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Job Actor
Years active 1920-1947
Known for amoral businessmen, lawyers, and other heartless types
Top Roles Dave the Dude, Jefferson Carteret, Ted Shane, The Famous J.L., Stephen 'Steve' Archer
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Crime, Mystery, Film Adaptation
Top TopicsBook-Based, Forbidden Hollywood, Romance (Comic)
Top Collaborators , , (Producer),
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Warren William Overview:

Legendary actor, Warren William, was born Warren William Krech on Dec 2, 1894 in Aitkin, MN. William appeared in over 60 film roles. His best known films include The Man in the Iron Mask, Imitation of Life, Cleopatra, Day-Time Wife, Lady for a Day, The Wolf Man -- and as characters Philo Vance (The Gracie Allen Murder Case, The Dragon Murder Case), Perry Mason (The Case of the Velvet Claws, The Case of the Lucky Legs, The Case of the Curious Bride, The Case of the Howling Dog), and the Lone Wolf (Passport to Suez, One Dangerous Night, Secrets of the Lone Wolf, The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance, The Lone Wolf Keeps a Date, The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady, The Lone Wolf Strikes, The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt). William died at the age of 53 on Sep 24, 1948 in Hollywood, CA and was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Long Island Sound.

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Smooth, moustachioed leading man with a Barrymore-like profile, Warren William was a frequent co-star of Bette Davis in her early years at Warners. Busy throughout the 1930s, William was often seen as such famous sleuths of fiction as Philo Vance, Perry Mason and the Lone Wolf, but also as Julius Caesar in the 1934 Cleopatra.

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. William was never nominated for an Academy Award.

BlogHub Articles:

Pre-Code Corner: “I Didn’t Know You With All Your Clothes On” – The Best of Pre-Code

By Kim Luperi on May 5, 2018 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

“I Didn’t Know You With All Your Clothes On”: The Best of Pre-Code is so entrenched with the pre-Code period in my mind that it’s not surprising to learn that, aside from two appearances credited as Warren Krech in 1922 and 1923, he soared to stardom during the er... Read full article


Don’t Bet on Blondes (1935) with

By Orson De Welles on Oct 15, 2015 From Classic Film Freak

Share This!HE’D BET ON ANYTHING! Forgotten for decades until TCM resurrected him, was once one of the leading stars in the Hollywood sky. Though now known primarily as one of Errol Flynn’s pre-Captain Blood efforts, 1935’s Don’t Bet on Blondes is from start to finish William’s v... Read full article


Warner Archive: Bette Davis and in The Dark Horse (1932)

By KC on Jun 24, 2015 From Classic Movies

In a bit of political maneuvering gone awry, dimwitted Zachary Hicks (Guy Kibbee) is nominated as an unlikely candidate for Governor at a Progressive party convention. The insanity that follows often does not see far removed from the current political landscape. This new release from Warner Archive ... Read full article


Goodbye Again (1933) with and Joan Blondell

By Orson De Welles on Apr 23, 2015 From Classic Film Freak

Share This! “Gentlemen, due to the fact that I have met one of the younger married women of your city, I regret exceedingly that I will be unable to autograph….” Anne (Joan Blondell) to Ken ()” Rarely do we venture into pre-code era movies, but that doesn’... Read full article


Goodbye Again (1933) with and Joan Blondell

By Orson De Welles on Apr 23, 2015 From Classic Film Freak

Share This! “Gentlemen, due to the fact that I have met one of the younger married women of your city, I regret exceedingly that I will be unable to autograph….” Anne (Joan Blondell) to Ken ()” Rarely do we venture into pre-code era movies, but that doesn’... Read full article


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Warren William Quotes:

Denton Ross: She's blackmailing me! I'm caught like a rat in a trap! I'll be ruined! Franklin Monroe might hear of it! Anderson, you know all about women. What am I to do?
Kurt Anderson: Why don't you kill her?


Kurt Anderson: When a man outlives his usefulness, he ought to jump out a window.


Valerie Purvis: I remember you. You're the other man.
Ted Shayne: That's me, sister. I've often been named as the other man.


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Warren William Facts
With The Case of the Howling Dog (1934), he became the first actor ever to play the hallowed film and television detective character Perry Mason.

He had no children.

An amateur inventor, William held the patent for the first lawn vacuum, a device which became commonplace with landscapers decades after his death.

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