According to some sources, William Joseph Cody, Jr. was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Because of his work in Westerns, some people think he must have been related to the famous William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody, but they were not related. Bill Cody, the actor, went to Saint Thomas Military Academy in Minneapolis and later attended St. Johns University in New York. After graduating, he became an actor with the Metropolitan Stock Company, which toured the U.S. and Canada. By 1922 he was in Hollywood and started work in the movies as a stuntman and eventually was cast in bit parts. He first worked in silent Westerns and essentially stayed in the genre throughout his working life, surviving the transition to talkies and well into the 1940s. Of note is the famous 1939 John Ford film, Stagecoach which costarred Berton Churchill. Bill Cody played an unnamed and uncredited rancher.
Features & TV Movies: VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release
Riders of Mystery (1925) Moccasins (1925) Cold Nerve (1925) Dangerous Odds (1925) The Fighting Sheriff (1925) Border Justice (1925) Love on the Rio Grande (1925) The Fighting Smile (1925) King of the Saddle (1926) Born to Battle (1926) The Galloping Cowboy (1926) The Arizona Whirlwind (1927) Gold From Weepah (1927) Laddie Be Good (1928) The Price of Fear (1928) Wolves of the City (1929) Slim Fingers (1929) Eyes of the Underworld (1929) The Tip Off (1929)
Under Texas Skies (1930) Dugan of the Badlands (1931) The Montana Kid (1931) Oklahoma Jim (1931) Land of Wanted Men (1931) Ghost City (1932) Mason of the Mounted (1932) Law of the North (1932) Texas Pioneers (1932) Frontier Days (1934) The Border Menace (1934) Vanishing Riders (1935) The Texas Rambler (1935) Six Gun Justice (1935) Lawless Border (1935) Cyclone Ranger (1935) Border Guns (1935) Blazing Justice (1936) Outlaws of the Range (1936) Stagecoach (1939) The Fighting Gringo (1939)
Young Buffalo Bill (1940) Sky Raiders (1941) The Masked Marvel (1943) Joan of Arc (1948)