William B. Mack

William B. Mack (born William B. McGillicuddy, April 8, 1872 September 13, 1955) was an American stage and film actor. His Broadway roles included Hedda Gabler and Within the Law.[2] His films included The American Venus and The Song and Dance Man.

William B. Mack
William B. Mack in 1919
William B. McGillicuddy

(1872-04-08)April 8, 1872
DiedSeptember 13, 1955(1955-09-13) (aged 83)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan


Mack began his theatrical career in traveling productions, working with the companies of actors such as Clay Clement and Walker Whiteside and appearing in such plays as The Orphan of Geneva, The New Dominion, and A Southern Gentleman.[3][4] In 1902 he joined the company of Minnie Maddern Fiske and began appearing in her Broadway productions. He abruptly left Fiske's company in December 1906 to take a role in Clyde Fitch's The Truth.[3][5]

Mack began taking roles in silent films in 1919, when he appeared in Virtuous Men. His other film roles included Missing Millions (1922) and Backbone (1923). His final films were The American Venus and The Song and Dance Man, both in 1926.

Personal life

Mack was born in Bay City, Michigan on April 8, 1872,[3] with the last name McGillicuddy.[4] He attended the University of Michigan,[4] and was a longtime member of The Lambs, a theatrical society. He died at the Percy Williams Home for retired actors on September 13, 1955.[2]


  1. "The Final Curtain". Billboard. September 24, 1955. p. 44.
  2. "W.B. Mack, Actor, Dies". The New York Times. September 15, 1955. p. 33.
  3. Briscoe, Johnson (1907). The Actors' Birthday Book: An Authoritative Insight Into the Lives of the Men and Women of the Stage Born Between January 1 and December 31. New York: Moffat, Yard. p. 89. OCLC 10978409.
  4. "William B. Mack". The Baltimore Sun. March 27, 1910. p. 20 via Newspapers.com.
  5. "Mack to Leave Mrs. Fiske". The New York Times. November 23, 1906. p. 9.

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