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Will Wright (I) (1894–1962)


One of those familiar character actors who seems to have been born old, Will Wright specialized in playing crusty old codgers, rich skinflints, crooked small-town politicians and the like. A former newspaper reporter in San Francisco, he switched careers and entered vaudeville, then took to the stage. He ventured from acting to producing, and ... See full bio »

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 1960-1962 Bonanza (TV Series)
Seth Coombs / Will Reagan / Micah Bailey
- The Mountain Girl (1962) ... Seth Coombs
- The Fugitive (1961) ... Will Reagan
- Desert Justice (1960) ... Micah Bailey
 1962 Cape Fear
Dr. Pearsall
 1958-1962 Maverick (TV Series)
Sheriff Chester Bentley / Atherton Flayger / Boone Gillis / ...
- The Troubled Heir (1962) ... Sheriff Chester Bentley
- The Maverick Line (1960) ... Atherton Flayger
- The Goose-Drownder (1959) ... Boone Gillis
- Two Beggars on Horseback (1959) ... General Hoyt Bosco
- Black Fire (1958) ... General Eakins
 1961-1962 Laramie (TV Series)
Doc Bigelow / Dr. Sindley / Dr. Burns
- A Grave for Cully Brown (1962) ... Doc Bigelow
- The Runaway (1962) ... Dr. Sindley
- The Jailbreakers (1961) ... Dr. Burns
 1956-1962 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Cafe Owner / Conductor
- Ghost Town Western Sketch (1962) ... Cafe Owner
- How Jack Met Rochester (1956) ... Conductor
 1962 Outlaws (TV Series)
Angie Fitch
- A Bit of Glory (1962) ... Angie Fitch
 1962 Pete and Gladys (TV Series)
Justice of the Peace
- Garden Wedding (1962) ... Justice of the Peace
 1962 Thriller (TV Series)
Constable Tom Walker
- An Attractive Family (1962) ... Constable Tom Walker
 1961 Ichabod and Me (TV Series)
- Benjie's Spots (1961)
 1959-1961 Perry Mason (TV Series)
James Vardon / Adam Thompson / Chuck Clark
- The Case of the Brazen Bequest (1961) ... James Vardon
- The Case of the Nimble Nephew (1960) ... Adam Thompson (as William H. Wright)
- The Case of the Petulant Partner (1959) ... Chuck Clark (as William H. Wright)
 1958-1961 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Sam / Frank Goody
- The Diamond Ring (1961) ... Sam
- The Goodys Come to Town (1958) ... Frank Goody
 1959-1961 Rawhide (TV Series)
Grandfather / Grandpa
- The Black Sheep (1961) ... Grandfather
- Incident of the Roman Candles (1959) ... Grandpa
 1959-1961 Dennis the Menace (TV Series)
Mr. Merrivale / Merrivale
- Dennis and the Bees (1960) ... Merrivale
 1953-1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Grandpaw / McCrain / Jake Marley
- The Wish Book (1961) ... Grandpaw
- The Money Driver (1960) ... McCrain
- Ride the River (1953)
 1961 Twenty Plus Two
Newspaper Morgue Attendant (uncredited)
 1961 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Luther Hanks
- Mr. Goldilocks (1961) ... Luther Hanks
 1961 Mister Ed (TV Series)
Mr. Thompson
- Pine Lake Lodge (1961) ... Mr. Thompson
 1961 The Deadly Companions
Doctor Acton
 1961 The Tall Man (TV Series)
Mayor Hackett
- Death or Taxes (1961) ... Mayor Hackett
 1961 The Donna Reed Show (TV Series)
Oliver
- Aunt Belle's Earrings (1961) ... Oliver
 1958-1961 Lawman (TV Series)
Tecumsah Pruitt / Luke Saint
- The Inheritance (1961) ... Tecumsah Pruitt
- Bloodline (1958) ... Luke Saint
 1959-1961 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Billy Willow
- Bullwhacker's Bounty (1961) ... Billy Willow
- Incident at Fort Bowie (1960) ... Billy Willow
- Battle of the Pass (1959) ... Billy Willow
 1961 Shotgun Slade (TV Series)
Kellogg
- Valley of the Shadow (1961) ... Kellogg
 1955-1960 The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (TV Series)
Mr. Stewart / Mr. Hendrix / Fireball McDonald / ...
- A Piano for the Fraternity (1960) ... Mr. Stewart
- Ozzie Changes History (1959) ... Mr. Hendrix
- Ricky's Big Night (1957) ... Fireball McDonald
- Strict Parents (1957) ... Cabin Owner
- David's Engagement (1955) ... Justice of the Peace
 1960 The Blue Angels (TV Series)
Reese
- Don't Scream at a Jet (1960) ... Reese
 1960 Inherit the Wind
Bible Salesman (uncredited)
 1960 The Deputy (TV Series)
Delaney
- The Chain of Action (1960) ... Delaney (as Will J. Wright)
 1955-1960 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
Mr. Johnson / Will Finch
- Danny Meets Andy Griffith (1960) ... Mr. Johnson
- A Trip to Wisconsin (1955) ... Will Finch
 1960 Mr. Lucky (TV Series)
The Leadville Kid
- The Leadville Kid Gang (1960) ... The Leadville Kid
 1959 Riverboat (TV Series)
J.C. Sickel
- Payment in Full (1959) ... J.C. Sickel
 1959 The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock
Pentagon General
 1959 The Rough Riders (TV Series)
Adam Bunch
- Deadfall (1959) ... Adam Bunch
 1958-1959 Trackdown (TV Series)
Zack / Luke Monroe
- Gift Horse (1959) ... Zack
- The Toll Road (1958) ... Luke Monroe
 1959 Alias Jesse James
Titus Queasley
 1957-1959 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Jeff Parris / Joe Dooley / Sheriff Tom Clements
- The Legacy (1959) ... Jeff Parris
- Showdown Trail (1959) ... Joe Dooley
- The Witness (1957) ... Sheriff Tom Clements
 1959 Bronco (TV Series)
Dr. Winkler
- Riding Solo (1959) ... Dr. Winkler
 1958 Rescue 8 (TV Series)
Ezra Wilkins
- The Cave In (1958) ... Ezra Wilkins
 1957-1958 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Job Turner / John Chamberlain / Charlie Cade
- Ring of Sand (1958) ... Job Turner
- The Stallion Trail (1957) ... John Chamberlain
- Reluctant Hero (1957) ... Charlie Cade
 1958 Rock-a-Bye Baby
Fire Chief (uncredited)
 1958 Gunman's Walk
Judge
 1958 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
Hiram Grover / Jim Blackwell
- Hiram Grover's Strike (1958) ... Hiram Grover
- The Woman from Sacramento (1958) ... Jim Blackwell
 1958 Quantrill's Raiders
Judge Wood
 1958 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV Series)
Herpo Huntington
- Sorrowful Joe's Policy (1958) ... Herpo Huntington
 1955-1958 Fury (TV Series)
Windy
- The Meanest Man (1958)
- Ghost Town (1955) ... Windy
 1958 Leave It to Beaver (TV Series)
Pete at Firehouse #7
- Child Care (1958) ... Pete at Firehouse #7
 1958 Official Detective (TV Series)
Pyne
- Murder in a Girl's School (1958) ... Pyne (as Will J. Wright)
 1958 The Missouri Traveler
Sheriff Peavy
 1956-1958 Hey, Jeannie! (TV Series)
Mr. Wright / McGlish
- The Landlord (1958) ... Mr. Wright
- The MacLennan Hex (1956) ... McGlish
 1957 Casey Jones (TV Series)
Ed Corley
- Night Run (1957) ... Ed Corley
 1957 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
King
- A Man to Look Up To (1957) ... King
 1957 Circus Boy (TV Series)
Sourdough Harry
- Return of Casey Perkins (1957) ... Sourdough Harry
 1957 Jeanne Eagels
Marshal (uncredited)
 1957 The Wayward Bus
Van Brunt
 1957 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Doc McAllep
- Hard Bargain (1957) ... Doc McAllep
 1957 The Iron Sheriff
Judge
 1954-1957 December Bride (TV Series)
Doctor / Mr. Jordon
- Chicken Farm (1957) ... Doctor
- The Christmas Show (1954) ... Mr. Jordon
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Judge O'Neill
- The Moneymaker (1956) ... Judge O'Neill
 1956 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV Series)
Deacon Haskell
- Natchez Trace (1956) ... Deacon Haskell
 1955-1956 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Marshal Griff Allison / Uncle Ed Andrews
- No Handicap (1956) ... Marshal Griff Allison
- Uncle Ed (1955) ... Uncle Ed Andrews
 1956 Dragnet (TV Series)
- The Big Cat (1956)
 1956 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
Ace
- Never the Twain (1956) ... Ace (uncredited)
 1956 You Are There (TV Series)
Philip Arnold
- The Great Diamond Fraud (November, 1872) (1956) ... Philip Arnold
 1956 These Wilder Years
Old Cab Driver
 1955-1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Judge / Mr. Grenstad / Commodore
- Princess O'Rourke (1956) ... Judge
- The Green Promise (1956) ... Mr. Grenstad
- The Amazing Mrs. Halliday (1955) ... Commodore
 1956 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Grandpa Costello
- The Story of Jane Costello (1956) ... Grandpa Costello
 1956 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Father Gourdian
- Father Hoppe (1956) ... Father Gourdian
 1956 Our Miss Brooks (TV Series)
Henry Finley
- Mrs. Nestor's Boy Friend (1956) ... Henry Finley
 1956 Lassie (TV Series)
Caleb Brown
- The Trial (1956) ... Caleb Brown
 1952-1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. Crane / Wentworth
- Never Lend Money to a Woman (1956) ... Mr. Crane
- Crossed and Double Crossed (1952) ... Wentworth
 1956 Dr. Christian (TV Series)
Ben
- Orphan (1956) ... Ben
 1955 The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell
Adm. William S. Sims
 1955 The Man with the Golden Arm
Harry Lane (uncredited)
 1955 The Tall Men
Gus - Bartender (uncredited)
 1955 Stage 7 (TV Series)
Mr. Quinby
- The Hayfield (1955) ... Mr. Quinby
 1955 Private Secretary (TV Series)
- Oh, Oh, Suzette (1955)
 1955 The Kentuckian
John Decker - Shopkeeper (uncredited)
 1955 Not as a Stranger
Mr. Roberts (uncredited)
 1954-1955 Willy (TV Series)
Skinner
- Willy and Hurricane Harvey (1955) ... Skinner
- The Fate of the Theatre (1954) ... Skinner
- Operation Stocks (1954) ... Skinner
- First Case (1954) ... Skinner
 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
 1953-1955 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
George's Father
- A Strange Journey (1954) ... George's Father
 1953-1955 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Too Many Nelsons (1955)
- Boomerang (1953)
 1953-1955 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
Frank / Chuck Fuller / The Judge
- Gracie Gets a Jury Summons (1953) ... The Judge
 1955 The Bob Cummings Show (TV Series)
Burt Mason
- Bob Becomes a Genius (1955) ... Burt Mason
 1952-1955 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Sheriff / Mr. Walters
- Tennessee Bound (1955) ... Sheriff
- The Handcuffs (1952) ... Mr. Walters
 1955 Atomic Energy as a Force for Good (Short)
Tim Summers
 1954 Public Defender (TV Series)
Horace Bascomb
- Think No Evil (1954) ... Horace Bascomb
 1954 The Raid
Josiah Anderson
 1954 Johnny Guitar
Ned - Bank Teller (uncredited)
 1954 River of No Return
Trader (uncredited)
 1954 Born in Freedom: The Story of Colonel Drake (Short)
Joel D. Angier
 1954 Where's Raymond? (TV Series)
 1953 The Wild One
Art Kleiner
 1952-1953 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Scupper / Willie
- Moorings (1953) ... Scupper
- Backstage (1952) ... Willie
 1953 Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV Series)
Sheriff Hastings
- Grandpa and Genie (1953) ... Sheriff Hastings
 1953 The Last Posse
Todd Mitchell
 1953 My Hero (TV Series)
Sam / Sam Hamilton
- Jimmy Valentine (1953) ... Sam
- The Bicycle (1953) ... Sam Hamilton
 1953 Niagara
Boatman
 1952 The Happy Time
Family Doctor
 1952 Full House
Manager (segment "The Clarion Call") (uncredited)
 1952 Holiday for Sinners
The Man with a Cigar
 1952 Lure of the Wilderness
Sheriff Brink
 1952 Lydia Bailey
Consul (uncredited)
 1952 Paula
Raymond Bascom
 1952 Young Man with Ideas
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1952 The Las Vegas Story
Mike Fogarty
 1951 People Will Talk
Uncle John Higgins (uncredited)
 1951 The Tall Target
Thomas I. Ogden - Train Passenger (uncredited)
 1951 The Amos 'n Andy Show (TV Series)
Jennings
- Counterfeiters Rent Basement (1951) ... Jennings (uncredited)
 1951 Never Trust a Gambler
Cap Douglas (uncredited)
 1951 Excuse My Dust
Race judge
 1951 My Forbidden Past
Luther Toplady
 1951 Vengeance Valley
Mr. Willoughby
 1950 Dallas
Judge Harper (uncredited)
 1950 Walk Softly, Stranger
Jake, Poker Player (uncredited)
 1950 Sunset in the West
Sheriff Tad Osborne
 1950 No Way Out
Dr. Cheney - Coroner (uncredited)
 1950 The Savage Horde
Judge Thomas Cole
 1950 A Ticket to Tomahawk
Marshal Kit Dodge
 1950 House by the River
Inspector Sarten
 1949 Mrs. Mike
Dr. McIntosh
 1949 Adam's Rib
Judge Marcasson
 1949 Miss Grant Takes Richmond
Roscoe Johnson (uncredited)
 1949 Brimstone
Martin Tredwell
 1949 Lust for Gold
Parsons (uncredited)
 1949 The Price of Freedom (Short)
 1949 Big Jack
Will Farnsworth
 1949 The Green Promise
Mr. Grenstedt, Banker (uncredited)
 1949 Little Women
Mr. Grace - Proprietor (uncredited)
 1948 Act of Violence
Pop
 1948 Whispering Smith
Sheriff McSwiggin
 1948 An Act of Murder
Judge Jim Wilder
 1948 Disaster
Pop Hansford
 1948 Black Eagle
Sheriff Clancy
 1948 The Walls of Jericho
Dr. Patterson (uncredited)
 1948 Green Grass of Wyoming
Jake Willis
 1948 So This Is New York
Uncle Fergus (uncredited)
 1948 Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
Eph Hackett (uncredited)
 1948 The Inside Story
J.J. Johnson
 1948 Relentless
Sam - the Horse Dealer
 1948 Jingle, Jangle, Jingle (Short)
Pop Williams
 1947 Wild Harvest
Mike Alperson
 1947 Cynthia
Gus Wood, Thatcher's Real Estate Rep
 1947 Mother Wore Tights
Withers (uncredited)
 1947 Keeper of the Bees
Dr. Grayson
 1947 The Trouble with Women
Commissioner (uncredited)
 1947 Danger Street
Police Chief Bullward (uncredited)
 1947 The Long Night
Mr. Tully - the Janitor (uncredited)
 1947 Big Town
Station Agent (uncredited)
 1947 Blaze of Noon
Mr. Thomas
 1947 California
Chairman (uncredited)
 1946 Blue Skies
Dan - Stage Manager (uncredited)
 1946 The Jolson Story
Sourpuss Movie Patron (uncredited)
 1946 Down Missouri Way
Prof. Morris
 1946 The Inner Circle
Henry Boggs
 1946 Rendezvous with Annie
Elmer Snodgrass
 1946 Hot Cargo
Tim Chapman
 1946 One Exciting Week
Otis Piper
 1946 Without Reservations
Pullman Conductor (uncredited)
 1946 They Made Me a Killer
Henry, the Blacksmith (uncredited)
 1946 The Blue Dahlia
'Dad' Newell
 1946 Johnny Comes Flying Home
Foreman (uncredited)
 1946 The Hoodlum Saint
Allan Smith, Times Editor (uncredited)
 1946 The Madonna's Secret
The Riverman
 1945 Scarlet Street
Globe Loan Office Manager (uncredited)
 1945 Road to Utopia
Mr. Latimer (uncredited)
 1945 State Fair
Hog Judge (uncredited)
 1945 The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
Mr. Nelson (uncredited)
 1945 Bewitched
Mr. Herkheimer
 1945 You Came Along
Col. Dale V. Armstrong (uncredited)
 1945 Salome Where She Danced
Sheriff
 1945 High Powered
Jeff Hines (uncredited)
 1945 Grissly's Millions
John Frey
 1944 Practically Yours
Sen. Cowling (uncredited)
 1944 Dangerous Passage
Postal Clerk (uncredited)
 1944 The Town Went Wild
Judge Harry Schrank (uncredited)
 1944 Wilson
Hughes Campaign Orator in Maine (uncredited)
 1944 Take It Big
Rodeo Judge (uncredited)
 1944 You Can't Ration Love
Judge Cary, Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
 1944 The Navy Way
Baldy, Triangle A Ranch Hand (uncredited)
 1943 In Old Oklahoma
Doctor (uncredited)
 1943 Here Comes Elmer
Horace Parrot
 1943 Minesweeper
Naval Captain (uncredited)
 1943 So Proudly We Hail!
Col. Clark (uncredited)
 1943 Sleepy Lagoon
Cyrus Coates
 1943 The Good Fellows
Brother from Danville (uncredited)
 1943 Submarine Alert
Local Sheriff (uncredited)
 1943 Cowboy in Manhattan
Higgins
 1943 The Meanest Man in the World
Pawn Shop Owner (uncredited)
 1942 USS VD: Ship of Shame
Commandant (uncredited)
 1942 Tennessee Johnson
Alderman (uncredited)
 1942 The Major and the Minor
Ticket Agent #1 (uncredited)
 1942 A Letter from Bataan (Short)
Mr. Limpert the Mailman
 1942 Wildcat
John 'Paw' Smithers
 1942 Bambi
Friend Owl (voice, uncredited)
 1942 Tales of Manhattan
Old Concertgoer (Laughton sequence) (uncredited)
 1942 The Postman Didn't Ring
Mr. Slade
 1942 Saboteur
J.C. Lormans - Company Official (uncredited)
 1942 Shut My Big Mouth
Long
 1941 Shadow of the Thin Man
Maguire - Nervous Ticket Seller (uncredited)
 1941 The Tell-Tale Heart (Short)
Second Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
 1941 Nothing But the Truth
Mr. Bart Prichard (uncredited)
 1941 Mob Town
Pawnbroker (uncredited)
 1941 Honky Tonk
Townsman at Meeting House (uncredited)
 1941 The Richest Man in Town
Frederick Johnson
 1941 Cracked Nuts
Sylvanus Boogle
 1941 Blossoms in the Dust
Texas Senator (uncredited)
 1941 Maisie Was a Lady
Judge Thatcher (uncredited)
 1940 You, the People (Short)
Mr. Roberts (uncredited)
 1940 Blondie Plays Cupid
Tucker
 1934 Pure Feud (Short)
Lem (uncredited)
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