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William Shears Campbell is a fictional Paul McCartney look-alike whose purported existence arose from the fevered efforts of conspiracy theorists to find significance in album photos and hidden musical messages during the Paul is Dead hoax in the late 1960s.

According to this urban legend, a William Campbell won a "Paul look-alike" contest in 1966 and was induced to impersonate Paul after Paul died. In fact such contests were held, but no William Campbell ever won one.

In October 1969, Russ Gibbs, program coordinator for radio station WKNR-FM in Detroit, began a baseless rumor that Paul McCartney had been killed and replaced by a look-alike. Beatles fans scoured the Beatles' albums for hidden "clues" confirming this, and, demonstrating the human capacity to find meaning where no meaning exists, located dozens of "confirming" nuggets of information. These morsels were concocted together into one more-or-less cohesive tale: that the real Paul, killed by a banana lorry, had been replaced by an actor named either William Campbell or Billy Shears, who had undergone plastic surgery in order to effect a perfect likeness, and who had previously won a Paul McCartney look-alike contest. The letters "OPD," appearing on a costume in a photograph on the Sgt Pepper album were interpreted variously as standing for "Officially Pronounced Dead" and an indication that Billy Campbell had worked in the Ontario Police Department.

The badge on Paul's arm in the Sgt Pepper's album is that of the Ontario Provincial Police. The badge does not contain the lettering "OPD" but rather "OPP". Most Canadians would recognize this at first glance.

Also on Sgt. Pepper, "Billy Shears" is the name of the lead singer for the fictional Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band that the Beatles were originally planning to "play" on the album. Though this concept was largely discarded, the end of the title track includes a lyric referring to the "one and only Billy Shears," played by Ringo Starr, who sings the lead vocal on the next song, "With A Little Help From My Friends."


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Though this concept was largely discarded, the end of the title track includes a lyric referring to the "one and only Billy Shears," played by Ringo Starr, who sings the lead vocal on the next song, "With A Little Help From My Friends.". He is survived by his grandson, actor Keith Coogan. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band that the Beatles were originally planning to "play" on the album. He was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery. Pepper, "Billy Shears" is the name of the lead singer for the fictional Sgt. He died of heart disease in 1984. Also on Sgt. His most famous TV role was as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family television series.

Most Canadians would recognize this at first glance. After the war, Coogan returned to acting, taking mostly character roles and appearing on television. The badge does not contain the lettering "OPD" but rather "OPP". He served in Asia, and flew gliders for the transportation of Orde Wingate's Chindits in the Burma Campaign. The badge on Paul's arm in the Sgt Pepper's album is that of the Ontario Provincial Police. He left film entirely for several years, beginning in 1941, shortly before the United States entered World War II to serve as a flight officer in the Air Force. The letters "OPD," appearing on a costume in a photograph on the Sgt Pepper album were interpreted variously as standing for "Officially Pronounced Dead" and an indication that Billy Campbell had worked in the Ontario Police Department. As he grew older, Coogan's popularity as an actor waned, though he had several well-publicised love affairs with leading Hollywood starlets, including a three-year marriage to Betty Grable.

Beatles fans scoured the Beatles' albums for hidden "clues" confirming this, and, demonstrating the human capacity to find meaning where no meaning exists, located dozens of "confirming" nuggets of information. These morsels were concocted together into one more-or-less cohesive tale: that the real Paul, killed by a banana lorry, had been replaced by an actor named either William Campbell or Billy Shears, who had undergone plastic surgery in order to effect a perfect likeness, and who had previously won a Paul McCartney look-alike contest. The legal battle did, however, bring attention to child actors and resulted in the state of California enacting the California Child Actor's Bill, sometimes known as the Coogan Bill. In October 1969, Russ Gibbs, program coordinator for radio station WKNR-FM in Detroit, began a baseless rumor that Paul McCartney had been killed and replaced by a look-alike. He sued them in 1935, but only received $126,000. In fact such contests were held, but no William Campbell ever won one. As a child star, Coogan earned as much as $4 million, but the money was taken by his mother and step-father. According to this urban legend, a William Campbell won a "Paul look-alike" contest in 1966 and was induced to impersonate Paul after Paul died. As a child actor, he is best remembered for his role as Charlie Chaplin's irrascible sidekick in The Kid (1921) and for the title role in Oliver Twist by Frank Lloyd the following year.

William Shears Campbell is a fictional Paul McCartney look-alike whose purported existence arose from the fevered efforts of conspiracy theorists to find significance in album photos and hidden musical messages during the Paul is Dead hoax in the late 1960s. Coogan began his acting career as an infant in both vaudeville and film, with an uncredited role in the 1917 film Skinner's Baby. Jackie Coogan (October 26, 1914 - March 1, 1984) was a American actor who began his movie career as a child actor in silent films.

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