Born: 11 February, 1920, New York NY
Died: 9 November, 1976, Brentwood CA
Attended Mar-Ken School 1937-1938.
Born William Halop, he was known as Billy throughout his life. He started his career as a child, along with his younger sister, Florence Halop, in New York radio. Billy did some Broadway performances including the hit “Dead End.” Samuel Goldwyn brought the teenage cast members to Hollywood to perform in the film version of the play, and Billy did a series of movies as one of the Dead End Kids / East Side Kids moving from studio to studio. After Mar-Ken School, Billy appeared in ‘B’ movies and many TV parts into the 1970’s. However, he supplemented his income with other jobs. The Internet Movie Database website credits Billy as being named “Most Creative Salesman in the U.S.” by the National Association of Manufacturers when he worked for the Leonard Appliance Company in Los Angeles as an electric dryer salesman. He was married and divorced three times. His first wife had multiple sclerosis, and Billy learned nursing skills while caring for her. That led to a career as a registered nurse. He worked at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica until his death of a heart attack in 1976. – By Alan H. Simon for Mar-Ken.org
In an article in the June 2, 1940 issue of the Los Angeles Times, Billy Halop and his sister Florence Halop are listed as Mar-Ken classmates of Jean Spitzel, present at a luncheon she gave in her parents’ home in honor of the graduating Mar-Ken School students.
Jackie Cooper in his autobiography, Please Don’t Shoot My Dog, mentions in reference to Judy Garland: “She had fallen for an older man, Billy Halop, who was sixteen or so and just recently imported from New York.”
From the September 30, 1938 Mar-Ken Journal:
Billy Halop is working in “Crime is A Racket” with Humphrey Bogart and Gale Page. [The movie was released with the title “Crime School” – Alan Simon, Mar-Ken.org]
From the October 28, 1938 Mar-Ken Journal:
MOVIE NEWS: The Dead End Kids have separated for one or two pictures, but will again unite for “Hell’s Kitchen” at Warners. Original boys are: Leo Gorcey, Gabriel Dell, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Billy Halop and Bernard Punsley.
From the September 27, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
ALUMNI: Billy Halop has his own radio program and coast to coast, too.
Links to other resources about Billy Halop:
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