William Gillespie
born: 21 January 1894
Aberdeen,
Scotland
died: 23 June 1938
Los Angeles County General Hospital,
Los Angeles, California,
United States of America
(chronic pulmonary tuberculosis, age 44)
 
Tall Scottish-born actor with a distinctive nose, who began as a supporting player in the early films of Charlie Chaplin before becoming a regular cast member in the films of Hal Roach in the 1920s. With over 170 films for Hal Roach, he is one of the most-seen actors in a Roach-produced film.

Despite the dates given in the 1929 Motion Picture Almanac (Jan. 23) and in the 1931 & 1932 Almanacs and on IMDb (Jan. 24), his birthday appears to be Jan. 21, per his WWI Draft Card and his page at FindAGrave (unknown source).  His birth year is the source of some confusion: 
-The Motion Picture Almanacs and IMDb give 1894, as do the 1910 and 1930 Censuses and his entry in the CA Death Index - the majority and the one I'd stick with.  However, the 1920 Census would support 1891 (his birthday of Jan. 21 hadn't been reached yet).  His marriage certificate and his WWI Draft Card would support 1892.  I dunno how WWI Cards work; often, a year is either added or shaved, I've noticed.  I would presume for that and the marriage certificate, he added a year or two to appear older?
Real name: William Alexander Gillespie
Height: 5'11"
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography;
plus 1 with Babe Hardy & Larry Semon.

181


1917
Bliss
Policeman/
violinist

1917
The Flirt
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Move On
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Bashful
[unidentified character]
 

1917
Step Lively
[unidentified character]
 

1918
The Tip
[unidentified character]
 

1918
The Big Idea
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Beat It
[unidentified character]
 

1918
A Gasoline Wedding
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Look Pleasant, Please
Photographer
 

1918
Here Come The Girls
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Fare, Please
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Let's Go
[unidentified character]
 

1918
On The Jump
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Follow The Crowd
Member of the 'Red Handers' terrorist group

1918
Pipe The Whiskers
[unidentified character]
 

1918
It's A Wild Life
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Hey There
Actor
 

1918
Kicked Out
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Two-Gun Gussie
Angry bar patron

1918
The City Slicker
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Sic 'Em Towser
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Somewhere In Turkey
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Are Crooks Dishonest?
[unidentified character]
 

1918
An Ozark Romance
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Kicking The Germ Out Of Germany
[unidentified character]
 

1918
That's Him
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Bride And Gloom
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Two Scrambled
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Bees In His Bonnet
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Swing Your Partners
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Why Pick On Me?
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Nothing But Trouble
Beach voyeur

1918
Hear 'Em Rave
[unidentified character]
 

1918
Take A Chance
[unidentified character]
 

1918
She Loves Me Not
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Do You Love Your Wife?
Elmer, the faithless husband

1919
Wanted - $5,000
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Going! Going! Gone!
Bystander

1919
Ask Father
Office worker
 

1919
On The Fire
Restaurant owner

1919
I'm On My Way
[unidentified character]
 

1919
The Dutiful Dub
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Next Aisle Over
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Ring Up The Curtain
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Pay Your Dues
[unidentified character]
 

1919
Bumping Into Broadway
Stage door Johnnie

1919
All At Sea
Pirate

1919
Call For Mr. Caveman
Girl's father

1919
Looking For Trouble
M.T. Grave, undertaker

1919
From Hand To Mouth
Baker

1920
The Dippy Dentist
Cop
 

1920
His Royal Slyness
Noble/Agitator

1920
Raise The Rent
[unidentified character]
 

1920
Haunted Spooks
The lawyer

1920
An Eastern Westerner
Mexican with knife/
Dance hall manager

1920
Any Old Port
[unidentified character]
DISPUTED BY ME

1920
High And Dizzy
[unidentified character]
 

1920
Little Miss Jazz
Crook

1920
Run 'Em Ragged
Store owner

1920
Money To Burn
[unidentified character]
 

1920
Get Out And Get Under
Dope fiend
 

1920
Number, Please?
Cop

1921
Now Or Never
The child's daddy/
Sheriff


1921
Among Those Present
The 'Hard Boiled' party

1921
Spot Cash
Rival's assistant

1921
Name The Day
Cab driver/
Judge
 

1921
Stop Kidding
[unidentified character]
 

1921
I Do
Brother-in-law

1921
The Lucky Number
[unidentified character]
 

1921
Sweet Bye And Bye
[unidentified character]
 

1921
Dodge Your Debts
Pub patron
 

1921
Never Weaken
The doctor

1921
Late Hours
[?]
 

1921
Fifteen Minutes
Second policeman

1921
On Location
[unidentified character]
 

1921
The Joy Rider
Policeman

1921
A Sailor-Made Man
Naval officer/
Man in street magician's audience/
Palace sentry

1922
Loose Change
[?]
 

1922
Pardon Me
[?]
 

1922
Hot Off The Press
Newspaper owner

1922
Light Showers
Guest

1922
Do Me A Favor
Fireman

1922
Punch The Clock
Cop
 

1922
The Sleuth
[unidentified character]
 

1922
The Dumb-bell
Abe Silverstein, film producer
 

1922
Grandma's Boy
Townsman/Union General
 

1922
One Terrible Day
James, the chauffeur

1922
Shine 'Em Up
Prison guard

1922
Dr. Jack
Man playing cards

1922
Young Sherlocks
Kidnapper/
Police officer
 

1922
The Flivver
Car driver stopped by officer

1922
Saturday Morning
Waldemar's valet
 

1922
A Quiet Street
Police dispatcher

1923
A Pleasant Journey
Tilford, the bachelor
 

1923
Safety Last!
General manager's assistant

1923
The Noon Whistle
President of the lumber company

1923
California Or Bust!
Toll booth operator

1923
White Wings
[unidentified character]
 

1923
Giants vs. Yanks
Mr. Reddy

1923
Sold At Auction!
Aviator with false teeth
 

1923
Under Two Jags
Officer

1923
Back Stage
Head of touring show
 

1923
Pick And Shovel
The boss
 

1923
Dogs Of War!
Director of 'Should Husbands Work?"
 

1923
Kill Or Cure
Doctor
 

1923
Her Dangerous Path
John Dryden
 

1923
July Days
Businessman
 

1923
Why Worry?
Officer
 

1923
It's A Gift
Weller Pump, oil executive

1923
Stage Fright
Dalmar El Faro
 

1923
Frozen Hearts
Spectator at duel

1923
Dear Ol' Pal
Ebben Tizzle, crook

1923
Derby Day
Mary's father

1923
Scorching Sands
French officer
 

1923
Fully Insured
The boss
 

1923
Mother's Joy
Houseguest
 

1923
It's A Joy!
[unidentified character]
 

1924
Smithy
The boss

1924
The Cowboy Sheik
Fiddler at party

1924
Big Business
Mickey's father

1924
Postage Due
C.W. Lyons, chief postal inspector
 

1924
Hard Knocks
Intended son-in-law
 

1924
Zeb vs. Paprika
[unidentified character]
 

1924
Brothers Under The Chin
[unidentified character]
 

1924
Near Dublin
Barn dance musician
 

1924
Going To Congress
Politician

1924
Cradle Robbers
Officer chasing Joe/
Gypsy
 

1924
Don't Park There
Druggist

1924
Wide Open Spaces
[unidentified character]
 

1924
Our Congressman
Politician
 

1924
A Truthful Liar
Count De Casserole
 

1924
Why Men Work
[unidentified character]
 

1924
The Goofy Age
[unidentified character]
 

1924
Every Man For Himself
Pedestrian

1924
All Wet
Driver
 

1924
Meet The Missus
Mr. Stark, the Efficiency Manager

1924
The Mysterious Mystery!
Mr. Wallingford
 

1925
The Rat's Knuckles
Jimmy's rival
 

1925
The Big Town
Train passenger
 

1925
Dog Days
Mary's father
 

1925
Is Marriage The Bunk?
Patent medicine salesman
 

1925
The Love Bug
Beauty parlor manager
 

1925
Shootin' Injuns
Father
 

1925
Grief In Bagdad
[unidentified character]
 

1925
Looking For Sally
[unidentified character]
 

1925
Sure-Mike!
New manager

1925
Isn't Life Terrible?
Latin American official
 

1925
Chasing The Chaser
Salesman

1925
Sherlock Sleuth
[unidentified character]
 

1925
Boys Will Be Joys
Member of the Board of Directors
 

1925
Innocent Husbands
Bachelor

1925
The Bouncer
[unidentified character]
 

1925
Your Own Back Yard
Man in quarrelsome couple
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/

1925
Moonlight And Noses
[unidentified character]
 

1925
Better Movies
Officer
 

1925
Should Sailors Marry?
Train passenger

1925
Laughing Ladies
[unidentified character]
 

1925
Tol'able Romeo
[unidentified character]
 

1926
Wandering Papas
[unidentified character]
 

1926
Monkey Business
Officer
 

1926
Madame Mystery
[unidentified character]
 

1926
The Old War-Horse
Abner Horntooter

1926
Baby Clothes
William Weedle
 

1926
Don Key (Son Of Burro)
[unidentified character]
 

1926
Bromo And Juliet
The Great Brandenburg
 

1927
The Second Hundred Years
[unidentified character]
 

1928
Playin' Hookey
Movie picture star
 

1928
Barnum & Ringling, Inc.
Hotel manager

1929
Wrong Again
Horse owner

1929
Double Whoopee
Hotel owner

1930
Fast Work
Dr. C.E. Akins

1930
Pups Is Pups
Musician playing bass tuba
 

1931
Helping Grandma
Chain store official

1931
Let's Do Things
Nightclub patron

1931
One Good Turn
[unidentified character]
 

1931
Beau Hunks
Marconi Ally, Arab informant

1932
The Music Box
Piano salesman

1932
First In War
Proprietor, Global Music Publishing Company

1933
Thundering Taxis
Salesman
 

1933
Sons Of The Desert
Son of the Desert
 
NON-HAL ROACH FILMS

1926
Stop, Look And Listen
Bill
 

Acknowledgements:
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=93564719 (Find A Grave)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-26179-26625-22?cc=1968530 (WWI Draft Card - birth year 1892; unknown if years added nor subtracted)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-22552-25813-91?cc=1804002 (certificate of marriage; also supports 1892)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-14863-3125-30?cc=1849628 (immigration index)
https://archive.org/stream/13thcensus1910po0083unit#page/n160/mode/1up (1910 Census; supports 1894)
https://archive.org/stream/14thcensusofpopu107unit#page/n1089/mode/1up (1920 Census; supports 1891)
https://archive.org/stream/californiacensus00reel138#page/n80/mode/1up (1930 Census; supports 1894)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-26184-5896-86?cc=1932433&wc=M6PR-6ZS:228662101,228662102 (CA Death Index - last column - GILLESPIE WILLIAM A - 6/23/38 - supports 1894)
https://archive.org/stream/motionpicturealm1929exhi#page/45/mode/1up (1929 Motion Picture Almanac)
https://archive.org/stream/motionpicturealm00quig_0#page/n171/mode/1up (1931 Motion Picture Almanac)
https://archive.org/stream/motionpicturealm00quig#page/n155/mode/1up (1932 Motion Picture Almanac)
Jesse Brisson (help and assistance; identification in Beau Hunks)
Jim Clewer (screenshots: Dr. Jack, Safety Last!, Number Please, Among Those Present, An Eastern Westerner, Bumping Into Broadway)
Jim Jarvis (help)
NOTE: One source lists Gillespie in "Ring Up The Curtain" and "Number, Please?", though these credits are not listed in the Harold LLoyd Encyclopedia.

This page was last updated on 31 December 2017