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Willard Parker (1912–1996)

As New York-born Worster Von Eps, he was a meter reader who turned professional tennis player but, in 1937, at the age of 25, he parlayed his fair-haired good looks and obvious athleticism into an acting career and changed his name to an easier-sounding marquee moniker, Willard Parker. After a number of uncredited film roles and a couple of ... See full bio »

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Tales of the Texas Rangers
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The Earth Dies Screaming
Kiss Me Kate
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 1972 The Great Waltz
Karl Treffz
 1966 Waco
Pete Jenner
 1962 Going My Way (TV Series)
Msgr. Joseph Francis Giblin
- The Crooked Angel (1962) ... Msgr. Joseph Francis Giblin
 1962 Air Patrol
Lt. Vern Taylor
 1960 The High Powered Rifle
Stephen Dancer
 1960 Walk Tall
Captain Ed Trask
 1960 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
- Dr. Kate (1960) ... Bill
 1958 Lone Texan
Clint Banister
 1958 M Squad (TV Series)
Malcolm Grove
- The Cover Up (1958) ... Malcolm Grove
 1957 Lure of the Swamp
James Lister
 1956 Naked Gun
Breen Mathews
 1953-1955 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Dave Baxter
- The Mumbys (1955) ... Dave Baxter
- Kiss and Forget (1953)
 1954-1955 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
- A Mother's Duty (1954)
 1952-1955 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Mayor John Norman / Captain Henry Clay / Ron Gage / ...
- Visitor in the Night (1955) ... Mayor John Norman
- Twenty-two Sycamore Road (1953) ... Ron Gage
- Mr. And Mrs. Trubble or The Tubbles (1952) ... Mr. Tubble
 1953 Kiss Me Kate
Tex Callaway
 1953 The Vanquished
Captain Kirby
 1953 Sangaree
Gabriel Thatch
 1952 The Adventures of Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Douglas Boyd
- A Close-Up of Murder (1952) ... Douglas Boyd
 1952 Caribbean
Shively, MacAllister's Overseer
 1951 Apache Drums
Mayor Joe Madden
 1951 My True Story
Bill Phillips
 1950 Hunt the Man Down
Burnell 'Brick' Appleby
 1950 Emergency Wedding
 1950 The Secret Fury
Smith (uncredited)
 1949 Slightly French
Douglas Hyde
 1948 You Gotta Stay Happy
Henry Benson
 1948 The Mating of Millie
Phil Gowan
 1948 Relentless
Jeff Moyer
 1946 Renegades
Dr. Sam Martin
 1946 One Way to Love
Mitchell Raymond
 1943 What a Woman!
Prof. Michael 'Mike' Cobb
 1939 The Magnificent Fraud
Airline Steward (uncredited)
 1939 The Zero Hour
 1938 The Invisible Menace
Pvt. Booker (uncredited)
 1937 Missing Witnesses
Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
 1937 The Adventurous Blonde
Clerk (uncredited)
 1937 Over the Goal
Duke Davis
 1937 Alcatraz Island (uncredited)
 1937 Love Is on the Air
Les Quimby
 1937 Back in Circulation
Ben (uncredited)
 1937 That Certain Woman
Reporter (uncredited)
 1937 The Devil's Saddle Legion
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