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Billy and Bobby Mauch
Robert Joseph Mauch
July 6, 1921
Peoria, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||October 15, 2007 (aged 86)|
Santa Rosa, California, U.S.
|Years active||1937 — 1943|
|Spouse(s)||Georgia "Gigi" Shattuck Culhane (1971-2007) (his death)|
William John Mauch
July 6, 1921
Peoria, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||September 29, 2006 (aged 85)|
Palatine, Illinois, U.S.
|Years active||1936 — 1951|
|Spouse(s)||Marjorie Barnewolt (1953-2006) (his death)|
|Children||William J. Mauch II|
William John Mauch (July 6, 1921 – September 29, 2006) and his identical twin brother, Robert Joseph Mauch (July 6, 1921 – October 15, 2007), were child actors in the 1930s. They had starring roles in the 1937 film The Prince and the Pauper, based on the novel of the same name by Mark Twain.
Billy and Bobby were born in Peoria, Illinois, to Felix, an employee of the Toledo, Peoria & Western Railroad and Marguerite Mauch, née Burley. Billy was older than Bobby by ten minutes. They began singing and acting in radio at the age of seven and later appeared in print advertisements before signing a contract with Warner Bros.
After moving with their mother to Hollywood in 1935, Billy was cast as the young title character in the film Anthony Adverse because he resembled Fredric March, who was to play Adverse as an adult. His brother Bobby was his stand-in for the role, but the brothers, whose voice and appearance were almost indistinguishable, later claimed that they had freely alternated who would play the part in the takes. They were cast as lookalikes in The Prince and the Pauper (1937), in which they co-starred with Errol Flynn and Claude Rains, and were each paid $350 per week. The picture earned them the cover story in the May 3, 1937 issue of Time magazine.
Billy and Bobby both attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles before graduating from the Mar-Ken School for professional children, in Hollywood. During their senior year, they ran jointly for the office of class president under the campaign slogan "Two Heads Are Better than One."
Interested in the technical aspects of movie-making, both brothers eventually found employment in that field. Bobby became a film editor whose work included the 1950s television series Dragnet. In 1950 Billy became a sound editor for Warner Brothers and went on to work on more than 300 films and television shows. He created the sound effects for the car chase in Bullitt and the giant ants in Them!.
Billy and his wife Marjorie, who were married 53 years, had one son, William J. Mauch II, named after himself. Billy died, aged 85, in his home in Palatine, Illinois.
Bobby Mauch married professional figure skater Georgia "Gigi" Shattuck, whom he first met at the Mar-Ken School in the 1940s, but married in 1971. They had no children. He died, aged 86, at a nursing home in Santa Rosa, California.
- Mary Rourke (October 24, 2007). "Robert J. 'Bob' Mauch, 86; teen actor and his identical twin appeared in 1930s films". Los Angeles Times.
- Hevesi, Dennis (October 25, 2007). "Bobby Mauch, Actor Who Played Opposite Twin, Dies at 86". The New York Times.
- Tom Vallance (October 24, 2007). "Bobby Mauch/'Prince and the Pauper' child star". The Independent.
- "Cinema: Mauch Twins & Mark Twain". Time magazine. May 3, 1937. Archived from the original on March 29, 2007. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- "William J. Mauch/Sound Effects and Dialogue Editor/1921-2006". Editors Guild Magazine. January–February 2007. Archived from the original on January 29, 2010. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
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