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William Desmond

  • Birth 23 Jan 1878 Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Death 3 Nov 1949 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Vaultage
  • Memorial ID 11723628

Actor. He was nicknamed "The King of the Silent Serials". Born William Mannion in Dublin, Ireland, he was raised in New York City from infancy. He appeared in vaudeville and the legitimate stage and had his own theatrical troupe before making his film debut in 1915. Square-jawed and muscular, he became very popular in Universal serials of the 1920s, especially those with a western setting. His biggest hits included "Perils of the Yukon" (1921), "Beasts of Paradise" (1923), "Perils of the Wild" (1925), "The Winking Idol" (1926), and "The Mystery Rider" (1928). Nearly 50 when talkies arrived, Desmond continued to appear in serials, though his roles diminished from leads to character parts and finally to uncredited bits. He retired in 1942.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 11723628
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Desmond (23 Jan 1878–3 Nov 1949), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11723628, citing Chapel Of The Pines Crematory, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .