Date of Birth
Jan 01, 1888
Birth Place:
South Dakota


Of Danish extraction, dimpled silent screen comedian "Smiling Billy" Mason (sometimes given as William Mason) had appeared in the chorus of The Shepherd King and Girl of My Dreams and worked as a circus clown prior to entering films with the Pathé company in 1912. He became a star for the Essanay company in Chicago, however, appearing in comedy shorts opposite the likes of Beverly Bayne and a very...