Warren William

Warren William

  • Highest Rated: 100% Imitation of Life (1934)
  • Lowest Rated: 82% Cleopatra (1934)
  • Birthday: Dec 2, 1894
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Suave film leading man Warren William was the son of a Minnesota newspaper publisher. William's own plans to pursue a journalistic career were permanently shelved when he enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After serving in World War I, William remained in France to join a touring theatrical troupe. He worked on Broadway in the 1920s and also appeared in serial star Pearl White's last chapter play, Plunder (1923). His talkie career began with 1931's Honor of the Family. Typically cast as a ruthless business executive or shyster lawyer, William effectively carried over some of his big city aggressiveness to the role of Julius Caesar in DeMille's Cleopatra (1934). He also had the distinction of starring in three whodunit film series of the 1930s and 1940s, playing Perry Mason, Philo Vance, and the Lone Wolf. Off camera, William was unexpectedly shy and retiring; his co-star Joan Blondell once noted that he "was an old man even when he was a young man." Warren William was only in his early fifties when he died of multiple myeloma. With the advent of the twenty-first century -- more than 50 years after his death -- Warren William's popularity experienced a resurgence, owing to the repertory programming at New York's Film Forum, which began running a surprisingly large number of his movies, offering the actor variously as villain, hero, or anti-hero. By the summer of 2011, "The King of the Cads," as he was once again known, was sufficiently well-recognized so that that New York's leading repertory theater was programming "Warren William Thursdays" as part of a pre-Code Hollywood series, and selling out many of those shows.

Highest Rated Movies








No Score Yet The Private Affairs of Bel Ami Laroche-Mathieu 1947
No Score Yet Fear Capt. Burke 1946
86% Strange Illusion Brett Curtis 1945
No Score Yet Passport to Suez Michael Lanyard / The Lone Wolf 1943
No Score Yet Counter-Espionage Michael Lanyard 1942
No Score Yet Wild Bill Hickok Rides Actor 1942
94% The Wolf Man Dr. Lloyd 1941
No Score Yet The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance Michael Lanyard 1941
No Score Yet The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady Michael Lanyard 1940
No Score Yet Lillian Russell Jesse Lewisohn 1940
No Score Yet Arizona Jefferson Carteret 1940
No Score Yet Trail Of The Vigilantes Actor 1940
No Score Yet Day-Time Wife Bernard Dexter 1939
No Score Yet The Gracie Allen Murder Case Philo Vance 1939
No Score Yet The Man in the Iron Mask D'Artagnan 1939
No Score Yet Wives Under Suspicion District Attorney Jim Stowell 1938
No Score Yet The First Hundred Years Harry Borden 1938
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin Returns Steve Emerson 1938
No Score Yet The Firefly Col. de Rouchemont 1937
No Score Yet Madame X Bernard Fleuriot 1937
No Score Yet Outcast Dr. Wendell Phillips / Phil Jones 1937
No Score Yet Satan Met a Lady Ted Shayne 1936
No Score Yet Go West, Young Man Morgan 1936
No Score Yet The Case of the Lucky Legs Perry Mason 1935
No Score Yet The Case of the Curious Bride Perry Mason 1935
No Score Yet Living on Velvet Walter Pritcham 1935
100% Imitation of Life Stephen 'Steve' Archer 1934
82% Cleopatra Julius Caesar 1934
No Score Yet The Case of the Howling Dog Perry Mason 1934
No Score Yet The Dragon Murder Case Philo Vance 1934
No Score Yet Doctor Monica John Braden 1934
No Score Yet Smarty Tony Wallace 1934
No Score Yet Upper World Allexander 'Alex' Stream 1934
100% Lady for a Day Dave the Dude 1933
No Score Yet Goodbye Again Kenneth Bixby 1933
100% Gold Diggers of 1933 J. Lawrence Bradford 1933
No Score Yet The Mind Reader Chandra Chandler 1933
No Score Yet Employees' Entrance Kurt Anderson 1933
No Score Yet The Match King Paul Kroll 1932
No Score Yet Three on a Match Robert Kirkwood 1932
No Score Yet Skyscraper Souls David Dwight 1932
No Score Yet The Dark Horse Hal Samson Blake 1932
No Score Yet The Mouthpiece Vincent Day 1932
No Score Yet Beauty and the Boss Baron Josef von Ullrich 1932
No Score Yet Under Eighteen Howard Raymond 1932
No Score Yet Let Us Be Gay Bit Part 1930
No Score Yet Twelve Miles Out Bit Part 1927
No Score Yet Town That Forgot God Eben 1922


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