Billy Engle
born: 26 May 1889
Chernovitz, Bukovia,
Austria
died: 28 November 1966
Hollywood, California,
United States of America
(heart attack, age 77)
Austrian-born actor who made an impact in silent films of the 1920s.  He starred along side the likes of Snub Pollard, Stan Laurel and Charley Chase in their respective comedy series of two-reel silent shorts.  His long spell as a supporting actor under Hal Roach was interspersed with a number of films made with Charles Puffy at Universal in the mid-20s as well as the Century Comedies, like MY SALOMY LIONS, and MOONSHINES AND JAILBIRDS (both 1920).  He also appeared in tons of shorts for Fox, and practically every Christie Comedy from 1926 to 1929.

His birth date says May 28 on all four(!) of his CA Death Index entries, but judging by both draft reg. cards, it should be two days earlier: May 26.

Many sources now have his real name as Maurice Braun, and this is supported by a majority of the sources below -- however, a fourth CA Death Index entry says Meyer Braun, which seems more likely to me (would seem more likely that MAURICE was the "Americanized" version).

He married his wife Eva on 27 Aug 1916 in NYC. She was born circa 1892-93 (possibly Jul-Sep 1892) in London, England and died 17 Jun 1937 in L.A.
Real name: Meyer Braun
Height: 5'1"
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography;
plus 1 film with Laurel & Hardy; plus 1 film with Stan Laurel.

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1923
No Pets
Man at séance

1923
Jus' Passin' Through
Foreign convict
 

1923
Hustlin' Hank
[unidentified character]
 

1923
The Soilers
Prospector

1923
Scorching Sands
[unidentified character]
 

1923
Fully Insured
Client
 

1923
It's A Joy!
[unidentified character]
 

1924
The Big Idea
Mayor
 

1924
Smithy
Man in employment line
 

1924
One Of The Family
Thief
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/

1924
The Cowboy Sheik
Ranch hand

1924
Postage Due
[unidentified character]
 

1924
The Cake Eater
Ranch hand

1924
Zeb vs. Paprika
[unidentified character]
 

1924
One At A Time
Boxing promoter

1924
Friend Husband
[unidentified character]
 

1924
Near Dublin
[unidentified character]
 

1924
Before Taking
[unidentified character]
 

1924
Rupert Of Hee Haw
Short officer
DVD screencapture - Lord Heath - Laurel & Hardy - Another Nice Mess - http://www.lordheath.com/

1924
Fast Black
Porter's sidekick

1924
Stolen Goods
Floorwalker

1924
Wide Open Spaces
Phil Sheridan
 

1924
Why Men Work
[unidentified character]
 

1924
Too Many Mammas
Drunken club patron
 

1924
Accidental Accidents
[unidentified character]
 

1925
Wages Of Tin
Car customer

1925
Grief Of Bagdad
(aka Sheiks Of Bagdad)

[unidentified character]
 

1925
Riders Of The Kitchen Range
[unidentified character]
 

1925
The Bouncer
[unidentified character]
 

1925
The Big Kick
[unidentified character]
 

1925
Solid Ivory
[unidentified character]
 

1925
All Wool
Tailor

1926
The Old War-Horse
[unidentified character]
 

1930
The Head Guy
Assistant

1933
Arabian Tights
French postcard seller

1936
Our Relations
Grubby wharf tough
 
NON-HAL ROACH FILMS

1922
Mud And Sand
Rhubarb's father

1939
The Flying Deuces
Legionnaire
 

Acknowledgements:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24QX-RJ6 (marriage)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-26517-10400-39?cc=1968530 (WWI Draft Reg. Card)
https://archive.org/stream/14thcensusofpopu108unit#page/n575/mode/1up (1920 Census, line 29)
https://archive.org/stream/californiacensus00reel124#page/n621/mode/1up (1930 Census, line 48)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-27797-2936-50?cc=2000219 (1940 Census, line 27)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-16386-61707-45?cc=1861144 (WWII Draft Reg. Card)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-16386-61770-14?cc=1861144 (WWII Draft Reg. Card)
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VP42-GHM (CA Death Index, Maurice Braun)
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VP42-GHS (CA Death Index, Meyer Braun)
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VGRL-1PL (CA Death Index, Billy Engle)
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VP4L-4Z5 (CA Death Index, William Engle)
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JG79-3J3 (Social Security Death Index)
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7961052 (Find a Grave)
http://www.threestooges.net/cast/actor/19 (threestooges.net)
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-26184-5903-42?cc=1932433 (wife in CA Death Index - BRAUN EVA, #40080)
Steve Massa (help with bio)
Jesse Brisson (help and information and part bio; identification in No Pets and Wages Of Tin)

This page was last updated on: 10 September 2018