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William Demarest (1892–1983)


Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, William Demarest was a prolific actor in movies and TV, making more than 140 films. Demarest started his acting career in vaudeville and made his way to Broadway. His most famous role was in My Three Sons (1960), replacing a very sick William Frawley. Demarest was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Filmography

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 1978 The Millionaire (TV Movie)
Oscar Pugh
 1976 Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood
Studio Gatekeeper
 1975 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Alexander 'Pop' Denny
- The Adventure of Veronica's Veils (1975) ... Alexander 'Pop' Denny
 1973-1975 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Andy Kenesaw / Cyrus McFee
- Deadly Inheritance (1975) ... Andy Kenesaw
- Two Dollars on Trouble to Win (1973) ... Cyrus McFee
 1975 The Wild McCullochs
Father Gurkin
 1970 To Rome with Love (TV Series)
Uncle Charley O'Casey
- Rome Is Where You Find It (1970) ... Uncle Charley O'Casey
 1963-1964 Bonanza (TV Series)
Angus Tweedy / Enos Milford
- Old Sheba (1964) ... Angus Tweedy
- The Hayburner (1963) ... Enos Milford
 1964 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Leonard Lonsdale
- You Fish or You Cut Bait (1964) ... Leonard Lonsdale
 1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Charlie Who
- Who Killed Vaudeville? (1964) ... Charlie Who
 1964 The Farmer's Daughter (TV Series)
Senator Richards
- The One-Eyed Sloth (1964) ... Senator Richards
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Paul Keller
- Rosetta (1964) ... Paul Keller
 1964 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Joe Britt
- What's in the Box (1964) ... Joe Britt
 1964 Viva Las Vegas
Mr. Martin
 1964 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Mr. Aimes
- Why Won't Anybody Listen? (1964) ... Mr. Aimes
 1963 Going My Way (TV Series)
Marty
- The Slasher (1963) ... Marty
 1963 Son of Flubber
Mr. Hummel
 1961-1962 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Jeb Gaine / Jeb Gaines / Jeb
- The Gold Witch (1962) ... Jeb Gaine
- Royal Maroon (1962) ... Jeb Gaine
- Chauncey (1962) ... Jeb Gaine
- Winter Storm (1962) ... Jeb Gaine
 1957-1961 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
Mr. Daly
- Tonoose vs. Daly (1961) ... Mr. Daly
- The First Anniversary (1958) ... Mr. Daly
- Make Room for Father-In-Law (1958) ... Mr. Daly
- Uncle Tonoose Meets Mr. Daly (1958) ... Mr. Daly
- The Soap Box Derby (1957) ... Mr. Daly
 1961 Twenty Plus Two
Desmond Slocum
 1961 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Mr. Hennessey
- The Christopher Hale Story (1961) ... Mr. Hennessey
 1960 The Rebel (TV Series)
Ulysses Bowman
- The Hope Chest (1960) ... Ulysses Bowman
 1960 Pepe
Movie Studio Gateman
 1960 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Mr. Burnside
- Clem the Candidate (1960) ... Mr. Burnside
 1959-1960 Love and Marriage (TV Series)
William Harris
- Stubby's Big Chance (1960) ... William Harris
- Jennie's Song (1960) ... William Harris
- The Baby Sitter (1960) ... William Harris
- Steve's Song (1960) ... William Harris
- Hans Gets Discovered (1959) ... William Harris
 1958 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Tom Akins
- And the Desert Shall Blossom (1958) ... Tom Akins
 1957 Studio 57 (TV Series)
 1956 The Mountain
Father Belacchi
 1955 Hell on Frisco Bay
Dan Bianco
 1955 The Rawhide Years
Brand Comfort
 1955 Sincerely Yours
Sam Dunne
 1955 Lucy Gallant
Charles Madden
 1955 The Far Horizons
Sgt. Gass
 1954 The Yellow Mountain
Jackpot Wray
 1953 Escape from Fort Bravo
Campbell
 1953 Here Come the Girls
Dennis Logan
 1953 Dangerous When Wet
Pa Higgins
 1953 The Lady Wants Mink
Harvey Jones
 1952 The Blazing Forest
Syd Jessup
 1952 What Price Glory
Cpl. Kiper
 1951 Behave Yourself!
Officer O'Ryan
 1951 The Strip
Fluff
 1951 Excuse My Dust
Harvey Bullitt
 1951 The First Legion
Monsignor Michael Carey
 1950 He's a Cockeyed Wonder
Bob Sears
 1950 Never a Dull Moment
Mears
 1950 Riding High
Happy
 1950 When Willie Comes Marching Home
Herman Kluggs
 1949 Red, Hot and Blue
Charlie Baxter, Press Agent
 1949 Jolson Sings Again
Steve Martin
 1948 Whispering Smith
Bill Dansing
 1948 Night Has a Thousand Eyes
Lieut. Shawn
 1948 The Sainted Sisters
Vern Tewilliger
 1948 On Our Merry Way
Floyd
 1947 Variety Girl
Barker
 1947 The Perils of Pauline
George 'Mac' McGuire
 1946 The Jolson Story
Steve Martin
 1946 Our Hearts Were Growing Up
Peanuts Schultz
 1945 Pardon My Past
Chuck Gibson
 1945 Hollywood Victory Caravan (Short)
Bill, the Security Guard
 1945 Along Came Jones
George Fury
 1945 Salty O'Rourke
Smitty
 1944 The Great Moment
Eben Frost
 1944 Nine Girls
Walter Cummings
 1944 The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
Constable Edmund Kockenlocker
 1943 True to Life
Uncle Jake
 1943 Dangerous Blondes
Detective Gatling
 1942 Johnny Doughboy
Harry Fabian
 1942 Life Begins at Eight-Thirty
Police Officer
 1942 Behind the Eight Ball
McKenzie
 1942 The Palm Beach Story
First Member Ale and Quail Club
 1942 Pardon My Sarong
Det. Kendall
 1942 My Favorite Spy
Flower Pot Policeman
 1942 True to the Army
Sgt. Butts
 1941 Glamour Boy
Papa Doran
 1941 Sullivan's Travels
Mr. Jones
 1941 All Through the Night
Sunshine
 1941 Dressed to Kill
Inspector Pierson
 1941 Country Fair
Stogie McPhee
 1941 Ride on Vaquero
Bartender Barney
 1941 Rookies on Parade
Mike Brady
 1941 The Devil and Miss Jones
First Detective
 1941 The Lady Eve
Muggsy
 1940 Little Men
Constable Tom Thorpe
 1940 Christmas in July
Mr. Bildocker
 1940 Comin' Round the Mountain
Gutsy Mann
 1940 The Golden Fleecing
Swallow
 1940 The Great McGinty
Skeeters - The Politician
 1940 The Farmer's Daughter
Victor Walsh
 1940 Wolf of New York
Bill Ennis
 1939 Laugh It Off
Barney 'Gimpy' Cole
 1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Bill Griffith
 1939 Miracles for Sale
Quinn
 1939 The Cowboy Quarterback
Rusty Walker
 1939 King of the Turf
Arnold
 1939 The Great Man Votes
Charles Dale
 1938 While New York Sleeps
Red Miller
 1938 Josette
Joe, Diner Owner
 1938 One Wild Night
Editor Collins
 1938 Romance on the Run
Police Lt. Eckhardt
 1938 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Henry Kipper
 1937 Rosalie
Army Coach
 1937 Big City
Beecher
 1937 Wake Up and Live
Radio Station Attendant
 1937 Easy Living
Wallace Whistling
 1937 The Great Gambini
Sergeant Kirby
 1937 The Great Hospital Mystery
Mr. Beatty
 1937 The Hit Parade
Parole Officer
 1937 Oh, Doctor
Marty Short
 1937 Don't Tell the Wife
Larry 'Horace' Tucker
 1937 Time Out for Romance
Willoughby Sproggs
 1936 Mind Your Own Business
Droopy
 1936 Charlie Chan at the Opera
Sergeant Kelly
 1936 Love on the Run
Editor
 1936 Wedding Present
'Smiles' Benson
 1936 The Great Ziegfeld
Gene Buck (uncredited)
 1935 White Lies
Roberts
 1935 Hands Across the Table
Natty (uncredited)
 1935 Diamond Jim
Harry Hill
 1935 Bright Lights
Detective
 1935 The Murder Man
'Red' Maguire
 1935 The Casino Murder Case
Auctioneer (uncredited)
 1935 After Office Hours
Police Detective (uncredited)
 1934 Fugitive Lady
Steve Rogers
 1934 Many Happy Returns
Brinker
 1934 Fog Over Frisco
Spike Smith
 1932 The Run Around (Short)
 1930 Seeing Things
 1928 The Crash
Louie
 1928 The Butter and Egg Man
Jack McLure
 1928 Five and Ten Cent Annie
Briggs
 1928 Pay as You Enter
'Terrible Bill' McGovern
 1928 The Escape
Trigger Caswell
 1928 A Girl in Every Port
Man in Bombay (uncredited)
 1928 Sharp Shooters
'Hi Jack' Murdock
 1927 The Night Court (Short)
Defense Counsel (uncredited)
 1927 A Reno Divorce
James, the chauffeur
 1927 Amateur Night (Short)
Theatre Manager
 1927 The Jazz Singer
Buster Billings (uncredited)
 1927 A Sailor's Sweetheart
Detective
 1927 The Bush Leaguer
John Gilroy
 1927 A Night at Coffee Dan's (Short)
 1927 The First Auto
The Village Cut-Up
 1927 What Happened to Father?
Detective Dibbin
 1927 The Black Diamond Express
Fireman
 1927 Simple Sis
Oscar
 1927 A Million Bid
George Lamont
 1927 Matinee Ladies
Man-About-Town
 1927 The Gay Old Bird
Mr. Fixit
 1927 Don't Tell the Wife
Ray Valerian
 1927 Finger Prints
Cuffs Egan
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Stage: Appeared (in "Ensemble") in "White Lilacs" on Broadway. Musical. Music by Karl Hajos. Book / lyrics by Harry B. Smith. Original German book by Sigurd Johansen. Musical Director: Pierce de Reeder. Additional music by Maurice Ruebens and Sammy Timberg. Additional lyrics by David Goldberg and J. Keirn Brennan. Ensembles staged by ... See more »

Height:

5' 9½" (1.77 m)
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Played a character with the name Steve Martin in two movies The Jolson Story (1946) and Jolson Sings Again (1949). See more »

Trademark:

Always played hilariously flummoxed tough guys

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