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actor , sales educationalist

Billy B. Van, American actor, sales educationalist. Member International Sales Executives Association, N.E. Council and Advertising Federation; Mason (32°, Shriner).

Background

Van, Billy B. was born on August 3, 1870 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of George W. and Henrietta (Detweiler) Vandergrift.

Education

Educational public schools.

Career

Began as actor, 1893. Comedian, appearing in The Dream Girl, The Errand Boy, Little Nemo, Have a Heart, Words and Music, Rainbow Girl, Sunny Days, etc. Also motion picture actor.

Retired from stage 1925. President Pine Tree Products Company, 1925-1938. Now president Billy B. Van Sales Company.

Lecturer sales promotion before advertising clubs, Chamber of Commerce’s, etc. Mayor town of Newport, N.H. Sponsor Children’s Sunshine Club of Newport.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: The Seriousness of Being Funny, 1925. Snap Out of It, 1933. Contributor sales publications and trade mags.

Membership

Member International Sales Executives Association, N.E. Council and Advertising Federation. Mason (32°, Shriner). Clubs: Friars (New York).

Connections

Married Grace Visgar Walsh, September 2, 1922. Children: Mary Ann, Billy B., Bonnie Grace.

father:
George W. Vandergrift

mother:
Henrietta (Detweiler) Vandergrift

spouse:
Grace Visgar Walsh

children:
Mary Ann Van

Billy B. Van

Bonnie Grace Van