Bill Edwards (actor)

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Bill Edwards
Born (1918-09-14)September 14, 1918
New Jersey United States
Died December 21, 1999(1999-12-21) (aged 81)
Newport Beach, California, USA
Occupation Film, television actor, Artist
Years active 1938-1987
Spouse(s) Hazel Allen Edwards (1918-2013) (his death)
Children Daughter, Linda Edwards

Bill Edwards (September 14, 1918 – December 21, 1999) was an American film/television actor, championship rodeo rider, and a (Smithsonian-exhibited) multi-talented and highly successful artist.


Born in New Jersey, Edwards began drawing horses as a child and continued drawing as he grew up on a Wyoming ranch. From this lifestyle Bill was to become a championship rodeo rider. Broken bones brought his riding career to a halt, and the 6-foot-5 Bill Edwards became a model in New York City. An agent brought him to Hollywood in the early 1940s. He was under contract to Paramount Pictures for nearly a decade, after which he turned to art.

In addition to Western films, the blonde, blue-eyed Edwards had featured roles in Our Hearts Were Young and Gay and Hail the Conquering Hero, both released in 1944.

In the 1950s, Edwards became a painter. He did illustrations for Hanna-Barbera and Disney as well as creating the artwork for numerous book and novel covers. Bill was commissioned by the United States Air Force Art Program to paint recruiting posters and paintings of Air Force planes and combat scenes. Several, such as one entitled "Generation Gap," were exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution, the Pentagon and a traveling Air Force exhibit. Bill had an illustrious career as an artist, and he became best known for his paintings of the Old West. His works were sold at numerous galleries throughout California and the Southwest, and many of his paintings of the Old West hang in private collections.

In January, 1946, Bill married Hazel Allen, to whom he was married until the mid-1970s. He then married a second time to Beryl Margret Hunter, who was born in Middlesex, England; they married in the late 1980s and were happily married until her death on 12 December 1995. Upon her death he remarried his first wife Hazel Allen. Bill died December 21, 1999 at the age of 81 in Newport Beach, California of pneumonia caused by an illness that affected his muscular system. He was survived by his wife and his daughter, Linda Edwards.

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