Warren William

D.O.B: Dec 02, 1894 | Aitkin, Minnesota, U.S.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Warren William (December 2, 1894 – September 24, 1948) was a Broadway and Hollywood actor, popular during the early 1930s, who was later nicknamed the king of Pre-Code.

Biography

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Warren William (December 2, 1894 – September 24, 1948) was a Broadway and Hollywood actor, popular during the early 1930s, who was later nicknamed the king of Pre-Code. He was born Warren William Krech in Aitkin, Minnesota to parents Freeman E. and Frances Krech. He had a certain physical resemblance to John Barrymore. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After moving from Broadway to Hollywood in 1931, he reached his peak as a leading man in early 1930s pre-Production Code films. He was a contract player at the Warner Bros. studio and was known for portraying amoral businessmen, lawyers, and other heartless types, including the Sam Spade character (renamed Ted Shane) in the second filming of The Maltese Falcon, called Satan Met a Lady (1936) with Bette Davis. He also played sympathetic roles, however, as in Imitation of Life, in which he portrayed Claudette Colberts love interest. He appeared as her love interest again that year, when he played Julius Caesar to her Cleopatra in Cecil B. DeMilles version of Cleopatra.