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Billy Chapin

Billy Chapin
Billy Chapin in The Night of the Hunter, 1955
Personal information
Birth nameWilliam McClellan Chapin
Birth dateDecember 28, 1943(age 71)
Place of birthLos Angeles, California USA
Awards1951 N.Y. Drama Critics Award for Three Wishes For Jamie (stage musical version)

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Billy Chapin (December 28, 1943 in Los Angeles, California) is an American former child actor, known for a considerable number of screen- and TV-performances from 1943 to 1959 and best remembered for both his roles as the “Diaper-manager” Christie Cooper in the 1953 family feature The Kid from Left Field, starring Dan Dailey, Anne Bancroft and Lloyd Bridges and little John Harper in Charles Laughton's 1955 Film Noir classic The Night of the Hunter, opposite acting legends Robert Mitchum and Lilian Gish.

He is the brother of former child actors, Lauren Chapin, known as Kathy “Kitten” Anderson from the TV series Father Knows Best (1954 60) and Michael Chapin, likewise successful child performer of the 1940s and 1950s.

He is also an uncle of professional singer Summer-Healey Chapin, his sister's daughter.

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History Museum offers a look back when times were really tough - (blog) Tweet this news (blog)--Breakfast outside the Tacoma Commons Mission; -Chapin- Bowen, December 1930; WSHS The Washington State History Museum announced on Tuesday their main show for 2012: “Hope in Hard Times.” The exhibit at the Tacoma museum will - Date : Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:30:01 GMT
Giveaway: Lucinda Williams and Billy Joe Shaver at the Arkansas Music Pavilion - Fayetteville Flyer Tweet this news
Fayetteville Flyer--Williams' songs have been performed by artists like Mary -Chapin- Carpenter and Tom Petty, and she has collaborated with Elvis Costello, Steve Earle, Ryan Adams, and zillions (millions?) of other great artists. She is considered b - Date : Tue, 12 Apr 2011 14:39:46 GMT+00:00
Bloodcurdling 'Hunter' Features Mitchum as Deranged Preacher: Rainer File - Bloomberg Tweet this news
Bloomberg--Ben goes to the gallows with his secret and Harry descends upon Willa and her two young children, John (-Billy Chapin-) and his younger sister Pearl (Sally Bruce), to find out where the treasure is hidden. John, who is about 10, swore to his fa - Date : Wed, 23 Mar 2011 04:04:01 GMT+00:00
This week's golf calendar - The News-Press Tweet this news
The News-Press--Info:, Anne Kearns,, 340-9937 - Inaugural Harry -Chapin- Food Bank Golf Classic. At Grandezza, Estero. Cost: $125, includes golf, awards, prizes and dinner. Info: 334-7007, ext. 137; chrisrobinson@harrycha - Date : Wed, 23 Mar 2011 05:12:17 GMT+00:00
Die Nacht des Jägers - TV-Tipp der Woche - Tweet this news und sich in ihrem Umfeld ein einflussreiches Ansehen zu erschwätzen, doch vor ihren Kindern Pearl (Sally Jane Bruce) und John (-Billy Chapin-), die als einzige wissen, wo das Geld versteckt ist, zeigt Powell auf grausame Weise sein wa - Date : Mon, 21 Mar 2011 09:16:50 GMT+00:00
A ne pas manquer : La Nuit du chasseur de Charles Laughton sur Arte - Tweet this news, le cinéaste opte pour le point de vue de l'enfant John (excellent -Billy Chapin-), en annihilant tout réalisme pour mieux pénétrer dans ce cauchemar qui l'habite. Le film repose sur la confrontation entre le Bien et le - Date : Mon, 21 Mar 2011 13:34:16 GMT+00:00
Sharing the Road - Morris Daily Herald Tweet this news
Morris Daily Herald--“Acoustic Avenue” is booked every Wednesday to play at -Chapin's- in downtown Morris. “The coolest thing is playing in my small hometown,” Romero said. ... - Date : Sat, 05 Feb 2011 01:06:06 GMT+00:00
Best Places To Work - Baltimore Magazine Tweet this news
Baltimore Magazine--The offices of the Cross Keys headquarters of -Chapin- Davis Investments don't quite fit the stereotype of a hive of money managers: Instead of the typical ... - Date : Fri, 21 Jan 2011 19:02:39 GMT+00:00
family fights for homes despite Supreme Court ruling - Myrtle Beach Sun News Tweet this news
Myrtle Beach Sun News---...- on land he bought from the Burroughs & -Chapin- Co. Inc. in the mid-1980s - isn't the end of the line. He and his attorney, -Billy- Jenkinson of Kingstree, ... - Date : Fri, 21 Jan 2011 05:10:51 GMT+00:00
2011 Holtville Rib Cook-Off Bands Announced - Imperial Valley Weekly Tweet this news
Imperial Valley Jessica Erin recorded her debut CD, “Free To Be Me”, with renowned Record Producers -Billy Chapin- and Chris Omartian in Nashville, ... - Date : Thu, 20 Jan 2011 18:42:22 GMT+00:00

Filmography (in order of release) :
Year Film Role Other notes
1944 Casanova Brown The Brown's Baby Girl uncredited
Marriage Is a Private Affair The Baby uncredited
1946 The Cockeyed Miracle Boy aka The Return of Mr. Griggs (US promotional title) aka Mr. Griggs Returns (UK)
1953 Affair with a Stranger Timmy
The Kid from Left Field Christie Cooper
1954 Tobor The Great Brian "Gadge" Robertson
Naked Alibi Petey
There's No Business Like Show Business Steve Donahue, aged 10
1955 A Man Called Peter Peter John Marshall
Violent Saturday Steve Martin
The Night of the Hunter John Harper
1956 Tension at Table Rock Jody Burrows

On the Stage :
Year Play Role Other notes
1951/1952 Three Wishes for Jamie Kevin N.Y. Drama Critics Award

Television (in order of airing) :
Year Show/Series/Episode Role Other notes
1951 Calanese Theatre - Episode: Winterset unknown originally aired on 31 October
1952 Calanese Theatre - Episode: On Borrowed Time Grandson originally aired on June 25
1953 Dragnet (aka Badge 714) - Episode: The Big White Rat unknown originally aired on September 3
Dragnet (aka Badge 714) - Episode: The Big Little Jesus Joseph Hefferman originally aired on December 24
1954 Dragnet (aka Badge 714) - Episode: The Big Children unknown originally aired on February 11
A Letter To Loretta (aka The Loretta Young Show/Theatre) - Episode: The New York Story Robbie Thorne originally aired on February 28
Lux Video Theatre (aka Summer Video Theatre)- Episode: Pick Off The Litter Jeremy originally aired on April 8
Waterfront - Episode: The Rift Teddy Herrick originally airing unknown
Waterfront - Episode: Sunken Treasure Teddy Herrick originally aired on August 28
Waterfront - Episode: Capt'n Long John Teddy Herrick originally aired on September 19
1955 Stage 7 - The Greatest Man In The World Todd Jennings originally aired on March 13
Lux Video Theatre (aka Summer Video Theatre)- Episode: The Last Confession Gaston originally aired on September 1
Celebrity Playhouse - Episode: Day Of The Trial unknown originally aired on October 4
Cheyenne - Episode: Julesburg Tommy Scott originally aired on October 11
General Electric Theatre (aka G.E. Theatre)- Outpost At Home unknown originally aired on October 23
The Millionaire (aka If I Had A Million) - The Tom Bryan Story Tom Bryan originally aired on November 2
My Friend Flicka - Episode: Silver Saddle unknown originally aired on December 16
1956 Ford Star Jubilee - Episode: The Day Lincoln Was Shot unknown originally aired on February 1
Fury (aka Brave Stallion) - Episode: The Test unknown originally aired on March 3
TV Readers Digest - Episode: Lost, Strayed And Lonely Christopher originally aired on March 5
Climax (aka Climax Mystery Theatre) - Episode: A Trophy For Howard Davenport Billy originally aired on June 28
Crossroads - Episode: Tenement Saint Jerry originally aired on December 14
1957 The Ford Television Theatre (aka Ford Theatre) - Episode: Ringside Seat Billy Curran originally aired on February 13
Zane Grey Theatre (aka The Westeners)- Episode: Black Creek Encounter Billy Morrison originally aired on March 8
Panic (aka No Warning - US second season title) - Episode: The Boy Tommy Williams originally aired on March 19
1958 Meet McGraw - Episode: Friend Of The Court Tommy Cassidy originally aired on February 25
The Californians - Episode: The Marshall Joey originally aired on March 11
1959 Leave It To Beaver - Episode: The Grass Is Always Greener Pete Fletcher originally aired on January 8
Frontier Justice - Episode: Black Creek Encounter Billy Morrison originally aired on July 27
Fury (aka Brave Stallion) - Episode: The Rocketeers Vic Rockwell originally aired on December 5

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