William Bakewell

Actor
American actor William Bakewell had a long career in television and film that began in the silent era, but he achieved his greatest fame early. He debuted as a teenager, his first credit coming in the 1925 melodrama ... Read more »
Born: 05/02/1908 in Hollywood, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (44)

Do Not Disturb 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier 1955 (Movie)

Tobias Norton (Actor)

Lucky Me 1954 (Movie)

Motorist (Actor)

The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer 1947 (Movie)

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Seven Sinners 1939 (Movie)

Ensign (Actor)

Quality Street 1936 (Movie)

Lt. Spicer (Actor)

Sea Spoilers 1935 (Movie)

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A Woman of Experience 1930 (Movie)

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All Quiet on the Western Front 1930 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

Dance, Fools, Dance 1930 (Movie)

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Lady of the Pavements 1929 (Movie)

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The Bat Whispers 1929 (Movie)

Brook Bailey (Actor)

The Iron Mask 1928 (Movie)

Louis XIV / Twin Brother (Actor)

West Point 1927 (Movie)

"Tex" McNeil (Actor)

Cheaters at Play (Movie)

Maurice Perry (Actor)

Come Fill the Cup (Movie)

Hal Ortman (Actor)

Crimson Romance (Movie)

Adolph (Actor)

Dangerous Holiday (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Davy Crockett (TV Show)

Actor

Exiled to Shanghai (Movie)

Andy (Actor)

Gold Diggers of Broadway (Movie)

Wally (Actor)

Green Eyes (Movie)

Cliff (Actor)

Guilty Hands (Movie)

Tommy Osgood (Actor)

Harold Teen (Movie)

Percival (Actor)

Hotel Imperial (Movie)

Cadet (Actor)

Laddie (Movie)

Robert Pryor (Actor)

Lady Luck (Movie)

Dave Holmes (Actor)

Lucky Devils (Movie)

Slugger Jones (Actor)

Old Ironsides (Movie)

Extra (Actor)

On with the Show (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

Paid (Movie)

Carney (Actor)

Politics (Movie)

Benny (Actor)

Romance on the High Seas (Movie)

Travel Agent (Actor)

Submarine Alert (Movie)

Engineer (Actor)

The Capture (Movie)

Tobin (Actor)

The Dawn Express (Movie)

Tom Fielding (Actor)

The Duke of West Point (Movie)

Honor Committee Captain (Actor)

The Fabulous Dorseys (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

The Farmer's Daughter (Movie)

Windor (Actor)

The Party's Over (Movie)

Clay (Actor)

The Spirit of Notre Dame (Movie)

Jim Stewart (Actor)

The Trespasser (Movie)

Bruce Coleman (Actor)

While Paris Sleeps (Movie)

Paul Renoir (Actor)

Biography

American actor William Bakewell had a long career in television and film that began in the silent era, but he achieved his greatest fame early. He debuted as a teenager, his first credit coming in the 1925 melodrama "The Last Edition." He starred in the 1927 romance "West Point" with a young Joan Crawford, and appeared with the actress again in the 1931 crime drama "Dance, Fools, Dance." He had a role in the musical "Gold Diggers of Broadway" in 1929, but it was his role in a film a year later that may be his most enduring legacy. Bakewell played the young soldier Albert in "All Quiet on the Western Front," a grittily realistic World War I drama that was considered groundbreaking. As the '30s wore on, his starring parts became supporting roles or small parts such as one in "Gone with the Wind." He played in "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer" in 1947, as well as having a starring role in the film serial "Hop Harrigan," before appearing with more frequency on TV. He had a role as Major Norton in the very popular Davy Crockett episodes of "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" in the mid '50s and had guest roles on sitcoms like "Hazel" and "Petticoat Junction" in the '60s. Bakewell continued making occasional appearances in films, with his last role coming in the 1975 family comedy "The Strongest Man in the World." He also helped found the Screen Actors Guild in 1933.

Milestones

1925

Film acting debut

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