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William Haines (I) (1900–1973)


Born in Staunton, Virginia, William Haines ran off to live life on his own terms while still in his teens, moving to New York City and becoming friends with such later Hollywood luminaries as designer Orry-Kelly and Cary Grant. His film career started slowly, but by the end of the silent era he was regularly named as the #1 male box-office draw. ... See full bio »

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Known For

Show People
Show People Billy Boone
(1928)
Tell It to the Marines
Tell It to the Marines Private 'Skeet' Burns
(1926)
Just a Gigolo
Just a Gigolo Lord Robert Brummel
(1931)
Navy Blues
Navy Blues Kelly
(1929)

Filmography

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 1934 The Marines Are Coming
Lt. William 'Wild Bill' Traylor
 1934 Young and Beautiful
Robert Preston
 1932 Fast Life
Sandy
 1932 Are You Listening?
Bill Grimes
 1931 Just a Gigolo
Lord Robert Brummel
 1931 The Stolen Jools (Short)
Bill Haines
 1931 A Tailor Made Man
John Paul Bart
 1930 Remote Control
William Judd Brennan
 1930 Way Out West
Windy
 1930 Free and Easy
William Haines - Guest at Premiere
 1930 The Girl Said No
Tom Ward
 1929 Navy Blues
Kelly
 1929 Speedway
Bill Whipple
 1929 A Man's Man
Mel
 1929 The Duke Steps Out
Duke
 1928 Alias Jimmy Valentine
Jimmy Valentine
 1928 Show People
Billy Boone
 1928 Excess Baggage
Eddie Kane
 1928 Telling the World
Don Davis
 1928 The Smart Set
Tommy
 1927/II West Point
Brice Wayne
 1927 Spring Fever
Jack Kelly
 1927 Slide, Kelly, Slide
Jim Kelly
 1927 A Little Journey
George Manning
 1926 Tell It to the Marines
Private 'Skeet' Burns
 1926 Lovey Mary
Billy Wiggs
 1926 Brown of Harvard
Tom Brown
 1926 Memory Lane
Joe Field
 1926 The Thrill Hunter
Peter J. Smith
 1926 Mike
Harlan
 1925 Sally, Irene and Mary
Jimmy Dungan
 1925 Little Annie Rooney
Joe Kelley
 1925 The Tower of Lies
August
 1925 Fighting the Flames
Horatio Manly Jr
 1925 A Slave of Fashion
Dick Wayne
 1925 The Denial
Lover in Flashback
 1925 Who Cares
Martin
 1925 A Fool and His Money
John Smart
 1924 The Wife of the Centaur
Edward Converse
 1924 Circe the Enchantress
William Craig
 1924 Wine of Youth
Hal Martin
 1924 The Gaiety Girl
Owen Tudor St. John
 1924 The Midnight Express
Jack Oakes
 1924 True As Steel
Gilbert Morse
 1924 Three Weeks
Curate
 1923 Three Wise Fools
Gordon Schuyler
 1923 Souls for Sale
Pinkey
 1922 Brothers Under the Skin
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Personal Details

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 23 Articles | See more »

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

[asked by a writer to compose his own epitaph] Here's something I want to get off my chest. See more »

Trivia:

Was approached, along with fellow silent-screen veterans Buster Keaton and Anna Q. Nilsson, to play one of Gloria Swanson's bridge partners in Sunset Blvd. (1950). Swanson herself reportedly asked him to do it. Haines declined and fellow screen veteran H.B. Warner took the part. See more »

Trademark:

One of the first of the wisecracking male leads

Nickname:

Willy See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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