Billy Bevan

Place of birth:
Orange, New South Wales, Australia:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Billy Bevan (born William Bevan Harris, 29 September 1887 – 26 November 1957) was an Australian-born vaudevillian, who became an American film actor. He appeared in 254 American films between 1916 and 1950. Bevan was born in the country town of Orange, New South Wales, Australia. He went on the stage at an early age, traveled to Sydney and spent eight years in Australian light opera, performing as Willie Bevan. He sailed to America with the Pollard’s Lilliputian Opera Company in 1912 and later toured Canada. Bevan broke into films with the Sigmund Lubin studio in 1916. When the company disbanded, Bevan became a supporting actor in Mack Sennett movie comedies. An expressive pantomimist, Bevan's quiet scene-stealing attracted attention, and by 1922 Bevan was a Sennett star. He supplemented his income, however, by establishing a citrus and avocado farm at Escondido, California. Usually filmed wearing a derby hat and a drooping mustache, Bevan may not have possessed an indelible screen character like Charlie Chaplin but he had a friendly, funny presence in the frantic Sennett comedies. Much of the comedy depended on Bevan's skilled timing and reactions; the famous "oyster" routine performed on film by Curly Howard, Lou Costello, and Huntz Hall—in which a bowl of "fresh oyster stew" shows alarming signs of life and battles the guy trying to eat it—was originated on film decades earlier by Bevan in the short film Wandering Willies. By the mid-1920s Bevan was often teamed with Andy Clyde; Clyde soon graduated to his own starring series. The late 1920s found Bevan playing in wild marital farces for Sennett. The advent of talking pictures took their toll on the careers of many silent stars, including Billy Bevan. Bevan began a second career in "talkies" as a character actor and bit player in roles such as that of a bus driver in the 1929 film High Voltage, a hotel employee in the Mae Murray film Peacock Alley, and the supporting role of Second Lieutenant Trotter in Journey's End in 1930. His starring roles had come to an end, however, and for the next 20 years he often would play rowdy Cockneys (as in Pack Up Your Troubles with The Ritz Brothers), and affable Englishmen (as in Tin Pan Alley and Terror by Night). He played a friendly bus conductor opposite Greer Garson in one of the opening scenes of Mrs. Miniver. Bevan died in 1957 in Escondido, California, just before new audiences discovered him in Robert Youngson's silent-comedy compilations. (The Youngson films mispronounce his name as "Be-VAN"; Bevan himself offered the proper pronunciation in a Voice of Hollywood reel in 1930.)


30 Years of Fun (1963)
The Golden Age of Comedy (1957)
Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
as Town Councilman (uncredited)
Ça, c'est du cinéma (1951)
as (archive footage)
Three Secrets (1950)
as Ed Jackson (uncredited)
Rogues Of Sherwood Forest (1950)
as Will Scarlet
Tell It to the Judge (1949)
as Winston, Kitty's Butler (uncredited)
The Secret Garden (1949)
as Barney
Let's Live a Little (1948)
as Morton
The Black Arrow (1948)
as Dungeon Keeper
The Swordsman (1948)
as Old Andrew
It Had to Be You (1947)
as Evans
Moss Rose (1947)
as Harry (uncredited)
Cluny Brown (1946)
as Uncle Arn Porritt
Devotion (1946)
as Mr. Ames
Terror by Night (1946)
as Conductor Taking Tickets
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
as Malvolio Jones
National Velvet (1945)
as Constable (uncredited)
Tonight and Every Night (1945)
as Cabbie (uncredited)
The Pearl of Death (1944)
as Constable With Food Tray
The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944)
as Sergeant
Jane Eyre (1943)
as Bookie (uncredited)
The Return of the Vampire (1943)
as Horace (uncredited)
Forever and a Day (1943)
as Wartime Cabby
London Blackout Murders (1943)
as Air Raid Warden
Happy Times and Jolly Moments (1943)
as (archive footage)
I Married a Witch (1942)
as Puritan Vendor (uncredited)
This Above All (1942)
as Farmer
The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1942)
as Phillips
Confirm or Deny (1941)
as Mr. Bindle
Suspicion (1941)
as Ticket Taker (uncredited)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
as Mr. Weller
Shining Victory (1941)
as Chivers
Penny Serenade (1941)
as McDougal (uncredited)
Tin Pan Alley (1940)
as Stage Doorman
The Long Voyage Home (1940)
as Joe
Rebecca (1940)
as Policeman (uncredited)
The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
as Jim (uncredited)
The Earl of Chicago (1940)
as Castle Guide
We Are Not Alone (1939)
as Mr. Jones
Pack Up Your Troubles (1939)
as British Sergeant
Captain Fury (1939)
as Duffy
Let Freedom Ring (1939)
as Cockney (uncredited)
A Christmas Carol (1938)
as Street Watch Leader
Arrest Bulldog Drummond (1938)
as Aquarium Guard
Shadows Over Shanghai (1938)
as Gallicuddy
Mysterious Mr. Moto (1938)
as Customs Official
The Young in Heart (1938)
as Kennel Man (uncredited)
Blond Cheat (1938)
as Bartender (Uncredited)
The Girl of the Golden West (1938)
as Nick
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
as Joe (uncredited)
The Wrong Road (1937)
as McLean
The Sheik Steps Out (1937)
as Munson
Another Dawn (1937)
as Pvt. Hawkins
Slave Ship (1937)
as Atkins
Personal Property (1937)
as Frank (uncredited)
God's Country and the Woman (1937)
as Plug Hat
Lloyd's of London (1936)
as Innkeeper
Piccadilly Jim (1936)
as Taxi Driver
Private Number (1936)
as Frederick
Dracula's Daughter (1936)
as Police Constable Albert
Champagne Charlie (1936)
as Mr. Boswick
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
as Cabby (uncredited)
Song and Dance Man (1936)
as Curtis
The Widow from Monte Carlo (1935)
as Officer Watkins
The Last Outpost (1935)
as Private Foster
Black Sheep (1935)
as Alfred
Vanessa: Her Love Story (1935)
as Horse Auctioneer
Mystery Woman (1935)
as Jepson
Caravan (1934)
as Police Sergeant
Limehouse Blues (1934)
as Herb
Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934)
as Man in Hotel Room
One More River (1934)
as Cloakroom Attendant
Shock (1934)
as Meadows
Stingaree (1934)
as Mac
The Lost Patrol (1934)
as Hale
Alice in Wonderland (1933)
as Two of Spades (uncredited)
The Way to Love (1933)
as M. Prial
Too Much Harmony (1933)
as Stage Director
Thundering Taxis (1933)
as One of the Taxi Boys
Peg o' My Heart (1933)
as Detective #2 (uncredited)
A Study in Scarlet (1933)
as Will Swallow
Uncle Jake (1933)
Looking Forward (1933)
as Mr. Barker
Techno-Crazy (1933)
as Mary's Father - the Mayor
Cavalcade (1933)
as George Grainger
Luxury Liner (1933)
as Schultz
She Whoops To Conquer (1933)
Me and My Gal (1932)
as Ashley (uncredited)
Payment Deferred (1932)
as Charlie Hammond
Honeymoon Beach (1932)
as Billy Bevan
Vanity Fair (1932)
as Joseph Sedley
Sky Devils (1932)
as Colonel
The Silent Witness (1932)
as Horace Ward
Waterloo Bridge (1931)
as Soldier on the Make (uncredited)
Transatlantic (1931)
as Hodgkins
Chances (1931)
as Cuthbert
Born to Love (1931)
as Departing British Soldier
For the Love o' Lil (1930)
as Edward O. Walker
Monte Carlo (1930)
as Train Conductor (uncredited)
Journey's End (1930)
as Trotter
Peacock Alley (1930)
as Walter
The Trespasser (1929)
as Reporter (uncredited)
High Voltage (1929)
as Gus Jones
Riley the Cop (1928)
as Paris Cabman
His Unlucky Night (1928)
as Billy Trotter
The Best Man (1928)
as Best Man
The Beach Club (1928)
The Golf Nut (1927)
as Billy Divott
A Small Town Princess (1927)
as Joe Whiffet
Easy Pickings (1927)
as The Detective
Flirty Four-Flushers (1926)
as Jerry Connors / Archibald De Shyster
Masked Mamas (1926)
Hoboken to Hollywood (1926)
as Billy Judkins
A Sea Dog's Tale (1926)
as Wilbur Watts
Ice Cold Cocos (1926)
as Gus Gander
Fight Night (1926)
as Walter Moore
Wandering Willies (1926)
as Percy Nudge
Circus Today (1926)
as Gus Barnum
Whispering Whiskers (1926)
as The Drifter
Honeymoon Hardships (1925)
as Farmer
Butter Fingers (1925)
as Nick
The Iron Nag (1925)
as Joe Gobb
Super-Hooper-Dyne Lizzies (1925)
as Hiram Case
The Lion's Whiskers (1925)
as Otto Klutch
Giddap! (1925)
Galloping Bungalows (1924)
as John Syrup Soother
Three Foolish Weeks (1924)
as King of Anchovia
Lizzies of the Field (1924)
as Bud Gasket
Wall Street Blues (1924)
as The Janitor
The Hollywood Kid (1924)
as Studio Organist
The White Sin (1924)
as Travers Dale
The Extra Girl (1923)
as Comedian
Nip and Tuck (1923)
as Sailor
When Summer Comes (1922)
Gymnasium Jim (1922)
as Jim
On Patrol (1922)
as The Amateur Cop
The Duck Hunter (1922)
Bright Eyes (1921)
as The Nosey Butler
Be Reasonable (1921)
as A Rolling Stone
Love and Doughnuts (1921)
as The Burglar
Astray from the Steerage (1921)
as A steerage passenger
A Small Town Idol (1921)
as Director
The Quack Doctor (1920)
as The Hired Lady's Sweetheart
Cupid In Quarantine (1918)
as The Father
Her Rustic Romeo (1918)
Somebody's Widow (1918)
as Secretary
Gertie's Gasoline Glide (1916)
as The Minister © 2021

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