Billy Chapin
Billy Chapin
Billy Chapin is an American former child actor, known for a considerable number of screen- and TV-performances from 1943 to 1959 and best remembered for both his roles as the “Diaper-manager” Christie Cooper in the 1953 family feature The Kid from Left Field, starring Dan Dailey, Anne Bancroft and Lloyd Bridges and little John Harper in Charles Laughton's 1955 Film Noir classic The Night of the Hunter, opposite acting legends Robert Mitchum and Lilian Gish.
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Mike Ragogna: A Conversation With Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda, Plus Chatting With VideofyMe's Oskar Glauser and The Villains and Ben Arthur Exclusives
Huffington Post - over 4 years
A Conversation With Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Mike Ragogna: Mike, production-wise, your new album LIVING THINGS was another collaboration between you and Rick Rubin, right? Mike Shinoda: Yeah, Rick and I teamed up again on this. I guess that's just a function of working with our band. I generally handle the ins and outs of production. MR: How does the interaction with Rick work? MS: Ever since we started with Rick, I've been kind of co-producing. Our working style is really different from what people would expect most bands to do. With that said, figuring out what to call what is a little tough. When people think of most bands writing a song, they think of bands getting together in a room and jamming and writing stuff together; basically writing the song and then recording the song. That's really not how we work. Ours is a really fluid process, we kind of go back and forth. From the beginning, we're writing it, we're recording it, we're mixing it, and even all th ...
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La Nuit du chasseur - Critique Film
Google News - over 5 years
Ce dernier y tient également le rôle principal, aux cotés de Billy Chapin et Lillian Gish. Malgré des critiques élogieuses, le succès commercial ne fut pas au rendez-vous. Synopsis : Un prêcheur inquiétant poursuit dans l'Amérique rurale deux enfants
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Fireworks of many types - SunHerald.com
Google News - over 5 years
... Rabbits (brothers Jetson and Skyler Black: guitars/vocals & drums, Yuki Tong/bass and Kim Drake/organ). Their album is a good one for cruising around, and was produced by Stan Lynch (original Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers drummer) and Billy Chapin
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Singled Out: The Black Rabbits' My Baby Don't - antiMUSIC.com
Google News - over 5 years
Today Jetson Black from The Black Rabbits tells us about "My Baby Don't" from their brand new album "Hypno Switch" (produced by Stan Lynch and Billy Chapin of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers). Here is the story: "My Baby Don't" deals with the frustration
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Under: The Black Rabbits - Cuchara Sonica
Google News - over 5 years
La banda ya tiene algunos años en activo, sin embargo, fue hasta abril del año pasado que lanzaron su primer EP homónimo, producido por Stan Lynch (productor y ex miembro de Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) y Billy Chapin. Pero esto no es todo,
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The Black Rabbit Releasing 'Hypno Switch' In June - eBurban
Google News - almost 6 years
The Florida-based band made up of brothers Jetson and Skyler Black, Yuki Tong and Kim Drakeley, released their first EP last year with some help from Stan Lynch and Billy Chapin (of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) and the project peaked at #96 on the
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The Black Rabbits To Flip the Hypno Switch in June (A Top Story) - antiMUSIC.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Here is the recap: The Black Rabbits have announced a June 21, 2011 release of their debut full-length, "Hypno Switch" (produced by Stan Lynch of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers fame and Billy Chapin), via Rock Ridge Music. Of the signing with the label,
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All-female Florida rock band 'Heroine' to perform tonight in Daytona Beach - NSBNEWS.net
Google News - almost 6 years
The band is currently being produced by Billy Chapin and Stan Lynch from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. NSBNews.net, also known as VolusiaNews.net, provides Volusia County 24 / 7 Internet newspaper coverage, 100% free with breaking news,
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THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER 1955
NYTimes - over 6 years
For many city folk there's no scarier place than the country, with its Victorian gingerbread houses, its lonely moonlit ponds, its crickets. That's part of what makes Charles Laughton's bucolic film noir ''The Night of the Hunter'' so terrifying. The night has 1,000 eyes, but in the city, at least, you know people are looking at you. Robert Mitchum
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Corrections
NYTimes - over 15 years
An article on Oct. 21 about the film ''Night of the Hunter'' misstated the name of the character played by Billy Chapin. It was John, not Billy. The article also included an erroneous version of a line from a hymn sung by the preacher played by Robert Mitchum. He sang, ''Leaning on the everlasting arms,'' not ''Leaning on the arm of the Lord.''
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Film; If Only It Hadn't Been His Only One
NYTimes - over 15 years
CHARLES LAUGHTON'S ''Night of the Hunter'' is at the very top of that curious list of only films directed by actors. Below it are Marlon Brando's ''One-Eyed Jacks,'' Peter Lorre's ''Der Verlorene'' and this writer's ''Ballad of the Sad Cafe,'' to name a few. Laughton's is a haunting and highly personal work, which, despite flaws, is clearly the
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35 Boxers Banned By New Jersey
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: The State Athletic Control Board today told 35 boxers they will no longer be allowed to box in New Jersey because future bouts could endanger their health. The State Athletic Control Board today told 35 boxers they will no longer be allowed to box in New Jersey because future bouts could endanger their health. Larry Hazzard, an athletic
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Billy Chapin
    FORTIES
  • 1992
    Age 48
    Nevertheless, in 1992, the United States Library of Congress selected the picture for preservation in the National Film Registry.
    More Details Hide Details It's not known if that was the reason for which Chapin's final screen attention was just a year later as young Jody Burrows in the 1956 B-Western Tension at Table Rock, starring Richard Egan, but from then on his film career declined until he was acting solely on television, where his career eventually ended late in 1959 in an episode of the long-running family series Fury (1955–60). In her own biography, his sister Lauren mentions Billy's having had alcohol and drug problems in his twenties and thirties.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1955
    Age 11
    When Charles Laughton personally cast Billy Chapin for the role of young John Harper in his 1955 film classic The Night of the Hunter, the boy was already considered an "acting technician" among the child performers of his time.
    More Details Hide Details After a private meeting with Billy in his Hollywood home, Laughton told Davis Grubb, the author of the original story: "What I want is a flexible child, and the boy is exactly that." Later, Laughton publicly offered praise especially for " the strength of Chapin's innate ability to understand the construction of a scene, its impact and its importance." Vintage sources claimed that Laughton might find it difficult to direct Chapin, as well as Sally Jane Bruce, who played his younger sister (Pearl Harper), but contemporary sources and rediscovered archival material from the production of The Night of the Hunter prove that, aside from a few intergenerational tiffs, the old man and the boy got along wonderfully, even if, according to these sources, Robert Mitchum, who played the bogus preacher Harry Powell, in fact took over some directing tasks. Though now considered a classic, The Night of the Hunter was a critical and commercial failure when released, "because of its lack of the proper trappings."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1954
    Age 10
    He then did three successive episodes of Jack Webb's Dragnet and two other television shows before he portrayed Brian "Gadge" Robertson, the bright grandson of a fictive astroscientist in the science fiction B-flick Tobor the Great, 1954.
    More Details Hide Details Two smaller screen appearances then fell into line, one in a film noir, entitled Naked Alibi, 1954, with Sterling Hayden and Gloria Grahame and another bit role in the famous screen musical There's No Business Like Show Business, again starring Dan Dailey with Donald O'Connor and Marilyn Monroe, before the boy gained his next memorable screen attentions as the young son of historic clergyman Peter Marshall in A Man Called Peter and Victor Mature's screen son in his second film noir: Violent Saturday, both of which were released in 1955. In between he continued to appear in standard television series such as Waterfront, The Millionaire, and My Friend Flicka, and various TV theaters, anthologies and dramas.
  • 1952
    Age 8
    This stage success might have earned him his role as the grandson in the 1952 TV adaption of Paul Osborn's 1938 Broadway play, On Borrowed Time at the Celanese Theatre, but his first real screen role he landed just one year later as the "Diaper Manager" Christie Cooper, the lead role of the 1953 family release The Kid from Left Field, starring Dan Dailey, Anne Bancroft and Lloyd Bridges.
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  • 1951
    Age 7
    He started acting professionally in 1951 in a supporting role in the Broadway stage musical Three Wishes for Jamie, which, while passably successful, toured the West Coast in the summer of the same year.
    More Details Hide Details After essential changes regarding dramatization of the play and replacements in the original West Coast cast, when the play moved to New York City in early 1952, it finally became a considerable success and earned him the N.Y. Drama Critics Award as the most promising young actor of the year.
  • 1946
    Age 2
    He had another bit role in The Cockeyed Miracle in 1946.
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  • 1943
    Born
    Born William McClellan Chapin on December 28, 1943, in Los Angeles, he was the second of three children of Roy Chapin, a bank manager, and Marquerite Alice Barringer, who later became a kind of personal coach for all of her children's acting careers. His sister Lauren later told about alcohol problems and sexual abuse in the troubled family. Chapin debuted on the screen at the age of only a few weeks, uncredited as Baby Girl in Casanova Brown, 1944, starring Gary Cooper, and just five months later had another uncredited baby role in Marriage Is a Private Affair, starring Lana Turner.
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