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William Bakewell

William Bakewell (May 2, 1908 – April 15, 1993), also known as Billy Bakewell, was an American actor, who achieved his greatest fame as one of the premiere juvenile performers of the late 1920s and early 1930s. Bakewell, educated at Los Angeles Harvard Military School, began his film career as an extra in the silent movie Fighting Blood (1924), and went on to appear in some 170 films and television shows. He had supporting roles at the end of the silent era and reached the peak of his career around 1930. He is perhaps best remembered for playing German soldier Albert Kropp in the film classic All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), and Rodney Jordan, Joan Crawford's brother, in Dance, Fools, Dance (1931). He also co-starred in Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929) with Winnie Lightner and Lilyan Tashman. In 1933, he contributed to the founding of the Screen Actors Guild, and was member 44 of the original 50. He never achieved stardom after the Depression years, although he became familiar in dozens of films, including his short appearance as a mounted soldier in Gone with the Wind (1939) whom Scarlett O'Hara asks when the Yankee soldiers are coming to Atlanta. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army with the rank of second lieutenant. He was stationed at the 73rd Evacuation Hospital and at the Radio Section of the Special Service Division as the Post Intelligence Officer. He also worked under the department that handled distribution of recorded programs to overseas station circuits. He starred in the Columbia Pictures serial Hop Harrigan (1946), where he played a top Air Corps pilot. He also portrayed Major Tobias Norton and a Keelboat Race Master of Ceremonies in the phenomenally popular Disney series Davy Crockett (1954-1955). In the 1960s, he guest starred in numerous situation comedy television series, including Guestward, Ho!, Pete and Gladys, Bringing Up Buddy, The Tab Hunter Show, Mister Ed, Leave It to Beaver, The Jack Benny Program, Petticoat Junction , and Hazel. He also was cast in episodes of Peter Gunn, Sea Hunt, Wagon Train, The Roaring 20s, The Virginian, Arrest and Trial, and 87th Precinct He played the Virginia statesman George Wythe in the episode "George Mason" in the 1965 NBC documentary series, Profiles in Courage. He made his last film in 1975. For four decades, Bakewell served on the board of Motion Picture and Television Fund. He died on April 15, 1993 of leukemia at the age of 84.

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May 2, 1908 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Last Edition 1925-11-08
Latest Project:
Movie Geschundenes Zelluloid - Das Schicksal des Kinoklassikers "Im Westen nichts Neues" 1984-01-01
Known For
Poster of I Dream of Jeannie
Poster of The Beverly Hillbillies
Poster of Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
Poster of All Quiet on the Western Front
Movie Geschundenes Zelluloid - Das Schicksal des Kinoklassikers "Im Westen nichts Neues" Himself 1984-01-01
Movie The Strongest Man in the World Professor 1975-02-06
Movie Call Her Mom Jeremy's Father 1972-02-16
Series Alias Smith and Jones Unknown 1971-01-05
Series Nanny and the Professor Unknown 1970-01-21
Series That Girl Unknown 1966-09-08
Series Green Acres Unknown 1965-09-15
Series I Dream of Jeannie Colonel Harris 1965-09-18
Series Profiles in Courage Unknown 1964-11-08
Series Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Series The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown 1962-09-26
Series Mister Ed Unknown 1961-01-05
Series 87th Precinct Unknown 1961-09-25
Series Hazel Unknown 1961-09-28
Series Pete and Gladys Unknown 1960-09-19
Series Guestward, Ho! Unknown 1960-09-29
Series Bringing Up Buddy Unknown 1960-10-10
Series The Roaring 20's Unknown 1960-10-15
Series Sea Hunt Unknown 1958-01-04
Series Peter Gunn Unknown 1958-09-22
Series Official Detective Unknown 1957-01-01
Series M Squad Unknown 1957-09-20
Series Maverick Unknown 1957-09-22
Series Harbor Command Unknown 1957-10-11
Series Leave It to Beaver Unknown 1957-10-04
Series The Great Gildersleeve Unknown 1955-09-20
Movie Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier Maj. Tobias Norton 1955-05-25
Series Highway Patrol Unknown 1955-10-03
Movie Lucky Me Motorist (uncredited) 1954-04-09
Movie Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter Major Norton 1954-12-15
Series I'm the Law Unknown 1953-02-13
Movie So This Is Love Charles, Waiter (uncredited) 1953-07-15
Movie Radar Men from the Moon Ted Richards 1952-01-09
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie Wells Fargo Gunmaster Charlie Lannon 1951-05-15
Movie When the Redskins Rode Appleby 1951-05-30
Movie Come Fill The Cup Hal Ortman 1951-10-24
Series The Adventures of Boston Blackie Unknown 1951-09-08
Movie The Capture Herb Tolin, Bolsa Grande Oil 1950-04-08
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie So This Is New York Hotel Clerk 1948-06-01
Movie Arthur Takes Over Lawrence White 1948-04-07
Movie Night Wind Capt. Kingston 1948-09-01
Movie Romance on the High Seas Dudley (travel agent) 1948-06-25
Movie You Gotta Stay Happy Dick Hebert 1948-10-28
Movie The Fabulous Dorseys Eddie 1947-02-26
Movie The Trespasser Bruce Coleman, the Literary Editor 1947-07-03
Movie The Farmer's Daughter Windor 1947-01-01
Movie King of the Bandits Captain Frank Mason 1947-11-07
Movie The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer Winters 1947-09-01
Movie Hop Harrigan: America's Ace of the Airways Hop Harrigan 1946-03-27
Movie Dawn Express Tom Fielding 1942-03-27
Movie The Postman Didn't Ring Robert Harwood Jr. 1942-07-03
Movie King of the Mounties Cpl. Hall Ross 1942-10-17
Movie The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe Hugh Pleasant 1942-08-28
Movie Beyond Tomorrow David Chadwick 1940-05-10
Movie The Saint Takes Over Shipboard Card Player 1940-06-07
Movie Seven Sinners Ensign 1940-10-25
Movie King of the Turf Intern 1939-02-17
Movie Zenobia Townsman at Zeke's Recitation 1939-04-21
Movie Hotel Imperial Cadet (uncredited) 1939-05-11
Movie Gone with the Wind Mounted Officer 1939-12-15
Movie The Higgins Family Eddie Davis 1938-03-28
Movie The Duke of West Point Committee Captain 1938-12-29
Movie Mile a Minute Love Bob 1937-04-05
Movie Quality Street Lieutenant Spicer 1937-03-26
Movie Dangerous Holiday Tom Connor 1937-06-06
Movie Jungle Menace Tom Banning 1937-09-01
Movie Exiled to Shanghai Andrew 1937-12-20
Movie Trapped by G-Men Dick Withers 1937-09-09
Movie Lady Luck Dave Haines 1936-09-13
Movie Sea Spoilers Lieut. Commander Mays 1936-09-30
Movie Strangers All Dick Carter 1935-04-01
Movie On Probation Bill Coleman 1935-04-01
Movie Happiness C.O.D. Ken Sherridan 1935-10-14
Movie Green Eyes Cliff Miller 1934-06-15
Movie You Can't Buy Everything Don Bell (adult) 1934-01-26
Movie Straight Is the Way Dr. Wilkes 1934-08-10
Movie The Quitter Russell Tilford 1934-02-05
Movie The Curtain Falls Barry Graham 1934-10-02
Movie Sons of Steel Roland Chadburne 1934-12-14
Movie Crimson Romance Adolph 1934-10-12
Movie The Party's Over Clay 1934-08-30
Movie Three-Cornered Moon Douglas Rimplegar 1933-08-08
Movie Lucky Devils Slugger Jones 1933-02-03
Movie A Man of Sentiment John Russell 1933-09-15
Movie While Paris Sleeps Paul Renoir 1932-05-08
Movie Back Street Richard Saxel 1932-09-01
Movie Dance, Fools, Dance Rodney Jordan 1931-02-07
Movie Reducing Tommy Haverly 1931-01-03
Movie Daybreak Otto 1931-05-02
Movie Politics Benny Emerson 1931-02-26
Movie The Spirit of Notre Dame Jim Stewart 1931-10-13
Movie Guilty Hands Tommy Osgood 1931-08-22
Movie A Woman of Experience Count Karl Runyi 1931-08-06
Movie Playing Around Jack 1930-01-19
Movie All Quiet on the Western Front Albert Kropp 1930-04-29
Movie The Bat Whispers Brook 1930-11-13
Movie Paid Carney 1930-12-30
Movie Lady of the Pavements A Pianist 1929-01-22
Movie The Iron Mask Louis XIV / Twin Brother 1929-02-21
Movie Show of Shows Performer in 'Bicycle Built for Two' Number (uncredited) 1929-11-21
Movie Hot Stuff Mack Moran 1929-05-04
Movie On with the Show! Jimmy 1929-07-13
Movie The Latest from Paris Bud Dolan 1928-02-04
Movie West Point 'Tex' McNeil 1928-01-07
Movie The Shield of Honor Unknown 1928-02-19
Movie Harold Teen Percival 1928-04-28
Movie Annapolis Skippy 1928-11-18
Movie The Battle of the Sexes The Son 1928-10-12
Movie The Heart Thief 1927-04-26
Movie Mother Unknown 1927-05-01
Movie Old Ironsides Young Philadelphian 1926-12-06
Movie The Last Edition 'Ink' Donovan 1925-11-08