Originally from a small farming town in Nebaska, William Benjamin Brady blossomed in high school, excelling at all sports and becoming a local legend. He was popular among the girls for his "movie-star looks".
While attempting to stop a raid upon one of his employer's banks, Dollar Bill's cape became entangled in the bank's revolving door and he was shot at point-blank range before he could free it. Hollis Mason speculates that If he’d designed Bill's costume himself he might have left out that cape and he would still be alive today.
William Brady was described as a God-fearing man. Hollis Mason regarded Brady in his book, Under the Hood, as "one of the nicest and most straightforward men I have ever met." Because of his right-wing religious views, Brady had very negative views regarding women and homosexuality. When the Minutemen decided about the Comedian's fate after the rape attempt, Bill spoke in favor of the kid, mentioning his young age, and also Sally's provocative appearance.
Brady also seemed to have no issue with National Bank using his image for racist advertising.
Dollar Bill's clear commercial motivations are never commented on by his peers or the subsequent generation of vigilantes who all seem to regard him as a worthy hero; even the cynical Rorschach laments Dollar Bill's untimely death.
- Like the original comic book series, Dollar Bill has no speaking lines.