William Collier Jr.

William Collier Jr.

William Collier circa 1913 with his adoptive father
Born Charles F. Gall Jr.
(1902-02-12)February 12, 1902
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died February 5, 1987(1987-02-05) (aged 84)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active Actor: 1916-1935
producer: 1946-1956
Spouse(s) Marie Stevens (1934-1981) (her death) (1 child)

William Collier Jr. (February 12, 1902 – February 5, 1987) was an American film and stage actor who appeared in 89 films.


William Collier (nicknamed "Buster") was born as Charles F. Gall Jr. in New York City. When his parents divorced, his mother, the actress Paula Marr, remarried the actor William Collier Sr. who adopted Charles(the two did share a resemblance) and gave the boy the new name William Collier Jr. Collier's acting experience in childhood, having first appeared on stage at age seven, helped him to get his first movie role at the age of 14 in The Bugle Call (1916). He went on to become a popular leading man in the 1920s and made the transition from silent into sound film, however he retired from acting in 1935, and in 1937 went to work as a movie producer in England. At the end of the 1940s he returned to America and went on to produce drama series for television. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Selected filmography as an actor


Collier died in his 84th year on February 5, 1987, in San Francisco.


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