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William Gaxton

William Gaxton
from the trailer for
Best Foot Forward (1943)
Personal information
Birth nameArturo Antonio Gaxiola
Birth date2 December 1893
Place of birthSan Francisco, California, U.S.
Date of death2 February 1963 (aged 69)
Death placeNew York City, New York, U.S.
SpouseMadeline Cameron (1917-1963) (his death)

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William Gaxton (December 2, 1893 - February 2, 1963) was a star of vaudeville, film, and theatre.

Born as Arturo Antonio Gaxiola in San Francisco, he appeared on film and onstage. He debuted on Broadway in the Music Box Revue on October 23, 1922. He went on to star in such hits as Rogers and Hart's A Connecticut Yankee (1927), singing "Thou Swell", Cole Porter's Fifty Million Frenchmen (1929), singing "You Do Something to Me", Of Thee I Sing (1933) with Victor Moore, Cole Porter's Anything Goes (1934), with Ethel Merman and Victor Moore, White Horse Inn (1936), Leave It to Me! (1938) with Victor Moore, and Louisiana Purchase (1940).

He starred in the film version of Fifty Million Frenchmen (1931), as well as Best Foot Forward (1943), The Heat's On (1943) and Diamond Horseshoe (1945). He died from cancer in 1963.

Gaxton was of Spanish ancestry and a cousin of actor Leo Carrillo.

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