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Overview (5)

Born in The Bronx, New York, USA
Died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameDaniel Vincent Fowley
Nickname Doug
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

He was born in the Bronx, New York. As a young man, he moved to Los Angeles and studied at Los Angeles City College. He served in the Navy during World War II. Fowley played everything from cowboys to gangsters, appearing alongside stars like Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Esther Williams, Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. He debuted in The Mad Game (1933), with Spencer Tracy and Claire Trevor. In his best-known performance, the 1952 musical Singin' in the Rain (1952), he played a film director trying to ease a silent-film star into her first talking picture. His best-known television role was as Doc Holliday in the popular ABC western series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955) during the 1950s and early '60s. His last film was The North Avenue Irregulars (1979) in 1979. He played Grandpa Hanks in the CBS comedy Pistols 'n' Petticoats (1966) in 1966-67. Other television credits included The Streets of San Francisco (1972), Perry Mason (1957) and The Rockford Files (1974). He died at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital, aged 86.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Spouse (8)

Jean Louise Paschall (1961 - 21 May 1998) ( his death)
Judy Walsh (28 March 1954 - 1955) ( divorced)
Joy A. Torstrup (22 April 1950 - 1954) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Vivian Chamber (2 June 1947 - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Mary Rose Hunter (27 September 1944 - ?) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Shelby Payne (21 February 1938 - 12 August 1943) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Marjorie Reid (20 July 1935 - 19 June 1936) ( divorced)
Maria ? (? - ?)

Trivia (4)

First husband of Shelby Payne.
Father of '60s record producer Kim Fowley.
Upon his death, his remains were interred at Laurel Cemetery in Murrieta, Riverside County, California.
Fowley served in the Navy in the South Pacific in World War II, and lost all of his own teeth in an explosion aboard his aircraft carrier during battle. The fact he had false teeth was used in Battleground (1949), with his character Private Kippton sometimes clicking his false teeth after speaking for effect and later "losing" them temporarily in an attempt to get off the front line.

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