William Robert Daly

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William Robert Dailey

(1872-10-24)October 24, 1872
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died1935(1935-00-00) (aged 62–63)
  • Actor
  • Director
Known for
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (1914)
  • Forgiven; Or, The Jack of Diamonds (1914)
  • Back of the Shadows (1915)
Spouse(s)Fritzi Brunette

William Robert Daly was an actor and director of silent films in the U.S.

He was a "stage director" at 19 years-old.[1] He directed the 1914 film adaptation of Uncle Tom's Cabin featuring the first lead role for an African Americam actor in a feature film for white audiences. Sam Lucas, who had played Uncle Tom in theatrical productions, played the part.[2]

He portrayed the villain in the 1912 film The Kid and the Sleuth.[3] He worked as a producer with William Selig in 1916.[4] For Selig's 1916 film At Piney Risge, Daly directed and prodiced.

He served on the board of The Screen Club and was photographed among its members in 1912.[5] In 1915 he was a director for the Dramatic Book film company in Santa Barabara.[6] He is pictured in a movie still lobby card from the 1922 film Pardon My Nerve.[7]

Fritzi Brunette was his third wife.



  • Uncle Tom's Cabin (1910 film)[8]
  • Percy Learns to Waltz (1912)
  • The Lie (1912 film), co-directing credit with King Baggot
  • The Bridal Room (1912)
  • Unto Those Who Sin (1916)[9]
  • His Brother's Keeper (1916)[10]
  • At Piney Ridge (1916)[11]


  • The Scarlet Letter (1911 film)
  • The Dream (1911 film)
  • A Cave Man Wooing (1912)
  • Up Against It (film) (1912)
  • The Lid and the Sleuth (1912)[3]
  • Back of the Shadow (1915), short)[12]
  • Down Home (1920), based on his story Dabney Todd, as Joe Pelot (credited as Robert Daly)
  • Action (1921 film) as J. Plimsoll
  • The Roof Tree (1921)
  • Her Night of Nights (1922), as Pop Mahone
  • Confidence (film) (1922)[8]
  • A Dangerous Game (1922 film)
  • Pardon My Nerve (1922)[7]
  • Crossed Wires (film) (1923)[13] as Pat Murphy
  • Sawdust (film) (1923)[14] as 'Speck' Dawson
  • The Wild Party (1923 film)
  • Trifling with Honor (1923), as The Kid's Father
  • Held to Answer (1923), as The Organist (as Robert Daly)
  • Ride for Your Life (1924), as Dan Donnegan
  • Camille of the Barbary Coast (1925), as Chauncey Hilburn

Executive producer

  • Traffic in Souls (1913)


  • At Piney Ridge (1916)[11]

In the media



  1. "Motography". March 9, 1916 – via Google Books.
  2. "2012 National Film Registry". www.cbsnews.com.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wlaschin, Ken (October 21, 2009). "Silent Mystery and Detective Movies: A Comprehensive Filmography". McFarland – via Google Books.
  4. "Motography". March 9, 1916 – via Google Books.
  5. "Motion Picture News". Motion Picture News Incorporated. May 2, 1912 – via Google Books.
  6. "Daily Tribune 21 March 1915 — Hoosier State Chronicles: Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program". newspapers.library.in.gov.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Pardon My Nerve!, US lobbycard, from left: William Robert Daly,..." Getty Images.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "William Robert Daly". BFI.
  9. "Motography". May 2, 1916 – via Google Books.
  10. "Catalogue of Copyright Entries: Pamphlets, leaflets, contributions to newspapers or periodicals, etc.; lectures, sermons, addresses for oral delivery; dramatic compositions; maps; motion pictures". U.S. Government Printing Office. May 2, 1916 – via Google Books.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Southern Mountaineers Filmography | Special Collections at Belk Library". collections.library.appstate.edu.
  12. Movie stills
  13. Munden, Kenneth White; Institute, American Film (May 2, 1997). "The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States". University of California Press – via Google Books.
  14. Nash, Jay Robert; Connelly, Robert; Ross, Stanley Ralph (January 9, 1988). "Motion Picture Guide Silent Film 1910-1936". Cinebooks – via Google Books.

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