|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (January 2008)|
January 6, 1911|
Bergen, New York
|Died||August 24, 1984
Los Angeles, California
|Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery, Culver City|
Billy Sands (January 6, 1911 - August 27, 1984) was an American character actor who appeared as a regular on The Phil Silvers Show (Sgt Bilko) as Pvt. Dino Papparelli and was a regular on McHale's Navy as Harrison "Tinker" Bell. He also make guest-starring roles on many other television series, including Car 54, Where Are You?, All in the Family, Here's Lucy, Happy Days, and The Odd Couple. Sands also appears in one of the opening scenes of Rocky as a booker for the fighters.
He was born William F. Sands in Bergen, NY to John F. & Dana A. Sands. Sands began his professional career in 1946 when he appeared on Broadway with Spencer Tracy in Robert Sherwood's "Rugged Path."
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