Guinn Williams was one of Thelma Todd's costars at the Roach studio.
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams
|Born||Guinn Terrell Williams Jr.|
(1899-04-26)April 26, 1899
Decatur, Texas, U.S.
|Died||June 6, 1962(1962-06-06) (aged 63)|
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Dorothy Peterson (1943-1962) (his death)
Williams made his screen debut in the 1919 comedy, Almost A Husband, with Will Rogers and Cullen Landis, and was featured in a large supporting role ten years later in Frank Borzage's Lucky Star with Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell. Throughout the 1920s Williams would have a string of successful films, mostly westerns.
He then appeared in The Great Meadow alongside Johnny Mack Brown, which was Brown's breakout film. Throughout the 1930s, Williams acted in supporting roles, mostly in westerns, sports, or outdoor dramas. Although not the lead actor in any of them, he was always employed, and was successful as a supporting actor. He often played alongside Hoot Gibson and Harry Carey during that period. In 1941, he became one of many actors cast by Universal Pictures in their large film series, Riders of Death Valley. From the late 1930s to the mid-1940s, Williams appeared in supporting roles in a number of A-pictures, sometimes with high billing, such as in Columbia's first Technicolour film The Desperadoes (1943).
His father, Guinn Williams Sr, represented the 13th Texas Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 1922 to 1932. Williams was frequently teamed with Alan Hale, Sr. as sidekicks to Errol Flynn in several of his pictures. In 1960, he was cast in the epic film The Alamo and in Home from the Hill with Robert Mitchum. His last role was opposite his close friend John Wayne and Stuart Whitman in The Comancheros.
B-movie actress Barbara Weeks. His last wife was Dorothy Peterson, whom he first met in the 1940s.
Williams died unexpectedly of uremic poisoning on June 6, 1962, aged 63.
- Rounding Up the Law (1922)
- Rose of the Desert (1925)
- Polly of the Circus (1932)
- The Mystery Squadron (1933)
- The Glass Key (1935)
- The Law of 45's (1935)
- Dodge City (1939)
- Blackmail (1939)
- The Fighting 69th (1940)
- Virginia City (1940)
- Santa Fe Trail (1940)
- Swamp Water (1941)
- The Desperadoes (1943)
- Rocky Mountain (1950)
- The Hired Gun (1957)
- The Alamo (1960)
- The Comancheros (1961)
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Guinn "Big Boy" Williams appeared in two films with Zasu Pitts and Thelma Todd, CATCH AS CATCH CAN and WAR MAMMAS. He later appeared with Patsy Kelly in her feature film debut at the Roach studio, KELLY THE SECOND. He made all kinds of movies, but is best known today for working in westerns, frequently with Errol Flynn. Williams eventually died of the same condition as Jean Harlow, uremic poisoning.
CATCH AS CATCH CAN - Marshall Neilan, Thelma Todd, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Zasu Pitts
A photo from a polo game in 1934,
With Patsy Kelly in her KELLY THE SECOND ( 1936 ), which also featured Pert Kelton.
As a boxer again in PARDON OUR NERVE, 1939, with June Gale and Lyn Bari.
Guinn Williams with Ann Sheridan and Victor Jory in DODGE CITY, 1939.
With Lupe Velez in SIX LESSONS FROM MADAME LA ZONGA ( 1941 )
Guinn is perhaps best known for the many westerns he appeared in. Here is a picture from 1933
Lobby card for THE EAGLE'S CLAW ( 1924 ) a silent movie in which Guinn starred.
Poster for KELLY THE SECOND.
KELLY THE SECOND lobby cards.
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