William Haines

William Haines (January 2, 1900 - December 26, 1973) was a US film actor who was one of the most successful film stars of the silent era.

Born in Staunton, Virginia, Haines left his home while in his teens and moved to New York City. After winning a talent contest he moved to Hollywood where he played bit parts for several years until MGM Studios began casting him in more prominent roles.

By 1925 he was MGM's most important male star, and his films were very profitable for the studio. He was cultivated as a romantic leading man, and his combination of good looks and flair for comedy won him many fans.

He appeared in successes such as Sally, Irene and Mary (1926 with newcomers Joan Crawford and Constance Bennett), West Point (1927 also with Crawford), and scored his biggest personal success with Show People (1928), opposite Marion Davies.

Haines lived openly as a homosexual man, and from 1926 lived with Jimmy Shields, whom he had met during the production of a film. Studio publicists were able to keep this information from the press, however studio head Louis B. Mayer pressured Haines to end his relationship with Shields and marry. He made a successful transition into talking pictures and maintained his star status until 1934 when Mayer finally delivered him an ultimatum, and forced him to choose between Shields and his career. Haines chose Shields and Mayer terminated his contract, quickly recasting Robert Montgomery in roles that had been planned for Haines.

Haines and Shields began a successful career as interior designers and antique dealers. Among their early clients were friends such as Joan Crawford and Carole Lombard, Marion Davies and William Randolph Hearst. Their lives were disrupted in 1936 when homophobic neighbours, dressed in sheets and wearing hoods to hide their faces, dragged the two men from their home and beat them. Crawford, along with other stars such as Claudette Colbert, Kay Francis and Charles Boyer urged the men to report this to the police. Marion Davies asked Hearst to use his influence to ensure the neighbours were prosecuted to the full extent of the law, but ultimately Haines and Shields chose not to report the incident. The couple finally settled into the Hollywood community in Malibu, and their business prospered until their retirement in the early 1970s.

Haines never returned to films. Gloria Swanson extended him a personal invitation to appear with her in the film Sunset Boulevard (1950) but he refused.

Haines and Shields remained together for the rest of their lives. Joan Crawford, a lifelong friend described them as "the happiest married couple in Hollywood". Haines died from lung cancer in Santa Monica, California. Shields committed suicide soon after. They were interred side by side in the Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery.

William Haines has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to Motion Pictures, at 7012 Hollywood Boulevard.


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William Haines has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to Motion Pictures, at 7012 Hollywood Boulevard. He married his second wife, Ineke, in 1985, and they have a daughter. They were interred side by side in the Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery. Outside of acting as an environmentalist, he fought for the release of Greenpeace's co-founder, Paul Watson, who was convicted in 1994 for sinking an illegal Norwegian whaling vessel, and has set up an AIDS research foundation called the Rutger Hauer Starfish Foundation. Shields committed suicide soon after. He has recently been on the comeback trail as small parts in big films, with Confessions of Dangerous Mind (2003) and the upcoming Batman Begins. Haines died from lung cancer in Santa Monica, California. In between these lower budgeted films, he appeared in the music video "On a Night Like This" by Kylie Minogue.

Joan Crawford, a lifelong friend described them as "the happiest married couple in Hollywood". It seemed that he had increasingly become involved in lower budget films, including Split Second, which was set in a flooded London after global warming, and recently New World Disorder, opposite Tara Fitzgerald. Haines and Shields remained together for the rest of their lives. By the 1990s, Hauer was as well known for his humorous appearances in Guinness commercials as for his screen roles. Gloria Swanson extended him a personal invitation to appear with her in the film Sunset Boulevard (1950) but he refused. He and Chen would again work together in two more science fictions films -- Wedlock and Precious Find. Haines never returned to films. He returned to science fiction opposite Joan Chen with Salute of the Jugger (1990), in which he played a former champion in a post-apocalyptic world.

The couple finally settled into the Hollywood community in Malibu, and their business prospered until their retirement in the early 1970s. Philip Noyce too attempted to capitalize, with far less success, on Hauer's spiritual qualities in the martial arts action adventure Blind Fury (1989). Marion Davies asked Hearst to use his influence to ensure the neighbours were prosecuted to the full extent of the law, but ultimately Haines and Shields chose not to report the incident. Italian director Ermanno Olmi mined the gentler, more mystic and soulful side of Hauer's personality in The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1989), the story of a lost soul who dies of drink in Paris while attempting to pay a debt of honour in a church. Crawford, along with other stars such as Claudette Colbert, Kay Francis and Charles Boyer urged the men to report this to the police. At the height of his fame he was even set to be cast as Robocop in the film of the same name by old friend Verhoeven. Their lives were disrupted in 1936 when homophobic neighbours, dressed in sheets and wearing hoods to hide their faces, dragged the two men from their home and beat them. Thomas Howell's lone motorist and anyone who crossed his path en route.

Among their early clients were friends such as Joan Crawford and Carole Lombard, Marion Davies and William Randolph Hearst. He continued to make an impression on audiences, especially in the The Hitcher (1986), in which he was the mysterious Hitchhiker intent on murdering C. Haines and Shields began a successful career as interior designers and antique dealers. He went on to be the adventurer courting Gene Hackman's daughter (Theresa Russell) in Nicholas Roeg's poorly received Eureka (1983), the investigative reporter opposite John Hurt in Sam Peckinpah's The Osterman Weekend (1983) and the knight paired with Michelle Pfeiffer in the medieval romance Ladyhawke (1985). Haines chose Shields and Mayer terminated his contract, quickly recasting Robert Montgomery in roles that had been planned for Haines. Cast as a psychotically cold-blooded terrorist named Wulfgar, he made a strong impression, which was confirmed by a major role the following year as the chief android Roy Batty (pitted against Harrison Ford) in Ridley Scott's science fiction film Blade Runner (1982). Mayer pressured Haines to end his relationship with Shields and marry. He made a successful transition into talking pictures and maintained his star status until 1934 when Mayer finally delivered him an ultimatum, and forced him to choose between Shields and his career. It was in the Sylvester Stallone vehicle Nighthawks (1981) that he finally made his proper American debut.

Studio publicists were able to keep this information from the press, however studio head Louis B. Incidentally these two films also paired Hauer with fellow international Dutch actor Jeroen Krabbé. Haines lived openly as a homosexual man, and from 1926 lived with Jimmy Shields, whom he had met during the production of a film. In this period he made Keetje Tippel (1975), and worked again with Verhoeven on Soldaat van Oranje (Soldier of Orange) (1979), and Spetters (1980). He appeared in successes such as Sally, Irene and Mary (1926 with newcomers Joan Crawford and Constance Bennett), West Point (1927 also with Crawford), and scored his biggest personal success with Show People (1928), opposite Marion Davies. This film was set in South Africa and starred Michael Caine and Sidney Poitier, it was an action melodrama with a focus on apartheid.Hauer's supporting role, however, was hardly enough to establish him in Hollywood's eyes, and he returned to European film making for several years. He was cultivated as a romantic leading man, and his combination of good looks and flair for comedy won him many fans. The movie found box-office favour abroad as well as at home and within two years, its star was invited to make his English language debut in The Wilby Conspiracy (1975).

By 1925 he was MGM's most important male star, and his films were very profitable for the studio. His career changed course when director Paul Verhoeven gave him the lead in Turkish Delight (1973) (based on the Jan Wolkers book of the same name). After winning a talent contest he moved to Hollywood where he played bit parts for several years until MGM Studios began casting him in more prominent roles. He went on to join an experimental acting troupe, which he stayed with for five years before getting the lead role as a swashbuckler in the 1969 television series Floris, a Dutch Ivanhoe-like medieval action show. Born in Staunton, Virginia, Haines left his home while in his teens and moved to New York City. Returning home, he worked as an electrician and a carpenter for three years while attending drama classes at night school. William Haines (January 2, 1900 - December 26, 1973) was a US film actor who was one of the most successful film stars of the silent era. The son of drama teachers Arend and Teunke, he grew up in Amsterdam but at age 15 ran away to the sea and spent a year scrubbing decks aboard a freighter.

Rutger Hauer (born January 23, 1944, Breukelen, the Netherlands) is an international movie star. I can see I've got blue eyes and I don't look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame but I can't understand the fuss.". "I don't know what the appeal is. "'Good guy' or 'bad guy', hero or anti hero; doesn't matter to me, what role I play, only the character have something magical.".

The subject is the future, which is fun to think about, but it doesn't really attract me.". "I am not really into science fiction at all because I tend to think that it's just another sort of game with the brain. Batman Begins (2005). Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002).

Precious Find (1996). Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992). Split Second (1990). Salute of the Jugger (1990).

Blind Fury (1989). The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1989). The Hitcher (1986). Flesh & Blood (1985).

Ladyhawke (1985). The Osterman Weekend (1983). Blade Runner (1982). Nighthawks (1981).

Spetters (1980). Soldaat van Oranje (Soldier of Orange) (1979). The Wilby Conspiracy (1975). Turkish Delight (1973).

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