Billy Bevan

Billy Bevan

Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1887-09-29
Deathday: 1957-11-26 (70 years old)

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Billy Bevan (born William Bevan Harris, 29 September 1887 – 26 November 1957) was an Australian-born vaudevillian, who became an American film actor. He appeared in 254 American films between 1916 and 1950.


Bevan was born in the country town of Orange, New South Wales, Australia. He went on the stage at an early age, traveled to Sydney and spent eight years in Australian light opera, performing as Willie Bevan. He sailed to America with the Pollard’s Lilliputian Opera Company in 1912 and later toured Canada. Bevan broke into films with the Sigmund Lubin studio in 1916. When the company disbanded, Bevan became a supporting actor in Mack Sennett movie comedies. An expressive pantomimist, Bevan's quiet scene-stealing attracted attention, and by 1922 Bevan was a Sennett star. He supplemented his income, however, by establishing a citrus and avocado farm at Escondido, California.


Usually filmed wearing a derby hat and a drooping mustache, Bevan may not have possessed an indelible screen character like Charlie Chaplin but he had a friendly, funny presence in the frantic Sennett comedies. Much of the comedy depended on Bevan's skilled timing and reactions; the famous "oyster" routine performed on film by Curly Howard, Lou Costello, and Huntz Hall—in which a bowl of "fresh oyster stew" shows alarming signs of life and battles the guy trying to eat it—was originated on film decades earlier by Bevan in the short film Wandering Willies.


By the mid-1920s Bevan was often teamed with Andy Clyde; Clyde soon graduated to his own starring series. The late 1920s found Bevan playing in wild marital farces for Sennett.


The advent of talking pictures took their toll on the careers of many silent stars, including Billy Bevan. Bevan began a second career in "talkies" as a character actor and bit player in roles such as that of a bus driver in the 1929 film High Voltage, a hotel employee in the Mae Murray film Peacock Alley, and the supporting role of Second Lieutenant Trotter in Journey's End in 1930. His starring roles had come to an end, however, and for the next 20 years he often would play rowdy Cockneys (as in Pack Up Your Troubles with The Ritz Brothers), and affable Englishmen (as in Tin Pan Alley and Terror by Night). He played a friendly bus conductor opposite Greer Garson in one of the opening scenes of Mrs. Miniver.


Bevan died in 1957 in Escondido, California, just before new audiences discovered him in Robert Youngson's silent-comedy compilations. (The Youngson films mispronounce his name as "Be-VAN"; Bevan himself offered the proper pronunciation in a Voice of Hollywood reel in 1930.)

Filmography

All 197

Movies 196

Self 3

Director 2

TV Shows 1

Horace - (archive footage)
Vincent Price's Dracula

Vincent Price's Dracula (1986)

Movie
ArchiveFootage
30 Years of Fun

30 Years of Fun (1963)

Movie
archive footage
The Golden Age of Comedy

The Golden Age of Comedy (1957)

Movie
Town Councilman (uncredited)
Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

Movie
ArchiveFootage
The Slappiest Days of Our Lives

The Slappiest Days of Our Lives (1951)

Movie
ArchiveFootage
Animal Antics

Animal Antics (1950)

Movie
Ed Jackson (uncredited)
Three Secrets

Three Secrets (1950)

Movie
6
Will Scarlet
Rogues of Sherwood Forest

Rogues of Sherwood Forest (1950)

Movie
Billy Bragg
Fortunes of Captain Blood

Fortunes of Captain Blood (1950)

Movie
Winston, Kitty's Butler (uncredited)
Tell It to the Judge

Tell It to the Judge (1949)

Movie
Douglas (uncredited)
The Secret Of St. Ives

The Secret Of St. Ives (1949)

Movie
Barney
The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden (1949)

Movie
Morton
Let's Live a Little

Let's Live a Little (1948)

Movie
Self
The Ed Sullivan Show

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)

TV Show
6
Dungeon Keeper
The Black Arrow

The Black Arrow (1948)

Movie
Old Andrew
The Swordsman

The Swordsman (1948)

Movie
Evans
It Had to Be You

It Had to Be You (1947)

Movie
Harry, Cab Driver (uncredited)
Moss Rose

Moss Rose (1947)

Movie
Uncle Arn Porritt
Cluny Brown

Cluny Brown (1946)

Movie
6.67
Mr. Ames (uncredited)
Devotion

Devotion (1946)

Movie
Conductor Taking Tickets
Terror by Night

Terror by Night (1946)

Movie
4.33
Malvolio Jones
The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

Movie
Constable (uncredited)
National Velvet

National Velvet (1945)

Movie
Cabbie (uncredited)
Tonight and Every Night

Tonight and Every Night (1945)

Movie
ArchiveFootage
Once Over Lightly

Once Over Lightly (1944)

Movie
Constable With Food Tray (uncredited)
The Pearl of Death

The Pearl of Death (1944)

Movie
4.33
Police Sergeant (uncredited)
The Invisible Man's Revenge

The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944)

Movie
5.15
Bookie (uncredited)
Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre (1943)

Movie
Horace (uncredited)
The Return of the Vampire

The Return of the Vampire (1943)

Movie
6
Wartime Cabby
Forever and a Day

Forever and a Day (1943)

Movie
Air Raid Warden
London Blackout Murders

London Blackout Murders (1943)

Movie
The Hero
Happy Times and Jolly Moments

Happy Times and Jolly Moments (1943)

Movie
Puritan Vendor (uncredited)
I Married a Witch

I Married a Witch (1942)

Movie
George Barrow
Counter-Espionage

Counter-Espionage (1942)

Movie
6
Bus Conductor (uncredited)
Mrs. Miniver

Mrs. Miniver (1942)

Movie
Farmer
This Above All

This Above All (1942)

Movie
Phillips
The Man Who Wouldn't Die

The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1942)

Movie
3.5
Mr. Bindle
Confirm or Deny

Confirm or Deny (1941)

Movie
Ticket Taker (uncredited)
Suspicion

Suspicion (1941)

Movie
2
Mr. Weller
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

Movie
Chivers
Shining Victory

Shining Victory (1941)

Movie
McDougal (uncredited)
Penny Serenade

Penny Serenade (1941)

Movie
6
Stage Doorman
Tin Pan Alley

Tin Pan Alley (1940)

Movie
Joe
The Long Voyage Home

The Long Voyage Home (1940)

Movie
Policeman (uncredited)
Rebecca

Rebecca (1940)

Movie
5.76
Jim (uncredited)
The Invisible Man Returns

The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

Movie
5.36
Castle Guide
The Earl of Chicago

The Earl of Chicago (1940)

Movie
Mr. Jones
We Are Not Alone

We Are Not Alone (1939)

Movie
British Sergeant
Pack Up Your Troubles

Pack Up Your Troubles (1939)

Movie
Duffy
Captain Fury

Captain Fury (1939)

Movie
Cockney (uncredited)
Let Freedom Ring

Let Freedom Ring (1939)

Movie
Street Watch Leader
A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol (1938)

Movie
6.25
Aquarium Guard
Arrest Bulldog Drummond

Arrest Bulldog Drummond (1938)

Movie
Gallicuddy
Shadows Over Shanghai

Shadows Over Shanghai (1938)

Movie
Customs Official
Mysterious Mr. Moto

Mysterious Mr. Moto (1938)

Movie
5
Kennel Man (uncredited)
The Young in Heart

The Young in Heart (1938)

Movie
Bartender (uncredited)
Blond Cheat

Blond Cheat (1938)

Movie
Nick
The Girl of the Golden West

The Girl of the Golden West (1938)

Movie
Joe (uncredited)
Bringing Up Baby

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Movie
4.2
McLean
The Wrong Road

The Wrong Road (1937)

Movie
Munson
The Sheik Steps Out

The Sheik Steps Out (1937)

Movie
Pvt. Hawkins
Another Dawn

Another Dawn (1937)

Movie
Atkins
Slave Ship

Slave Ship (1937)

Movie
Frank (uncredited)
Personal Property

Personal Property (1937)

Movie
Plug Hat
God's Country and the Woman

God's Country and the Woman (1937)

Movie
Innkeeper
Lloyd's of London

Lloyd's of London (1936)

Movie
Taxi Driver
Piccadilly Jim

Piccadilly Jim (1936)

Movie
Frederick
Private Number

Private Number (1936)

Movie
Police Constable Albert
Dracula's Daughter

Dracula's Daughter (1936)

Movie
5.53
Mr. Boswick
Champagne Charlie

Champagne Charlie (1936)

Movie
Cabby (uncredited)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

Movie
5
Curtis
Song and Dance Man

Song and Dance Man (1936)

Movie
Jerry Cruncher
A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

Movie
Officer Watkins
The Widow from Monte Carlo

The Widow from Monte Carlo (1935)

Movie
Private Foster
The Last Outpost

The Last Outpost (1935)

Movie
Alfred
Black Sheep

Black Sheep (1935)

Movie
Horse Auctioneer
Vanessa: Her Love Story

Vanessa: Her Love Story (1935)

Movie
Jepson
Mystery Woman

Mystery Woman (1935)

Movie
Police Sergeant
Caravan

Caravan (1934)

Movie
Herb
Limehouse Blues

Limehouse Blues (1934)

Movie
Man in Hotel Room
Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back

Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934)

Movie
Cloakroom Attendant
One More River

One More River (1934)

Movie
Meadows
Shock

Shock (1934)

Movie
Mac
Stingaree

Stingaree (1934)

Movie
Hale
The Lost Patrol

The Lost Patrol (1934)

Movie
Grandpa Henry
Pop's Pal

Pop's Pal (1933)

Movie
Two of Spades (uncredited)
Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland (1933)

Movie
M. Prial
The Way to Love

The Way to Love (1933)

Movie
Stage Director
Too Much Harmony

Too Much Harmony (1933)

Movie
One of the Taxi Boys
Thundering Taxis

Thundering Taxis (1933)

Movie
Detective #2 (uncredited)
Peg o' My Heart

Peg o' My Heart (1933)

Movie
Will Swallow
A Study in Scarlet

A Study in Scarlet (1933)

Movie
5.29
Uncle Jake
Uncle Jake

Uncle Jake (1933)

Movie
Mr. Barker
Looking Forward

Looking Forward (1933)

Movie
Mary's Father - the Mayor
Techno-Crazy

Techno-Crazy (1933)

Movie
George Grainger
Cavalcade

Cavalcade (1933)

Movie
6
Schultz
Luxury Liner

Luxury Liner (1933)

Movie
She Whoops To Conquer

She Whoops To Conquer (1933)

Movie
Ashley (uncredited)
Me and My Gal

Me and My Gal (1932)

Movie
Charlie Hammond
Payment Deferred

Payment Deferred (1932)

Movie
Billy Bevan
Honeymoon Beach

Honeymoon Beach (1932)

Movie
Joseph Sedley
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair (1932)

Movie
Colonel
Sky Devils

Sky Devils (1932)

Movie
Horace Ward
The Silent Witness

The Silent Witness (1932)

Movie
Father
Who's Who in the Zoo

Who's Who in the Zoo (1931)

Movie
Soldier on the Make (uncredited)
Waterloo Bridge

Waterloo Bridge (1931)

Movie
Hodgkins
Transatlantic

Transatlantic (1931)

Movie
Cuthbert (uncredited)
Chances

Chances (1931)

Movie
Departing British Soldier (uncredited)
Born to Love

Born to Love (1931)

Movie
Edward O. Walker
For the Love o' Lil

For the Love o' Lil (1930)

Movie
Train Conductor (uncredited)
Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo (1930)

Movie
2nd Lt. Trotter
Journey's End

Journey's End (1930)

Movie
Gilbert - Addie's Brother
Scotch

Scotch (1930)

Movie
Walter
Peacock Alley

Peacock Alley (1930)

Movie
George Downing
Weak But Willing

Weak But Willing (1929)

Movie
Reporter (uncredited)
The Trespasser

The Trespasser (1929)

Movie
Gus Jones
High Voltage

High Voltage (1929)

Movie
BIlly Blake
Don't Get Jealous

Don't Get Jealous (1929)

Movie
Billy Brooks
Pink Pajamas

Pink Pajamas (1929)

Movie
Billy Barton
Calling Hubby's Bluff

Calling Hubby's Bluff (1929)

Movie
Tom Berry
The Sky Hawk

The Sky Hawk (1929)

Movie
Billy Brooks
His New Stenographer

His New Stenographer (1928)

Movie
Paris Cabman
Riley the Cop

Riley the Cop (1928)

Movie
Bill Blake
Hubby's Weekend Trip

Hubby's Weekend Trip (1928)

Movie
Billy Bender
Motorboat Mamas

Motorboat Mamas (1928)

Movie
Billy Trotter
His Unlucky Night

His Unlucky Night (1928)

Movie
Constable Billy Barnes
The Girl from Nowhere

The Girl from Nowhere (1928)

Movie
Doty Bassett - The Bicycle Flirt
The Bicycle Flirt

The Bicycle Flirt (1928)

Movie
The Best Man
The Best Man

The Best Man (1928)

Movie
Billy Doolittle
The Beach Club

The Beach Club (1928)

Movie
Messenger
The Girl from Everywhere

The Girl from Everywhere (1927)

Movie
Pete De Tour
The Bull Fighter

The Bull Fighter (1927)

Movie
The Barber
Gold Digger of Weepah

Gold Digger of Weepah (1927)

Movie
Billy Divott
The Golf Nut

The Golf Nut (1927)

Movie
Professor Brawn
Cured in the Excitement

Cured in the Excitement (1927)

Movie
Joe Whiffet
A Small Town Princess

A Small Town Princess (1927)

Movie
The Detective
Easy Pickings

Easy Pickings (1927)

Movie
Bill the Plumber
Peaches and Plumbers

Peaches and Plumbers (1927)

Movie
Charley Carter
Should Sleepwalkers Marry?

Should Sleepwalkers Marry? (1927)

Movie
Jerry Connors / Archibald De Shyster
Flirty Four-Flushers

Flirty Four-Flushers (1926)

Movie
Casey McCorkle
Masked Mamas

Masked Mamas (1926)

Movie
The Cop
Should Husbands Marry?

Should Husbands Marry? (1926)

Movie
Billy Judkins
Hoboken to Hollywood

Hoboken to Hollywood (1926)

Movie
Billy Foote - Dance Instructor
Hubby’s Quiet Little Game

Hubby’s Quiet Little Game (1926)

Movie
Wilbur Watts
A Sea Dog's Tale

A Sea Dog's Tale (1926)

Movie
Gus Gander
Ice Cold Cocos

Ice Cold Cocos (1926)

Movie
Billy Hornby
Musclebound Music

Musclebound Music (1926)

Movie
Walter Moore
Fight Night

Fight Night (1926)

Movie
Pete
Hayfoot, Strawfoot?

Hayfoot, Strawfoot? (1926)

Movie
Percy Nudge
Wandering Willies

Wandering Willies (1926)

Movie
Gus Barnum
Circus Today

Circus Today (1926)

Movie
Otto Stropp
Trimmed in Gold

Trimmed in Gold (1926)

Movie
The Drifter
Whispering Whiskers

Whispering Whiskers (1926)

Movie
Joe Bush
From Rags to Britches

From Rags to Britches (1925)

Movie
Joe Dobell
Over Thereabouts

Over Thereabouts (1925)

Movie
Nick - the Star Pitcher
Butter Fingers

Butter Fingers (1925)

Movie
Joe Gobb
The Iron Nag

The Iron Nag (1925)

Movie
Joe Honck - Taxi Driver
Sneezing Beezers

Sneezing Beezers (1925)

Movie
Hiram Case
Super-Hooper-Dyne Lizzies

Super-Hooper-Dyne Lizzies (1925)

Movie
Otto Klutch - Chauffeur
The Lion's Whiskers

The Lion's Whiskers (1925)

Movie
Gaspard De Brie
Giddap!

Giddap! (1925)

Movie
Farmer
Honeymoon Hardships

Honeymoon Hardships (1925)

Movie
The Traffic Cop
Off His Trolley

Off His Trolley (1924)

Movie
Adam Fargo - Baggage Master
The Cannon Ball Express

The Cannon Ball Express (1924)

Movie
John Syrup Soother
Galloping Bungalows

Galloping Bungalows (1924)

Movie
Sandy Hook - Sailor
Wandering Waistlines

Wandering Waistlines (1924)

Movie
The Sheriff
Little Robinson Corkscrew

Little Robinson Corkscrew (1924)

Movie
King of Anchovia
Three Foolish Weeks

Three Foolish Weeks (1924)

Movie
A Mechanic - Bud Gasket
Lizzies of the Field

Lizzies of the Field (1924)

Movie
The Sheriff
East of the Water Plug

East of the Water Plug (1924)

Movie
The Janitor
Wall Street Blues

Wall Street Blues (1924)

Movie
Studio Organist
The Hollywood Kid

The Hollywood Kid (1924)

Movie
Travers Dale
The White Sin

The White Sin (1924)

Movie
A.J. Bird Jr.
One Spooky Night

One Spooky Night (1924)

Movie
Jake aka Inbad the Sailor
Inbad the Sailor

Inbad the Sailor (1923)

Movie
Comedian
The Extra Girl

The Extra Girl (1923)

Movie
Barfly (uncredited)
Pitfalls of a Big City

Pitfalls of a Big City (1923)

Movie
Sailor
Nip and Tuck

Nip and Tuck (1923)

Movie
Lyons - the Tenderfoot
When Summer Comes

When Summer Comes (1922)

Movie
Press Agent
The Crossroads of New York

The Crossroads of New York (1922)

Movie
Jim
Gymnasium Jim

Gymnasium Jim (1922)

Movie
The Amateur Cop
On Patrol

On Patrol (1922)

Movie
The Sportsman
The Duck Hunter

The Duck Hunter (1922)

Movie
Himself
Around the Town: British Film Stars and Studios

Around the Town: British Film Stars and Studios (1921)

Movie
The Nosey Butler
Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes (1921)

Movie
A Rolling Stone
Be Reasonable

Be Reasonable (1921)

Movie
The Burglar
Love and Doughnuts

Love and Doughnuts (1921)

Movie
The Immigrant Husband
Astray from the Steerage

Astray from the Steerage (1921)

Movie
Director
A Small Town Idol

A Small Town Idol (1921)

Movie
The Hired Lady's Sweetheart
The Quack Doctor

The Quack Doctor (1920)

Movie
Actor
Distilled Love

Distilled Love (1920)

Movie
Father
Cupid In Quarantine

Cupid In Quarantine (1918)

Movie
Actor
Her Rustic Romeo

Her Rustic Romeo (1918)

Movie
Secretary
Somebody's Widow

Somebody's Widow (1918)

Movie
The Chief of Police
Bombs and Bandits

Bombs and Bandits (1917)

Movie
The Bartender
Pirates of the Air

Pirates of the Air (1916)

Movie
The Minister
Gertie's Gasoline Glide

Gertie's Gasoline Glide (1916)

Movie

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Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1887-09-29

Deathday
1957-11-26 (70 years old)

Place of birth
Orange, Australia

Citizenships
Australia

Also known as
William Bevan, Bill Bevans, Billy Bevin, Bill Bivin


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