William Tannen

William Tannen

  • Born on
    • November 17th, 1911
  • Died on
    • December 2nd, 1976
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia William Tannen (November 17, 1911 – December 2, 1976) was an American actor originally from New York City, who was best known for his role of Deputy Hal Norton in fifty-six episodes from 1956 to 1958 of the ABC/Desilu western television series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, with Hugh O'Brian as Deputy Marshal Wyatt Earp. Tannen was also cast as Gyp Clements in the 1955 episode "The Buntline Special" of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. Beginning on September 11, 1956, in the second season of the series, with the setting moved from Wichita to Dodge City, Kansas, Tannen filled the Hal Norton role. His earliest episodes were "Fight or Run", "The Double Life of Dora Hand" and "Clay Allison", the latter two based on historical figures, the saloon singer and actor Dora Hand and the gunfighter Clay Allison. Some of his appearances were uncredited. His last credited role was "Doc Holliday Rewrites History" (May 6, 1958), with Myron Healey as the frontier gunfighter and dentist Doc Holliday. His last uncredited roles aired thereafter in May and June 1958, "Dig a Grave for Ben Thompson", based on the historical figure Ben Thompson played by Denver Pyle, "Frame-up", and "My Husband". He was cast as Ike Clanton, not on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, but in the 1964 episode "After the OK Corral" of the syndicated western anthology series, Death Valley Days. Jim Davis portrayed Wyatt Earp in this particular episode. Tannen appeared twice, one role uncredited in Davis' earlier syndicated western series, Stories of the Century, including the role of Dutch Charlie in "Milt Sharp", the story of the stagecoach robber Milt Sharp.

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Acting (43 Credits)

1988Hero and the Terror as Civil Engineer
1966Batman: The Movie as American Delegate (uncredited)
1958Touch of Evil as Marcia Linnekar's Attorney (uncredited)
1957A Hatful of Rain as Celia's Supervisor (uncredited)
1954Sitting Bull as O'Connor
195399 River Street as Director
1952Talk About a Stranger as Driggs
1950Annie Get Your Gun as Barker (uncredited)
1950Armored Car Robbery as Officer Johnson (uncredited)
1950Convicted as Prison Guard (uncredited)
1950Three Secrets as Bobby Lynch (uncredited)
1949All the King's Men as Man in City Bar (Uncredited)
1948Walk a Crooked Mile as FBI Chemist
1947Cynthia as Dingle Clerk (Uncredited)
1945Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood as Casting Director / Dr. Caswell Snide (uncredited)
1944The Canterville Ghost as Jordan
1943Air Raid Wardens as Joseph
1943Presenting Lily Mars as Eugene Shepherd
1942Nazi Agent as Ludwig
1942Woman of the Year as Ellis
1942Fingers at the Window as Devlan
1942Stand by for Action as Flag Lt. Dudley
1942Ship Ahoy as Agent Flammer
1942Grand Central Murder as Second Railroad Yardman (uncredited)
1942For Me and My Gal as France Soldier-Driver (uncredited)
1941The Big Store as Fred Sutton
1941Whistling in the Dark as Robert Graves
1941Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as Intern Fenwick
1941The Corsican Brothers as One of Lucien's Men (Uncredited)
1940Flight Command as Lieut. Freddy Townsend
1940New Moon as Pierre
1940Andy Hardy Meets Debutante as Mr. Franklin (voice) (uncredited)
1940The Mortal Storm as Nazi Clerk
1940I Love You Again as Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
1940Broadway Melody of 1940 as Harmon (uncredited)
1940Boom Town as Hotel Desk Clerk #1 (uncredited)
1939The Ice Follies of 1939 as Assistant Doorman (Uncredited)
1939Miracles for Sale as Spectator in Theatre Box
1939It's a Wonderful World as Actor as 'Soldier' (uncredited)
1939Fast and Furious as Radio Announcer (uncredited)
1939Another Thin Man as State Trooper
1938The Mad Miss Manton as Drunk Who Trips in Las Palmas Club (uncredited)
1936Fury as Governor's Aide (uncredited)

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