Moroni Olsen (1889–1954)

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Even his more courteous, somewhat friendlier types gave one pause for concern. The tall, beefy, balding, icy-eyed character actor Moroni Olsen was one of Hollywood's more popular and imposing performers of film during the late 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s. The versatile player was born Moroni Olsen and raised in Utah to Mormon parents (Edward ... See full bio »

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Known For

Mildred Pierce Inspector Peterson
Notorious Walter Beardsley
Father of the Bride Herbert Dunstan


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 1955 The Halls of Ivy (TV Series)
 1954 Sign of the Pagan
Pope Leo I
 1954 December Bride (TV Series)
police lieutenant Morgan
- Lily Ruskin Arrives (1954) ... police lieutenant Morgan
 1954 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
 1954 The Long, Long Trailer
Mr. Tewitt
 1953 Marry Me Again
Mr. Courtney
 1953 So This Is Love
Arnold Reuben (uncredited)
 1952 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
- The Courtroom (1952) ... Judge
 1952 Washington Story
Speaker of the House
 1952 At Sword's Point
 1952 Lone Star
Sam Houston
 1951 Submarine Command
Rear Adm. Joshua Rice
 1951 No Questions Asked
Henry Manston
 1951 Father's Little Dividend
Herbert Dunstan
 1951 Payment on Demand
Arnold Barton (uncredited)
 1950 Father of the Bride
Herbert Dunstan
 1949 Samson and Delilah
 1949 Task Force
Adm. Ames
 1949 The Fountainhead
 1948 Command Decision
Congressman Stone
 1948 Up in Central Park
Big Jim Fitts
 1948 Call Northside 777
Parole Board Chairman
 1947 High Wall
Dr. Philip Dunlap
 1947 That Hagen Girl
Trenton Gateley
 1947 Black Gold
Don Toland
 1947 Life with Father
Dr. Humphries
 1947 Possessed
Dr. Ames
 1947 The Long Night
Chief of Police Bob McManus
 1947 The Beginning or the End
Dr. Arthur H. Compton
 1946 It's a Wonderful Life
Senior Angel (voice, uncredited)
 1946 The Strange Woman
Rev. Thatcher
 1946 Notorious
Walter Beardsley
 1946 Boys' Ranch
Judge Henderson
 1946 The Walls Came Tumbling Down
Bishop Martin
 1946 Night in Paradise
High Priest
 1946 From This Day Forward
Tim Bagley (uncredited)
 1945 Don't Fence Me In
Henry Bennett - aka Harry Benson
 1945 Week-End at the Waldorf
House Detective Blake
 1945 Mildred Pierce
Inspector Peterson
 1945 Behind City Lights
Curtis Holbrook
 1945 Pride of the Marines
Capt. Burroughs
 1945 The Valley of Decision
Richard Kane (uncredited)
 1944 Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
General (uncredited)
 1944 Roger Touhy, Gangster
Riley (as Maroni Olsen)
 1944 Cobra Woman
 1944 Buffalo Bill
Sen. Frederici
 1944 Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
Caliph Hassan
 1943 The Song of Bernadette
Chaplain (uncredited)
 1943 Madame Curie
President of Businessman's Board (uncredited)
 1943 We've Never Been Licked
 1943 Mission to Moscow
Col. Faymonville
 1943 Air Force
Colonel Blake
 1942 Reunion in France
Paul Grebeau
 1942 The Glass Key
Ralph Henry
 1942 My Favorite Spy
Major Allen
 1942 Ship Ahoy
Inspector Davis (uncredited)
 1942 Sundown Jim
Andrew Barr
 1942 Nazi Agent
 1941 Dangerously They Live
Mr. Goodwin
 1941 One Foot in Heaven
Dr. John Romer
 1941 Dive Bomber
Senior Surgeon at San Diego
 1941 Three Sons o' Guns
Philip Talbot
 1941 Respect the Law (Short)
Dr. Walter Terriss
 1940 Santa Fe Trail
Robert E. Lee
 1940 Life with Henry
Sylvanus Q. Sattherwaite
 1940 East of the River
Judge R.D. Davis
 1940 Brigham Young
Doc Richards
 1940 If I Had My Way
Mr. Blair
 1940 Virginia City
 1940 Brother Rat and a Baby
Maj. Terry
 1939 Invisible Stripes
Prison Warden
 1939 Barricade
Shanghai Managing Editor
 1939 That's Right - You're Wrong
Jonathan Forbes
 1939 Allegheny Uprising
 1939 The Bill of Rights (Short)
Royal Governor Dunmore (as Moroni Olson)
 1939 Dust Be My Destiny
Slim Jones
 1939 Susannah of the Mounties
Supt. Andrew Standing
 1939 Code of the Secret Service
Friar Parker
 1939 Sons of Liberty (Short)
Robert Morris -- Superintendent of Finance (uncredited)
 1939 Rose of Washington Square
Major Buck Russell
 1939 The Three Musketeers
 1939 Off the Record
Juvenal Court Judge
 1939 Homicide Bureau
Capt. Haines
 1938 Kentucky
John Dillon (1938)
 1938 Submarine Patrol
The Fleet Captain
 1938 There Goes My Heart
Fisherman (uncredited)
 1938 That Certain Age
Fullerton's Associate (uncredited)
 1938 Marie Antoinette
Bearded Leader of the People (uncredited)
 1938 What Do You Think?: Tupapaoo (Short)
Kurt Larsen (the trader)
 1938 Kidnapped
Douglas (as Maroni Olsen)
 1938 Gold Is Where You Find It
Senator George Hearst
 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Magic Mirror (voice, uncredited)
 1937 Adventure's End
Rand Husk
 1937 Manhattan Merry-Go-Round
Jonathan (uncredited)
 1937 The Last Gangster
Detective Danny Shea (uncredited)
 1937 The Life of Emile Zola
Capt. Guignet (uncredited)
 1937 The Soldier and the Lady
Tartar Chief (voice, uncredited)
 1936 The Plough and the Stars
Irish Leader
 1936 Mummy's Boys
Dr. Edward Sterling
 1936 Grand Jury
Davis, Taylor's Bodyguard
 1936 Mary of Scotland
John Knox
 1936 M'Liss
 1936 The Witness Chair
Lieutenant Poole
 1936 Two in Revolt
Cyrus Benton
 1936 The Farmer in the Dell
Chester Hart
 1936 Yellow Dust
 1935 We're Only Human
Inspector J.R. Curran
 1935 Seven Keys to Baldpate
Mayor Jim Cargan
 1935 Annie Oakley
William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody
 1935 The Three Musketeers
 1934 Death Takes a Holiday
Religious Dignitary (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Jason") in "Medea" on Broadway. Drama/tragedy. Written by Euripides, as adapted by Gilbert Murray. Garrick Theatre: 22 Mar 1920-Apr 1920 (closing date unknown/14 performances). Cast: Dorian Anderson, Warner Anderson (as "Child"; Broadway debut), Gordon Burby, David Case, Dorothy Cheston, Byron Foulger, Margaret ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Maroni Olsen | Moroni Olson | John Willard


6' 3" (1.91 m)

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His given name, Moroni, comes from the name of a angel, who, according to an account by Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), revealed to him the location of the document which would become known as the Book of Mormon. See more »

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