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William Steele (I) (1888–1966)

American actor of small roles in Westerns, particularly those of John Ford. Although his screen credits and many records indicate a wide variety of names and spellings, Steele's own signatures on his military documents indicate that he was born William Anton Gittinger on March 28, 1888 (not 1889) in San Antonio, Texas. Little is known of his life ... See full bio »

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The Ridin' Kid from Powder River 'Lightnin' Bill Smith
The Avenging Arrow Don Carlos Martinez
The Runaway Express Blackie McPherson
An Indian Outcast Black Wolf


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 1956 The Searchers
Nesby (uncredited)
 1950 Copper Canyon
Roper (uncredited)
 1950 The Showdown
 1950 Colt .45
Henchman (uncredited)
 1949 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Officer (uncredited)
 1948 Two Guys from Texas
Townsman (uncredited)
 1945 San Antonio
Roper (uncredited)
 1943 The Outlaw
Deputy (uncredited)
 1940 The Westerner
Tex Cole (uncredited)
 1939 Destry Rides Again
Cowboy (uncredited)
 1938 Marie Antoinette
Footman (uncredited)
 1936 For the Service
Henchman (uncredited)
 1934 When a Man Sees Red
Henchman Speck
 1934 Rocky Rhodes
Cowhand (uncredited)
 1934 The Red Rider
Townsman (uncredited)
 1934 The Vanishing Shadow
Henchman (uncredited)
 1934 Laughing Boy
Guide (uncredited)
 1933 Gordon of Ghost City
Bob (Ch. 11) (uncredited)
 1933 King of the Arena (uncredited)
 1933 The California Trail
Pedro (as Robert Steele)
 1932 Flaming Guns
Rustler (uncredited)
 1930 Doughboys
Lieutenant Randolph
 1930 The Lone Star Ranger
First Deputy
 1928 The Black Ace
 1928 Thunder Riders
Lem Dawson (as William A. Steele)
 1928 The Call of the Heart
Dave Crenshaw (as William A. Steele)
 1928 The Fearless Rider
Dr. Lucifer Blade
 1927 Hoof Marks
Sam Trapp
 1927 The Battling Buckaroo (Short) (as William Gettinger)
 1927 Range Courage
Tex Lucas (as William A. Steele)
 1927 Whispering Sage
Tom Kildare (as William A. Steele)
 1927 The Valley of Hell
James Brady
 1927 Loco Luck
Frank Lambert (as William A. Steele)
 1927 Rough and Ready
Morris Manning (as William A. Steele)
 1926 The Runaway Express
Blackie McPherson (as William A. Steele)
 1926 The Ridin' Rascal (as W.A. Steele)
 1926 The Wild Horse Stampede
Charlie Champion
 1926 The Fighting Peacemaker
Clell Danert (as William A. Steele)
 1926 The Flaming Frontier
 1926 A Six Shootin' Romance
Currier King (as William A. Steele)
 1926 Under Western Skies
Fleming (as William A. Steele)
 1925 Two-Fisted Jones
Hank Gage
 1925 The Ace of Spades
Jim Heath (as William A. Steele)
 1925 Sagebrush Lady
Sheriff Martin
 1925 Don Dare Devil
Benito Menocal (as William A. Steele)
 1925 Let 'er Buck
Kent Crosby (as William A. Steele)
 1925 The Saddle Hawk
Steve Kern
 1925 The Hurricane Kid
Lafe Baxter (as William A. Steele)
 1924 The Ridin' Kid from Powder River
'Lightnin' Bill Smith (as William A. Steele)
 1924 The Last Man on Earth
Hattie's Father
 1924 The Sunset Trail
Brand Williams (as William A. Steele)
 1924 Hit and Run
The Gopher (as William A. Steele)
 1923 Shootin' for Love
Dan Hobson
 1923 Don Quickshot of the Rio Grande
Bill Barton (as William A. Steele)
 1923 Dead Game
Sam Antone (as William A. Steele)
 1923 Single Handed
Windy Smith
 1922 Bells of San Juan
Kid Rickard
 1922 The Fast Mail
Pierre La Fitte
 1922 Pardon My Nerve!
Nebraska Jones
 1921 Riding with Death
Chick Dillon
 1921 The Wallop
Christopher Foy (as William Gettinger)
 1921 The Avenging Arrow
Don Carlos Martinez
 1920/I The Stranger
Dr. Tyke (as Billy Gettinger)
 1920 The Misfit Wife
Duff Simpson (as Billy Gettinger)
 1918 The Phantom Riders
Dave Bland (as Bill Gettinger)
 1917 Bucking Broadway
Buck Hoover (as William Gettinger)
 1917 A Marked Man
Sheriff (as Bill Gettinger)
 1917 The Secret Man
The Foreman (as Bill Gettinger)
 1917 The Texas Sphinx (Short)
Dick Lonagan (as William Gettinger)
 1917 Cheyenne's Pal (Short)
Cowboy (as Bill Gettinger)
 1917 The Soul Herder (Short)
Bill Young (as William Gettinger)
 1917 Six-Shooter Justice (Short)
Mike Hernandez (as William Gettinger)
 1917 The Wrong Man (Short)
Larry Malone (as William Gettinger)
 1917 The Golden Bullet (Short)
Crazy Creek Sheriff (as Bill Gettinger)
 1917 The Mysterious Outlaw (Short)
Henry Martin (as William Goettinger)
 1917 A 44-Calibre Mystery (Short)
Deputy Sheriff Horton (as William Gettinger)
 1917 Hair-Trigger Burke (Short)
The Sheriff (as William Gettinger)
 1917 The Fighting Gringo
Jim (as Bill Gettinger)
 1917 Goin' Straight (Short)
Sheriff Dan Bekham (as William Gettinger)
 1917 The Outlaw and the Lady (Short)
The Sheriff (as William Gettinger)
 1917 Her Own People
Polsa Kar (as William Gettinger)
 1917 The Bad Man of Cheyenne (Short)
The Sheriff (as William Gittenger)
 1917 Blood Money (Short)
Dan Beckham (as William Gettinger)
 1916 The Night Riders (Short)
The Breed (as William Gettinger)
 1916 A Knight of the Range
Burk (as Bill Gettinger)
 1916 Across the Rio Grande (Short)
Dixon Lee (as William Gettinger)
 1915 The Ring of Destiny (Short)
The Cattle Rustler (as William Gettinger)
 1915 His Captive (Short)
The Gangster (as William Gettinger)
 1914 The White Wolf (Short)
Red Nose (as William Gettinger)
 1914 Universal Ike Junior Nearly Gets Married (Short) (as William Gettinger)
 1914 Universal Ike Junior in Me, Him, and I (Short)
Billy (as William Gettinger)
 1914 The Lost Arrow (Short)
Momboso (as William Gettinger)
 1914 Universal Ike Junior and the Vampire (Short)
1st Fool (as William Gettinger)
 1914 'Cross the Mexican Line (Short) (as William Gettinger)
 1914 Passing of the Beast (Short) (as William Gettinger)
 1914 The Man Within (Short) (as William Gettinger)
 1914 A Gypsy Romance (Short) (as William Gettinger)
 1914 The Voice of the Viola (Short)
The Surgeon (as William Gettinger)
 1913 His Brand (Short)
The Cowboy (as Billy Gettinger)
 1913 The Lipton Cup: Introducing Sir Thomas Lipton (as Billy Gettinger)
 1912 An Indian Outcast (Short)
Black Wolf (as William Gittenger)
 1912/II The Sheriff's Daughter (Short)
Jim - the Sheriff's Son (unconfirmed)
 1912/II Roped In (Short)
Big Bill (as Big Bill Goettinger)
 1911 Her Spoiled Boy (Short)
Big Bill (as Bill Giddinger)
 1911 The Immortal Alamo (Short) (as Big Bill Giddinger)
 1911 The 'Schoolmarm' of Coyote County (Short)
Big Bill (as Bill Giddinger)
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Alternate Names:

Billy Gettinger | Bill Gettinger | William Gettinger | Big Bill Giddinger | Bill Giddinger | William Gittenger | Big Bill Goettinger | William Goettinger | Bill Steele | Robert Steele | W.A. Steele | William A. Steele

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Steele's World War I draft registration, enlistment papers, and gravestone all clearly indicate that he was born William Anton Gittinger, despite the fact that he was sometimes listed in credits or census records as Gettinger, Gittenger, Gettenger, and other variations. Additionally, these same records consistently confirm his birth year as 1888, not 1889 as has been noted in some sources.

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