William B. Davidson

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William B. Davidson
William B Davidson.jpg
Photo of Davidson from Film Star Who's Who on the screen (1938)
Born (1888-06-16)June 16, 1888
Dobbs Ferry, New York, USA
Died September 28, 1947(1947-09-28) (aged 59)
Santa Monica, California, USA
Occupation Actor
Years active 1915-1949
Spouse(s) Helen Bolton

William B. Davidson (June 16, 1888 – September 28, 1947) was an American film actor.[1]


Davidson attended Columbia University where he played football. He became a popular football star. This fame eventually led to his foray into motion pictures after he had spent some time as a lawyer. He started in films in 1914 with Vitagraph and supported well known stage and film actresses such as Ethel Barrymore, Mabel Taliaferro, Charlotte Walker, Olga Petrova, Viola Dana, June Caprice, Edna Goodrich, and Mae West. He appeared in 318 films between 1915 and 1949.

He was born in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and died in Santa Monica, California. His first Hollywood film was For the Honor of the Crew. Afterward, he appeared in many films, his best-known role was perhaps the Ship's captain in The Most Dangerous Game. He remained in show business until his sudden death after surgery in 1947.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "William B. Davidson". NY Times. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 

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