|Name William Crane|
|Movies The Saphead|
|Died March 7, 1928, Hollywood, California, United States|
Similar People Winchell Smith, Herbert Blache, Rupert Hughes
William Henry Crane (30 April 1845 – 7 March 1928) was an American actor.
He was born in Leicester, Massachusetts on 30 April 1845.
He made his first appearance at Utica, New York, in Donizetti's The Daughter of the Regiment in 1863. Later he had a great success as Le Blanc the Notary, in the burlesque Evangeline (1873). He made his first hit in the legitimate drama with Stuart Robson (1836–1903), in The Comedy of Errors and other Shakespearian plays, and in The Henrietta (1881) by Bronson Howard (1842–1908). This partnership lasted for twelve years, and subsequently Crane appeared in various eccentric character parts in such plays as The Senator and David Harum.
In 1904 he turned to more serious work and played Isidore Izard in Business is Business, an adaptation from Octave Mirbeau's Les Affaires sont les Affaires.
In his 70s, Crane appeared in a number of films, notably in a reprise of his role in David Harum (1915). He also appeared in MGM's Three Wise Fools, a film recently revived on Turner Classic Movies and is available on home video/DVD.
Crane died on 7 March 1928 at the age of eighty-two in the Hollywood Hotel.