William Collier Jr.

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William Collier Jr.
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William Collier circa 1913 with his adoptive father
Born Charles F. Gall Jr.
(1902-02-12)February 12, 1902
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died February 5, 1987(1987-02-05) (aged 84)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active Actor: 1916-1935
producer: 1946-1956
Spouse(s) Marie Stevens (1934-1981) (her death) (1 child)

William Collier Jr. (February 12, 1902 – February 5, 1987) was an American film and stage actor who appeared in 89 films.[1][2]


William Collier (nicknamed "Buster")[3] was born as Charles F. Gall Jr. in New York City.[4] When his parents divorced, his mother, the actress Paula Marr, remarried the actor William Collier Sr. who adopted Charles (the two did share a resemblance) and gave the boy the new name William Collier Jr.[5] Collier's acting experience in childhood, having first appeared on stage at age seven, helped him to get his first movie role at the age of 14 in The Bugle Call (1916).[6][7]

He went on to become a popular leading man in the 1920s and made the transition from silent into sound film, however he retired from acting in 1935, and in 1937 went to work as a movie producer in England.[8] At the end of the 1940s he returned to America and went on to produce drama series for television. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[9]

Collier & Catherine Calvert in The Heart of Maryland (1921) (photo from contemporary newspaper)

Selected filmography as an actor[edit]


Collier died one week before his 85th birthday on February 5, 1987, in San Francisco.[10]



  • John Holmstrom, The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995, Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 16.

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