William Bailey (actor)
Gardner Warren Reineck
September 26, 1886
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
|Died||November 8, 1962 (aged 76)|
(m. 1917; died 1952)
William Norton Bailey was born Gardner Warren Reineck on 26 September 1886 in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents, Rebecca Gardener Phillips and Jesse P. Reineck, his father was a Western Union telegraph operator. The family moved around the country based on Jesse’s work. The Reineck’s divorced after 1900 when Jesse was arrested, along with five other telegraph operators, for defrauding American Express. William's mother settled the family for a number of years in Milwaukee.
Bailey was married on 1917 in Philadelphia to Mary Cannon, an actress who worked under the professional names of Polly Vann and Mary/Polly Bailey. They had no children. After their marriage, William, his new wife, and his mother moved to New York City where he was a director at Vitagraph Studios. After her death in 1952, he married a second time to Mrs. Aletha Hamilton Fadden in Los Angeles. They died within a few months of each other and are buried at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
Bailey's initial work in motion pictures came with Cosmopolitan Pictures, for which he directed one-reel and two-reel films. Bailey appeared in more than 300 films between 1911 and 1959, but his roles were often uncredited. Bailey also starred in the original cast of No, No Nanette (1925), a smash hit on Broadway. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Bailey died in Hollywood, California in 1962 at the age of 76.
|1911||Mae's Suitors||A Suitor|
|1912||The Snare||Tom Ransom|
|1912||The Penitent||Hugh Thompson|
|1913||Dear Old Girl||Friend of Ted Warren|
|1913||The Love Lute of Romany||A Farmer|
|1914||The Banker's Daughter||Harold Routledge|
|1915||Her Husband's Honor||Secret Service Agent Ellen|
|1916||A Coney Island Princess||Jan Kouver|
|1916||A Million A Minute||Mark Seager|
|1917||The Pride of New York||Harold Whitley|
|1918||Bonnie Annie Laurie||Captain Donald McGrego|
|1919||Speedy Meade||Cal Merchant|
|1920||The Phantom Foe||Bob Royal||Credited as William Norton Bailey|
|1921||The Yellow Arm||Jerry Engleson||Credited as William N. Bailey|
|1923||Is Money Everything?||Roy Pelham|
|1924||The Flaming Forties||Desparde||Credited as William Norton Bailey|
|1924||The Uninvited Guest||Fred Morgan|
|1924||The Cyclone Rider|
|1924||Winner Take All||Jim Devereaux|
|1925||My Neighbor's Wife||Greed's Assistant|
|1926||The House Without a Key||Harry Jennison||Credited as William Norton Bailey|
|1927||The Masked Menace||Credited as William Norton Bailey|
|1928||The Flyin' Cowboy||James Bell|
|1928||The Way of the Strong||Tiger Louie||Credited as William N. Bailey|
|1928||Burning Bridges||Jim Black||Credited as William N. Bailey|
|1929||The Aviator||Brooks||Credited as William Norton Bailey|
|1931||Mata Hari||Dubois' Aide||Uncredited|
|1934||Manhattan Melodrama||Al Barnes (croupier)||Uncredited|
|1936||I'll Name the Murderer||William Hugo Van Ostrum|
|1939||Miracles for Sale||Man in Box||Uncredited|
|1940||Bitter Sweet||Man in Bath||Uncredited|
|1940||British Intelligence||British Intelligence agent||Uncredited|
|1944||Mrs. Parkington||Musician at Ball||Uncredited|
|1947||The Egg and I||Reveler at Country Dance||Uncredited|
|1948||The Babe Ruth Story||Reporter||Uncredited|
|1948||Silver Trails||John Chambers|
|1949||Flamingo Road||Leo Mitchell||Uncredited|
|1949||Across the Rio Grande||Sheriff Reid|
|1950||Where Danger Lives||Man||Uncredited|
|1951||Flight to Mars||Coucilman|
|1952||Clash by Night||Waiter||Uncredited|
|1957||A Hatful of Rain||Man||Uncredited|
|1959||But Not for Me||Doorman||Uncredited|
|1949||The Lone Ranger||Townsman Jim||1 episode|
|1951–1953||The Range Rider||
- Reineck, Gardner. "Certificate of Registry of Marriage". Ancestry.com. Hollywood, CA. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
- Kear, Lynn; King, James. Evelyn Brent: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Lady Crook. McFarland. p. 142. ISBN 978-0-7864-5468-6. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
- Katchmer, George A. A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 13. ISBN 978-1-4766-0905-8. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
- Jesse P., Reineck (July 20, 1900). "Express Company Fleeced" (28). The Clinton Public. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
- United States, Selective Service System. Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Fourth Registration. Records of the Selective Service System, Record Group Number 147. National Archives and Records Administration; Polly Vann/Bailey, wife.
- "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Marriage Index, 1885–1951." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009. Philadelphia County Pennsylvania Clerk of the Orphans' Court. "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia marriage license index, 1885-1951." Clerk of the Orphans’ Court, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.
- State of California. California Death Index, 1940-1997. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.
- Ancestry.com. California, U.S., Marriage Index, 1949-1959 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.
- Reineck, Gardner/Aletha. "Find-A-Grave memorial". Find-A-Grave.com. Ancestry.com. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
- Truitt, Evelyn Mack (1977) . Who Was Who on Screen (2nd ed.). New York: Bowker. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-8352-0914-4.
- Vazzana, Eugene Michael (2001) . Silent Film Necrology (2nd ed.). Jefferson, NC: McFarland. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-7864-1059-0.
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