Biography

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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 108

Birthday 1908-05-02

Day of Death 1993-04-15

Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, USA

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Also Known As

  • Billy Bakewell
  • William Bakewell Jr.
  • Bill Bakewell

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1984 Geschundenes Zelluloid - Das Schicksal des Kinoklassikers 'Im Westen nichts Neues' as Himself
1975 The Strongest Man in the World as Professor
1971 Alias Smith and Jones (1 episode)
1970 Nanny and the Professor (2 episodes)
1966 That Girl (1 episode)
1965 I Dream of Jeannie (1 episode)
1965 Green Acres (1 episode)
1964 Profiles in Courage (1 episode)
1963 Petticoat Junction (3 episodes)
1962 The Beverly Hillbillies (1 episode)
1962 The Virginian (2 episodes)
1961 Hazel (1 episode)
1961 87th Precinct (1 episode)
1961 Mister Ed (1 episode)
1960 The Roaring 20's (1 episode)
1960 Bringing Up Buddy (1 episode)
1960 Guestward, Ho! (1 episode)
1960 Pete and Gladys (1 episode)
1958 Peter Gunn (1 episode)
1958 Sea Hunt (2 episodes)
1957 Harbor Command (1 episode)
1957 Leave It to Beaver (1 episode)
1957 Maverick (1 episode)
1957 M Squad (1 episode)
1957 Official Detective (1 episode)
1955 Highway Patrol (1 episode)
1955 The Great Gildersleeve (1 episode)
1955 Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier as Maj. Tobias Norton
1954 Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter as Major Norton
1954 Lucky Me as Motorist (uncredited)
1953 So This Is Love as Charles, Waiter (uncredited)
1953 I'm the Law (1 episode)
1952 This Is Your Life (1 episode)
1952 Radar Men from the Moon as Ted Richards
1951 Come Fill The Cup as Hal Ortman
1951 The Adventures of Boston Blackie (1 episode)
1951 When the Redskins Rode as Appleby
1951 Wells Fargo Gunmaster as Charlie Lannon
1950 Lux Video Theatre (2 episodes)
1950 The Capture as Herb Tolin, Bolsa Grande Oil
1948 Night Wind as Capt. Kingston
1948 Romance on the High Seas as Dudley (travel agent)
1948 Arthur Takes Over as Lawrence White
1947 King of the Bandits as Captain Frank Mason
1947 The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer as Winters
1947 The Trespasser as Bruce Coleman, the Literary Editor
1947 The Fabulous Dorseys as Eddie
1947 The Farmer's Daughter as Windor
1946 Hop Harrigan: America's Ace of the Airways as Hop Harrigan
1942 King of the Mounties as Cpl. Hall Ross
1942 The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe as Hugh Pleasant (as William Bakewell Jr.)
1942 The Postman Didn't Ring as Robert Harwood Jr.
1942 Dawn Express as Tom Fielding
1940 Seven Sinners as Ensign
1940 The Saint Takes Over as Shipboard Card Player
1940 Beyond Tomorrow as David Chadwick
1939 Gone with the Wind as Mounted Officer
1939 Hotel Imperial as Cadet (uncredited)
1939 Zenobia as Townsman at Zeke's Recitation
1939 King of the Turf as Intern
1938 The Higgins Family as Eddie Davis
1937 Exiled to Shanghai as Andrew
1937 Trapped by G-Men as Dick Withers
1937 Jungle Menace as Tom Banning
1937 Dangerous Holiday as Tom Connor
1937 Mile a Minute Love as Bob
1937 Quality Street as Lt. Spicer (uncredited)
1936 Sea Spoilers as Lieut. Commander Mays
1936 Lady Luck as Dave Haines
1935 Happiness C.O.D. as Ken Sherridan
1935 On Probation as Bill Coleman
1935 Strangers All as Dick Carter
1934 Sons of Steel as Roland Chadburne
1934 Crimson Romance as Adolph
1934 The Curtain Falls as Barry Graham
1934 The Party's Over as Clay
1934 Straight Is the Way as Dr. Wilkes
1934 Green Eyes as Cliff Miller
1934 The Quitter as Russell Tilford
1934 You Can't Buy Everything as Don Bell (adult)
1933 A Man of Sentiment as John Russell
1933 Three-Cornered Moon as Douglas Rimplegar
1933 Lucky Devils as Slugger Jones
1932 Back Street as Richard Saxel
1932 While Paris Sleeps as Paul Renoir
1931 Guilty Hands as Tommy Osgood
1931 A Woman of Experience as Count Karl Runyi
1931 Daybreak as Otto
1931 Politics as Benny Emerson
1931 Dance, Fools, Dance as Rodney Jordan
1931 Reducing as Tommy Haverly
1930 Paid as Carney
1930 All Quiet on the Western Front as Albert Kropp
1930 Playing Around as Jack
1930 The Bat Whispers as Brook
1929 Show of Shows as Performer in 'Bicycle Built for Two' Number
1929 On with the Show! as Jimmy
1929 Hot Stuff as Mack Moran
1929 The Iron Mask as Louis XIV / Twin Brother
1928 Annapolis as Skippy
1928 The Battle of the Sexes as The Son
1928 Harold Teen as Percival
1928 The Shield of Honor
1928 The Latest from Paris as Bud Dolan
1928 West Point as 'Tex' McNeil
1927 Mother
1926 Old Ironsides as Young Philadelphian
1925 The Last Edition as 'Ink' Donovan

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