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William Bailey (actor)

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William Bailey
The Eagle's Eye (1918) - 4.jpg
Bailey (right) in The Eagle's Eye (1918)
Gardner Warren Reineck

(1886-09-26)September 26, 1886
DiedNovember 8, 1962(1962-11-08) (aged 76)
OccupationActor, director
Years active1911–1959
Mary Cannon
(m. 1917; died 1952)
Aletha Hamilton
(m. 1952⁠–⁠1962)

William Norton Bailey (born Gardner Warren Reineck[1],[2] September 26, 1886 – November 8, 1962)[3] was an American actor and director.

Personal life

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.[4] 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[5] and Mary/Polly Bailey.[6] 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.[7] After her death in 1952,[8] he married a second time to Mrs. Aletha Hamilton Fadden in Los Angeles.[9] They died within a few months of each other and are buried at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.[10]

Film career

Bailey's initial work in motion pictures came with Cosmopolitan Pictures, for which he directed one-reel and two-reel films.[3] 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.[11][12]

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
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
1923 Three O'Clock in the Morning Hugo von Strohm
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
1925 Bustin' Thru Harvey Gregg
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
1930 Back Pay Ed
1930 Today Gregory
1931 An American Tragedy Reporter in Courtroom Uncredited
1931 Mata Hari Dubois' Aide Uncredited
1932 Midnight Patrol Powers
1934 Manhattan Melodrama Al Barnes (croupier) Uncredited
1936 I'll Name the Murderer William Hugo Van Ostrum
1937 London by Night Scotland Yard Detective Uncredited
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 Black Bart Townsman
1948 Silver Trails John Chambers
1949 Flamingo Road Leo Mitchell Uncredited
1949 Across the Rio Grande Sheriff Reid
1949 The Lone Ranger Townsman Jim TV, 1 episode
1950 Where Danger Lives Man Uncredited
1951 Flight to Mars Coucilman
1951–1953 The Range Rider Indian Agent, Larson TV, 2 episodes
1952 Clash by Night Waiter Uncredited
1957 A Hatful of Rain Man Uncredited
1958 Maverick Banker, Doctor TV, 2 episodes
1959 But Not for Me Doorman Uncredited


  1. ^ Reineck, Gardner. "Certificate of Registry of Marriage". Hollywood, CA. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  2. ^ Kear, Lynn; King, James (October 21, 2009). Evelyn Brent: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Lady Crook. McFarland. p. 142. ISBN 978-0-7864-5468-6. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Katchmer, George A. (May 20, 2015). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 13. ISBN 978-1-4766-0905-8. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  4. ^ Jesse P., Reineck (July 20, 1900). "Express Company Fleeced". No. 28. The Clinton Public. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ State of California. California Death Index, 1940-1997. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.
  9. ^ California, U.S., Marriage Index, 1949-1959 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013.
  10. ^ Reineck, Gardner/Aletha. "Find-A-Grave memorial". Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  11. ^ Truitt, Evelyn Mack (1977) [1974]. Who Was Who on Screen (2nd ed.). New York: Bowker. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-8352-0914-4.
  12. ^ Vazzana, Eugene Michael (2001) [1995]. Silent Film Necrology (2nd ed.). Jefferson, NC: McFarland. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-7864-1059-0.

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