William Bakewell



Place of birth:

Los Angeles, California, USA:


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.

Film Credits

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