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William Collier

William Collier had a long career in vaudeville and theatre as a light comedian before he went to Hollywood as a character actor; his son became the movie star, Buster Collier. Along with Gerald DuMaurier, John Drew and William Gillette, Collier pioneered an understated, naturalistic manner of acting, one that would influence Noel Coward and his generation of players in England and the USA.