No photo available. Represent John Willard? Add or change photos at IMDbPro
Down 251,803 this week

John Willard (I) (1885–1942)

John Willard was born on November 28, 1885 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for The Cat and the Canary (1927), The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) and The Cat and the Canary (1939). He was married to Roberta Arnold. He died on August 30, 1942 in Los Angeles, California. See full bio »

IMDb Picks: September

Tim Burton's fantasy film Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is on our radar this month. See which other movies and TV shows we're excited about in IMDb Picks.

Visit IMDb Picks

Facebook Live Chat With 'American Honey' Star Sasha Lane

Join us for a Facebook Live chat with American Honey star Sasha Lane on Monday, Sept. 26, beginning at 1:20 p.m. ET/10:20 p.m. PT. Make sure to follow IMDb on Facebook. Send your questions now to #IMDbAskSasha.

Follow IMDb on Facebook

Related News

On Amazon Video

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of John Willard's work have you seen?

User Polls

Known For


Jump to: Writer | Actor | Director
Hide Hide Show Show Writer (12 credits)
 1978 The Cat and the Canary (play)
 1970 Teatro de misterio (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- El gato y el canario (1970) ... (play)
 1961 Katten och kanariefågeln (TV Movie) (play "The Cat and the Canary")
 1960 Dow Hour of Great Mysteries (TV Series) (novel - 1 episode)
- The Cat and the Canary (1960) ... (novel)
 1959 Saturday Playhouse (TV Series) (play "The Cat and the Canary" - 1 episode)
- The Cat and the Canary (1959) ... (play "The Cat and the Canary")
 1939 The Cat and the Canary (based on the stage play by)
 1932 The Mask of Fu Manchu (screen play)
 1930 La voluntad del muerto (play "The Cat and the Canary")
 1930 The Cat Creeps (play "The Cat and the Canary")
 1929 Black Waters (continuity and dialogue) / (play "Fog")
 1927 The Cat and the Canary (from the stage play by)
 1922 Channing of the Northwest (story)
Hide Hide Show Show Actor (3 credits)
 1933 Victims of Persecution
John McLean Carter
 1920 Fantomas
Detective Fred Dixon
Hide Hide Show Show Director (1 credit)

Related Videos


Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Wrote "The Cat and the Canary", produced on Broadway. Staged by B. Franklin Kamsler. Majestic Theatre: 14 Jun 1937-Jun 1937 (closing date unknown/9 performances). Cast: Richard Barrows (as "Patterson"), Jeannette Chinley (as "Cicely Young"), Helen Claire (as "Annabelle West"), Eric Kalkhurst (as "Harry Blythe"), Hermann Lieb (... See more »


6' (1.83 m)

Did You Know?


Served as a Captain in the US Army Air Corps during the First World War. See more »

Star Sign:


Message Boards

Discuss John Willard on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page