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Billy Halop
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Billy Halop, who first gained fame as of of the "Dead End Kids" of the 1930's-1940's serial films, appeared as Bert Munson a taxicab company owner/driver on the series.

Birthname

William Halop

Born:

(1920-02-11)February 11, 1920

Birthplace

New York City

Died:

= November 9, 1976(1976-11-09) (aged 56)

Deathplace

Brentwood, California, U.S.

Character from All In The Family

Bert Munson, taxicab driver

Occupation

Actor

Years active

1937-1976

Spouses

Suzanne Roe
(m.1960-1967; divorced)
Barbara Hoon
(m.1948-1958; divorced)
Helen Tupper
(m.1946-1947; divorced)

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William "Billy" Halop (February 11, 1920 – November 9, 1976) appeared as Bert Munson a taxicab company owner/driver friend of Archie Bunker on All In The Family. Billy was also a former teen actor, appearing as one of the Dead End Kids, in the so titled Hollywood film series of the mid 1930's-early 1940's.

Life and careerEdit

He came from a Jewish[1] theatrical family: his mother was a dancer, and his sister Florence Halop was a child actress, who later worked on radio and in television. After several years as a radio juvenile, Billy was cast as "Tommy Gordon" in the Broadway production of Sidney Kingsley's Dead End in 1935, and traveled to Hollywood with the rest of the Dead End Kids when Samuel Goldwyn produced a film version of the play in 1937.

In an interview in his later years, he claimed that he was paid more than the other 'Dead End' actors, which had contributed to bad feelings in the group, and that he hated the name 'Dead End Kids'.[2] He also played the vicious bully Flashman in the 1940 Tom Brown's School Days opposite Cedric Hardwicke and Freddie Bartholomew.

After serving in World War II, Billy found that he had grown too old to be effective in the roles that had brought him fame. At one point, he was reduced to starring in a cheap East Side Kids imitation at PRC studios, Gas House Kids (1946). Diminishing film work, marital difficulties, and a drinking problem eventually ate away at Halop's show business career.

MarriagesEdit

Halop was married at least four times, according to interviews given near the end of his life. His first wife, from 1946 until their divorce on January 14, 1947, was Helen Tupper. On Valentine's Day, 1948, he married Barbara Hoon. Their marriage lasted ten years, until their divorce on March 5, 1958. His third marriage, on December 17, 1960 to Suzanne Roe, who had multiple sclerosis, lasted until their divorce in 1967.

The nursing skills he learned while taking care of his third wife led him to steady work as a registered nurse at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California. His fourth marriage, to a nurse coworker, whose name has not been publicized, was quickly annulled after she allegedly attacked him. He later moved back in with his third wife, Suzanne, but they chose not to remarry.

Last yearsEdit

Late in life, Halop supplemented his nursing income with film and television roles, including the recurring role of Bert Munson on All in the Family.

DeathEdit

Billy died on November 9, 1976, at the age of 56, from a myocardial infarction and is interred at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Partial filmographyEdit

  • You Can't Get Away with Murder (1937)
  • Crime School (1938)
  • Little Tough Guy (1938)
  • Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
  • They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
  • Hell's Kitchen (1939)
  • The Angels Wash Their Faces (1939)
  • Dust Be My Destiny (1939)
  • On Dress Parade (1939)
  • Tom Brown's School Days (1940)
  • Junior G-Men (1940 serial)
  • Sky Raiders (1941 serial)
  • Sea Raiders (1941 serial)
  • Junior G-Men of the Air (1942 serial)
  • Dangerous Years (1947)
  • Mister Buddwing (1966)

ReferencesEdit

  1. at his memorial page at Find a Grave his crypt marker bears a Star of David, which is a symbol synonymous with the Jewish religion.
  2. youtube.com

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