William Desmond (actor)

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William Desmond
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William Desmond
Born William Mannion
(1878-01-23)January 23, 1878
Dublin, Ireland
Died November 3, 1949(1949-11-03) (aged 71)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1915–1949

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

Born William Mannion[1][2] in Dublin, Ireland, 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.[3]

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

Partial filmography

White-Washed Walls (1919)


  1. ^ Room, Adrian (2012). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 143. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved 23 January 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 23 January 2018. 

External links

  • William Desmond on IMDb
  • William Desmond at Find a Grave
  • William Desmond at Virtual History
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