicate-looking child actor of the 1920s, Billy Butts (born William Charles Allen Butts) enjoyed some popularity as a young sidekick of western stars Fred Thomson and Rex Bell. He later took over from Jack Morgan in the popular "Gumps" two-reel comedies, but his waif-like qualities didn't survive puberty and he retired at the ripe ... See full bio »

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Sparrows One of the children
Happy Days
Happy Days Perry Winkle
Are These Our Children
The Medicine Man


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 1936 Little Miss Nobody
Boy on Bicycle (uncredited)
 1936 Too Many Parents
Cadet Major (uncredited)
 1933 Scarlet River
Buck Blake
 1932 If I Had a Million
Newsboy in Bank (uncredited)
 1932 The Night of June 13
Junior Strawn
 1932 Lady and Gent
Ted (aged 9)
 1931 Young Sinners
 1930 The Medicine Man
 1930 The Lone Star Ranger
Bill Jones
 1929 The Virginian
Little Boy (uncredited)
 1928 Taking a Chance
Little Billy
 1928 Alias Jimmy Valentine
 1928 The Black Ace
 1928 None But the Brave
 1928 Wild West Romance
The Kid
 1928 Out in the Rain (Short)
Chester Gump
 1928 Any Old Count (Short)
Chester Gump
 1927 The Mild West (Short)
Chester Gump
 1927 A Total Loss (Short)
Chester Gump
 1927 Ocean Bruises (Short)
Chester Gump
 1927 And How! (Short)
Chester Gump
 1927 A Battle Scared Hero (Short)
Chester Gump (as Billie Butts)
 1927 Too Much Sleep (Short)
Chester Gump
 1927 The Last Outlaw
 1927 The Land Beyond the Law
Pat O'Hara
 1927 Tired Business Men (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1927/I All Wet (Short)
Chester Gump (as Billie Butts)
 1927 Circus Daze (Short)
Chester Gump
 1927 I'm the Sheriff (Short)
Chester Gump
 1927 Broke Again (Short)
Chester Gump
 1927 Women Love Diamonds
Patrick Regan's Child (uncredited)
 1927 Up Against It (Short)
Chester Gump
 1927 Rooms for Rent (Short)
Chester Gump
 1926 The Canadian
Buck Golder
 1926 Happy Days (Short)
Perry Winkle
 1926 The Flying Horseman
Happy Joe's Son
 1926 Lone Hand Saunders
 1926 The Two-Gun Man
Billy Stickley
 1926 Uncle Tom's Uncle (Short)
Boy in audience
 1926 Sparrows
One of the children
 1926 The Tough Guy
Buddy Hardy
 1925 The Dark Angel
Little Boy (uncredited)
 1925 Speed Wild
 1925 My Son
Freckled Face Boy (uncredited)
 1924 Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Little Boy (uncredited)
 1924 Girl Shy
Little Boy (uncredited)

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Alternate Names:

Billie Butts

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According to his surviving brother, Timothy O'Byran, Billy was most proud of his work on the Mary Pickford classic "Sparrows" (1926) and "Our These Our Children?" (1931). See more »

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