William Demarest

William Demarest

  • Born on
    • February 27th, 1892
  • Died on
    • December 28th, 1983
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Carl William Demarest (February 27, 1892 – December 27, 1983) was an American character actor, known for playing Uncle Charley in My Three Sons. A veteran of World War I, Demarest became a prolific film and television actor, appearing in over 140 films, beginning in 1926 and ending in the 1970s. He frequently played crusty but good-hearted roles. Demarest started in show business working in vaudeville, appearing with his wife Estelle Collette (real name Esther Zychlin) as "Demarest and Colette", then moved on to Broadway. Demarest worked regularly with director Preston Sturges, becoming part of a "stock" troupe of actors that Sturges repeatedly cast in his films. He appeared in ten films written by Sturges, eight of which were under his direction, including The Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels and The Miracle of Morgan's Creek. Demarest was such a familiar figure at the Paramount studio that just his name was used in the movie Sunset Boulevard as a potential star for William Holden's unsold baseball screenplay. Demarest appeared with veteran western film star Roscoe Ates in the 1958 episode "And the Desert Shall Blossom" of CBS's Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In the story line, Ates and Demarest appear as old timers living in the Nevada desert. The local sheriff, played by Ben Johnson, appears with an eviction notice, but he agrees to let the pair stay on their property if they can make a dead rosebush bloom within the next month. In 1959 Demarest was named the lead actor of the 18-week sitcom Love and Marriage on NBC in the 1959–1960 season. Demarest played William Harris, the owner of a failing music company who refuses to handle popular rock and roll music, which presumably might save the firm from bankruptcy. Joining Demarest on the series were Jeanne Bal, Murray Hamilton and Stubby Kaye. Demarest appeared as Police Chief Aloysius of the Santa Rosita Police Department in the film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), as well as on a memorable episode ("What's in the Box") of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone as a hen-pecked husband driven to the murder of his wife. His most famous television role was in the ABC and then CBS sitcom My Three Sons from 1965 to 1972, playing Uncle Charley O'Casey. He replaced William Frawley, whose failing health had made procuring insurance impossible. Demarest had worked with Fred MacMurray previously in the films Hands Across the Table (1935), Pardon My Past (1945), On Our Merry Way (1948), and The Far Horizons (1955) and was a personal friend of MacMurray. Also, he worked with Irene Dunne in Never a Dull Moment (1950).

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Acting (61 Credits)

1976Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood as Studio Gatekeeper
1973Don't Be Afraid of the Dark as Mr. Harris
1965That Darn Cat! as Mr. MacDougall
1964Viva Las Vegas as Mr. Martin
1963Son of Flubber as Mr. Hummel
1963It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World as Police Chief Aloysius
1960Pepe as Movie Studio Gateman
1960My Three Sons as Charley O'Casey
1956The Mountain as Father Belacchi
1956The Rawhide Years as Brand Comfort
1955The Private War of Major Benson as John
1955Hell on Frisco Bay as Dan Bianco
1955The Far Horizons as Sgt. Gass
1955Lucy Gallant as Charles Madden
1955Jupiter's Darling as Mago
1953Escape from Fort Bravo as Campbell
1953Dangerous When Wet as Pa Higgins
1952What Price Glory as Corporal Kiper
1951The Strip as Fluff
1951Behave Yourself! as O'Ryan
1950When Willie Comes Marching Home as Herman Kluggs
1950Never a Dull Moment as Mears
1950Riding High as Happy
1949Jolson Sings Again as Steve Martin
1949Sorrowful Jones as Regret
1948Night Has a Thousand Eyes as Lt. Shawn
1948Whispering Smith as Bill Dansing
1948On Our Merry Way as Floyd
1947The Perils of Pauline as George 'Mac' McGuire
1946The Jolson Story as Steve Martin
1945Along Came Jones as George Fury
1944The Great Moment as Eben Frost
1944Hail the Conquering Hero as Sgt. Heppelfinger
1944Once Upon a Time as Brandt
1943The Miracle of Morgan's Creek as Constable Edmund Kockenlocker
1943Stage Door Canteen as William Demarest
1942Pardon My Sarong as Detective Kendall
1942All Through the Night as Sunshine
1942The Palm Beach Story as First Member Ale and Quail Club
1941Dressed to Kill as Inspector Pierson
1941Sullivan's Travels as Mr. Jones
1941The Lady Eve as Muggsy
1941The Devil and Miss Jones as First Detective
1940Christmas in July as Mr. Bildocker
1940The Great McGinty as Skeeters - The Politician
1939The Great Man Votes as Charles Dole
1939Miracles for Sale as Quinn
1939Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as Bill Griffith
1938Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm as Harry Kipper
1937Easy Living as Wallace Whistling
1937Big City as Mr. Beecher
1936Charlie Chan at the Opera as Sergeant Kelly
1936Wedding Present as 'Smiles' Benson
1936Love on the Run as Editor
1935The Murder Man as 'Red' Maguire
1935Hands Across the Table as Regi's Date Natty (uncredited)
1935After Office Hours as Police Detective (uncredited)
1935The Casino Murder Case as Auctioneer
1934Fog Over Frisco as Spike Smith
1928A Girl in Every Port as Man in Bombay (uncredited)
1927The Jazz Singer as Buster Billings (uncredited)

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