William B. Davidson

Place of birth:
Dobbs Ferry, New York, USA:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia William B. Davidson (June 16, 1888 – September 28, 1947) was an American film actor. Davidson attended Columbia University where he played football. He became a popular football star. This fame eventually led to his foray into motion pictures after he had spent some time as a lawyer. He started in films in 1914 with Vitagraph and supported well known stage and film actresses such as Ethel Barrymore, Mabel Taliaferro, Charlotte Walker, Olga Petrova, Viola Dana, June Caprice, Edna Goodrich, and Mae West. He appeared in 318 films between 1915 and 1949. He was born in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and died in Santa Monica, California. His first Hollywood film was For the Honor of the Crew. Afterward, he appeared in many films, his best-known role was perhaps the Ship's captain in The Most Dangerous Game. He remained in show business until his sudden death after surgery in 1947.


Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (1975)
as (archive footage)
The Judge Steps Out (1947)
as Col. Bright
That Hagen Girl (1947)
as Mr. Bowman (uncredited)
Dick Tracy's Dilemma (1947)
as Peter Premium
The Plainsman and the Lady (1946)
as Russell
My Darling Clementine (1946)
as Saloon Owner (uncredited)
The Cat Creeps (1946)
as James Walsh
Ding Dong Williams (1946)
as Mr. Saul Dana
Blonde Alibi (1946)
as Police Captain Hurley (Uncredited)
The Notorious Lone Wolf (1946)
as Inspector Crane (as William Davidson)
They Were Expendable (1945)
Tell It to a Star (1945)
as Brannigan
Circumstantial Evidence (1945)
as Chairman
The Man Who Walked Alone (1945)
as Governor
See My Lawyer (1945)
as Judge
In Society (1944)
as Parker
Make Your Own Bed (1944)
as Mr. Linklater
A Night of Adventure (1944)
as Gilbert J. Regan
Up in Arms (1944)
as Maxwell
Over the Wall (1943)
as Warden Ed
Murder on the Waterfront (1943)
as Capt. Towne
Mission to Moscow (1943)
as Senator (uncredited)
Calaboose (1943)
as Sheriff George Lane (as William Davidson)
Truck Busters (1943)
as Stephen S. Gray
Gentleman Jim (1942)
as Donovan (uncredited)
Careful, Soft Shoulders (1942)
as Mr. Aldrich
The Magnificent Dope (1942)
as Mr. Reindel
The Affairs of Martha (1942)
as Homer Jacell
In This Our Life (1942)
as Jim Purdy
Larceny, Inc. (1942)
as McCarthy
The Great Man's Lady (1942)
as Sen. Knobs
The Male Animal (1942)
as Alumnus
Over My Dead Body (1942)
as Crole (as William Davidson)
Remember the Day (1941)
as Committeeman
Keep 'Em Flying (1941)
as Gonigle
Three Girls About Town (1941)
as Labor Leader
Week-End in Havana (1941)
as Captain Moss
Sun Valley Serenade (1941)
as Jack Murray
Hold That Ghost (1941)
as Moose Matson
Highway West (1941)
as Gorman
Three Sons o' Guns (1941)
as Henry Baxter
In the Navy (1941)
as Capt. Richards (uncredited)
Thieves Fall Out (1941)
as Harrison "Harry" Eckles
The Lady from Cheyenne (1941)
as Nye Dunbar
Man Made Monster (1941)
as District Attorney Ralph B. Stanley
Uncle Joe (1941)
as Mr. Day
San Francisco Docks (1940)
as Dist. Atty. Craig
Lady with Red Hair (1940)
as Stock Company Manager (uncredited)
Tin Pan Alley (1940)
as Hotel Manager
Sandy Gets Her Man (1940)
as Councilman Charles J. Clark
Seven Sinners (1940)
as Police Chief
Hired Wife (1940)
as Mumford (as William Davidson)
Maryland (1940)
as John Addison
My Love Came Back (1940)
as Agent
Sailor's Lady (1940)
as Judge Hinsdale
Florian (1940)
as Archduke Franz Ferdinand
Girl in 313 (1940)
as George Grayson
Lillian Russell (1940)
as President Cleveland
Half a Sinner (1940)
as Slick
Granny Get Your Gun (1940)
as Fitzgerald
My Little Chickadee (1940)
as Sheriff of Little Bend (uncredited)
Invisible Stripes (1939)
as Montgomery (uncredited)
Private Detective (1939)
as Inspector Evans
Smashing the Money Ring (1939)
as Warden Denby
Honeymoon in Bali (1939)
as Store Detective
Dust Be My Destiny (1939)
as Work Farm Warden
When Tomorrow Comes (1939)
as Army Captain
Indianapolis Speedway (1939)
as Duncan Martin
Each Dawn I Die (1939)
as Bill Mason
Naughty But Nice (1939)
as Samuel 'Sam' 'Simsy' Hudson - Music Publisher
On Trial (1939)
as Mr. Gray
Sudden Money (1939)
as Sam
Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939)
as Stock Broker
Blondie Meets the Boss (1939)
as Elderly Man in Café (uncredited)
Tail Spin (1939)
as Sales Manager (Uncredited)
Blackwell's Island (1939)
as Hempel
They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
as Ennis
Off the Record (1939)
as Scotty
Illegal Traffic (1938)
as Dalton
Mr. Doodle Kicks Off (1938)
as Ellory Bugs
Racket Busters (1938)
as Trucking Chairman (uncredited)
Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938)
as Mr. 'W.P.' Alvey
Blockade (1938)
as Commandant
You and Me (1938)
as N.G. Borton, Attorney-at-Law
Cocoanut Grove (1938)
as Hawtrey
The Jury's Secret (1938)
as Page
Sergeant Murphy (1938)
as Maj. Gruff (as William Davidson) (uncredited)
Hollywood Hotel (1937)
as Director Kelton
Love on Toast (1937)
as Jonathan
Something to Sing About (1937)
as Mr. Richards (as William Davidson)
Behind the Mike (1937)
as Cyrus Wittles
It Happened in Hollywood (1937)
as Al Howard
Paradise Isle (1937)
as Hoener
Easy Living (1937)
as Mr. Hyde
Ever Since Eve (1937)
as Henderson
Marry the Girl (1937)
as Drake
Melody For Two (1937)
as Mr. Hale
Let Them Live (1937)
as The Editor
Marked Woman (1937)
as Bob Crandall
Midnight Court (1937)
as Alfred H. Kruger
Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
as Andy Callahan (as Wm. Davidson)
Earthworm Tractors (1936)
as Mr. Jackson
Satan Met a Lady (1936)
as City Fathers Committee Spokesman
The Big Noise (1936)
as Welford Andrews
Murder by an Aristocrat (1936)
as Bayard Thatcher
Fatal Lady (1936)
as Detective (uncredited)
The Singing Kid (1936)
as Barney Hammond
Road Gang (1936)
as Attorney General Mardsen
Love on a Bet (1936)
as A.W. Hutchinson
You May Be Next (1936)
as Official (uncredited)
Dangerous (1935)
as Reed Walsh
Show Them No Mercy! (1935)
as Chief Haggerty (as William Davidson)
In Person (1935)
as Director Bill Sutter
Special Agent (1935)
as Charlie Young - Carston's Lawyer
Woman Wanted (1935)
as Collins
Oil For The Lamps Of China (1935)
as E.H. Swaley
Go Into Your Dance (1935)
as Tom McGee
A Night at the Ritz (1935)
as Connolly, an Editor
Death Flies East (1935)
as Police Captain Barrie
Sweet Music (1935)
as Billie Madison
Devil Dogs of the Air (1935)
as Adjutant (as William Davidson)
Bordertown (1935)
as Dr. Carter
The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934)
as Charles (as William Davidson)
The Secret Bride (1934)
as Representative McPherson
Imitation of Life (1934)
as Man Buying Cigar (uncredited)
The St. Louis Kid (1934)
as Joe Hunter
The Dragon Murder Case (1934)
as Greeff
Housewife (1934)
as Nan's Attorney
Friends Of Mr. Sweeney (1934)
as Stephen Prime
Fog Over Frisco (1934)
as Editor Joe Hogue
Upperworld (1934)
as City Editor (uncredited)
Laughing Boy (1934)
as Hartshone (as William Davidson)
The Big Shakedown (1934)
as District Attorney (uncredited)
Lady Killer (1933)
as Director Williams
Female (1933)
as Department Head (Uncredited)
Meet the Baron (1933)
as General Broadcasting Representative
I'm No Angel (1933)
as Ernest Brown
Torch Singer (1933)
as Jarrett
How to Break 90 #3: Hip Action (1933)
as Himself
The Intruder (1933)
as Det. Lt. Samson
Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
as Detective (Uncredited)
The Billion Dollar Scandal (1933)
as Laurence
Central Park (1932)
as Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Guilty or Not Guilty (1932)
as Chief
The Sport Parade (1932)
as Kendricks (uncredited)
Pride of the Legion (1932)
as Sgt. Arnold
Her Mad Night (1932)
as District Attorney
The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
as Captain (uncredited)
Is My Face Red? (1932)
as O'Sullivan
Scarface (1932)
as Citizens Committee Member (uncredited)
Sky Devils (1932)
as Captain
The Lost Squadron (1932)
as Lelewer
The Menace (1932)
as John Utterson
Half Holiday (1931)
as Jerry - Andy's Pal
Graft (1931)
as M.H. Thomas
The Secret Call (1931)
as Jim Blake
The Vice Squad (1931)
as Magistrate Tom Morrison
How I Play Golf by Bobby Jones, No. 2: 'Chip Shots' (1931)
as Himself - Golfer
Windy Riley Goes Hollywood (1931)
Dishonored (1931)
Captain Applejack (1931)
as Bill Dennett
No Limit (1931)
as Wilkie
Hook, Line and Sinker (1930)
as Frank Dukette aka Duke of Winchester (as William Davidson)
Oh, for a Man! (1930)
as Kerry Stokes
Hell's Angels (1930)
as Staff Major
The Silver Horde (1930)
as Tom Hilliard
Playboy of Paris (1930)
as Monsieur Bannack
The Costello Case (1930)
as Saunders
Scarlet Pages (1930)
as Jackson
For the Defense (1930)
as Dist. Atty. Stone
Men Are Like That (1930)
as Frank Hyland
Blaze o' Glory (1929)
as District Attorney (as William Davidson)
Always Faithful (1929)
as George W. Mason
Woman Trap (1929)
as Watts
Sharp Tools (1928)
A Gentleman of Paris (1927)
as Henri Dufour
The Cradle Snatchers (1927)
as Roy Ladd
The Last Trail (1927)
as Kurt Morley
Recompense (1925)
Adam and Eva (1923)
as Dr. Delamater
The Dumb-Bell (1922)
Partners of the Night (1920)
as Robert Clifford
The Capitol (1919)
as Congressman Blake
Impossible Catherine (1919)
as John Henry Jackson
A Woman There Was (1919)
as Rev. Winthrop Stark
Why I Would Not Marry (1918)
as Undetermined Role
Mary Lawson's Secret (1917)
as Dr. Brundage
Dorian's Divorce (1916)
as Henry Morgan (as William Davidson)

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