William Desmond (actor)

William Desmond (born William Mannion; January 23, 1878 November 3, 1949) was an American actor. He appeared in 205 films between 1915 and 1948. He was nicknamed "The King of the Silent Serials."

William Desmond
Desmond in 1915
William Mannion

(1878-01-23)January 23, 1878
DiedNovember 3, 1949(1949-11-03) (aged 71)
Years active1915–1949
Spouse(s)Mary McIvor (m.1919)

Born William Mannion[1][2] in Horseheads, New York, he was raised in New York City. He later changed his surname to a stage name. He started out in vaudeville and the legitimate stage before making his film debut. In 1919, he married his co-star Mary McIvor, who he had two daughters with. [3]

On November 3, 1949, Desmond died at age 71 of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California. He is interred at the Chapel of the Pines Crematory, Los Angeles.[4]

Selected filmography


  1. Room, Adrian (2012). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 143. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  2. "William Mannion". Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  3. A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses 1476609055 George A. Katchmer - 2002 -"William Desmond's biography can be read in its entirety in the author's book Eighty Silent Film Stars: Biographies and Filmographies from the Obscure to the ... In 1919, he married Mary McIvor, who bore him two daughters, Mary Jo and Terry.
  4. Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 24. ISBN 9780786409839. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
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