Dave Willock

Dave Willock

  • Born on
    • August 13th, 1909
  • Died on
    • November 12th, 1990
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Dave Willock (August 13, 1909 – November 12, 1990) was an American character actor. Willock appeared in 181 films and television series from 1939 to 1989. Born in 1909, Willock began his professional career in vaudeville in 1931, teaming with his boyhood friend Jack Carson in a comedy song and dance routine. For a time in the mid-1930s he was a reporter and editor for a Milwaukee newspaper. He first appeared on screen in Good Girls Go to Paris (1939), in an uncredited bit part. He teamed with Carson again when Carson invited him to write for his radio show; Willock wrote and played the part of Carson's nephew Tugwell on The Jack Carson Show from 1943–1949. Willock and Cliff Arquette had their own radio and television shows in the early 1950s. Both versions were called Dave and Charley; the radio version was heard circa 1950, but the television version of it was on the air for only three months in early 1952. In the 1961–1962 season, he played Harvey Clayton, father of the 1920s teenager Margie Clayton, portrayed by Cynthia Pepper in ABC's Margie. He appeared on an episode of Dragnet as an ex-vaudevillean who is cheated out of $9,000 that he found on a sidewalk. In 1966, he had an uncredited role as the bartender in the Elvis Presley vehicle Frankie and Johnny. Willock is probably most familiar to modern audiences from his performance as Baby Jane Hudson's father in the opening scenes of the cult classic What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962). He played seven different characters on CBS's Green Acres with Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor, mostly portraying clerks or elevator operators. Willock also did voice acting for animated roles, such as the offscreen narrator on Wacky Races (1968) and as father Augustus "Gus" Holiday on The Roman Holidays (1972). He appeared in a television commercial for "The Great American Soups", directed by American satirist Stan Freberg, alongside tap-dancing star Ann Miller. He died of complications due to stroke on November 12, 1990 at the age of 81. He is buried in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery. For his contribution to the television industry, Dave Willock has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6358 Hollywood Boulevard.

Starring Dave Willock on Plex


Acting (34 Credits)

1975Hustle as Liquor Store Clerk
1973Emperor of the North as Groundhog
1972Now You See Him, Now You Don't as Mr. Burns
1971The Grissom Gang
1968Wacky Races as Narrator
1964Send Me No Flowers as Milkman Ernie
1964Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte as Taxi Driver
1964The Patsy as Alec
19634 for Texas as Alfred
1962What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? as Ray Hudson
1961The Ladies Man as Assistant TV Director
1959Ten Seconds to Hell as Peter Tillig
1958Queen of Outer Space as Lt. Mike Cruze
1957The Delicate Delinquent as William C. Goerner
1955Revenge of the Creature as Lou Gibson
1953It Came from Outer Space as Pete Davis (uncredited)
1952Love Is Better Than Ever as Davey
1952A Girl in Every Port as Seaman McGonegal (uncredited)
1951Roadblock as Airport Clerk (uncredited)
1945Spellbound as Bellboy (uncredited)
1944Pin Up Girl as Dud Miller
1943The Gang's All Here as Sgt. Pat Casey
1943The Hard Way as Bellboy (Uncredited)
1943Princess O'Rourke as Delivery Boy (uncredited)
1943Action in the North Atlantic as Convoy Speaker (uncredited)
1942The Male Animal as Student (uncredited)
1942You Were Never Lovelier as Hotel Acuña Bellboy (uncredited)
1942For Me and My Gal as Elevator Operator (uncredited)
1941Caught in the Draft as Colonel's Orderly
1941Hellzapoppin' as Orchestra Trombone Player (uncredited)
1940Too Many Husbands as Elevator Operator
1940Black Friday as Student
1939Golden Boy as Arena Call Boy
1939Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as Senate Guard (uncredited)

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