William B. Davidson

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

William B. Davidson
Photo of Davidson from Film Star Who's Who on the screen (1938)
Born(1888-06-16)June 16, 1888
DiedSeptember 28, 1947(1947-09-28) (aged 59)
Years active1915-1947
Spouse(s)Helen Bolton


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 1947.

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 (1932). He remained in show business until his sudden death after surgery in 1947.[2][3]

Partial filmography


  1. "William B. Davidson". NY Times. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  2. Ellenberger, Allan R. (May 1, 2001). "Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory". McFarland. Retrieved January 26, 2019 via Google Books.
  3. Katchmer, George A. (May 20, 2015). "A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses". McFarland. Retrieved January 26, 2019 via Google Books.
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