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Warren William

Highest Rated:   100% Imitation of Life (1934)
Lowest Rated:   86% Strange Illusion (1945)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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 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 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
100% Imitation of Life
  • Stephen 'Steve' Archer
1934
88% 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
100% Gold Diggers of 1933
  • J. Lawrence Bradford
1933
No Score Yet Employees' Entrance
  • Kurt Anderson
1933
No Score Yet The Mind Reader
  • Chandra Chandler
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

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