Billy West (silent film actor)

Billy West (silent film actor)

Billy West (September 22, 1892 - July 21, 1975) was an American film actor and director of the silent film era.

Born Roy B. Weissburg in Russia, West adopted his professional name some time after emigrating to America. He appeared in many short films, first in "Apartment No. 13" in 1912, however he was to become best known as a Charlie Chaplin imitator, despite Chaplin not making his first film appearance until 1914. Oliver Hardy often appeared as his antagonist in a role reminiscent of those of Eric Campbell's in Chaplin's shorts with Mutual Films.

elected filmography

* Apartment No. 13 (1912)
* Back Stage (1917)
* The Hero (1917)
* Dough Nuts (1917)
* Cupid's Rival (1917)
* The Villain (1917)
* The Millionaire (1917)
* The Goat (1917)
* The Fly Cop (1917)
* The Chief Cook (1917)
* The Candy Kid (1917)
* The Hobo (1917)
* The Pest (1917)
* The Band Master (1917)
* The Slave (1917)
* The Stranger (1918)
* Bright and Early (1918)
* The Rogue (1918)
* His Day Out (1918)
* The Orderly (1918)
* The Scholar (1918)
* The Messenger (1918)
* The Handy Man (1918)
* The Straight and Narrow (1918)
* Playmates (1918)
* Beauties in Distress (1918)
* Stick Around (1925 - produced)
* Hey, Taxi! (1925 - produced)
* Rivals (1925)
* Hop to It! (1925 - produced)
* The Joke's on You (1925)
* They All Fall (1925 - produced)
* Hard Boiled Yeggs (1926)

External links

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