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The 'brains' and 'action' heavies who had meaty roles and lots of dialog ... and the players who were fathers, ranch owners, lawman, mayors, judges, lawyers, storekeepers, newspaper editors, wardens, etc.

(Courtesy of Jack Tillmany)
William L. Haade

1903 - 1966

B western villains Roy Barcroft and Harry Woods were big and mean and smart.

William 'Bill' Haade hailed from New York, and his film and TV career lasted for about twenty years, from about 1937-1957. He did some western and serial bad guy roles, often playing the brains heavy or second in command. My remembrances of him include brutish, oafish and a bully ... definitely not as smart, slick and quick as Barcroft and Woods. When Haade appears in his first scene in a western, I pay particular attention, wondering if he'll do the role straight or add some comedy hijinks or offbeat mannerisms (which may include that blank "I'm dumbfounded, totally confused" facial expression).

He had many bits and minor support roles in both A and B films where he portrayed detectives, uniformed police officers, members of the military, card players, gangsters, truck drivers and punchy, slow-witted prize fighters. One of his earliest film appearances was as a heavyweight boxer who gets KO'd by bellhop Wayne Morris in KID GALAHAD (Warners, 1937).

Les Adams has Haade identified in about 200 sound films, and that number includes 57 westerns and six serials.

His western and non-western work at Republic Pictures consisted of about four dozen films scattered over that 1937-1957 period. Most people probably remember Haade from Republic westerns where he antagonized Don Barry, Roy Rogers, Allan Lane, Monte Hale, Bill Elliott and Rex Allen.

Some examples of Bill Haade in cowboy films:

As the B western and serial began to fade, Haade was one of many who migrated to 1950s TV work and he can be spotted in episodes of THE LONE RANGER, RANGE RIDER, WILD BILL HICKOK, more.

You may want to go to the In Search Of ... page on the Old Corral and then to the California Death Index. There you will find a record for: William L. Haade, born 3/2/1903, and he passed away on 11/15/1966. There is a corresponding record in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).

  Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on William Haade:

(From Old Corral image collection)

Above from L-to-R are William Haade, Bud Geary, Wild Bill Elliott (as Red Ryder), and on the far right is Kenne Duncan in a still from SHERIFF OF LAS VEGAS (Republic, 1944).

(Courtesy of Les Adams)

Above from L-to-R are serial queen Kay Aldridge, Allan Lane and William Haade in the cliffhanger DAREDEVILS OF THE WEST (Republic, 1943). Good group of villains in this one: Haade and George J. Lewis work for Ted Adams and Robert Frazer.

(Pressbook ad courtesy of Les Adams)

(From Old Corral image collection)

Above from L-to-R are William Haade, Monte Hale, and Steve Darrell with the sixgun in this lobby card from Hale's UNDER COLORADO SKIES (Republic, 1947).

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