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Billy Halop

Highest Rated:   100% Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
Lowest Rated:   50% Susan Slept Here (1954)
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The original leader of the original "Dead End Kids," American actor Billy Halop came from a theatrical family; his mother was a dancer and his sister Florence was a busy radio actress. After several years as a well-paid radio juvenile, Billy was cast as Tommy Gordon in the Broadway production of Sidney Kingsley's Dead End (1935), where thanks to his previous credentials he was accorded star status. Travelling to Hollywood with the rest of the Dead End Kids when Samuel Goldwyn produced a film version of the play in 1937, Billy had no trouble lining up important roles, specializing in tough kids, bullies and reform school inmates in such major pictures as Dust be My Destiny (1939) and Tom Brown's School Days (1940). A long-standing rivalry between Halop and fellow Dead-Ender Leo Gorcey (both actors wanted to be the leader of the gang) led to Billy's breakaway from the Dead End Kids and its offspring groups, the East Side Kids and the Bowery Boys, though Halop briefly starred in Universal's "Little Tough Guys" films. After serving in World War II, Halop found that he'd grown too old to be effective in the roles that had brought him fame; at one point he was reduced to starring in a cheap "East Side Kids" imitation at PRC studios, Gas House Kids (1946). Diminishing film work, marital difficulties and a drinking problem eventually ate away at Halop's show business career. In 1960, he married a multiple sclerosis victim, and the nursing skills he learned while taking care of his wife led him to steady work as a registered nurse at St. John's Hospital in Malibu. For the rest of his life, Billy Halop supplemented his nursing income with small TV and movie roles, gaining a measure of latter-day prominence as Archie Bunker's cab-driving pal Bert Munson on the '70s TV series All in the Family.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Fitzwilly
  • Restaurant Owner
1967
No Score Yet Mister Buddwing
  • 2nd Cabdriver
1966
No Score Yet A Global Affair
  • Cabby
1964
No Score Yet Move Over Darling
  • Seaman
1963
50% Susan Slept Here
  • Waiter
1954
No Score Yet Too Late for Tears
  • Boat Attendant
1949
No Score Yet Junior G-Men of the Air
  • Ace
1942
No Score Yet Dead End Kids
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Blues in the Night
  • Pepe
1941
No Score Yet Sea Raiders
  • Billy Adams
1941
No Score Yet Sky Raiders
  • Tim Bryant
1941
No Score Yet Tom Brown's School Days
  • Flashman
1940
No Score Yet Dust Be My Destiny
  • Hank Glenn
1939
No Score Yet Hell's Kitchen
  • Tony Marco
1939
No Score Yet They Made Me a Criminal
  • Tommy
1939
No Score Yet Little Tough Guy
  • Johnny Boylan
1938
No Score Yet Crime School
  • Frankie
1938
100% Angels with Dirty Faces
  • Soapy
1938
89% Dead End
  • Tommy Gordon
1937

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