William Haines

Actor + Interior Designer
Born Jan 2, 1900

Charles William "Billy" Haines was an American film actor and interior designer. He was a star of the silent era until the 1930s, when Haines' career was cut short by MGM Studios due to his refusal to deny his homosexuality. Haines never returned to film and instead started a successful interior design business with his life partner and was supported by friends in Hollywood.… Read More

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1900 Birth Haines was born on January 2, 1900 (he claimed he was born on January 1) in Staunton, Virginia, the third child of George Adam Haines, a cigar maker, and Laura Virginia Haines (née Matthews). … Read More
1902 2 Years Old He had four younger siblings: Lillian, born in 1902; Ann, born in 1907; George, Jr., born in 1908; and Henry, born in 1917. … Read More


1917 17 Years Old …  Haines returned home in 1917 to help support them.
1919 19 Years Old With his father recovered and employed, Haines returned to New York City in 1919, settling into the burgeoning gay community of Greenwich Village. … Read More


1922 22 Years Old Talent scout Bijou Fernandez discovered Haines as part of the Samuel Goldwyn Company's "New Faces of 1922" contest and the studio signed him to a $40 a week contract. … Read More
1923 23 Years Old It was not until his home studio loaned him to Fox in 1923 for The Desert Outlaw that he got the opportunity to play a significant role.
1924 24 Years Old In 1924, MGM lent Haines to Columbia Pictures for a five-picture deal. … Read More
1926 26 Years Old On a trip to New York in 1926, Haines met James "Jimmie" Shields, possibly as a pick-up on the street. … Read More
1928 28 Years Old Haines was a top-five box office star from 1928 to 1932. … Read More


1930 30 Years Old 1 More Event
He starred in Way Out West in 1930.
1933 33 Years Old In 1933, Haines was arrested in a YMCA with a sailor he had picked up in Los Angeles' Pershing Square. … Read More
1934 34 Years Old His final films were made with Mascot Pictures, Young and Beautiful and The Marines Are Coming in 1934. … Read More


1973 73 Years Old 1 More Event
On December 26, 1973, Haines died from lung cancer in Santa Monica, California at the age of 73. … Read More
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