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William Haines

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Leaving his Virginia hometown at age 14 to earn a living, William Haines was an assistant bookkeeper at a New York bond house when he sent in his photograph to a "New Faces" contest sponsored by movie producer Samuel Goldwyn. The winners of the contest were Haines and another future film star, Eleanor Boardman. Entering films in 1922, Haines rose to stardom at MGM as the star of several breezy comedy-dramas, in which he usually played a smart-lipped braggart who was forced to eat humble pie sometime before the fadeout. Some of Haines' most popular films were those with a sports setting: Brown of Harvard (1926), Slide Kelly Slide (1927), Spring Fever (1927). His favorite leading ladies included Joan Crawford and Marion Davies. Though he weathered the changeover to talkies, Haines' popularity diminished in the early 1930s, due to the emergence of younger cocksure types like James Cagney and Robert Montgomery. After his film career ended in 1934 (an event accelerated in part by public revelation of the actor's homosexuality), William Haines launched a successful second career as a highly sought-after interior decorator.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Speedway
  • Bill Whipple
2001
No Score Yet The Marines Are Coming
  • Lt. William 'Wild Bill' Traylor
1935
No Score Yet Are You Listening?
  • Bill Grimes
1932
No Score Yet New Adventures of Get Rich Quick Wallingford
  • J. Rufus Wallingford
1931
No Score Yet Remote Control
  • William Judd 'Bill' Brennan
1930
No Score Yet Free and Easy (Easy Go)
  • Guest
1930
No Score Yet The Girl Said No
  • Tom Ward
1930
No Score Yet Navy Blues
  • Jack Kelly
1930
40% The Hollywood Revue of 1929
  • Himself
1929
No Score Yet Show People
  • Billy Boone
1928
No Score Yet West Point
  • Brice Wayne
1928
No Score Yet The Smart Set
  • Tommy
1928
No Score Yet Spring Fever
  • Jack Kelly
1927
No Score Yet Tell It to the Marines
  • Private Skeet Burns
1926
No Score Yet Brown of Harvard
  • Tom Brown
1926
No Score Yet Little Annie Rooney
  • Joe Kelly
1925
No Score Yet Souls for Sale
  • Pinkey
1923

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