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Bill Cody (actor)

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Birth nameWilliam Joseph Cody, Jr.
Birth dateJanuary 5, 1891
Place of birthSt. Paul, Minnesota
Date of deathJanuary 24, 1948(age 57)
Death placeSanta Monica, California
OccupationFilm actor

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Bill Cody, born William Joseph Cody Jr., (January 5, 1891 - January 24, 1948) was a Hollywood B-western actor of the 1920s, 1930s and into the 1940s, and father to Bill Cody, Jr..

Cody, often called "the reel Bill Cody", began his acting career in the early days of film, and just happened to have the same name as "Buffalo" Bill Cody, although being of no relation. The name was, initially, what drew producers to Cody. However, he soon proved to be a charismatic performer in his own right.

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of William F. Cody and Lillian Isabel Johnson, Cody was said to have attended Saint Thomas Military Academy, and later St. Johns University. Immediately out of college, he joined the Metropolitan Stock Company, touring the U.S. and Canada. This eventually led him to Hollywood. In 1922 he began working as a stuntman.

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