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William Roy (I) (1928–2003)

Not a well remembered child film actor, William Roy is better remembered as a pianist, accompanist, songwriter, singer and musical director. During the last several decades Roy prepared renowned cabaret shows for nightclub stars, notably the luminous Julie Wilson. With Wilson he put together "songbook" shows that honored the American theatre in ... See full bio »

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Hangmen Also Die!
Hangmen Also Die! Beda Novotny
The Corn Is Green
The Corn Is Green Idwal Morris
It Happened in Brooklyn


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 1950 Young Daniel Boone
Little Hawk
 1949 Joe Palooka in The Counterpunch
Messenger (uncredited)
 1948 Arch of Triumph
Chasseur (uncredited)
 1947 That Hagen Girl
Boy (uncredited)
 1947 It Happened in Brooklyn
Leo Kardos (as Billy Roy)
 1946 Deception
Busboy (uncredited)
 1945 The Corn Is Green
Idwal Morris (as Billy Roy)
 1944 The Conspirators
Page Boy (uncredited)
 1944 Passage to Marseille
Mess Boy (uncredited)
 1944 Song of Russia
Man (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1943 The Cross of Lorraine
Louis (as Billy Roy)
 1943 Gangway for Tomorrow
Boy (uncredited)
 1943 The Iron Major
Bob as a Boy (uncredited)
 1943 Good Luck, Mr. Yates
Plunkett (as Billy Roy)
 1943 Hangmen Also Die!
Beda Novotny (as Billy Roy)
 1943 Mountain Rhythm
Humphrey Davidson Pepperfield IV (as Billy Roy)
 1942 The Last Lesson (Short)
Francois (uncredited)
 1942 The Major and the Minor
Cadet (uncredited)
 1942 Crossroads
Boy Making Noise (uncredited)
 1942 The Pride of the Yankees
Joe Fabrini (uncredited)
 1942 Flying with Music
Native boy soprano (uncredited)
 1941 Aloma of the South Seas
Revo as a Child (as Billy Roy)

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He was the composer and lyricist for the musical adaptation of J.M. Barrie's play, "Maggie," at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine with Ella Logan in the cast. Hugh Thomas wrote the book. See more »

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Billy Roy

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As a former child star, he is probably best known when he costarred with Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson and Jimmy Durante in the MGM musical It Happened in Brooklyn (1947). (1947).



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