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William Norton Bailey



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 Flight to Mars
  • Councilman
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 Code of the Saddle
  • Sheriff Wallace
1947
No Score Yet The Egg and I
  • People at Social
1947
71% A Double Life
  • Detective
1947
No Score Yet Desperate
  • Traveling Salesman
1947
No Score Yet Robin Hood of Texas
  • Chase Car Owner (uncredited)
1947
100% National Velvet
  • Booky
1944
80% Cabin in the Sky
  • Bill
1943
No Score Yet Nazi Agent (Salute to Courage)
  • Cigar Clerk
1942
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 Charlie Chan's Secret
  • Hanris
1935
No Score Yet One Hour Late
  • Clayton
1934
No Score Yet Change of Heart
  • Man in Street
1934
85% 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

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