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Harry Semels (I) (1887–1946)

One of the industry's most versatile character actors, in his almost 30-year career Harry Semels appeared in hundreds of films. Adept at playing everything from Spanish waiters to German soldiers to Italian villagers--and even a haughty District Attorney from time to time--his stocky build and droopy mustache were a familiar sight to moviegoers, ... See full bio »

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 1946 The Searching Wind
Madrid Waiter (uncredited)
 1946 A Night in Casablanca
Hotel Chef (uncredited)
 1946 Badman's Territory
Bettor (uncredited)
 1946 The Kid from Brooklyn
Ringsider at First Fight (uncredited)
 1946 The Diary of a Chambermaid
Townsman (uncredited)
 1946 The Harvey Girls
Townsman at Saloon (uncredited)
 1945 San Antonio
Mexican (uncredited)
 1945 High Blood Pleasure (Short)
Motorcycle Policeman
 1945 Yolanda and the Thief
Native Man (uncredited)
 1945 Road to Utopia
Lombardi - Spitting Passenger (uncredited)
 1945 State Fair
Follies Spectator (uncredited)
 1945 A Thousand and One Nights
Leader of Caravan (uncredited)
 1945 That's the Spirit
Theatre Patron (uncredited)
 1945 The Unseen
Hurdy-Gurdy Man (uncredited)
 1945 Honeymoon Ahead
2nd Convict (uncredited)
 1945 It's in the Bag!
Chef (uncredited)
 1945 Eve Knew Her Apples
Tony (uncredited)
 1945 I Love a Mystery
Mr. G's Doorkeeper Servant (uncredited)
 1944 Can't Help Singing
Peon (uncredited)
 1944 The Princess and the Pirate
Pirate (uncredited)
 1944 Bowery to Broadway
Rowdy Drunk (uncredited)
 1944 An American Romance
Steel Worker (uncredited)
 1944 The Conspirators
Customs Assistant (uncredited)
 1944 Strange Affair
Man in Police Lineup (uncredited)
 1944 Casanova Brown
Vegetable Man (uncredited)
 1944 Cry of the Werewolf
Gypsy (uncredited)
 1944 Gypsy Wildcat (uncredited)
 1944 Wilson
Man Seated Next to Judge Everton (uncredited)
 1944 Make Your Own Bed
Pedestrian Bystander Extra (uncredited)
 1944 The Black Parachute
Harl - Guerilla (uncredited)
 1944 Shine on Harvest Moon
Golden Horseshoe Audience Member / Waiter (uncredited)
 1944 Sailor's Holiday
King's Guard (uncredited)
 1944 Action in Arabia
Rashid's Guard (uncredited)
 1944 Passage to Marseille
Cayenne Prison Colony Guard (uncredited)
 1943 Jack London
Ship Lookout (uncredited)
 1943 The Chance of a Lifetime
Jerome Wagner (uncredited)
 1943 Doughboys in Ireland
Pastry Chef (uncredited)
 1943 Dizzy Pilots (Short)
Sky Aircraft Co. Representative (uncredited)
 1943 A Lady Takes a Chance
Greek (uncredited)
 1943 Secret Service in Darkest Africa
Burier 1 [Ch. 8] (uncredited)
 1943 The Falcon in Danger
Excited Man (uncredited)
 1943 Pilot #5
Barber in Vito's Outer Office (uncredited)
 1943 Back from the Front (Short)
German Sentry (uncredited)
 1943 Slightly Dangerous
Italian at Concert (uncredited)
 1943 After Midnight with Boston Blackie
Greek Florist (uncredited)
 1943 They Got Me Covered
Laughing Reporter in Montage (uncredited)
 1943 The Hard Way
Passerby (uncredited)
 1943 Journey Into Fear
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
 1942 Reunion in France
R.R. Mechanic (uncredited)
 1942 Road to Morocco
Jolla's Warrior (uncredited)
 1942 Pierre of the Plains
Man with Accordion (uncredited)
 1942 Tarzan's New York Adventure
Circus Roustabout (uncredited)
 1942 Moontide
Waiter (uncredited)
 1942 Two Yanks in Trinidad
Waiter (uncredited)
 1942 Wild Bill Hickok Rides
Saloon Bouncer (uncredited)
 1942 A Yank on the Burma Road
Partner (uncredited)
 1942 Woman of the Year
Mug (uncredited)
 1942 Arizona Terrors
Cantina Manager (uncredited)
 1941 Shadow of the Thin Man
Italian at Wrestling Match Calling Nora's Hat 'Screwy' (uncredited)
 1941 She's Oil Mine (Short)
Referee
 1941 Honky Tonk
Pallbearer (scenes deleted)
 1941 General Nuisance (Short)
Latin-American Delegate (uncredited)
 1941 Accent on Love
Tenant (uncredited)
 1941 Barnacle Bill
Tony (uncredited)
 1941 Dutiful But Dumb (Short)
Villager (uncredited)
 1941 Meet the Chump
Vendor (uncredited)
 1941 Tall, Dark and Handsome
Charlie, Party Guest (uncredited)
 1940 Little Nellie Kelly
Immigrant at Citizenship Ceremony (uncredited)
 1940 The Devil's Pipeline
Albu (uncredited)
 1940 Seven Sinners
Antro's Henchman (uncredited)
 1940 North West Mounted Police
Half-breed Archer (uncredited)
 1940 The Great Dictator
Jewish Fruit Stand Proprietor (uncredited)
 1940 He Stayed for Breakfast
Comrade (uncredited)
 1940 Kit Carson
Aide (uncredited)
 1940 Foreign Correspondent
Sidewalk Crowd Extra (uncredited)
 1940 They Drive by Night
Leo - Cashier (uncredited)
 1940 New Moon
Bondsman (uncredited)
 1940 Phantom Raiders
Cafe Bartender (uncredited)
 1940 Alias the Deacon
Townsman (uncredited)
 1940 And One Was Beautiful
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
 1940 Strange Cargo
Convict (uncredited)
 1940 Granny Get Your Gun
Juror (uncredited)
 1940 I Take This Woman
Man in Clinic (scenes deleted)
 1939 Balalaika (uncredited)
 1939 Crashing Thru
Man Who Reports Gunfight (uncredited)
 1939 The Amazing Mr. Williams
Race Track Spectator (uncredited)
 1939 Overland Mail
Pancho
 1939 Rovin' Tumbleweeds
Vendor (uncredited)
 1939 Ninotchka
Gurganov - Neighbor Spy (uncredited)
 1939 Thunder Afloat
Cook on Tugboat (uncredited)
 1939 Midnight
Policeman (uncredited)
 1939 Star Reporter
Mike (uncredited)
 1939 King of the Turf
Coffee Pot Proprietor (uncredited)
 1939 Woman Doctor
Worried Father (uncredited)
 1939 Three Little Sew and Sews (Short)
Count Alfred Gehrol
 1938 The Girl Downstairs
Crook at Train Station (uncredited)
 1938 Flirting with Fate
Member of Sancho's Band (uncredited)
 1938 The Sisters
Sailor on Ship (uncredited)
 1938 The Spider's Web
Henchman with Steve on Bus (uncredited)
 1938 Time Out for Murder
Bartender (uncredited)
 1938 I Am the Law
Strong-Arm Hood at Lindsay's House (uncredited)
 1938 You Can't Take It with You
Man (uncredited)
 1938 The Gladiator
Hamburger Man (uncredited)
 1938 I'll Give a Million
Man in Cafe (uncredited)
 1938 Prison Break
Tuna Fisherman at Party (uncredited)
 1938 Marie Antoinette
Townsman at Execution (uncredited)
 1938 Blockade
Seaman (uncredited)
 1938 The Marines Are Here
Marine (uncredited)
 1938 Swiss Miss
Organ Grinder (uncredited)
 1938 Yellow Jack
Cuban Carriage Driver (uncredited)
 1938 International Crime
Violinist (uncredited)
 1938 King of the Newsboys
Grocer (uncredited)
 1938 State Police
Albert Morton (uncredited)
 1938 The Girl of the Golden West
Peon Servant (uncredited)
 1938 When G-Men Step In
Charles (uncredited)
 1938 A Slight Case of Murder
Partygoer (uncredited)
 1938 Wee Wee Monsieur (Short)
Landlord (uncredited)
 1938 Fiddling Around (Short)
Rosina's Brother
 1937 Wells Fargo
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1937 Rosalie
Conspirator (uncredited)
 1937 Candid Cameramaniacs (Short)
19th Century Photographer with Moustache (uncredited)
 1937 Missing Witnesses
Tony - Italian Shop Owner (uncredited)
 1937 Hollywood Round-Up
Tony Papalini (uncredited)
 1937 Conquest
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1937 The Trigger Trio
Nick Popupopolis (uncredited)
 1937 The Girl Said No
Vocal Coach (uncredited)
 1937 Partners in Crime
Off-Stage Bit (uncredited)
 1937 Life Begins with Love
Radical (uncredited)
 1937 Hot Water
Barber (uncredited)
 1937 My Dear Miss Aldrich
Cafeteria Dining Customer (uncredited)
 1937 Big City
First Counterman (uncredited)
 1937 The Firefly
French Soldier (uncredited)
 1937 Western Gold
Barber (uncredited)
 1937 Bad Guy
Manelli (uncredited)
 1937 Confession
Porter on Train (uncredited)
 1937 High, Wide, and Handsome
Bartender (uncredited)
 1937 It Could Happen to You!
Fatso (uncredited)
 1937 Sing and Be Happy
Peddler (uncredited)
 1937 The Last Train from Madrid
Guard (uncredited)
 1937 Hotel Haywire
Flower Peddler (uncredited)
 1937 The Grand Hooter (Short)
Ricardo
 1937 The Soldier and the Lady (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1937 Midnight Taxi
Joe, Counterman (uncredited)
 1937 New News (Short)
Prince Humbert
 1937 Swing It Professor
Angelo
 1937 A Family Affair
Convention Delegate with Mustache (uncredited)
 1937 Swing High, Swing Low
Chief of Police (uncredited)
 1937 Nancy Steele Is Missing!
Joe Scarpa (uncredited)
 1936 More Than a Secretary
Apartment Custodian with Hose (uncredited)
 1936 Along Came Love
Orangeade Stand Proprietor (uncredited)
 1936 Ellis Island
Pietro Lonelli (uncredited)
 1936 The Charge of the Light Brigade
Sepoy Chief (uncredited)
 1936 The Gay Desperado
Manuel
 1936 Am I Having Fun! (Short)
Maharajah of Gezzi
 1936 The Case of the Velvet Claws
A.G. 'Kicky' Kickopopolos
 1936 Pepper
Chauffeur (uncredited)
 1936 Anthony Adverse
Lottery Celebrant (uncredited)
 1936 The Bride Walks Out
Furniture Mover (uncredited)
 1936 Ticket to Paradise
Vagrant (uncredited)
 1936 Disorder in the Court (Short)
District Attorney (uncredited)
 1936 Counterfeit
Italian (uncredited)
 1936 Human Cargo
Barreto (uncredited)
 1936 One Rainy Afternoon
Clerk (uncredited)
 1936 Half Shot Shooters (Short)
General (uncredited)
 1936 Under Two Flags
Sergeant Malinas
 1936 Midnight Blunders (Short)
Dr. Wong (uncredited)
 1936 Till We Meet Again
Spy (uncredited)
 1936 Give Us This Night
Prisoner (uncredited)
 1936 Movie Maniacs (Short)
Director Cecil Z. Swinehardt
 1936 I'll Name the Murderer
Luigi
 1936 Just Speeding (Short)
 1936 Exclusive Story
Tony (uncredited)
 1936 Rose of the Rancho
Blacksmith (uncredited)
 1935 I Don't Remember (Short)
'Doctor' in Gambling Hall
 1935 Hot Paprika (Short)
Government Army Captain
 1935 Millions in the Air
Greek (uncredited)
 1935 Coronado
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
 1935 Three Little Beers (Short)
Third Gardener (uncredited)
 1935 Escape from Devil's Island
Rougon (uncredited)
 1935 Crime and Punishment
Porter (uncredited)
 1935 Barbary Coast
Lookout (uncredited)
 1935 The Last Outpost
Amrak (uncredited)
 1935 I Live My Life
Greek Following Kay (uncredited)
 1935 Alibi Racket (Short)
Rinelli's Father (uncredited)
 1935 Born to Gamble
Henchman (uncredited)
 1935 Love Me Forever
Cafe Customer (uncredited)
 1935 The Glass Key
Street Speaker (uncredited)
 1935 Ginger
Customer at Bar (uncredited)
 1935 Mister Dynamite
Gambler (uncredited)
 1935 Roaring Roads
Harry - Man on the Road (uncredited)
 1935 Old Sawbones (Short)
2nd Street Fighter
 1935 Stone of Silver Creek
R. J. Simmons
 1935 The Revenge Rider
Henchman Rankin
 1935 Let's Live Tonight
Gardener (uncredited)
 1935 The Wedding Night
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
 1935 Folies Bergère de Paris
Bartender (uncredited)
 1935 The Whole Town's Talking
Italian Visitor (uncredited)
 1935 Bordertown
Silver Slipper Cashier (uncredited)
 1934 One Too Many (Short)
 1934 The Mighty Barnum
Man in Museum (uncredited)
 1934 Mills of the Gods
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1934 Sons of Steel
Ryan
 1934 Flirting with Danger
Spanish Waiter (uncredited)
 1934 Broadway Bill
Conductor Bettor on Broadway Bill (uncredited)
 1934 The Marines Are Coming
Waiter (uncredited)
 1934 I'll Fix It
Garbage Man (uncredited)
 1934 Marie Galante
Steamship Crew Member (uncredited)
 1934 I Sell Anything
Statue Smasher (uncredited)
 1934 Rocky Rhodes
Dick Boggs
 1934 British Agent
Soviet Committeeman (uncredited)
 1934 Death on the Diamond
Barber Customer (uncredited)
 1934 Down to Their Last Yacht
Ship Passenger (uncredited)
 1934 Pursued
Cafe Proprietor (uncredited)
 1934 Dames
Newspaper Seller in 'I Only Have Eyes for You' Number (uncredited)
 1934 Our Daily Bread
Italian Shoemaker (uncredited)
 1934 Name the Woman
Waiter
 1934 Murder in the Private Car
Evil Eye (scenes deleted)
 1934 Money Means Nothing
Toy Vendor (uncredited)
 1934 The Murder in the Museum
Gat Werner (uncredited)
 1934 A Very Honorable Guy
Greek (uncredited)
 1934 Twentieth Century
Poster Artist (uncredited)
 1934 Viva Villa!
Soldier (uncredited)
 1934 It Happened One Night
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
 1934 Bridal Bail (Short)
Hotel Manager
 1934 The Meanest Gal in Town
Handcar Driver with Lulu (uncredited)
 1934 Bombay Mail
Platform Conductor (uncredited)
 1933 I Am Suzanne!
Balcony Spectator (uncredited)
 1933 Flying Down to Rio
Billboard Worker (uncredited)
 1933 King of the Wild Horses
Big Man
 1933 The Bowery
Artist (uncredited)
 1933 Static (Short)
Gangster (uncredited)
 1933 Torch Singer
Waiter in Bistro (uncredited)
 1933 Lady for a Day
The Greek - 'Fly on Sugar' Winner (uncredited)
 1933 Deluge
Ugly Gang Member (uncredited)
 1933 Voltaire
Undetermined Supporting Role (uncredited)
 1933 Storm at Daybreak
Serbian Villager (uncredited)
 1933 Baby Face
Speakeasy Drunk (uncredited)
 1933 Hold Your Man
Neighbor in Hallway (uncredited)
 1933 Damaged Lives
Waiter (uncredited)
 1933 The Barbarian
Pyramids Guide (uncredited)
 1933 Thrill Hunter
Henchman Lou Norton
 1933 Elmer, the Great
Waiter (uncredited)
 1933 Central Airport
Havana Airfield Worker (uncredited)
 1933 Pick-up
Movie Theater Patron (uncredited)
 1933 Smoke Lightning
Man in Café (uncredited)
 1933 Drum Taps
Henchman Pete
 1933 Tonight Is Ours
Assassin #2 (uncredited)
 1932 The Wyoming Whirlwind
Henchman Pete
 1932 Young Blood
Tony Murullo
 1932 Virtue
Tony (uncredited)
 1932 Texas Buddies
Ken Kincaid
 1932 Tiger Shark
Crewman (uncredited)
 1932 Broadway to Cheyenne
Louie Walsh
 1932 American Madness
Depositor (uncredited)
 1932 Mason of the Mounted
Rancher (uncredited)
 1932 Strangers of the Evening
Gravedigging Thug (uncredited)
 1932 Ghost Valley
Pawnee
 1932 This Is the Night
Man in the Manhole (uncredited)
 1932 Shopworn
Construction Workman (uncredited)
 1932 The Big Timer
New Rochelle Panhandler (uncredited)
 1932 South of the Rio Grande
Bandido Leader
 1932 Texas Pioneers
Renegade (uncredited)
 1932 The Gay Caballero
Waiter (uncredited)
 1932 Sally of the Subway
Leopold Von Trump
 1931 Night Beat
Enricco Pommetti (as Harry Semil)
 1931 Safe in Hell
Jury Member (uncredited)
 1931 Suicide Fleet
Havana Merchant (uncredited)
 1931 Bad Company
Henchman (uncredited)
 1931 Platinum Blonde
Waiter (uncredited)
 1931 The Yellow Ticket
Jailer (uncredited)
 1931 An American Tragedy
Juror (uncredited)
 1931 Smart Money
Gambler (uncredited)
 1931 Subway Express
Tony Pasquale (uncredited)
 1931 Mr. Lemon of Orange
Pool Hall Proprietor (uncredited)
 1931 Dishonored
Waiter (uncredited)
 1931 The Drums of Jeopardy
Karlov's Henchman (uncredited)
 1931 Dance, Fools, Dance
Emilio (uncredited)
 1931 Fighting Caravans
Brawler (uncredited)
 1931 Command Performance
Sergeant of the Guard (uncredited)
 1931 The Lion and the Lamb
Second Lascar
 1930 Captain Thunder
Barfly (uncredited)
 1930/I Big Money
Waiter (uncredited)
 1930 The Bad Man
Jose
 1930 Women Everywhere
Legionnaire Officer (uncredited)
 1930 Hell's Angels
Anarchist (uncredited)
 1930 The Cuckoos
Gypsy (uncredited)
 1930 Those Who Dance
Hood
 1929 Condemned
Solitary Confinement Guard (uncredited)
 1929 The Delightful Rogue
Hymie
 1929 Big News
Reno Henchman (uncredited)
 1929 Movie Night (Short)
Movie Patron
 1929 Hawk of the Hills
Sheckard
 1929 The Royal Rider
Parvene
 1929 Weary River
Telephone Informer / Friend at Barney's (uncredited)
 1928 The Tiger's Shadow
Hawks
 1928 Riley the Cop
French Policeman (uncredited)
 1928 The Battle of the Sexes
Mr. Judson's Barber (uncredited)
 1928 Virgin Lips
Patron
 1928 Beware of Blondes
Portugee Joe
 1928 The Yellow Cameo
Black Gavin
 1928 The Beautiful Spy
Berutti
 1928 Put 'Em Up
Lloyd Turner
 1928 The Noose
Waiter (uncredited)
 1928 The Last Command
A Soldier (uncredited)
 1927 Her Wild Oat
Lunch Counter Customer (uncredited)
 1927 Sunrise
Carnival Gallery Man with Pig (uncredited)
 1927 Hawk of the Hills
Sheckard
 1927 On Guard
 1926 Stick to Your Story
Fanatic
 1926 The House Without a Key
Saladine
 1926 For Alimony Only
Cop (uncredited)
 1926 Moran of the Mounted
Dubuc
 1926 The Demon
Joseph Lomax
 1925/I Play Ball
Count Segundo
 1925 The Crackerjack
Guard (uncredited)
 1925 The Heart of a Siren
Barfly (uncredited)
 1924 Into the Net
Ivan Invanovitch
 1924 America
Hikatoo
 1923 Plunder
Jud Deering
 1922 Speed
Jim Sprague
 1921 Hurricane Hutch
Jim Tiegerley
 1921 The Man Who Stole the Moon
Dr. Santro
 1920 Rogues and Romance
Pedro Pezet
 1920 Velvet Fingers
Professor Robin
 1920 The Phantom Foe
The Phantom Foe
 1920 Pirate Gold
Siebert
 1919 Bound and Gagged
Don Esteban Carnero
 1919 The American Way
Half Breed
 1919 A Fallen Idol
Tushau
 1919 Here Comes the Bride
Sevier
 1917 He Got There After All (Short)
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Stage: Appeared (as "Ensemble"; Broadway debut) in "The Prima Donna" on Broadway. Musical comedy/opera. Music by Victor Herbert. Libretto by Henry Martyn Blossom. Orchestra under the direction of John Lund. Dresses by Mlle. Elsie de Wolfe. Directed by Fred G. Latham. Knickerbocker Theatre: 30 Nov 1908-30 Jan 1909 (72 performances). ... See more »

Alternate Names:

Harry Semil | Harry Semmels

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Star Sign:

Scorpio

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