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Moroni Olsen

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Moroni Olsen (June 27, 1889 – November 22, 1954) was an American actor. Olsen was born in Ogden, Utah, to Mormon parents Edward Arenholt Olsen and Martha Hoverholst, who named him after the Moroni found in the Book of Mormon. Some sources have claimed that Olsen's birth name was John Willard Clawson, but there appears to be no support for this claim. Olsen studied at Weber Stake Academy, the predecessor of Weber State University. He then went to study at the University of Utah, where one of his teachers was Maud May Babcock. During World War I, he sold war bonds for the United States Navy. He also studied and performed in the Eastern United States around this time. In 1923, Olsen organized the "Moroni Olsen Players" out of Ogden. They performed at both Ogden's Orpheum Theatre and at various other locations spread from Salt Lake City to Seattle. After having worked on Broadway, he made his film debut in a 1935 adaptation of The Three Musketeers. He later played a different role in a 1939 comedy version of the story, starring Don Ameche as D'Artagnan and the Ritz Brothers as three dimwitted lackeys who are forced to substitute for the musketeers, who have drunk themselves into a stupor. His most famous role was the voice of the Slave in The Magic Mirror in Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). Olsen also provided the voice of the senior angel in It's a Wonderful Life. Olsen was an active member of the LDS Church, being a teacher of youth in the Hoolwood Ward. He also was director of the Pilgramage Play of Hollywood for several years.

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Jun 27, 1889 In Ogden, Utah, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Three Musketeers 1935-11-01
Latest Project:
Movie Sign of the Pagan 1954-11-24
Known For
Poster of The Long, Long Trailer
Poster of Samson and Delilah
Poster of It's a Wonderful Life
Poster of Notorious
Movie Sign of the Pagan Pope Leo I 1954-11-24
Movie The Long, Long Trailer Mr. Tewitt 1954-02-19
Movie So This Is Love Arnold Reuben 1953-07-15
Movie At Sword's Point Porthos 1952-04-22
Movie Lone Star Sam Houston 1952-10-24
Movie Washington Story Speaker Of The House 1952-07-01
Movie Payment on Demand Mr. Barton 1951-02-03
Movie No Questions Asked Henry Manston 1951-06-15
Movie Father's Little Dividend Herbert Dunstan 1951-04-05
Movie Submarine Command Rear Adm. Joshua Rice 1951-11-01
Series I Love Lucy Judge 1951-10-15
Movie Father of the Bride Herbert Dunstan 1950-05-18
Movie The Fountainhead Chairman 1949-06-25
Movie Task Force Adm. Ames 1949-08-30
Movie Samson and Delilah Targil 1949-12-21
Movie Call Northside 777 Parole Board Chairman 1948-02-13
Movie Up in Central Park Big Jim Fitts 1948-07-09
Movie The Long Night Chief of Police Bob McManus 1947-05-28
Movie Life with Father Dr. Humphries 1947-09-13
Movie Possessed Dr. Ames - Mrs. Smith's psychiatrist 1947-05-29
Movie Black Gold Don Toland 1947-09-16
Movie That Hagen Girl Trenton Gateley 1947-11-01
Movie High Wall Dr. Philip Dunlap 1947-12-17
Movie The Walls Came Tumbling Down Bishop Martin 1946-06-07
Movie From This Day Forward Tim Bagley 1946-03-02
Movie Boys Ranch Judge Henderson 1946-07-18
Movie The Strange Woman Rev. Thatcher 1946-10-25
Movie Notorious Walter Beardsley 1946-08-21
Movie It's a Wonderful Life Senior Angel (voice) (uncredited) 1946-12-20
Movie Pride of the Marines Capt. Burroughs 1945-08-24
Movie Week-End at the Waldorf House Detective 1945-10-04
Movie Don't Fence Me In Henry Bennett 1945-10-20
Movie Mildred Pierce Inspector Peterson 1945-10-20
Movie Buffalo Bill Sen. Frederici 1944-04-02
Movie Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves Caliph Hassan 1944-01-14
Movie Cobra Woman MacDonald 1944-05-12
Movie Roger Touhy, Gangster Riley 1944-06-03
Movie Mission to Moscow Col. Faymonville 1943-04-29
Movie Air Force Col. Blake 1943-03-20
Movie We've Never Been Licked Commandant 1943-07-29
Movie Madame Curie President of Businessman's Board (uncredited) 1943-12-16
Movie Sundown Jim Andrew Barr 1942-03-27
Movie My Favorite Spy Major Allen 1942-06-12
Movie Nazi Agent Brenner 1942-03-01
Movie The Glass Key Ralph Henry 1942-09-08
Movie Reunion in France Paul Grebeau 1942-12-25
Movie Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch Dr. Henry Olcott 1942-10-01
Movie Life with Henry Sylvanus Q. Sattherwaite 1941-01-23
Movie Respect the Law Dr. Walter Terriss 1941-01-04
Movie Three Sons o' Guns Philip G. Talbot 1941-08-02
Movie Dive Bomber Senior Surgeon at San Diego 1941-08-31
Movie One Foot in Heaven Dr. John Romer 1941-11-01
Movie Dangerously They Live Mr. John Goodwin 1941-12-24
Movie Virginia City Cameron 1940-03-23
Movie Brother Rat and a Baby Major Terry 1940-01-13
Movie If I Had My Way Mr. Blair 1940-05-05
Movie Santa Fe Trail Robert E. Lee 1940-12-20
Movie Brigham Young Doc Richards 1940-09-27
Movie East of the River Judge R.D. Davis 1940-11-09
Movie Rose of Washington Square Buck Russell 1939-05-05
Movie Code of the Secret Service The friar 1939-05-27
Movie Off the Record Juvenal Court Judge 1939-01-21
Movie Homicide Bureau Captain Haines 1939-01-05
Movie Susannah of the Mounties Supt. Andrew Standing 1939-06-13
Movie The Three Musketeers Bailiff 1939-02-17
Movie Invisible Stripes The Warden 1939-12-30
Movie The Bill of Rights Royal Governor Dunmore 1939-08-19
Movie That's Right - You're Wrong Jonathan Forbes 1939-11-24
Movie Barricade Managing Editor 1939-12-08
Movie Allegheny Uprising Tom Calhoon 1939-11-10
Movie Dust Be My Destiny Slim Jones, Joe's Defense Attorney 1939-09-16
Movie Kidnapped Douglas 1938-05-27
Movie Gold Is Where You Find It Senator Hearst 1938-02-12
Movie Marie Antoinette Bearded Leader of the People (uncredited) 1938-08-26
Movie Kentucky John Dillon - 1938 1938-12-30
Movie Submarine Patrol The Fleet Captain 1938-11-25
Movie There Goes My Heart Fisherman (uncredited) 1938-10-14
Movie That Certain Age Fullerton's Associate (uncredited) 1938-10-06
Movie The Soldier and the Lady Tartar Chief (Voice) (Uncredited) 1937-04-09
Movie Adventure's End First Mate Rand Husk 1937-12-05
Movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Magic Mirror (voice) (uncredited) 1937-12-21
Movie Two in Revolt Cyrus Benton 1936-04-03
Movie The Farmer in the Dell Chester Hart 1936-03-27
Movie Yellow Dust Missouri 1936-03-12
Movie M'Liss Jake 1936-07-27
Movie The Witness Chair Lt. Poole 1936-04-23
Movie Mary of Scotland John Knox 1936-07-28
Movie Mummy's Boys Dr. Edward Sterling 1936-10-02
Movie The Plough and the Stars General Connally 1936-12-26
Movie Grand Jury Davis, the bodyguard 1936-08-07
Movie The Three Musketeers Porthos 1935-11-01
Movie Annie Oakley Col. William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody 1935-11-15
Movie Seven Keys to Baldpate Mayor Jim Cargen 1935-12-13
Movie We're Only Human R.J. Curran 1935-12-27