Walter Catlett (1889–1960)

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Walter Catlett carved out a career for himself playing excitable, officious blowhards, and few actors did it better. A San Francisco native, he started out in vaudeville - with a detour for a while in opera - before breaking into films in the mid-1920s. Two of his best remembered roles were as the stage manager driven to distraction by James Cagney... See full bio »

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 1957 Beau James
Gov. Alfred E. 'Al' Smith
 1956 Friendly Persuasion
Professor Quigley
 1955 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
Colonel Plug
- Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1955) ... Colonel Plug
 1955 Climax! (TV Series)
The Dauphin
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1955) ... The Dauphin
 1955 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (TV Movie)
The Dauphin / The King
 1954 The Abbott and Costello Show (TV Series)
Henry Thomas
- Fall Guy (1954) ... Henry Thomas
 1953 The Danny Thomas Show (TV Series)
Mr. Gunther
- Second Honeymoon (1953) ... Mr. Gunther
 1953 My Little Margie (TV Series)
Professor Oliver Westcott
- Margie's Helping Hand (1953) ... Professor Oliver Westcott
 1951 Honeychile
Al Moore
 1951 Here Comes the Groom
Mr. McGonigle
 1951 Father Takes the Air
Mayor Colton
 1950 Father's Wild Game
Mayor George Colton
 1950 Father Makes Good
Mayor Colton
 1949 The Inspector General
Col. Castine
 1949 Dancing in the Dark
Joe Brooks
 1949 Look for the Silver Lining
Walter Catlett
 1949 Leave It to Henry
Mayor Colton
 1949 Henry, the Rainmaker
Mayor Colton
 1948 The Boy with Green Hair
The King
 1948 Mr. Reckless
Joel Hawkins
 1948 Are You with It?
Jason (Pop) Carter
 1947 I'll Be Yours
Mr. Buckingham
 1946 Slightly Scandalous
Mr. Wright
 1946 Riverboat Rhythm
Col. Jeffrey 'Smitty' Witherspoon
 1945 I Love a Bandleader
B. Templeton James
 1945 The Man Who Walked Alone
 1944 Lake Placid Serenade
Carlton Webb
 1944 Hi, Beautiful
Gerald Bisbee
 1944 My Gal Loves Music
Dr. Bilbo
 1944 Three Is a Family
Barney Meeker
 1944 Pardon My Rhythm
 1944 Ghost Catchers
Colonel Breckinridge Marshall
 1944 Lady, Let's Dance
Timber Applegate
 1944 Her Primitive Man
Hotel Clerk
 1944 Hat Check Honey
Tim Martel
 1944 Up in Arms
Major Brock
 1943 Shoe Shine Boy (Short)
Garry Goff
 1943 His Butler's Sister
Mortimer Kalb
 1943 Fired Wife
Judge Allen
 1943 The West Side Kid
Ramsey Fensel
 1943 Get Going
Horace Doblem
 1943 Cowboy in Manhattan
Ace Robbins
 1943 Hit Parade of 1943
J. MacClellan Davis
 1943 How's About It?
 1943 They Got Me Covered
Hotel Manager
 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm
Walter- 'Sweater, Sarong & Peekaboo Bang' Number
 1942 Heart of the Golden West
Colonel Silas Popen
 1942 Between Us Girls
Desk Sergeant
 1942 Give Out, Sisters
 1942 Maisie Gets Her Man
 1942 Yankee Doodle Dandy
Theatre Manager
 1942 Syncopation
 1942 My Gal Sal
Colonel Truckee
 1942 Wild Bill Hickok Rides
Sylvester W. Twigg
 1941 Steel Against the Sky
Professor Rupert Sampson
 1941 It Started with Eve
Doctor Harvey
 1941 Sing Another Chorus
Theodore Gateson
 1941 Unfinished Business
Billy Ross
 1941 Manpower
Sidney Whipple
 1941 Bad Men of Missouri
Mr. Pettibone
 1941 Hello, Sucker
G. Remington 'Max' Conway
 1941 Million Dollar Baby
Mr. Simpson
 1941 Horror Island
Sergeant McGoon
 1941 You're the One
Program Director
 1941 The Wild Man of Borneo
'Doc' Skelby
 1941 Honeymoon for Three
 1940 Blondes and Blunders (Short)
Walter Catlett
 1940 Remedy for Riches
 1940 Li'l Abner
 1940 The Quarterback
 1940 Spring Parade
 1940 Comin' Round the Mountain
W.P.A. Clerk
 1940 Pop Always Pays
Tommy Lane
 1940 You're Next! (Short)
 1940 Half a Sinner
Gas Station Attendant
 1940 Alex in Wonderland (Short)
 1940 Pinocchio
J. Worthington Foulfellow (voice, uncredited)
 1939 Kid Nightingale
Skip Davis
 1939 Static in the Attic (Short)
 1939 Exile Express
 1938 Going Places
Franklin Dexter
 1938 Zaza
 1938 Bringing Up Baby
 1937 Every Day's a Holiday
Nifty Bailey
 1937 Danger - Love at Work
Uncle Alan
 1937 Varsity Show
Professor Sylvester Biddle
 1937 Love Under Fire
Tip Conway
 1937 Wake Up and Live
Gus Avery
 1937 Love Is News
Eddie Johnson
 1937 On the Avenue
Jake Dibble
 1936 Sing Me a Love Song
Mr. Sprague (uncredited)
 1936 Banjo on My Knee
Warfield Scott
 1936 Four Days Wonder
 1936 Fibbing Fibbers (Short)
 1936 Cain and Mabel
Jake Sherman
 1936 Follow Your Heart
Joe Sheldon
 1936 We Went to College
Senator Budger
 1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
 1936 Upper Cutlets (Short)
 1935 A Tale of Two Cities
 1935 The Affair of Susan
 1935 Every Night at Eight
Master of Ceremonies
 1935 In the Sweet Bye and Bye (Short)
 1934 The Captain Hates the Sea
Joe Silvers
 1934 The Fuller Gush Man (Short)
Harry Judson
 1934 Making the Rounds (Short)
 1934 Get Along Little Hubby (Short)
Elmer Tuttle
 1934 News Hounds (Short)
 1934 Old Maid's Mistake (Short)
 1934 Unknown Blonde
Publicity Man
 1934 The New Dealers (Short)
 1934 Elmer Steps Out (Short)
 1934 Gold Nuggets (Short)
 1933 Only Yesterday
Barnes (uncredited)
 1933 One Awful Night (Short)
 1933 Sailors Beware! (Short)
 1933 Meet the Champ (Short)
 1933 Arizona to Broadway
Ned Flynn
 1933 So This Is Harris (Short)
 1933 Mama Loves Papa
Tom Walker
 1933 The Big Fibber (Short)
Walter Moore
 1933 Husbands' Reunion (Short)
 1933 Daddy Knows Best (Short)
Mr. Boyce
 1933 Roadhouse Queen (Short)
Walter Knox
 1933 Dream Stuff (Short)
Cousin Walter
 1933 Private Jones
 1933 Caliente Love (Short)
 1933 Hunting Trouble (Short)
Walter, the Husband
 1933 Private Wives (Short)
 1933 Olsen's Big Moment
Robert Brewster III
 1932 Oh! My Operation (Short)
 1932 Rockabye
Jimmy Dunn
 1932 The Sport Parade
'Shifty' Morrison
 1932 Rain
Quartermaster Bates
 1932 Big City Blues
Cousin 'Gibby' Gibboney
 1932 Okay America!
City Editor aka 'Lucille'
 1932 Back Street
 1932 It's Tough to Be Famous
Joseph Craig 'Joe' Chapin
 1932 The Expert
 1932 Sky Devils
Master of Ceremonies - Canteen Show (uncredited)
 1932 Cock of the Air
Col. Wallace
 1931 Camping Out (Short)
 1931 Maker of Men
 1931 One Quiet Night (Short)
 1931 Platinum Blonde
 1931 Honeymoon Trio (Short)
The Nuisance
 1931 The Front Page
Murphy (as Walter L. Catlett)
 1931 Stage Struck (Short)
 1930 Aunt's in the Pants (Short)
 1930 The Florodora Girl
De Boer
 1930 Her Golden Calf
Master of Ceremonies
 1930 The Big Party
Mr. Goldfarb
 1930 Let's Go Places
Rex Wardell
 1929 Married in Hollywood
Joe Glitner
 1929 Happy Days
End Man - Minstrel Show
 1929 Why Leave Home?
 1927 The Music Master
Medicine Show Barker
 1926 Summer Bachelors
Bachelor No. 1
 1924 Second Youth
John McNab
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Stage: Appeared in "Lady, Be Good" on Broadway (1924). Musical comedy. Music by George Gershwin. Lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Based on material by Guy Bolton and Fred Thompson. Musical Director: 'Lannin. Music orchestrated by Paul Lannin', Robert Russell Bennett, Charles Grant, Stephen Jones, Max Steiner and William Daly. Musical direction... See more »

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Walter L. Catlett


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George C. Catlett | Mary E. Harris


George F. Catlett (sibling)

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