William B. Davidson

William B. Davidson

  • Birthday: 1888-06-15
  • Deathday: 1947-09-28
  • Place of birth: Dobbs Ferry, New York, USA
  • Also know as: Wm. B. Davidson

Biography

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.

Filmography

The Most Dangerous Game

1932

As Captain (uncredited)

Dust Be My Destiny

1939

As Work Farm Warden

I'm No Angel

1933

As Ernest Brown

Seven Sinners

1940

As Police Chief

Circumstantial Evidence

1945

As Board of Appeals Chairman

Hook, Line and Sinker

1930

As Frank Dukette aka Duke of Winchester (as William Davidson)

Lady Killer

1933

As Director Williams

Sun Valley Serenade

1941

As Jack Murray

Hollywood Hotel

1938

As Director Kelton

Earthworm Tractors

1936

As Mr. Jackson

Highway West

1941

As Gorman

Larceny, Inc.

1942

As McCarthy

The Dragon Murder Case

1934

As Greeff

Blackwell's Island

1939

As Hempel

Special Agent

1935

As Charlie Young - Carston's Lawyer

The Notorious Lone Wolf

1946

As Inspector Crane (as William Davidson)

The Great Man's Lady

1942

As Sen. Knobs

The Lost Squadron

1932

As Lelewer

Paradise Isle

1937

As Hoener

Her Mad Night

1932

As District Attorney

Show Them No Mercy!

1935

As Chief Haggerty (as William Davidson)

Sergeant Murphy

1938

As Maj. Gruff (uncredited)

Sweet Music

1935

As Billie Madison

Sky Devils

1932

As Captain

Graft

1931

As M.H. Thomas

Tell It to a Star

1945

As Brannigan

Scarlet Pages

1930

As Jackson

Love on a Bet

1936

As A.W. Hutchinson

Murder on the Waterfront

1943

As Capt. Towne

The Menace

1932

As John Utterson

Midnight Court

1937

As Alfred H. Kruger

Laughing Boy

1934

As Hartshone (as William Davidson)

Marry the Girl

1937

As Drake

Woman Trap

1929

As Watts

Road Gang

1936

As Attorney General Mardsen

The Pride of the Legion

1932

As Sgt. Arnold

Uncle Joe

1941

As Mr. Day

For the Defense

1930

As Dist. Atty. Stone

The Affairs of Martha

1942

As Homer Jacell

Florian

1940

As Archduke Franz Ferdinand

The Vice Squad

1931

As Magistrate Tom Morrison

Indianapolis Speedway

1939

As Duncan Martin

Woman Wanted

1935

As Collins

Playboy of Paris

1930

As Monsieur Bannack (uncredited)

Mr. Doodle Kicks Off

1938

As Ellory Bugs

Captain Applejack

1931

As Bill Dennett

In the Navy

1941

As Capt. Richards (uncredited)

That Hagen Girl

1947

As Mr. Bowman (uncredited)

No Limit

1931

As Wilkie

Blockade

1938

As Commandant

Guilty or Not Guilty

1932

As Chief

The St. Louis Kid

1934

As Joe Hunter

Murder by an Aristocrat

1936

As Bayard Thatcher (as William Davidson)

Ding Dong Williams

1946

As Mr. Saul Dana

Death Flies East

1935

As Police Captain Barrie

Cradle Snatchers

1927

As Roy Ladd

Partners of the Night

1920

As Robert Clifford

Lillian Russell

1940

As President Cleveland

Easy Living

1937

As Mr. Hyde

The Intruder

1933

As Det. Lt. Samson

In Person

1935

As Director Bill Sutter

Ever Since Eve

1937

As Henderson

It Happened in Hollywood

1937

As Al Howard

Racket Busters

1938

As Trucking Chairman (uncredited)

Fatal Lady

1936

As Detective (uncredited)

Cowboy from Brooklyn

1938

As Mr. 'W.P.' Alvey

Cocoanut Grove

1938

As Hawtrey

Melody for Two

1937

As Mr. Hale

Naughty But Nice

1939

As Samuel 'Sam' 'Simsy' Hudson - Music Publisher

Up in Arms

1944

As Maxwell (uncredited)

Adam and Eva

1923

As Dr. Delamater

Smashing the Money Ring

1939

As Warden Denby

The Sport Parade

1932

As Kendricks (uncredited)

The Big Noise

1936

As Welford Andrews

Hired Wife

1940

As Mumford (as William Davidson)

Oil for the Lamps of China

1935

As E.H. Swaley

Friends of Mr. Sweeney

1934

As Stephen Prime

Tail Spin

1939

As Sales Manager (Uncredited)

Blondie Meets the Boss

1939

As Elderly Man in Café (uncredited)

Three Smart Girls Grow Up

1939

As Stock Broker

Three Sons o' Guns

1941

As Henry Baxter

Each Dawn I Die

1939

As Bill Mason

Honeymoon in Bali

1939

As Store Detective

Man-Made Monster

1941

As District Attorney Ralph B. Stanley

The Last Trail

1927

As Kurt Morley

A Night of Adventure

1944

As Gilbert J. Regan (uncredited)

Calaboose

1943

As Sheriff George Lane (as William Davidson)

Bordertown

1935

As Dr. Carter

Devil Dogs of the Air

1935

As Adjutant

Dick Tracy's Dilemma

1947

As Peter Premium

The Secret Bride

1934

As Representative McPherson

Dangerous

1935

As Reed Walsh

A Woman There Was

1919

As Rev. Winthrop Stark

Love on Toast

1937

As Jonathan

Keep 'Em Flying

1941

As Gonigle

Mary Lawson's Secret

1917

As Dr. Brundage

Scarface

1932

As Citizens Committee Member (uncredited)

Over My Dead Body

1942

As Crole (as William Davidson)

My Darling Clementine

1946

As Saloon Owner (uncredited)

My Little Chickadee

1940

As Sheriff of Little Bend (uncredited)

The Lady from Cheyenne

1941

As Nye Dunbar

Hold That Ghost

1941

As Moose Matson

My Love Came Back

1940

As Agent

The Singing Kid

1936

As Barney Hammond

Half a Sinner

1940

As Slick

Gentleman Jim

1942

As Donovan (uncredited)

Tin Pan Alley

1940

As Hotel Manager

A Night at the Ritz

1935

As Connolly

Lady with Red Hair

1940

As Stock Company Manager (uncredited)

Maryland

1940

As John Addison

Girl in 313

1940

As George Grayson

Meet the Baron

1933

As General Broadcasting Representative

Private Detective

1939

As Inspector Evans

Satan Met a Lady

1936

As City Fathers Committee Spokesman (uncredited)

Three Girls About Town

1941

As Labor Leader

The Silver Horde

1930

As Tom Hilliard

Something to Sing About

1937

As Mr. Richards (as William Davidson)

The Secret Call

1931

As Jim Blake

Always Faithful

1929

As George W. Mason

Remember the Day

1941

As Committeeman

Upperworld

1934

As City Editor (uncredited)

Sharp Tools

1928

As

Gold Diggers of 1937

1936

As Andy Callahan

Sudden Money

1939

As Sam

Oh, for a Man!

1930

As Kerry Stokes

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

1975

As Self (archive footage)

Careful, Soft Shoulders

1942

As Mr. Aldrich

The Costello Case

1930

As Saunders

Housewife

1934

As Nan's Attorney

Off the Record

1939

As Scotty

Men Are Like That

1930

As Frank Hyland

On Trial

1939

As Mr. Gray

Half Holiday

1931

As Jerry - Andy's Pal

Week-End in Havana

1941

As Captain Moss

The Cat Creeps

1946

As James Walsh

Fog Over Frisco

1934

As Editor Joe Hogue

Thieves Fall Out

1941

As Harrison "Harry" Eckles

Hell's Angels

1930

As Staff Major

Mission to Moscow

1943

As Senator (uncredited)

Sailor's Lady

1940

As Judge Hinsdale

Marked Woman

1937

As Bob Crandall

Torch Singer

1933

As Jarrett

Over the Wall

1943

As Warden Ed

Go Into Your Dance

1935

As Tom McGee

Truck Busters

1943

As Stephen S. Gray

Blonde Alibi

1946

As Police Captain Hurley (Uncredited)

Behind the Mike

1937

As Cyrus Wittles

Why I Would Not Marry

1918

As Undetermined Role

The Jury's Secret

1938

As Page

See My Lawyer

1945

As Judge

Sandy Gets Her Man

1940

As Councilman Charles J. Clark

Let Them Live

1937

As The Editor

Recompense

1925

As Col. Donovan

Make Your Own Bed

1944

As Mr. Linklater

Impossible Catherine

1919

As John Henry Jackson

The Billion Dollar Scandal

1933

As Jim Lawrence

You May Be Next!

1936

As Official (uncredited)

The Big Shakedown

1934

As District Attorney (uncredited)

Imitation of Life

1934

As Man Buying Cigar (uncredited)

In Society

1944

As Parker

San Francisco Docks

1940

As Dist. Atty. Craig

The Man Who Walked Alone

1945

As Governor

Granny Get Your Gun

1940

As Fitzgerald

The Capitol

1919

As Congressman Blake

Central Park

1932

As Police Lieutenant (uncredited)

Invisible Stripes

1939

As Montgomery (uncredited)

In This Our Life

1942

As Jim Purdy

Blaze o' Glory

1929

As District Attorney (as William Davidson)

A Gentleman of Paris

1927

As Henri Dufour

Dorian's Divorce

1916

As Henry Morgan (as William Davidson)

They Were Expendable

1945

As Hotel Manager (uncredited)

Is My Face Red?

1932

As O'Sullivan

The Male Animal

1942

As Alumnus

Female

1933

As Department Head (Uncredited)

Mystery of the Wax Museum

1933

As Detective (Uncredited)

The Man Who Reclaimed His Head

1934

As Charles (as William Davidson)

Illegal Traffic

1938

As Dalton

The Magnificent Dope

1942

As Mr. Reindel

Dishonored

1931

As

The Thirteenth Guest

1932

As Police Captain Brown (Uncredited)

Sing Your Way Home

1945

As F.T. Johnson

The Road Back

1937

As Bartscher

The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine

1942

As Cyrus Ballard

The White Raven

1917

As The Stranger

The Call of Her People

1917

As Nicholas Van Kleet

The Greatest Power

1917

As John Conrad

The Lifted Veil

1917

As Malcolm Grant

Hidden Power

1939

As Foster

La belle Russe

1919

As Brand

The Pretenders

1916

As Joseph Bailey (as William Davidson)

Lure of Ambition

1919

As Hon. Cyril Ralston

In Pursuit of Polly

1918

As Larry O'Malley

Good Morning, Judge

1928

As Elton (as William Davidson)

Queen of the Night Clubs

1929

As Assistant District Attorney (as William Davidson)

Dangerously Yours

1933

As George Carr

Hearts and Spurs

1925

As Victor Dufresne

Ports of Call

1925

As Randolph Sherman

A Yellow Streak

1915

As Jack Rader

For the Honor of the Crew

1915

As Robert Brent

Hello, Everybody!

1933

As Mr. Parker

A Man from Wyoming

1930

As Major

Her Debt of Honor

1916

As John Hartfield

In the Diplomatic Service

1916

As Lynn Hardi

The Price of Malice

1916

As Capt. Mills

The Carnation Kid

1929

As Blythe

The Hurricane

1937

As Abusive Drunk (uncredited)

There Goes My Heart

1938

As Skipper Jackson (uncredited)

The Judge Steps Out

1947

As Colonel Bright (uncredited)

On Their Own

1940

As Judge Bull

The Good Fellows

1943

As Blake

Letter of Introduction

1938

As Mr. Raleigh (uncredited)

The Animal Kingdom

1932

As Chess Player

Sunny

1930

As First Ship's Officer

Charter Pilot

1940

As Mr. Wentworth

Greenwich Village

1944

As Dance Director

That's My Man

1947

As Steward

Mae West and the Men Who Knew Her

1994

As Self (archive footage)

Hers to Hold

1943

As Al

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