William Desmond

William Desmond (January 23, 1878 – November 3, 1949) was an Irish-born American actor. He appeared in 205 films between 1915 and 1948. He was nicknamed "The King of the Silent Serials." Born William Mannion in Dublin, Ireland, he was raised in New York City. He later changed his surname to a stage name. He started out in vaudeville and the legitimate stage, before making his film debut. William Desmond died at age 71 of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California. He is inurned at the Chapel of the Pines Crematory, Los Angeles.


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