William Bakewell

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.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Los Angeles, California, USA
    Birthday
    5/2/1908
All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front
7.8
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
8
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
7
Lucky Me
Lucky Me
6.7
Seven Sinners
Seven Sinners
5.9
Romance on the High Seas
Romance on the High Seas
6.8
The Capture
The Capture
5.8
West Point
West Point
7.4
The Dawn Express
The Dawn Express
4
Three-Cornered Moon
Three-Cornered Moon
5
Green Eyes
Green Eyes
5
Dance, Fools, Dance
Dance, Fools, Dance
6.4
Trapped by G-Men
Trapped by G-Men
0
On With the Show!
On With the Show!
5
Guilty Hands
Guilty Hands
5.7
The Trespasser
The Trespasser
5
Strangers All
Strangers All
5.5
Straight Is the Way
Straight Is the Way
5.5
You Can't Buy Everything
You Can't Buy Everything
7
Lady Luck
Lady Luck
5
On Probation
On Probation
0
Happiness C.O.D.
Happiness C.O.D.
6
King of the Bandits
King of the Bandits
4
Dangerous Holiday
Dangerous Holiday
0
Playing Around
Playing Around
4.7
Jungle Menace
Jungle Menace
5
Crimson Romance
Crimson Romance
6
Exiled to Shanghai
4.9
Reducing
Reducing
4
Radar Men from the Moon
Radar Men from the Moon
4.4
Show of Shows
Show of Shows
5.5
The Last Edition
The Last Edition
5
Politics
Politics
6.3
A Man of Sentiment
A Man of Sentiment
0
The Iron Mask
The Iron Mask
6.7
Sons of Steel
Sons of Steel
5
A Woman of Experience
A Woman of Experience
5.2
While Paris Sleeps
While Paris Sleeps
5.8
The Bat Whispers
The Bat Whispers
6.2
Lucky Devils
Lucky Devils
6.3
The Curtain Falls
The Curtain Falls
0
Harold Teen
Harold Teen
7
Zenobia
Zenobia
4.6
Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
6.4
Bruised Celluloid
Bruised Celluloid
0
The Shield of Honor
The Shield of Honor
4.3
Daybreak
Daybreak
4
The Quitter
The Quitter
0
The Saint Takes Over
The Saint Takes Over
6.3
Sea Spoilers
Sea Spoilers
4.7
Mile a Minute Love
Mile a Minute Love
6
The Higgins Family
The Higgins Family
0
When the Redskins Rode
When the Redskins Rode
4.7
Annapolis
Annapolis
3
The Postman Didn't Ring
The Postman Didn't Ring
0
The Battle of the Sexes
The Battle of the Sexes
4.9
Hop Harrigan: America's Ace of the Airways
Hop Harrigan: America's Ace of the Airways
3.7
Quality Street
Quality Street
5.8
Hotel Imperial
Hotel Imperial
6
Beyond Tomorrow
Beyond Tomorrow
6.2
Old Ironsides
Old Ironsides
6
The Fabulous Dorseys
The Fabulous Dorseys
6
The Farmer's Daughter
The Farmer's Daughter
6.9
Back Street
Back Street
6.1
The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe
The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe
5.7
King of the Mounties
King of the Mounties
0
Wells Fargo Gunmaster
Wells Fargo Gunmaster
0
Come Fill the Cup
Come Fill the Cup
7
So This Is Love
So This Is Love
5.5
Hot Stuff
Hot Stuff
0
The Latest from Paris
The Latest from Paris
0
The Strongest Man in the World
The Strongest Man in the World
6
Paid
Paid
6.8
King of the Turf
King of the Turf
7
The Party's Over
The Party's Over
3
Night Wind
Night Wind
0
Arthur Takes Over
Arthur Takes Over
2
Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter
Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter
6.5
Mother
Mother
0
The Duke of West Point
The Duke of West Point
3.8
So This Is New York
So This Is New York
6.5
The Heart Thief
The Heart Thief
0
You Gotta Stay Happy
You Gotta Stay Happy
6.4
The Spirit of Notre Dame
The Spirit of Notre Dame
6.3
Call Her Mom
Call Her Mom
4
Lady of the Pavements
Lady of the Pavements
4.6
I Live on Danger
I Live on Danger
5.7
Together We Live
Together We Live
0
Bertha the Sewing Machine Girl
Bertha the Sewing Machine Girl
0
Gold Diggers of Broadway
Gold Diggers of Broadway
0
Straightaway
Straightaway
0
Speed Wings
Speed Wings
0
Set This Town on Fire
0
Cheaters at Play
Cheaters at Play
0
Jungle Terror
Jungle Terror
0
Dr. Kildare's Victory
Dr. Kildare's Victory
5.8
Laddie
Laddie
0
Davy Crockett Goes to Congress
Davy Crockett Goes to Congress
10
Not With My Wife, You Don't
Not With My Wife, You Don't
6
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