Billy Ferguson, the handsome 15-year-old call boy who rang down the curtain at Ford’s Theatre for the last time in the 19th Century, later moved to Hollywood.

Unfortunately for Ferguson, assassination night was to be his big chance to fill in for Ford’s actor who called in sick, but his luck changed when he moved to California.

In Hollywood, he enjoyed a successful career as a comic and a movie actor. In 1915, he played Abraham Lincoln in the silent film “Battle Cry for Peace.”