William Christy Cabanne graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis,and spent several years in the Navy, leaving the service in 1908. He decided on a career in the theater, and became a director as well as an actor. Although acting was his main profession, when he finally broke into the film industry it was chiefly as a director after appearing in over 40 short films between 1911 and 1914. He signed on with the Fine Arts Co., then was employed as an assistant to D.W. Griffith.
Being a published author, he found himself hired by Metro Pictures to write a serial. After that he formed his own production company, but was shut down only a few years later. He then became a director for hire, mainly of low-
In the 1930s his career picked up a bit and he made many films with Universal but by the late 1930s he had once again returned to very low budget film making, out of the spotlight, including low rate westerns, jungle and horror films for the likes of Monogram, PRC and Screen Guild.