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Warren William

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Warren William (December 2, 1894 – September 24, 1948) was a Broadway and Hollywood actor, popular during the early 1930s, who was later nicknamed the "king of Pre-Code". He was born Warren William Krech in Aitkin, Minnesota to parents Freeman E. and Frances Krech. He had a certain physical resemblance to John Barrymore. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After moving from Broadway to Hollywood in 1931, he reached his peak as a leading man in early 1930s pre-Production Code films. He was a contract player at the Warner Bros. studio and was known for portraying amoral businessmen, lawyers, and other heartless types, including the Sam Spade character (renamed "Ted Shane") in the second filming of The Maltese Falcon, called Satan Met a Lady (1936) with Bette Davis. He also played sympathetic roles, however, as in Imitation of Life, in which he portrayed Claudette Colbert's love interest. He appeared as her love interest again that year, when he played Julius Caesar to her Cleopatra in Cecil B. DeMille's version of Cleopatra. And he was the swashbucking d'Artagnan in the 1939 version of The Man in the Iron Mask, directed by James Whale. William was the first to portray Erle Stanley Gardner's fictional defense attorney Perry Mason on the big screen and starred in four fast-paced, comical, and highly entertaining Perry Mason mysteries. He also played Raffles-like reformed jewel thief The Lone Wolf for Columbia Pictures beginning with The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939) with Ida Lupino and Rita Hayworth, and he starred as detective Philo Vance in two films in that series, 1934's The Dragon Murder Case and 1939's The Gracie Allen Murder Case (billed below Gracie Allen). In 1923, he married Helen Barbara Nelson; Mrs. Helen B. Krech - who also survived him - was seventeen years his senior. Warren William died on 24 September 1948 in Hollywood, California of multiple myeloma. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Warren William has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1551 Vine Street. A biography from McFarland books, written by John Stangeland, Warren William: Magnificent Scoundrel of Pre-Code Hollywood, was released in October 2010. Description above from the Wikipedia article Warren William, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Dec 2, 1894 In Aitkin, Minnesota, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Hindle Wakes 1931-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Coin Heist 2017-01-06
Known For
Poster of The Firefly
Poster of Midnight Madonna
Poster of Employees' Entrance
Movie Coin Heist Kurt Anderson 2017-01-06
Movie The Bouncer Oscar 'Odds' Owen 2016-06-05
Movie Te3n Michael Lanyard 2016-06-10
Movie Rage Himself 2014-05-09
Movie The Search Michael Lanyard 2014-11-26
Movie Marie Brand und die letzte Fahrt Police Capt. Burke 2011-01-05
Movie Ex - Amici come prima! Morgan 2011-10-07
Movie Flowers D'Artagnan 2010-06-12
Movie The Pink Panther 2 D'Artagnan 2009-02-06
Movie Accident Harry Borden 2009-09-24
Movie Easy Virtue Robert Kirkwood 2008-01-01
Movie Mr Cinema Perry Mason 2007-06-15
Movie Women in Film Himself 2001-01-24
Movie Styx Harry Farrel 2001-10-15
Movie Les parasites Julius Caesar 1999-01-20
Movie A Will of Their Own Gibraltar 1998-10-18
Movie The Hyena Chandra 1997-09-05
Movie Good Men, Good Women Himself 1995-05-13
Movie Ghoulies IV Perry Mason 1994-08-17
Movie Raped by an Angel Brett Curtis 1993-01-01
Movie The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez Himself 1991-12-04
Movie Polly: Comin' Home! Hal Samson Blake 1990-11-18
Movie Art of Living in Odessa Michael Lanyard 1990-07-02
Movie Miss Hong Kong Mr. Sears 1987-08-13
Movie The Man with One Red Shoe Philo Vance 1985-07-18
Movie Love Hotel Steve Emerson 1985-08-03
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Himself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie Popeye Harry Borden 1980-12-12
Movie Judgement of an Assassin Major de Rouchemont 1977-08-20
Movie The Demonic Womanizer Costante Nicosia, or: Dracula in Brianza Michael Lanyard / The Lone Wolf 1975-08-21
Movie The Runaway Barge Robert Sheldon 1975-03-24
Movie Seven Deaths by Prescription Philo Vance 1975-12-03
Movie The Organization Himself (archive footage) 1971-10-20
Movie The Abominable Snowman Michael Lanyard 1957-08-26
Movie Crime in the Streets Kenneth L. 'Ken' Bixby 1956-06-10
Movie Scaramouche Robert Kirkwood 1952-05-08
Movie The Wyoming Bandit Raymond Harding 1949-07-15
Movie Sleeping Car To Trieste Lieutenant d'Ortelles 1948-10-06
Movie The Private Affairs of Bel Ami Laroche-Mathieu 1947-04-25
Movie Fear Police Capt. Burke 1946-03-02
Movie Strange Illusion Brett Curtis 1945-03-31
Movie One Dangerous Night Michael Lanyard / The Lone Wolf 1943-01-22
Movie Passport to Suez Michael Lanyard / The Lone Wolf 1943-08-19
Movie Wild Bill Hickok Rides Harry Farrel 1942-01-31
Movie Counter-Espionage Michael Lanyard 1942-09-03
Movie The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance Michael Lanyard 1941-03-06
Movie Wild Geese Calling Blackie Bedford 1941-08-15
Movie The Wolf Man Dr. Lloyd 1941-12-12
Movie Secrets of the Lone Wolf Michael Lanyard 1941-11-13
Movie Lillian Russell Jesse Lewisohn 1940-05-24
Movie Congo Maisie Mr. Sears 1940-01-19
Movie The Lone Wolf Strikes Michael Lanyard 1940-01-26
Movie The Lone Wolf Keeps a Date Michael Lanyard 1940-11-02
Movie The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady Michael Lanyard 1940-05-30
Movie Arizona Jefferson Carteret 1940-12-25
Movie Trail of the Vigilantes Mark Dawson 1940-12-13
Movie The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt Michael Lanyard 1939-01-27
Movie The Gracie Allen Murder Case Philo Vance 1939-06-02
Movie The Man in the Iron Mask D'Artagnan 1939-07-13
Movie Day-time Wife Bernard Dexter 1939-11-24
Movie 5th Ave Girl Julius Caesar 1939-09-22
Movie Arsène Lupin Returns Steve Emerson 1938-02-25
Movie Wives Under Suspicion District Attorney Jim Stowell 1938-06-03
Movie The First Hundred Years Harry Borden 1938-03-12
Movie Midnight Madonna Blackie Denbo 1937-07-01
Movie The Firefly Major de Rouchemont 1937-11-05
Movie Madame X Bernard Fleuriot 1937-10-01
Movie Satan Met a Lady Ted Shane 1936-07-22
Movie Times Square Playboy Victor 'Vic' Arnold 1936-05-09
Movie The Widow from Monte Carlo Major Allan Chepstow 1936-02-01
Movie The Case of the Velvet Claws Perry Mason 1936-08-15
Movie Stage Struck Fred Harris 1936-09-12
Movie Breakdowns of 1936 Himself 1936-12-30
Movie Accused D'Artagnan 1936-12-17
Movie Go West Young Man Morgan 1936-11-18
Movie The Case of the Curious Bride Perry Mason 1935-04-13
Movie Living on Velvet Gibraltar 1935-03-02
Movie The Case of the Lucky Legs Perry Mason 1935-10-05
Movie Don't Bet On Blondes Oscar 'Odds' Owen 1935-07-13
Movie Smarty Tony 1934-05-19
Movie Upperworld Alexander Stream 1934-04-28
Movie Bedside Bob Brown 1934-01-31
Movie Dr. Monica John Braden 1934-06-23
Movie The Dragon Murder Case Philo Vance 1934-08-25
Movie The Secret Bride Robert Sheldon 1934-12-22
Movie Cleopatra Julius Caesar 1934-10-05
Movie Imitation of Life Stephen 'Steve' Archer 1934-11-26
Movie The Case of the Howling Dog Perry Mason 1934-09-22
Movie Employees' Entrance Kurt Anderson 1933-02-11
Movie Just Around the Corner Mr. Sears 1933-01-17
Movie The Mind Reader Chandra 1933-04-01
Movie Gold Diggers of 1933 J. Lawrence Bradford 1933-05-27
Movie Goodbye Again Kenneth L. 'Ken' Bixby 1933-09-02
Movie Lady for a Day Dave the Dude 1933-09-13
Movie The Mouthpiece Vincent 'Vince' Day 1932-05-07
Movie The Woman From Monte Carlo Lieutenant d'Ortelles 1932-01-09
Movie Beauty and the Boss Baron Josef von Ullrich 1932-04-09
Movie The Dark Horse Hal Samson Blake 1932-06-16
Movie The Match King Paul Kroll 1932-07-12
Movie Three on a Match Robert Kirkwood 1932-10-29
Movie Skyscraper Souls David Dwight 1932-07-16
Movie Hindle Wakes Neil Hartley 1931-01-01
Movie Expensive Women Neil Hartley 1931-10-24
Movie Under 18 Raymond Harding 1931-01-02