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William B. Davidson (1888–1947)

Strapping leading man in US silent films, later a portrayer of men of authority in character roles until his death. See full bio »

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 1949 The Judge Steps Out
Colonel Bright (uncredited)
 1947 My Wild Irish Rose
Brewster - Three Tycoons (as William Davidson)
 1947 That Hagen Girl
Mr. Bowman (uncredited)
 1947 The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
Mr. Overholtz (uncredited)
 1947 The Trouble with Women
Mr. Peabody (uncredited)
 1947 That's My Man
Monte - Racing Steward
 1947 Dick Tracy's Dilemma
Peter Premium, V.P. Honesty Insurance
 1947 The Farmer's Daughter
Eckers
 1946 Plainsman and the Lady
Mr. Russell
 1946 Lover Come Back (uncredited)
 1946 In Old Sacramento
Fargo (uncredited)
 1946 The Cat Creeps
James Walsh (as William Davidson)
 1946 Her Kind of Man
Newspaper Editor Seelig (uncredited)
 1946 Ding Dong Williams
Mr. Saul Dana (as William Davidson)
 1946 The Hoodlum Saint
Annoyed Man (scenes deleted)
 1946 Blonde Alibi
Police Capt. Hurley (uncredited)
 1946 The Notorious Lone Wolf
Inspector Crane (as William Davidson)
 1945 They Were Expendable
Hotel Manager (uncredited)
 1945 Saratoga Trunk
Mr. Stone (uncredited)
 1945 Sing Your Way Home
F.T. Johnson (uncredited)
 1945 Shady Lady
Danton (uncredited)
 1945 Tell It to a Star
Brannigan
 1945 Ziegfeld Follies
2nd Judge ('Pay the Two Dollars') (uncredited)
 1945 Incendiary Blonde
Mr. Davidson - Businessman (uncredited)
 1945 You Came Along
Airport Official (uncredited)
 1945 Penthouse Rhythm
Doorman, Junior's building (uncredited)
 1945 Swing Out, Sister
Doorman (uncredited)
 1945 Blonde Ransom
Police Captain (as Bill Davidson)
 1945 Circumstantial Evidence
Chairman
 1945 The Man Who Walked Alone
The Governor
 1945 See My Lawyer
Judge
 1945 Dillinger
Bank President (uncredited)
 1945 Youth for the Kingdom
Mr. Manson
 1945 Night Club Girl
Brenner (uncredited)
 1944 San Diego I Love You
General (uncredited)
 1944 Greenwich Village
Bert Hendricks, Dance Director (uncredited)
 1944 In Society
Parker - the Van Cleves' Butler
 1944 Song of Nevada
Worthington (uncredited)
 1944 Allergic to Love
Mr. Henderson (as William Davidson)
 1944 A Night of Adventure
Gilbert J. 'Gil' Regan (uncredited)
 1944 Since You Went Away
Taxpayer (uncredited)
 1944 Make Your Own Bed
Stanley - Whirtle's Advertising Man (uncredited)
 1944 And the Angels Sing
Theatrical Agent (uncredited)
 1944 Shine on Harvest Moon
Tim Donovan (uncredited)
 1944 Up in Arms
Maxwell (uncredited)
 1944 Strange Confession
Adjutant
 1943 Over the Wall (Short)
Warden Ed
 1943 In Old Oklahoma
Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
 1943 A Scream in the Dark
Landlord (uncredited)
 1943 Murder on the Waterfront
Capt. David Towne
 1943 The Good Fellows
Blake
 1943 Let's Face It
Man in Boat (uncredited)
 1943 Hers to Hold
Al, a Guest (uncredited)
 1943 Mission to Moscow
Senator (uncredited)
 1943 Calaboose
Sheriff George Lane (as William Davidson)
 1943 Truck Busters
Stephen S. Gray
 1943 City Without Men
Prison Warden (uncredited)
 1943 Happy Go Lucky
Husband (uncredited)
 1942 Over My Dead Body
Crole (as William Davidson)
 1942 Tennessee Johnson
Vice President Breckenridge (uncredited)
 1942 Gentleman Jim
Donovan (uncredited)
 1942 Careful, Soft Shoulders
Mr. Aldrich
 1942 The Magnificent Dope
Mr. Reindel
 1942 The Affairs of Martha
Homer Jacell
 1942 Juke Girl
Paley
 1942 Yankee Doodle Dandy
New York Stage Manager (uncredited)
 1942 In This Our Life
Jim Purdy
 1942 Larceny, Inc.
McCarthy
 1942 The Great Man's Lady
Sen. Knobs
 1942 The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine
Cyrus Ballard
 1942 The Male Animal
Alumnus
 1942 A Gentleman at Heart
Tiny (uncredited)
 1941 Uncle Joe
J. K. Day
 1941 Remember the Day
Committeeman (uncredited)
 1941 Keep 'Em Flying
Gonigle - Carnival Owner) (as William Davidson)
 1941 Three Girls About Town
Labor leader
 1941 Week-End in Havana
Capt. Moss (as William Davidson)
 1941 We Go Fast
Nightclub Manager (uncredited)
 1941 Sun Valley Serenade
Jack Murray (as William Davidson)
 1941 Highway West
Gorman
 1941 Hold That Ghost
Moose Matson (as William Davidson)
 1941 Three Sons o' Guns
Henry C. Baxter (as William Davidson)
 1941 In the Navy
Capt. Richards (uncredited)
 1941 Thieves Fall Out
Harrison 'Harry' Eckles (as William Davidson)
 1941 The Lady from Cheyenne
Nye Dunbar (as William Davidson)
 1941 Man Made Monster
District Attorney Ralph Stanley
 1941 Nice Girl?
Man with Van Dyke (uncredited)
 1940 San Francisco Docks
Dist. Atty. Craig
 1940 A Night at Earl Carroll's
Mayor Green of San Bernadino
 1940 Charter Pilot
Wentword (uncredited)
 1940 Lady with Red Hair
Stock Company Manager (uncredited)
 1940 Tin Pan Alley
Hotel Manager
 1940 Sandy Gets Her Man
Councilman Charles J. Clark (as William Davidson)
 1940 Seven Sinners
Police Chief (as William Davidson)
 1940 Hired Wife
Mumford (as William Davidson)
 1940 My Love Came Back
Agent (as William Davidson)
 1940 Maryland
John Addison (uncredited)
 1940 Sailor's Lady
Judge Hinsdale
 1940 Girl in 313
George Grayson
 1940 On Their Own
Judge Bull
 1940 Lillian Russell
President Cleveland (as William Davidson)
 1940 Half a Sinner
Slick Kopesco
 1940 Three Cheers for the Irish
Police Commissioner O'Connor (as William Davidson)
 1940 Granny Get Your Gun
Fitzgerald (as William Davidson)
 1940 My Little Chickadee
Sheriff of Little Bend (uncredited)
 1939 Invisible Stripes
Montgomery (uncredited)
 1939 The Honeymoon's Over
Crane
 1939 Private Detective
Inspector Evans (as William Davidson)
 1939 Smashing the Money Ring
Warden Denby (as William Davidson)
 1939 Dust Be My Destiny
Warden (as William Davidson)
 1939 Honeymoon in Bali
Store Detective
 1939 Hidden Power
Foster
 1939 When Tomorrow Comes
Army Captain (uncredited)
 1939 Each Dawn I Die
Bill Mason (as William Davidson)
 1939 Indianapolis Speedway
Duncan Martin (as William Davidson)
 1939 Naughty But Nice
Samuel 'Sam' 'Simsy' Hudson - Music Publisher (as Bill Davidson)
 1939 On Trial
Mr. Gray (as William Davidson)
 1939 Sudden Money
Sam
 1939 Three Smart Girls Grow Up
Stock Broker (uncredited)
 1939 Blondie Meets the Boss
Elderly Man in Café (uncredited)
 1939 Blackwell's Island
Defense Attorney Hempel (as William Davidson)
 1939 Tail Spin
Sales Manager (uncredited)
 1939 Off the Record
Scotty
 1939 They Made Me a Criminal
Ennis (as William Davidson)
 1938 Illegal Traffic
Dalton
 1938 There Goes My Heart
Skipper Jackson (uncredited)
 1938 Mr. Doodle Kicks Off
Ellory Bugs, Jimmie's Father
 1938 Letter of Introduction
Mr. Raleigh (uncredited)
 1938 The Texans
Mr. Jessup - Railroad Man (uncredited)
 1938 Racket Busters
Manhatten Trucking Chairman (uncredited)
 1938 Cowboy from Brooklyn
Mr. 'W.P.' Alvey (as William Davidson)
 1938 Blockade
Commandant
 1938 You and Me
N.G. Borton, Attorney-at-Law
 1938 Cocoanut Grove
Hawtrey (uncredited)
 1938 Happy Landing
Manager (uncredited)
 1938 The Jury's Secret
Page
 1938 Sergeant Murphy
Major Gruff (uncredited)
 1937 Hollywood Hotel
Director Kelton (as William Davidson)
 1937 Love on Toast
Jonathan
 1937 The Hurricane
Abusive Drunk (uncredited)
 1937 Something to Sing About
Mr. Richards (nightclub owner) (as William Davidson)
 1937 Behind the Mike
Cyrus Wittles
 1937 It Happened in Hollywood
Al Howard
 1937 Paradise Isle
Hoener
 1937 Marry the Girl
Drake (as William Davidson)
 1937 Easy Living
Mr. Lester Hyde
 1937 Ever Since Eve
Henderson (as William Davidson)
 1937 The Road Back
Bartscher
 1937 Affairs of Cappy Ricks
Waldo P. Bottomly Sr.
 1937 Melody for Two
Mr. Hale (uncredited)
 1937 Let Them Live
The Editor
 1937 Marked Woman
Crandall
 1937 Midnight Court
Alfred H. Kruger (as William Davidson)
 1936 Gold Diggers of 1937
Andy Callahan (as Wm. Davidson)
 1936 Mind Your Own Business
Undetermined Supporting Role (scenes deleted)
 1936 Earthworm Tractors
Mr. Jackson (as William Davidson)
 1936 Satan Met a Lady
Spokesman - City Fathers Committee (uncredited)
 1936/I The Big Noise
Welford Andrews (as William Davidson)
 1936 Murder by an Aristocrat
Bayard Thatcher (as William Davidson)
 1936 Fatal Lady
Detective (uncredited)
 1936 The Singing Kid
Barney Hammond (as Wm. Davidson)
 1936 Love on a Bet
A.W. Hutchinson (uncredited)
 1936 Road Gang
Atty. Gen. Marsden (as William Davidson)
 1936 You May Be Next
Official (uncredited)
 1935 Dangerous
Reed Walsh (as William Davidson)
 1935 Show Them No Mercy!
Chief Haggerty (as William Davidson)
 1935 In Person
Director Bill Sutter (uncredited)
 1935 Special Agent
Charlie Young - Carston's Lawyer (as William Davidson)
 1935 Redheads on Parade
Theatre Manager (uncredited)
 1935 The Crusades
Amir (uncredited)
 1935 Woman Wanted
Collins
 1935 Bright Lights
The Ventriloquist (uncredited)
 1935 Oil for the Lamps of China
E.H. Swaley (as William Davidson)
 1935 Go Into Your Dance
Tom McGee (as William Davidson)
 1935 Straight from the Heart
Prosecuting Attorney
 1935 Roberta
Ship's Officer (uncredited)
 1935 Death Flies East
Captain Daniel J. Barrie (uncredited)
 1935 A Night at the Ritz
Connolly, an Editor (as William Davidson)
 1935 Sweet Music
Billy Madison
 1935 The Woman in Red
Mr. Goodyear, Guest on Yacht (uncredited)
 1935 Devil Dogs of the Air
Adjutant (as William Davidson)
 1935 Bordertown
Dr. Carter (as William Davidson)
 1934 The Man Who Reclaimed His Head
Charles (as William Davidson)
 1934 The Secret Bride
Representative McPherson (as William Davidson)
 1934 Imitation of Life
Man Buying Cigar (uncredited)
 1934 The St. Louis Kid
Joe Hunter (as William Davidson)
 1934 The Lemon Drop Kid
Police Captain (uncredited)
 1934 The Dragon Murder Case
Greeff (as William Davidson)
 1934 Housewife
Nan's Lawyer (uncredited)
 1934 Friends of Mr. Sweeney
Stephen Prime (as William Davidson)
 1934 Midnight Alibi
Nick - Angie's Henchman (uncredited)
 1934 Fog Over Frisco
Editor Joe Hogue (as William Davidson)
 1934 Upperworld
City Editor (uncredited)
 1934 Twenty Million Sweethearts
Bill (uncredited)
 1934 Laughing Boy
Hartshorne (as William Davidson)
 1934 Success at Any Price
Ryan - Private Detective (uncredited)
 1934 Massacre
Senator Beale (uncredited)
 1934 Easy to Love
Dr. Donald W. Swope (uncredited)
 1934 The Big Shakedown
District Attorney (uncredited)
 1933 Lady Killer
Director Williams (as William Davidson)
 1933 Sitting Pretty
Film Director (uncredited)
 1933 Female
Department Head (uncredited)
 1933 Only Yesterday (uncredited)
 1933 Meet the Baron
General Broadcasting Representative
 1933 I'm No Angel
Ernest Brown (as Wm. B. Davidson)
 1933 Torch Singer
Jarrett (uncredited)
 1933 The Intruder
Det. Lt. Samson
 1933 Dangerously Yours
George Carr
 1933 Hello, Everybody!
Mr. Parker
 1933 Mystery of the Wax Museum
Detective (uncredited)
 1933 Billion Dollar Scandal
Lawrence
 1932 The Animal Kingdom
Grace's Husband (uncredited)
 1932 Central Park
Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
 1932 Guilty or Not Guilty
Chief
 1932 The Sport Parade
Kendricks (uncredited)
 1932 Madison Sq. Garden
Head, MSG Board of Directors (uncredited)
 1932 Pride of the Legion
Sgt. Arnold
 1932 Her Mad Night
District Attorney
 1932 The Most Dangerous Game
Captain (as William Davidson)
 1932 The Thirteenth Guest
Police Capt. Brown (uncredited)
 1932 Guilty as Hell
Governor (uncredited)
 1932 Is My Face Red?
O'Sullivan - Managing Editor (uncredited)
 1932 Scandal for Sale
Banker Mason (uncredited)
 1932 Scarface
Citizens Committee Member (uncredited)
 1932 The Lost Squadron
Lelewer (as William Davidson)
 1932 Sky Devils
Captain
 1932 The Menace
John Utterson (as William Davidson)
 1931 Half Holiday (Short)
Jerry - Andy's Pal (as William Davidson)
 1931 Graft
M.H. Thomas
 1931 The Secret Call
Jim Blake
 1931 The Vice Squad
Magistrate Tom Morrison
 1931 Dishonored
2nd Firing Squad Officer (uncredited)
 1931 Captain Applejack
Bill Dennett (as William Davidson)
 1931 No Limit
Wilkie (building superintendent)
 1930 Letters (Short)
 1930 Hook Line and Sinker
Frank Dukette (as William Davidson)
 1930 Oh, for a Man!
Kerry Stokes (uncredited)
 1930 Sunny
First Ship's Officer (uncredited)
 1930 The Silver Horde
Tom Hilliard (as William Davidson)
 1930 Playboy of Paris
Monsieur Bannack
 1930 The Costello Case
Saunders (as William Davidson)
 1930 Scarlet Pages
Jackson (as William Davidson)
 1930 For the Defense
Dist. Atty. Stone
 1930 A Man from Wyoming
Major
 1930 Hell's Angels
Staff Major
 1930 Fat Wives for Thin (Short)
Bill Gilmore
 1929 Always Faithful (Short)
George W. Mason
 1929 Blaze o' Glory
District Attorney (as William Davidson)
 1929 Painted Faces
Ringmaster (uncredited)
 1929 Woman Trap
Watts
 1929 Queen of the Night Clubs
Assistant District Attorney (as William Davidson)
 1929 Ain't It the Truth (Short)
Mr. Barefax
 1929 The Carnation Kid
Blythe
 1928 Sharp Tools (Short)
 1928 Good Morning, Judge
Elton (as William Davidson)
 1928 The Noose
Bill Chase (uncredited)
 1927 The Gaucho (uncredited)
 1927 The Lash (Short)
 1927 A Gentleman of Paris
Henri Dufour
 1927 The Cradle Snatchers
Roy Ladd
 1927 Love Makes 'Em Wild
Mamie's Ex-husband
 1927 The Last Trail
Kurt Morley (as William Davidson)
 1926 The Tennis Wizard (Short)
Archie Foote
 1925 All Abroad (Short)
Elliot
 1925 A Business Engagement (Short)
Elliott (as Bill Davidson)
 1925 Hearts and Spurs
Victor Dufresne
 1925 Recompense
Colonel Donovan
 1925 Women and Gold
Señor Ortego (as William Davidson)
 1925 Ports of Call
Randolph Sherman (as William Davidson)
 1924 The Storm Daughter
Rennert (First Mate [mutineer])
 1923 Salomy Jane
Gambler (as William Davidson)
 1923 Adam and Eva
Dr. Delamater
 1922 The Dumb-Bell (Short)
 1922 Destiny's Isle
Lazus
 1921 Conceit
William Crombie
 1921 Nobody
John Rossmore
 1921 The Girl from Nowhere
Jimmy Ryder
 1920 The Valley of Doubt
Macy
 1920 A Child for Sale
Dr. Gordon (as William Davidson)
 1920 Partners of the Night
Robert Clifford
 1919 The Capitol
Congressman Blake
 1919 The Lure of Ambition
Hon. Cyril Ralston
 1919 Impossible Catherine
John Henry Jackson
 1919 La belle Russe
Brand
 1919 A Woman There Was
Rev. Winthrop Stark
 1919 The Gold Cure
Michael Darcy
 1918 Why I Would Not Marry
Undetermined Role
 1918 In Pursuit of Polly
Larry O'Malley
 1918 Ashes of Love
 1918/I Friend Husband
John Sparr (as William Davidson)
 1918 The Whirlpool
Arthur Hallam
 1918 Our Little Wife
Dr. Elliott
 1918 The Other Woman
Undetermined Role
 1917 Her Second Husband
John Kirby
 1917 American Maid
David Starr
 1917 Persuasive Peggy
Ed Trowbridge
 1917 More Truth Than Poetry
Allen Danby
 1917 The Lifted Veil
Malcolm Grant
 1917 The Greatest Power
John Conrad
 1917 Lady Barnacle
Krishna Dhwaj
 1917 The Call of Her People
Nicholas Van Kleet
 1917 A Magdalene of the Hills
Bud Weaver
 1917 Mary Lawson's Secret
Dr. Brundage (as William Davidson)
 1917 The White Raven
The Stranger
 1916 In the Diplomatic Service
Lynn Hardi (as William Davidson)
 1916/I The Pretenders
Joseph Bailey (as William Davidson)
 1916 The Child of Destiny
Calvin Baker (as William Davidson)
 1916 Dorian's Divorce
Henry Morgan (as William Davidson)
 1916 The Price of Malice
Captain Mills (as William Davidson)
 1916 Her Debt of Honor
John Hartfield (as William Davidson)
 1916 Thou Art the Man
Khitmatgar
 1915 A Yellow Streak
Jack Rader (as William Davidson)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage actor.

Alternate Names:

Bill Davidson | William Davidson | Wm. B. Davidson | Wm. Davidson

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Trivia:

Was a Warner Brothers contract player in the 1930's. See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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