William Collier Sr.

William Collier Sr. (November 12, 1864 – January 13, 1944), born William Morenus, was an American writer, director and actor.

William Collier Sr
William Morenus

(1864-11-12)November 12, 1864
DiedJanuary 13, 1944(1944-01-13) (aged 79)
Burial placeForest Lawn Memorial Park[1]
OccupationWriter, director, actor on stage and screen
Years active19161941
Spouse(s)Louise Allen (?1909) (her death)
Paula Marr (1910?)
ChildrenWilliam Collier Jr.


Collier ran away from home when only 11 years old to join a touring company run by Eddie Foy. After a notable stage career, he tried motion pictures, under producer Mack Sennett. He then went back to the stage for some years but returned to films when the talkies came along.

Private life

He married Louise Allen; she died in 1909 and he married Paula Marr the following year, adopting her son Charles, whom he renamed William Collier Jr. (19021987).

Collier died of pneumonia in 1944.[2] He was interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

Partial filmography


  1. Ellenberger, Allan (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 42. ISBN 9780786450190.
  2. "William Collier". Hollywood Star Walk. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
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