~William Desmond~

Born: January 23, 1878, Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 3, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, USA
~Biography~
Long before there was a Hollywood, William Desmond was well known in Los Angeles theatrical circles.
Desmond spent five years appearing with the west-coast Morosco Stock Company, the Burbank Theatre, and
the Los Angeles Opera House. With his own stock company, he toured Australia and Canada. Desmond's
theatrical credits included Ben Hur, Bird of Paradise, Alias Jimmy Valentine, If I Were King, Raffles, Sign of
the Cross, and Romeo and Juliet; he also appeared in dramatic sketches in vaudeville. He made his film debut
opposite Billie Burke in 1915's Peggy. Desmond later became a popular action star in films; he did his own
stunts, and hardly a week went by in the 1920s that Desmond didn't give the newspapers a story about how he'd
once again cheated death in the line of duty. In talkies, Desmond showed up in supporting roles in bits, chiefly
in westerns, at Universal studios. William Desmond was the husband of former William S. Hart leading lady
Mary McIvor, whom he outlived by eight years.

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
~Filmography~
~Actor~

The Mystery Rider (1928) .... Winthrop Lane/The Mystery Rider
The Devil's Trademark (1928) .... Morgan Gray
... aka The Devil's Trade Mark (USA: promotional title)
The Vanishing Rider (1928) .... Jim Davis/The Vanishing Rider
Red Clay (1927) .... Chief John Nisheto
The Return of the Riddle Rider (1927) .... Randolph Parker/The Riddle Rider
Finger Prints (1927)
Tongues of Scandal (1927) .... Gov. John Rhodes
Strings of Steel (1926) .... Ned Brown
The Winking Idol (1926) .... Dave Ledbetter
Ace of Spades (1925) .... Dan Harvey
The Meddler (1925) .... Richard Gilmore
Blood and Steel (1925) .... Gordon Steele
The Burning Trail (1925) .... Smiling Bill Flannigan
Straight Through (1925) .... Good Deed O'Day
... aka Ridin' Through (USA: alternative title)
Duped (1925) .... John Morgan
Barriers of the Law (1925) .... Rex Brandon
Ridin' Pretty (1925) .... Sky Parker
Ace of Spies (1925)
Outwitted (1925) .... Jack Blaisdel
Hello, 'Frisco (1924) .... Himself
The City of Stars (1924) .... Himself
The Riddle Rider (1924) .... Randolph Parker/The Riddle Rider
The Sunset Trail (1924) .... Happy Hobo
The Measure of a Man (1924) .... John Fairmeadow
Big Timber (1924) .... Walter Sandry
The Breathless Moment (1924) .... Billy Carson
The Extra Girl (1923) .... The Actor
Beasts of Paradise (1923) .... Phil Grant
Shadows of the North (1923) .... Ben 'Wolf' Darby
McGuire of the Mounted (1923) .... Bob McGuire
The Phantom Fortune (1923) .... Larry Barclay
Around the World in Eighteen Days (1923) .... Phineas Fogg III
... aka Around the World
... aka Around the World in 18 Days
Night Life in Hollywood (1922) .... Himself
... aka The Shriek of Hollywood (USA: alternative title)
Perils of the Yukon (1922) .... Jack Merrill Sr./Jack Merrill Jr.
Fightin' Mad (1921) .... Bud McGraw
The Policeman and the Baby (1921)
The Child Thou Gavest Me (1921) .... Tom Marshall
Dangerous Toys (1921)
Don't Leave Your Husband (1921)
The Parish Priest (1920) .... Reverend John Whalen
Twin Beds (1920) .... Harry Hawkins
A Broadway Cowboy (1920) .... Burke Randolph
Women Men Love (1920) .... David Hunter
The Prince and Betty (1919) .... John Maude
The Blue Bandanna (1919) .... Jerry Jerome
Dangerous Waters (1919) .... Jimmie Moulton
A Sagebrush Hamlet (1919) .... Larry Lang
Bare-Fisted Gallagher (1919) .... 'Bare-Fisted' Gallagher
The Mints of Hell (1919) .... Dan Burke
Whitewashed Walls (1919) .... Larry Donovan
Her Code of Honor (1919) .... Eugene La Salle
The Prodigal Liar (1919) .... Percival Montgomery Edwards
Life's a Funny Proposition (1919) .... Jimmie Pendleton
Deuce Duncan (1918) .... Deuce Duncan
The Pretender (1918) .... Bob Baldwin
Wild Life (1918) .... Chick Ward
Beyond the Shadows (1918) .... Jean Du Bois
Hell's End (1918) .... Jack Donovan
Closin' In (1918) .... Jack Bradon
Old Hartwell's Cub (1918) .... Bill Hartwell
An Honest Man (1918) .... Benny Boggs
Society for Sale (1918) .... Honorable Billy
The Marriage Bubble (1918) .... The Actor/Marty Conrad, the Drunken Millionaire (dual role)
The Sea Panther (1918) .... Paul Le Marsan
Captain of His Soul (1918) .... Horace Boyce
The Sudden Gentleman (1917) .... Garry Garrity
Fighting Back (1917) .... The Weakling
Married in Name Only (1917) (unconfirmed)
Flying Colors (1917) .... Brent Brewster
Master of His Home (1917) .... Carson Stewart
Time Locks and Diamonds (1917) .... Silver Jim Farrel
Paws of the Bear (1917) .... Ray Bourke
Paddy O'Hara (1917) .... Paddy O'Hara
Blood Will Tell (1917) .... Samson Oakley III
The Last of the Ingrams (1917) .... Jules Ingram
... aka The Last of the Ingrahams (USA)
The Iced Bullet (1917) .... The Author/Horace Lee
A Gamble in Souls (1916) .... Arthur Worden, Evangelist
The Criminal (1916) .... Donald White
The Dawn Maker (1916) .... Bruce Smithson
Lieutenant Danny, U.S.A. (1916) .... Lt. Danny Ward
The Payment (1916) .... Dick
The Captive God (1916)
The Sorrows of Love (1916) .... Guido Perli
Not My Sister (1916) .... Michael Arnold
The Waifs (1916) .... Arthur Rayburn
Bullets and Brown Eyes (1916) .... Prince Carl
Peggy (1916) .... Reverend Donald Bruce
Peer Gynt (1915) .... The parson
The Majesty of the Law (1915) .... Jackson Morgan Kent
Kilmeny (1915) .... Bob Meredith

~Producer~

Fightin' Mad (1921) (producer)
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