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William B. Davidson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia William B. Davidson (June 16, 1888 – September 28, 1947) was an American film actor. Davidson attended Columbia University where he played football. He became a popular football star. This fame eventually led to his foray into motion pictures after he had spent some time as a lawyer. He started in films in 1914 with Vitagraph and supported well known stage and film actresses such as Ethel Barrymore, Mabel Taliaferro, Charlotte Walker, Olga Petrova, Viola Dana, June Caprice, Edna Goodrich, and Mae West. He appeared in 318 films between 1915 and 1949. He was born in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and died in Santa Monica, California. His first Hollywood film was For the Honor of the Crew. Afterward, he appeared in many films, his best-known role was perhaps the Ship's captain in The Most Dangerous Game. He remained in show business until his sudden death after surgery in 1947.

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Jun 16, 1888 In Dobbs Ferry, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Mary Lawson's Secret 1917-04-01
Latest Project:
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? 1975-08-06
Known For
Poster of Adam and Eva
Poster of Partners of the Night
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie That Hagen Girl Mr. Bowman (uncredited) 1947-11-01
Movie Dick Tracy's Dilemma Peter Premium 1947-05-20
Movie The Judge Steps Out Col. Bright 1947-12-15
Movie My Darling Clementine Saloon Owner (uncredited) 1946-12-03
Movie The Plainsman and the Lady Russell 1946-11-11
Movie The Cat Creeps James Walsh 1946-05-17
Movie Ding Dong Williams Mr. Saul Dana 1946-04-15
Movie Blonde Alibi Police Captain Hurley 1946-03-01
Movie The Notorious Lone Wolf Inspector Crane (as William Davidson) 1946-02-14
Movie See My Lawyer Judge 1945-03-09
Movie Circumstantial Evidence Chairman 1945-04-22
Movie Tell It to a Star Brannigan 1945-08-16
Movie Make Your Own Bed Mr. Linklater 1944-06-10
Movie A Night of Adventure Gilbert J. Regan 1944-06-02
Movie Up in Arms Maxwell 1944-02-17
Movie Murder On The Waterfront Capt. Towne 1943-09-18
Movie Mission to Moscow Senator 1943-05-22
Movie Calaboose Sheriff George Lane (as William Davidson) 1943-01-29
Movie Truck Busters Stephen S. Gray 1943-01-28
Movie The Great Man's Lady Sen. Knobs 1942-04-15
Movie Over My Dead Body Crole (as William Davidson) 1942-01-15
Movie The Affairs of Martha Homer Jacell 1942-06-21
Movie Larceny, Inc. McCarthy 1942-04-24
Movie Careful, Soft Shoulders Mr. Aldrich 1942-09-18
Movie Gentleman Jim Donovan (uncredited) 1942-11-14
Movie Three Sons o' Guns Henry Baxter 1941-08-02
Movie Uncle Joe Mr. Day 1941-01-01
Movie Man Made Monster District Attorney Ralph B. Stanley 1941-03-28
Movie The Lady from Cheyenne Nye Dunbar 1941-04-11
Movie Thieves Fall Out Harrison "Harry" Eckles 1941-05-03
Movie In the Navy Capt. Richards 1941-05-30
Movie Hold That Ghost Moose Matson (as William Davidson) 1941-08-08
Movie Highway West Gorman 1941-08-23
Movie Sun Valley Serenade Jack Murray 1941-08-29
Movie Week-End in Havana Captain Moss (as William Davidson) 1941-10-17
Movie Three Girls About Town Labor Leader 1941-10-23
Movie Keep 'Em Flying Gonigle 1941-11-28
Movie Remember the Day Committeeman 1941-12-25
Movie Sailor's Lady Judge Hinsdale 1940-07-05
Movie My Little Chickadee Sheriff of Little Bend 1940-02-09
Movie Half a Sinner Slick 1940-04-05
Movie Lillian Russell President Cleveland 1940-05-24
Movie Girl in 313 George Grayson 1940-05-30
Movie Florian Archduke Franz Ferdinand 1940-06-05
Movie Sandy Gets Her Man Councilman Charles J. Clark 1940-11-08
Movie My Love Came Back Agent (as William Davidson) 1940-07-13
Movie Hired Wife Mumford (as William Davidson) 1940-09-13
Movie Seven Sinners Police Chief 1940-10-25
Movie Lady with Red Hair Stock Company Manager 1940-11-30
Movie Tin Pan Alley Hotel Manager 1940-11-29
Movie Maryland John Addison 1940-07-19
Movie On Trial Mr. Gray 1939-04-01
Movie Off the Record Scotty 1939-01-21
Movie They Made Me a Criminal Ennis 1939-01-28
Movie Tail Spin Sales Manager 1939-02-19
Movie Blackwell's Island Defense Attorney Hempel (as William Davidson) 1939-03-02
Movie Three Smart Girls Grow Up Stock Broker 1939-03-24
Movie Sudden Money Sam 1939-03-31
Movie Blondie Meets the Boss Elderly Man in Café 1939-03-08
Movie Naughty But Nice Samuel 'Sam' 'Simsy' Hudson - Music Publisher 1939-06-23
Movie When Tomorrow Comes Army Captain 1939-08-11
Movie Each Dawn I Die Bill Mason 1939-08-19
Movie Dust Be My Destiny Work Farm Warden (as William Davidson) 1939-09-16
Movie Honeymoon in Bali Store Detective 1939-09-29
Movie Smashing the Money Ring Warden Denby 1939-10-21
Movie Private Detective Inspector Evans 1939-12-09
Movie Invisible Stripes Montgomery 1939-12-30
Movie Indianapolis Speedway Duncan Martin 1939-08-05
Movie Cocoanut Grove Hawtrey 1938-05-20
Movie Sergeant Murphy Maj. Gruff (as William Davidson) 1938-01-01
Movie The Jury's Secret Page 1938-01-16
Movie Cowboy from Brooklyn Mr. 'W.P.' Alvey 1938-07-09
Movie You and Me N.G. Borton, Attorney-at-Law 1938-06-03
Movie Blockade Commandant 1938-06-17
Movie Racket Busters Manhatten Trucking Chairman 1938-07-16
Movie Mr. Doodle Kicks Off Ellory Bugs 1938-10-07
Movie Ever Since Eve Henderson 1937-07-15
Movie Midnight Court Alfred H. Kruger 1937-03-06
Movie Marked Woman Bob Crandall 1937-04-10
Movie Melody For Two Mr. Hale 1937-05-01
Movie Marry the Girl Drake 1937-07-13
Movie Hollywood Hotel Director Kelton 1937-12-20
Movie Easy Living Mr. Hyde 1937-07-16
Movie Love on Toast Jonathan 1937-12-03
Movie Paradise Isle Hoener 1937-07-21
Movie Something to Sing About Mr. Richards (as William Davidson) 1937-09-30
Movie It Happened in Hollywood Al Howard 1937-09-07
Movie Gold Diggers of 1937 Andy Callahan (as Wm. Davidson) 1936-12-28
Movie Earthworm Tractors Mr. Jackson 1936-07-24
Movie Satan Met a Lady Spokesman - City Fathers Committee 1936-07-22
Movie Murder by an Aristocrat Bayard Thatcher 1936-06-13
Movie The Singing Kid Barney Hammond 1936-04-10
Movie Road Gang Attorney General Mardsen 1936-03-28
Movie Love on a Bet A.W. Hutchinson 1936-03-06
Movie Fatal Lady Detective 1936-05-15
Movie Go Into Your Dance Tom McGee 1935-04-20
Movie Bordertown Dr. Carter 1935-01-23
Movie Devil Dogs of the Air Adjutant (as William Davidson) 1935-02-09
Movie Sweet Music Billie Madison 1935-02-23
Movie A Night at the Ritz Connolly, an Editor 1935-03-23
Movie Woman Wanted Collins 1935-08-02
Movie Oil For The Lamps Of China E.H. Swaley 1935-06-08
Movie Special Agent Charlie Young - Carston's Lawyer 1935-09-14
Movie In Person Director Bill Sutter 1935-11-22
Movie Show Them No Mercy! Chief Haggerty (as William Davidson) 1935-12-06
Movie Dangerous Reed Walsh 1935-12-25
Movie The Secret Bride Representative McPherson (as William Davidson) 1934-12-22
Movie The St. Louis Kid Joe Hunter 1934-11-10
Movie The Dragon Murder Case Greeff 1934-08-25
Movie Housewife Nan's Attorney 1934-08-11
Movie Friends Of Mr. Sweeney Stephen Prime 1934-07-28
Movie Fog Over Frisco Joe Hogue - Editor (as William Davidson) 1934-06-02
Movie Upperworld City Editor (uncredited) 1934-04-28
Movie Laughing Boy Hartshone (as William Davidson) 1934-04-13
Movie The Intruder Det. Lt. Samson 1933-03-13
Movie How to Break 90 #3: Hip Action Himself 1933-06-23
Movie Torch Singer Jarrett 1933-09-08
Movie I'm No Angel Ernest Brown 1933-10-06
Movie Lady Killer Director Williams 1933-12-09
Movie Meet The Baron General Broadcasting Representative 1933-10-20
Movie Scarface Citizens Committee Member (uncredited) 1932-04-09
Movie The Lost Squadron Lelewer (as William Davidson) 1932-03-12
Movie Sky Devils Captain 1932-03-12
Movie The Menace John Utterson 1932-01-29
Movie The Most Dangerous Game Captain 1932-09-16
Movie Her Mad Night District Attorney 1932-10-12
Movie Pride of the Legion Sgt. Arnold 1932-10-17
Movie The Sport Parade Kendricks (uncredited) 1932-11-11
Movie Guilty or Not Guilty Chief 1932-11-15
Movie Graft M.H. Thomas 1931-09-21
Movie The Vice Squad Magistrate Tom Morrison 1931-05-29
Movie How I Play Golf by Bobby Jones, No. 2: 'Chip Shots' Himself - Golfer 1931-05-18
Movie Windy Riley Goes Hollywood 1931-05-02
Movie Captain Applejack Bill Dennett 1931-01-30
Movie No Limit Wilkie 1931-01-15
Movie The Costello Case Saunders 1930-10-14
Movie Men Are Like That Frank Hyland 1930-05-21
Movie For the Defense Dist. Atty. Stone 1930-07-18
Movie Scarlet Pages Jackson 1930-09-27
Movie Hook, Line and Sinker Frank Dukette aka Duke of Winchester (as William Davidson) 1930-12-26
Movie Playboy of Paris Monsieur Bannack 1930-10-18
Movie The Silver Horde Tom Hilliard 1930-10-24
Movie Hell's Angels Staff Major 1930-11-15
Movie Oh, for a Man! Kerry Stokes 1930-11-28
Movie Always Faithful George W. Mason 1929-12-29
Movie Woman Trap Watts 1929-09-28
Movie The Cradle Snatchers Roy Ladd 1927-05-28
Movie The Last Trail Kurt Morley 1927-01-23
Movie Recompense 1925-04-26
Movie Adam and Eva Dr. Delamater 1923-02-11
Movie Partners of the Night Robert Clifford 1920-02-29
Movie A Woman There Was Rev. Winthrop Stark 1919-06-01
Movie Mary Lawson's Secret Dr. Brundage 1917-04-01