William Norton Bailey

Highest Rated: 100% Desperate (1947)
Lowest Rated: 71% A Double Life (1947)
Birthday: Not Available
Birthplace: Not Available
Handsome, dark-haired William Norton Bailey was as easily cast in drawing rooms as in action melodramas. In films from 1912, Bailey directed Universal comedies prior to securing himself a place in action film history opposite the fragile Juanita Hansen in the serials The Phantom Foe (1920) and The Yellow Arm (1921). Despite the success of the chapterplays, Bailey spent most of the 1920s playing the "Other Man" or the hero's best friend. In 1926, independent producer Goodwill changed his name to the friendlier Bill Bailey and starred him in a series of Westerns. Defeated by low budgets and poor writing, the actor abandoned all hopes of stardom, embarking on a long career as a supporting player in talkie B-Westerns, which lasted well into the 1950s. Often playing a lawman, Bailey later portrayed the title role in the second and final season of the syndicated television series Cactus Jim (1951).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
82% Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Actor 1957
No Score Yet Tall Man Riding Townsman 1955
73% Clash by Night Waiter 1952
No Score Yet Carrie Man at Bar 1952
No Score Yet Double Dynamite (It's Only Money) Bank Guard 1951
No Score Yet I Was a Communist for the FBI Lawyer 1951
No Score Yet Al Jennings of Oklahoma Robert Kyle 1951
No Score Yet Gunfire Officer 1950
No Score Yet Where Danger Lives Man 1950
93% Father of the Bride Bits in Dream Sequence 1950
No Score Yet The Gal Who Took the West Guest 1949
83% The Stratton Story People in Theater 1949
No Score Yet West of El Dorado Sheriff 1949
90% Act of Violence Ad Lib Drunk 1948
No Score Yet False Paradise miner 1948
No Score Yet Family Honeymoon Todd 1948
No Score Yet Code of the Saddle Sheriff Wallace 1947
No Score Yet The Egg and I People at Social 1947
71% A Double Life Detective 1947
100% Desperate Traveling Salesman 1947
No Score Yet Robin Hood of Texas Chase Car Owner (uncredited) 1947
100% National Velvet Booky 1944
85% Cabin in the Sky Bill 1943
No Score Yet Rhythm of the Saddle Rancher 1938
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin Returns Detective 1938
No Score Yet Murder with Pictures Guest 1936
No Score Yet The Murder Man Welch, the Police Photographer 1935
No Score Yet Charlie Chan's Secret Hanris 1935
No Score Yet Living on Velvet Drew 1935
No Score Yet One Hour Late Clayton 1934
No Score Yet Change of Heart Man in Street 1934
86% Manhattan Melodrama Actor 1934
No Score Yet Lone Avenger Henchman Landers 1933
No Score Yet Wild Beauty Actor 1927
No Score Yet Fighting Jack Actor 1926
No Score Yet Ranson's Folly Lt. Crosby 1926
No Score Yet Lazybones Elmer Ballister 1925

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
Banker Doctor
  • 1958

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