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Billy De Wolfe (1907–1974)


Most certainly egged on by the dandified antics of an Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore and/or Franklin Pangborn, burlesque clown Billy DeWolfe in turn gave obvious inspiration to such effete cutups as Paul Lynde and Charles Nelson Reilly. Billy's life was one hundred percent show business from start to finish in a career that lasted five decades,... See full bio »

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Filmography

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 1974 Free to Be... You & Me (TV Movie)
The Principal (voice)
 1973 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Mr. Gratz (segment "Love and the Fractured Fibula")
- Love and the Bonded Separation/Love and the Fractured Fibula/Love and the Pretty Secretary (1973) ... Mr. Gratz (segment "Love and the Fractured Fibula")
 1970 The Debbie Reynolds Show (TV Series)
Delbert Deloy
- Mission: Improbable (1970) ... Delbert Deloy
 1969 Frosty the Snowman (TV Short)
Professor Hinkle (voice)
 1967 Rango (TV Series)
 1965 The Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Rex Spaulding
- The Ugliest Dog in the World (1965) ... Rex Spaulding
 1965 Billie
Mayor Charlie Davis
 1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Inspector
- Cops and Robbers (1965) ... Inspector
 1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Artemis Newpenny
- Who Killed the Fat Cat? (1965) ... Artemis Newpenny
 1960 Johnny Midnight (TV Series)
Damon
- The Impresario (1960) ... Damon
 1954 The Imogene Coca Show (TV Series)
Regular (1954-55)
 1953 Call Me Madam
Pemberton Maxwell
 1951 Dear Brat
Albert
 1951 Lullaby of Broadway
Lefty Mack
 1950 Tea for Two
Larry Blair
 1948 Isn't It Romantic?
Horace Frazier
 1947 Variety Girl
Billy De Wolfe
 1947 The Perils of Pauline
Mr. Timmy Timmons
 1947 Dear Ruth
Albert Kummer (as Billy DeWolfe)
 1946 Blue Skies
Tony
 1946 Our Hearts Were Growing Up
Roland du Frere
 1946 Miss Susie Slagle's
Ben Mead
 1945 Duffy's Tavern
Doctor
 1943 Dixie
Mr. Bones
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Self (9 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (1 credit)

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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Mr. Wedgecliffe", "Juvenile Delinquent" and "Harriet") in "Ziegfeld Follies of 1957" on Broadway. Musical revue. Sketches by Arnie Rosen, Coleman Jacoby, David Rogers, Alan Jeffreys and Maxwell Grant. Featuring songs by Marshall Barer, Jack Lawrence, Howard Dietz, Richard Myers, David Rogers, Dean Fuller, Philip ... See more »

Alternate Names:

Billy DeWolfe
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Personal Quote:

I've been trying to kill off the old girl for years. Strangers waylay me and insist that I entertain their women's club--'and be sure to bring along Mrs. Murgatroyd," they giggle. Almost every mail contains requests from dramatic groups for rights to the material. Millinery agents want to put out Mrs. Murgatroyd hats. I'm haunted by the dame! BD, referring to his blowzy and very popular matronly ... See more »

Trivia:

Was cast in the role of foppish dress designer Madame Lucy in the revival of the musical Irene, opposite Debbie Reynolds, but had to withdraw during pre-Broadway tryouts when his health took a turn for the worse. Veteran character actor George S. Irving replaced him and went on to win a Tony Award for best featured actor in a musical in 1974, the year of De Wolfe's death. See more »

Trademark:

Repetition of words or phrases several times comically See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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