William Collier was a veteran of six decades on the stage and screen who began his career after running away from home at the age of 11.
Paralleling stage history, the performer's career was linked with that of many of the world's outstanding actors, including Weber and Fields, Lillian Russell, David Warfield and Sam Bernard.
Collier's first appearance was with a children's opera company, playing "H.M.S. Pinafore." He played in stage productions in England, on the Continent and on Broadway before coming to Hollywood to play in the old Mack Sennett productions.
His film appearances included "Valiant Is the Word for Carrie," "Thanks for the Memory" and "Disputed Passage."