Moroni Olsen

Moroni Olsen

  • Born on
    • June 27th, 1889
  • Died on
    • November 22nd, 1954
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Moroni Olsen (June 27, 1889 – November 22, 1954) was an American actor. Olsen was born in Ogden, Utah, to Mormon parents Edward Arenholt Olsen and Martha Hoverholst, who named him after the Moroni found in the Book of Mormon. Some sources have claimed that Olsen's birth name was John Willard Clawson, but there appears to be no support for this claim. Olsen studied at Weber Stake Academy, the predecessor of Weber State University. He then went to study at the University of Utah, where one of his teachers was Maud May Babcock. During World War I, he sold war bonds for the United States Navy. He also studied and performed in the Eastern United States around this time. In 1923, Olsen organized the "Moroni Olsen Players" out of Ogden. They performed at both Ogden's Orpheum Theatre and at various other locations spread from Salt Lake City to Seattle. After having worked on Broadway, he made his film debut in a 1935 adaptation of The Three Musketeers. He later played a different role in a 1939 comedy version of the story, starring Don Ameche as D'Artagnan and the Ritz Brothers as three dimwitted lackeys who are forced to substitute for the musketeers, who have drunk themselves into a stupor. His most famous role was the voice of the Slave in The Magic Mirror in Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). Olsen also provided the voice of the senior angel in It's a Wonderful Life. Olsen was an active member of the LDS Church, being a teacher of youth in the Hoolwood Ward. He also was director of the Pilgramage Play of Hollywood for several years.

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Acting (53 Credits)

1954The Long, Long Trailer as Mr. Tewitt
1954Sign of the Pagan as Pope Leo I
1952Lone Star as Sam Houston
1952At Sword's Point as Porthos
1951Father's Little Dividend as Herbert Dunstan
1951No Questions Asked as Henry Manston
1951Submarine Command as Rear Adm. Joshua Rice
1951Payment on Demand as Mr. Barton
1950Father of the Bride as Herbert Dunstan
1949The Fountainhead as Chairman
1949Task Force as Adm. Ames
1949Samson and Delilah as Targil
1948Call Northside 777 as Parole Board Chairman
1947The Long Night as Chief of Police Bob McManus
1947Possessed as Dr. Ames - Mrs. Smith's psychiatrist
1947High Wall as Dr. Philip Dunlap
1947Life with Father as Dr. Humphries
1947That Hagen Girl as Trenton Gateley
1946The Strange Woman as Rev. Thatcher
1946Notorious as Walter Beardsley
1946It's a Wonderful Life as Senior Angel (voice) (uncredited)
1945Mildred Pierce as Inspector Peterson
1945Pride of the Marines as Capt. Burroughs
1945Week-End at the Waldorf as House Detective
1944Buffalo Bill as Sen. Frederici
1944Cobra Woman as MacDonald
1944Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves as Caliph Hassan
1943Air Force as Col. Blake
1943Mission to Moscow as Col. Faymonville
1943Madame Curie as President of Businessman's Board (uncredited)
1942Reunion in France as Paul Grebeau
1942Nazi Agent as Brenner
1942The Glass Key as Ralph Henry
1941Dangerously They Live as Mr. John Goodwin
1941One Foot in Heaven as Dr. John Romer
1941Dive Bomber as Senior Surgeon at San Diego
1940Virginia City as Cameron
1940Brigham Young as Doc Richards
1940Santa Fe Trail as Robert E. Lee
1939Susannah of the Mounties as Supt. Andrew Standing
1939Rose of Washington Square as Buck Russell
1939Allegheny Uprising as Tom Calhoon
1939Dust Be My Destiny as Slim Jones, Joe's Defense Attorney
1939Invisible Stripes as The Warden
1939The Three Musketeers as Bailiff
1938Kentucky as John Dillon - 1938
1938Gold Is Where You Find It as Senator Hearst
1938There Goes My Heart as Fisherman (uncredited)
1938Marie Antoinette as Bearded Leader of the People (uncredited)
1937Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as Magic Mirror (voice) (uncredited)
1936Mary of Scotland as John Knox
1936The Plough and the Stars as General Connally
1935Annie Oakley as Col. William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody

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