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William Tannen

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia William Tannen (November 17, 1911 – December 2, 1976) was an American actor originally from New York City, who was best known for his role of Deputy Hal Norton in fifty-six episodes from 1956 to 1958 of the ABC/Desilu western television series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, with Hugh O'Brian as Deputy Marshal Wyatt Earp. Tannen was also cast as Gyp Clements in the 1955 episode "The Buntline Special" of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. Beginning on September 11, 1956, in the second season of the series, with the setting moved from Wichita to Dodge City, Kansas, Tannen filled the Hal Norton role. His earliest episodes were "Fight or Run", "The Double Life of Dora Hand" and "Clay Allison", the latter two based on historical figures, the saloon singer and actor Dora Hand and the gunfighter Clay Allison. Some of his appearances were uncredited. His last credited role was "Doc Holliday Rewrites History" (May 6, 1958), with Myron Healey as the frontier gunfighter and dentist Doc Holliday. His last uncredited roles aired thereafter in May and June 1958, "Dig a Grave for Ben Thompson", based on the historical figure Ben Thompson played by Denver Pyle, "Frame-up", and "My Husband". He was cast as Ike Clanton, not on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, but in the 1964 episode "After the OK Corral" of the syndicated western anthology series, Death Valley Days. Jim Davis portrayed Wyatt Earp in this particular episode. Tannen appeared twice, one role uncredited in Davis' earlier syndicated western series, Stories of the Century, including the role of Dutch Charlie in "Milt Sharp", the story of the stagecoach robber Milt Sharp.

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Nov 17, 1911 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Spectacle Maker 1934-09-20
Latest Project:
Movie Hero and the Terror 1988-08-26
Known For
Poster of Touch of Evil
Poster of Perry Mason
Poster of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp
Poster of Dial Red O
Movie Hero and the Terror Civil Engineer 1988-08-26
Movie Batman American Delegate (uncredited) 1966-07-30
Movie Noose for a Gunman Willetts (as Bill Tannen) 1960-05-01
Movie Touch of Evil Marcia Linnekar's Attorney (uncredited) 1958-03-30
Movie A Hatful of Rain Celia's Supervisor (uncredited) 1957-07-17
Series Tales of Wells Fargo Keenan 1957-03-18
Series Perry Mason Frank - Studio Guard 1957-09-21
Movie Blackjack Ketchum Desperado Dee Havalik 1956-04-01
Movie Dial Red O Devon 1955-03-13
Series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Unknown 1955-09-06
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie Devil Goddess Nels Comstock 1955-10-01
Movie The Golden Idol Sergeant Reed 1954-01-10
Movie Jesse James vs. the Daltons Emmett Dalton 1954-04-02
Movie Sitting Bull O'Connor 1954-10-06
Movie Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl Steve Castle (as Bill Tannen) 1954-05-20
Movie The Law vs. Billy the Kid Dave Rudabaugh 1954-08-01
Movie Jack McCall Desperado Spargo 1953-03-31
Movie 99 River Street Director 1953-08-21
Movie El Paso Stampede Henchman Joe 1953-09-06
Series Dangerous Assignment Unknown 1952-01-01
Movie Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land 'Doc' Edwards 1952-03-17
Movie Talk About a Stranger Driggs 1952-04-18
Movie Road Agent Toll Gate Guard 1952-03-29
Movie Insurance Investigator 1st Hood 1951-03-23
Movie Blue Blood Unknown 1951-01-28
Movie A Yank in Korea Lt. Lewis 1951-02-14
Movie Roaring City Ed Gannon 1951-05-04
Series The Adventures of Kit Carson Unknown 1951-08-11
Movie Annie Get Your Gun Barker (uncredited) 1950-05-01
Movie Chain Gang Harry Cleaver 1950-01-11
Movie Armored Car Robbery Officer Johnson (uncredited) 1950-06-08
Movie Riders of the Range Trump Dixon 1950-02-01
Movie Sunset in the West John Kimball (as William J. Tannen) 1950-09-25
Movie The Flying Missile Lieutenant 1950-12-24
Movie Convicted Prison Guard (uncredited) 1950-08-01
Movie Pygmy Island Kruger 1950-11-22
Movie Three Secrets Bobby Lynch (uncredited) 1950-10-20
Movie The Gal Who Took the West Lee Cowhand 1949-09-01
Movie The Mysterious Desperado Bart Barton 1949-09-10
Movie All the King's Men Man in City Bar (Uncredited) 1949-11-16
Movie Abandoned Taxi Driver (Uncredited) 1949-10-28
Movie Walk a Crooked Mile FBI Chemist 1948-09-02
Movie An Innocent Affair Gaylord 1948-10-15
Movie Cynthia Dingle Clerk (Uncredited) 1947-08-29
Movie The Lady or the Tiger? Frank R. Stockton 1946-03-28
Movie Our Old Car Officer Donahue (uncredited) 1946-06-11
Movie The Great Morgan Officer Donohue (archive footage) (uncredited) 1945-01-01
Movie Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood Casting Director / Dr. Caswell Snide (uncredited) 1945-10-05
Movie A Gun in His Hand Police Lab Technician Wilson (uncredited) 1945-09-15
Movie Main Street Today Department of Transportation Representative (uncredited) 1944-03-25
Movie The Canterville Ghost Jordan 1944-07-20
Movie Maisie Goes to Reno Lead Man (Uncredited) 1944-08-15
Movie Dark Shadows McKay's Assistant (uncredited) 1944-12-16
Movie Air Raid Wardens Joseph 1943-04-04
Movie Presenting Lily Mars Eugene Shepherd 1943-04-29
Movie For God and Country Captain 1943-05-15
Movie Fingers at the Window Devlan 1942-04-22
Movie Ship Ahoy Agent Flammer 1942-04-16
Movie Woman of the Year Ellis 1942-02-05
Movie Grand Central Murder Second Railroad Yardman 1942-05-01
Movie Nazi Agent Ludwig 1942-03-01
Movie Joe Smith, American Eddie 1942-02-01
Movie Stand by for Action Flag Lt. Dudley 1942-12-31
Movie Pacific Rendezvous Jasper Dean 1942-05-21
Movie For Me and My Gal France Soldier-Driver (uncredited) 1942-10-21
Movie The Affairs of Martha Mechanic (uncredited) 1942-06-21
Movie Maisie Gets Her Man Army Stage Manager (Uncredited) 1942-06-01
Movie The Big Store Fred Sutton 1941-06-20
Movie I'll Wait for You Driver 1941-05-16
Movie Down in San Diego Matt Herman 1941-08-01
Movie Whistling in the Dark Robert Graves 1941-08-08
Movie The Corsican Brothers One of Lucien's Men (Uncredited) 1941-11-28
Movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Intern Fenwick 1941-08-12
Movie New Moon Pierre 1940-06-28
Movie Andy Hardy Meets Debutante Mr. Franklin (voice) 1940-07-05
Movie Sporting Blood Ted Milner 1940-07-11
Movie Florian Sergeant 1940-06-05
Movie Broadway Melody of 1940 Harmon (uncredited) 1940-02-09
Movie Phantom Raiders Sailor 1940-06-07
Movie The Mortal Storm Nazi Clerk 1940-06-14
Movie Gallant Sons Spath, a Gangster (uncredited) 1940-11-15
Movie I Love You Again Hotel Clerk (uncredited) 1940-08-09
Movie Sky Murder Gus 1940-09-27
Movie Flight Command Lieut. Freddy Townsend 1940-12-27
Movie Boom Town Hotel Desk Clerk #1 (uncredited) 1940-08-30
Movie Wyoming Sgt. Reynolds 1940-09-13
Movie The Story of Dr. Jenner Sarah's Sweetheart (uncredited) 1939-03-18
Movie Within the Law Green's Clerk 1939-03-17
Movie Four Girls in White Doctor at Accident 1939-01-27
Movie Broadway Serenade Assistant Stage Manager (uncredited) 1939-04-07
Movie Stand Up and Fight Lewis, Arnold's Henchman 1939-01-06
Movie The Ice Follies of 1939 Assistant Doorman (Uncredited) 1939-03-10
Movie The Secret of Dr. Kildare Bates - Intern 1939-11-24
Movie The Hardys Ride High Hotel Desk Clerk 1939-04-21
Movie Fast and Furious! Radio Announcer 1939-10-06
Movie Another Thin Man State Trooper 1939-11-17
Movie Miracles for Sale Spectator in Theatre Box 1939-08-10
Movie It's a Wonderful World Actor as 'Soldier' (uncredited) 1939-05-19
Movie The Mad Miss Manton Drunk Who Trips in Las Palmas Club (uncredited) 1938-10-21
Movie When Love Is Young Norman Crocker 1937-03-26
Movie Speed Intern Attending Terry 1936-05-08
Movie The Perfect Set-Up MGM Crime Reporter Jim (uncredited) 1936-02-01
Movie Women Are Trouble Reporter 1936-07-31
Movie Fury Governor's Aide (uncredited) 1936-06-05
Movie Crash Donovan Tony 1936-08-01
Movie Murder in the Fleet Pee Wee Adams (Uncredited) 1935-05-24
Movie She Couldn't Take It Cesar 1935-10-08
Movie A Thrill for Thelma MGM Reporter 1935-11-23
Movie The Spectacle Maker The Grand Duke as Seen thru the Magic Spectacle 1934-09-20
Movie The Bands Plays On Rosy Rosenberg 1934-12-21
Movie My Grandfather's Clock Ronny Belvedere 1934-10-27