Will Stanton (actor)

William Sidney "Will" Stanton (September 18, 1885 – December 18, 1969) was an American character actor, whose career spanned the first twenty-five years of the sound film era. Born in London, England,[1] Stanton broke into the film industry at the very tail end of the silent film era in 1927, appearing in several film shorts for Hal Roach Studios. He would debut in a feature film with a small role in Raoul Walsh's 1928 silent film, Sadie Thompson, starring Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore, and Walsh.[2] During the following 20 years he would appear in another 70 films, mostly in small and supporting roles.[3]

Will Stanton
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Stanton in 1930
Born
William Sidney Stanton

(1885-09-18)September 18, 1885
DiedDecember 18, 1969(1969-12-18) (aged 84)
OccupationActor
Years active1927–1954
Spouse(s)Rosalind May

Notable films in which he appeared include: the 1933 version of Alice in Wonderland, whose ensemble cast included Cary Grant, W.C. Fields, Gary Cooper and Edward Everett Horton;[4] the classic Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable;[5] the 1936 film adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's classic, Last of the Mohicans, directed by George B. Seitz, and starring Randolph Scott;[6] The Prince and the Pauper (1937), starring Errol Flynn and Claude Rains;[7] Howard Hawks' 1941 classic, Sergeant York, with Gary Cooper;[8] and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and starring Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, and George Sanders.[9] His final big screen appearance would be as a cab driver in the Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn romantic comedy, Adam's Rib, directed by George Cukor.[10] Stanton would make one last acting performance, appearing on an episode of television's Schlitz Playhouse in 1954. Stanton died on December 18, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale.[1]

FilmographyEdit

Per AFI database[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Will Stanton". Find a Grave. Archived from the original on January 22, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Sadie Thompson". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "Will Stanton". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Alice in Wonderland". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Mutiny on the Bounty". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on December 16, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "The Last of the Mohicans". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "The Prince and the Pauper". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Sergeant York". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on October 25, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on October 25, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Adam's Rib". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on October 26, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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