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William Desmond (I) (1878–1949)

Raised in New York City, Dublin-born William Desmond began his show business career in vaudeville and on the stage. He had his own theatrical company by the time he made his film debut in Kilmeny (1915). Starting out in dramatic parts, Desmond soon switched to westerns and action serials, and became a major western star. When the sound era began ... See full bio »

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Filmography

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 1948 Are You with It?
Spectator (uncredited)
 1948 Relentless
Townsman on Porch (uncredited)
 1947 The Egg and I
Spectator at County Fair (uncredited)
 1947 The Michigan Kid
Townsman (uncredited)
 1947 Code of the West
Settler (uncredited)
 1946 The Scarlet Horseman
Barfly (uncredited)
 1945 Frontier Gal
Barfly (uncredited)
 1945 The Royal Mounted Rides Again
Miner at Meeting (uncredited)
 1945 Strange Confession
Peanut Vendor (uncredited)
 1945 That Night with You
Man in Market (uncredited)
 1945 The Naughty Nineties (uncredited)
 1945 Beyond the Pecos
Barfly Joe (uncredited)
 1945 The Return of the Durango Kid
Street Ambusher (uncredited)
 1945 Song of the Sarong
Councillor (uncredited)
 1945 See My Lawyer
Bystander (uncredited)
 1944 Hi, Beautiful
Passenger
 1944 Firebrands of Arizona
Townsman (uncredited)
 1944 Bowery to Broadway
Man at Bar (uncredited)
 1944 The Old Texas Trail
Townsman (uncredited)
 1944 The Climax
Backstage Technician (uncredited)
 1944 Tall in the Saddle
Town Citizen (uncredited)
 1944 National Barn Dance
Farmer at Barn Dance (uncredited)
 1944 The Mummy's Ghost
Museum Tourist (uncredited)
 1944 The Yellow Rose of Texas
Townsman (uncredited)
 1944 The Scarlet Claw
Member of Royal Canadian Occult Society (uncredited)
 1944 Oklahoma Raiders
Townsman Grinning at Banjo's Fall (uncredited)
 1944 Marshal of Gunsmoke
Barfly (uncredited)
 1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars
Westerner in Dennis Morgan Number (uncredited)
 1943 Phantom of the Opera
Stagehand (uncredited)
 1943 Frontier Badmen
Townsman (uncredited)
 1943 The Lone Star Trail
Bartender Mike (uncredited)
 1943 Frontier Fury
Townsman (uncredited)
 1943 Prairie Chickens
Cache Lake Townsman (uncredited)
 1943 Cheyenne Roundup
Pete (uncredited)
 1942 Sin Town
Town Leader (uncredited)
 1942 Overland Mail
Banker Williams [Chs. 5, 12] (uncredited)
 1942 Silver Bullet
Townsman (uncredited)
 1942 Junior G-Men of the Air
Parts Customer [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
 1942 Down Rio Grande Way
Townsman (uncredited)
 1942 Gang Busters
Rogan's Death Witness [Ch. 4] (uncredited)
 1942 Raiders of the West
Townsman (uncredited)
 1942 Stagecoach Buckaroo
Barfly (uncredited)
 1942 Don Winslow of the Navy
Pat - Smelter Foreman [Ch. 5] (uncredited)
 1941 Sky Raiders
Police Officer Murphy [Ch. 9] (uncredited)
 1941 Nice Girl?
Postman (uncredited)
 1941 Where Did You Get That Girl?
Tourist (uncredited)
 1940 A Little Bit of Heaven
Uncle Francis
 1940 Junior G-Men
Irish Cop [Ch. 6] (uncredited)
 1940 The Boys from Syracuse
Citizen (uncredited)
 1940 Winners of the West
Bill Brine (foreman)
 1939 Man of Conquest
Tennessee Man (uncredited)
 1937 Tim Tyler's Luck
Dock Official [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
 1937 The Mysterious Pilot
Lumberjack / Townsman (uncredited)
 1937 Arizona Days
Stranger (uncredited)
 1936 Headin' for the Rio Grande
Mr. Mack (cattle buyer)
 1936 Song of the Gringo
Bailiff
 1936 Cavalry
Cavalry Major (uncredited)
 1936 The Black Coin
Cantina Bartender (uncredited)
 1936 The Vigilantes Are Coming
Anderson, Vigilante Member
 1936 Hollywood Boulevard
Pago Pago Patron (uncredited)
 1936 Treachery Rides the Range
Bill - Stage Driver (uncredited)
 1936/I The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand
Bartender Steve [Chs.5,8,10-12,14] (uncredited)
 1936/I Flash Gordon
Hawkman Lookout Captain (uncredited)
 1936 Song of the Saddle
Stage Driver Tim
 1936 The Adventures of Frank Merriwell
Captain of the 'Viking' (uncredited)
 1936/I Custer's Last Stand
Wagon master [Ch. 1] (as Bill Desmond)
 1935 The Phantom Cowboy
Barfly (uncredited)
 1935 Timber Terrors
Royce Horter
 1935 Frisco Kid
Vigilante Hangman (uncredited)
 1935 Nevada
Wilson
 1935 Tailspin Tommy in The Great Air Mystery
Foreman Burke [Chs. 7-9,11-12] (uncredited)
 1935 Powdersmoke Range
Bartender Happy
 1935 Courage of the North
Gene Travis
 1935 The Roaring West
Jim Parker
 1935 Social Error
Policeman (uncredited)
 1935 The Tia Juana Kid
Cantina Owner
 1935 The Call of the Savage
Allen
 1935 Cyclone of the Saddle
Wagon Master (as Bill Desmond)
 1935 The Cowboy and the Bandit
Sheriff Pete (as Bill Desmond)
 1935 Born to Battle
John Brownell (as Bill Desmond)
 1935 The Ghost Rider
Guard (as Bill Desmond)
 1935 Naughty Marietta
Gendarme Chief (uncredited)
 1935 Wild Waters (Short)
Sheriff Manning
 1935 Defying the Law
Jim Kenmore
 1935 Five Bad Men
Col. Matoon
 1935 The Rustlers of Red Dog
Ira Dale (wagonmaster)
 1935 Rough Riding Ranger
Major Wright (as Wm. Desmond)
 1934 The Rawhide Terror
Tom Blake, Betty's Older Brother (as Bill Desmond)
 1934 When Lightning Strikes
Marshall Jack Stevens
 1934 Gunfire
Townsman (uncredited)
 1934 Frontier Days
Sheriff Barnes (as Bill Desmond)
 1934 Tailspin Tommy
Sloane - Taggart's Office Henchman, Chs. 4, 7, 10-11
 1934 The Way of the West
'Cash' Horton (as Wm. Desmond)
 1934 Death Fangs (Short)
 1934 The Red Rider
Sheriff Campbell
 1934 I Can't Escape
Parole Officer Donovan
 1934 Crack-Up (Short)
Police Chief
 1934 The Vanishing Shadow
Editor MacDonald
 1934 Border Guns
Dr. Jim Wilson
 1934 Pirate Treasure
Capt. Jim Carson
 1933 Fargo Express
Sheriff Joe Thompson (as Bill Desmond)
 1933 Perils of Pauline
Professor Thompson [Chs. 9-12]
 1933 Strawberry Roan
Colonel Brownlee
 1933 Gordon of Ghost City
John Mulford
 1933 Laughing at Life
Military Cabinet Officer
 1933 Phantom of the Air
Thomas Edmonds
 1933 The Whispering Shadow
Empire Transport Co. driver (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1933 The Three Musketeers
Captain Boncour
 1933 Rustlers' Roundup
San Dimas Sheriff Holden
 1933 Clancy of the Mounted
Dave Moran
 1932 Jungle Mystery
Mr. Morgan
 1932 Heroes of the West
John Blaine
 1931 Battling with Buffalo Bill
John Mills
 1931 The Lightning Warrior
Townsman (uncredited)
 1931 Oklahoma Jim
Lacy
 1931 Hell-Bent for Frisco
The Editor
 1931 First Aid
Chief of Police
 1931 The Vanishing Legion
Milesburg Sheriff
 1931 The Phantom of the West
Martin Blair
 1930 Murder on the Roof (uncredited)
 1929 No Defense
John Harper
 1928 The Mystery Rider
Winthrop Lane / The Mystery Rider
 1928 The Devil's Trademark
Morgan Gray
 1928 The Vanishing Rider
Jim Davis / The Vanishing Rider
 1927 Red Clay
Chief John Nisheto
 1927 The Return of the Riddle Rider
Randolph Parker / The Riddle Rider
 1927 Finger Prints
 1927 Tongues of Scandal
Gov. John Rhodes
 1926 Strings of Steel
Ned Brown
 1926 The Winking Idol
Dave Ledbetter
 1925 Ace of Spies
 1925 The Ace of Spades
Dan Harvey
 1925 The Meddler
Richard Gilmore
 1925 Blood and Steel
Gordon Steele
 1925 The Burning Trail
Smiling Bill Flannigan
 1925 Straight Through
Good Deed O'Day
 1925 Duped
John Morgan
 1925 Barriers of the Law
Rex Brandon
 1925 Ridin' Pretty
Sky Parker
 1925 Outwitted
Jack Blaisdel
 1924 The Riddle Rider
Randolph Parker / The Riddle Rider
 1924 The Sunset Trail
Happy Hobo
 1924 The Measure of a Man
John Fairmeadow
 1924/I Big Timber
Walter Sandry
 1924 The Breathless Moment
Billy Carson
 1923 Beasts of Paradise
Phil Grant
 1923 Shadows of the North
Ben 'Wolf' Darby
 1923 McGuire of the Mounted
Bob McGuire
 1923 The Phantom Fortune
Larry Barclay
 1922 Perils of the Yukon
Jack Merrill Sr. / Jack Merrill Jr.
 1921 Fightin' Mad
Bud McGraw
 1921 The Policeman and the Baby (Short)
The Policeman
 1921 The Child Thou Gavest Me
Tom Marshall
 1921 Dangerous Toys
Jack Gray
 1920 The Parish Priest
Reverend John Whalen
 1920 Twin Beds
Harry Hawkins
 1920 A Broadway Cowboy
Burke Randolph
 1920 Women Men Love
David Hunter
 1919 The Prince and Betty
John Maude
 1919 The Blue Bandanna
Jerry Jerome
 1919 Dangerous Waters
Jimmie Moulton
 1919 A Sagebrush Hamlet
Larry Lang
 1919 Bare-Fisted Gallagher
'Bare-Fisted' Gallagher
 1919 The Mints of Hell
Dan Burke
 1919 Whitewashed Walls
Larry Donovan
 1919 Her Code of Honor
Eugene La Salle
 1919 The Prodigal Liar
Percival Montgomery Edwards
 1919 Life's a Funny Proposition
Jimmie Pendleton
 1918 Deuce Duncan
Deuce Duncan
 1918 The Pretender
Bob Baldwin
 1918 Wild Life
Chick Ward
 1918 Beyond the Shadows
Jean Du Bois
 1918 Hell's End
Jack Donovan
 1918 Closin' In
Jack Bradon
 1918 Old Hartwell's Cub
Bill Hartwell
 1918 An Honest Man
Benny Boggs
 1918 Society for Sale
Honorable Billy
 1918 The Marriage Bubble (Short)
The Actor / Marty Conrad, the Drunken Millionaire (dual role)
 1918 The Sea Panther
Paul Le Marsan
 1918 Captain of His Soul
Horace Boyce
 1917 The Sudden Gentleman
Garry Garrity
 1917 Fighting Back
The Weakling
 1917 Married in Name Only (unconfirmed)
 1917 Flying Colors
Brent Brewster
 1917 Master of His Home
Carson Stewart
 1917 Time Locks and Diamonds
Silver Jim Farrel
 1917 Paws of the Bear
Ray Bourke
 1917 Paddy O'Hara
Paddy O'Hara
 1917 Blood Will Tell
Samson Oakley III
 1917 The Last of the Ingrams
Jules Ingram
 1917 The Iced Bullet
The Author / Horace Lee
 1916 A Gamble in Souls
Arthur Worden, Evangelist
 1916 The Criminal
Donald White
 1916 The Dawn Maker
Bruce Smithson
 1916 Lieutenant Danny, U.S.A.
Lt. Danny Ward
 1916 The Payment
Dick
 1916 The Sorrows of Love
Guido Perli
 1916 Not My Sister
Michael Arnold
 1916 The Waifs
Arthur Rayburn
 1916 Bullets and Brown Eyes
Prince Carl
 1916 Peggy
Reverend Donald Bruce
 1915 Peer Gynt
The Parson
 1915 Kilmeny
Bob Meredith
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Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Bill Desmond | Wm. Desmond

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Trivia:

Stage and vaudeville actor. See more »

Nickname:

King of the Silent Serials

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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