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Olin Howland

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Olin Ross Howland (February 10, 1886 – September 20, 1959) was an American film and theatre actor. Howland was born in Denver, Colorado, to Joby A. Howland, one of the youngest enlisted participants in the Civil War, and Mary C. Bunting. His older sister was the famous stage actress Jobyna Howland. From 1909 to 1927, Howland appeared on Broadway in musicals, occasionally performing in silent films. The musicals include Leave It to Jane (1917), Two Little Girls in Blue (1921) and Wildflower (1923). He was in the film Janice Meredith (1924) with Marion Davies. With the advent of sound films, his theatre background proved an asset, and he concentrated mostly on films thereafter, appearing in nearly two hundred movies between 1918 and 1958. Howland often played eccentric and rural roles in Hollywood. His parts were often small and uncredited, and he never got a leading role. He was a personal favorite of David O. Selznick, who cast him in his movies Nothing Sacred (1937) as a strange luggage man, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938, as the teacher Mr. Dobbins) and Gone with the Wind (1939) as a carpetbagger businessman. He also played in numerous westerns from Republic Pictures, including the John Wayne films In Old California (1942) and Angel and the Badman (1947). As a young man, Howland learned to fly at the Wright Flying School and soloed on a Wright Model B. This lent special sentiment in his scenes with James Stewart in the film The Spirit of St. Louis (1957), as Stewart was also a pilot in real life. The Spirit of St. Louis and Them (1954),where he played a drunken old man, and The Blob (1958) were his last films. He also played in telelevision shows during the 1950s. In 1958 and 1959, he was cast as Charley Perkins in five episodes of ABC's sitcom The Real McCoys, starring Walter Brennan. Howland never married and had no children. He worked until his death in Hollywood, California, at the age of 73.

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Feb 10, 1886 In Denver, Colorado, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Danse macabre 1922-03-08
Latest Project:
Movie Complicated Women 2003-05-06
Known For
Poster of The Blob
Poster of The Real McCoys
Poster of Them!
Poster of Twilight on the Prairie
Movie Complicated Women Himself (archive footage) 2003-05-06
Movie The Blob The Old Man 1958-09-10
Movie The Storm Rider Will Collins 1957-03-01
Movie Bombers B-52 Joe (uncredited) 1957-11-22
Series The Real McCoys Unknown 1957-10-03
Series The Adventures of Jim Bowie Unknown 1956-09-07
Movie Them! Jensen 1954-06-16
Movie So This Is Love Mailman 1953-07-15
Movie The Fabulous Senorita Justice of the Peace (as Olin Howlin) 1952-03-31
Series Mr. & Mrs. North Unknown 1952-10-03
Series Hopalong Cassidy Unknown 1952-09-19
Movie Santa Fe Dan Dugan 1951-04-01
Movie Fighting Coast Guard Desk Clerk (as Olin Howlin) 1951-05-31
Movie Father Makes Good Milo Williams 1950-05-07
Movie Rock Island Trail Saloonkeeper 1950-05-18
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie Leave It to Henry Milo Williams 1949-06-12
Movie Bad Men of Tombstone Store Proprietor (as Olin Howlin) 1949-01-21
Movie Mr. Soft Touch Skinny Santa Claus (Uncredited) 1949-07-28
Movie The Return of the Whistler Jeff Anderson 1948-03-18
Movie The Dude Goes West Finnegan 1948-05-30
Movie Relentless Veterinarian 1948-06-15
Movie The Paleface Jonathan Sloane, undertaker 1948-12-17
Movie Station West Cook (as Olin Howlin) 1948-09-01
Movie Apache Rose Alkali 1947-02-15
Movie Easy Come, Easy Go Gas Man 1947-03-07
Movie Angel and the Badman Bradley (as Olin Howlin) 1947-02-15
Movie Living in a Big Way Gardener 1947-06-10
Movie I Walk Alone Ed the Watchman (uncredited) 1947-12-31
Movie Home Sweet Homicide Luke 1946-10-02
Movie Crime Doctor's Man Hunt Marcus Le Blaine 1946-10-24
Movie Sheriff of Cimarron Pinky Snyder 1945-02-28
Movie Her Lucky Night Prince de la Mour 1945-02-09
Movie Grissly's Millions Andrews 1945-01-16
Movie Santa Fe Saddlemates Dead Eye 1945-06-01
Movie Captain Eddie Census Taker 1945-06-18
Movie Dakota Devlin's Driver (as Olin Howlin) 1945-12-15
Movie Fallen Angel Joe Ellis (uncredited) 1945-11-15
Movie Senorita from the West Justice of Peace 1945-10-12
Movie Bermuda Mystery Gas Station Owner 1944-05-01
Movie Twilight on the Prairie Jed (as Olin Howlin) 1944-04-30
Movie Man from Frisco Eben Whelock 1944-06-15
Movie Nothing But Trouble Room painter 1944-12-06
Movie In the Meantime, Darling Moorehousse 1944-09-22
Movie Can't Help Singing Bigelow (as Olin Howlin) 1944-12-25
Movie I'll Be Seeing You Train Vendor (uncredited) 1944-12-31
Movie A Stranger in Town Homer Todds 1943-04-01
Movie Dixie Mr. Deveraux (as Olin Howlin) 1943-06-23
Movie The Falcon Strikes Back Sheriff 1943-04-01
Movie The Sky's the Limit Driver (uncredited) 1943-07-13
Movie The Falcon and the Co-Eds Goodwillie, Bluecliff Driver 1943-11-10
Movie Home in Wyomin' Sunrise (as Olin Howlin) 1942-04-29
Movie Dr. Broadway The Professor 1942-05-09
Movie This Gun for Hire Blair Fletcher (as Olin Howlin) 1942-04-24
Movie In Old California Undetermined Minor Role 1942-05-31
Movie The Man Who Wouldn't Die Jonathan Meek 1942-04-27
Movie Blondie's Blessed Event Office Worker (uncredited) 1942-04-09
Movie Ridin' Down the Canyon Jailer 1942-12-30
Movie Henry and Dizzy Frank Stevens 1942-06-05
Movie Secrets of the Underground Oscar Mayberry (as Olin Howlin) 1942-12-18
Movie You Can't Escape Forever Cemetery Organist (uncredited) 1942-10-10
Movie Ten Gentlemen from West Point Carpenter (uncredited) 1942-06-26
Movie Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch Jacob Diezel 1942-10-01
Movie The Shepherd of the Hills Corky 1941-07-18
Movie Belle Starr Jasper Trench 1941-09-12
Movie You're in the Army Now Farmer 1941-12-25
Movie Buy Me That Town Constable Sam Smedley (as Olin Howlin) 1941-10-03
Movie Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring Dr. Williams (as Olin Howlin) 1941-11-18
Movie Young Tom Edison Telegrapher (Indian Attack) 1940-03-15
Movie Young People Station Master 1940-08-30
Movie The Doctor Takes a Wife Hotel Clerk 1940-04-25
Movie Just a Cute Kid Dr. Clump 1940-10-05
Movie Chad Hanna Cisco Tridd 1940-12-25
Movie Zenobia Attorney Culpepper 1939-04-21
Movie Nancy Drew... Reporter Police Sergeant Entwhistle 1939-02-18
Movie Made for Each Other Farmer 1939-02-10
Movie One Hour To Live Clerk 1939-11-10
Movie Blondie Brings Up Baby Encyclopedia Salesman 1939-11-08
Movie Four Wives Joe - a Policeman (uncredited) 1939-12-22
Movie Gone with the Wind A Carpetbagger Businessman 1939-12-15
Movie Days of Jesse James Muncie Undersheriff 1939-12-20
Movie The Return of Doctor X Undertaker 1939-11-23
Movie Kentucky Moonshine Tom Slack 1938-05-20
Movie The Girl of the Golden West Trinidad Joe 1938-03-18
Movie Merrily We Live Jed Smith 1938-03-04
Movie When Were You Born Peter Finlay 1938-06-18
Movie The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mr. Dobbins - Schoolmaster 1938-02-11
Movie Little Tough Guy Baxter 1938-07-22
Movie Brother Rat Slim 1938-10-29
Movie Sweethearts Appleby 1938-12-30
Movie The Mad Miss Manton Mr. X, the Safecracker 1938-10-21
Movie Mountain Music Pappy Burnside 1937-06-18
Movie Men In Exile Jones 1937-04-04
Movie Marry the Girl Southern sales manager 1937-07-13
Movie Wife, Doctor and Nurse Doorman 1937-09-17
Movie The Bad Man of Brimstone Stagecoach Driver 1937-12-31
Movie Nothing Sacred Baggage Man 1937-11-25
Movie Stand-In Hotel manager 1937-10-29
Movie The Big Noise Harrison 1936-06-21
Movie Road Gang Prison Farm Doctor 1936-03-28
Movie I Married a Doctor Dave Dyer 1936-01-01
Movie Satan Met a Lady Detective Dunhill 1936-07-22
Movie Man Hunt Court Starrett 1936-01-29
Movie Snowed Under Bridgeport Sheriff (uncredited) 1936-03-29
Movie Earthworm Tractors Mr. Blair 1936-07-24
Movie Gold Diggers of 1937 Dr. MacDuffy 1936-12-28
Movie Country Gentlemen Lawyer 1936-11-08
Movie The Case of the Velvet Claws Wilbur Strong 1936-08-15
Movie The Longest Night Smythe, Floorwalker 1936-10-02
Movie The Case of the Curious Bride Wilbur Strong 1935-04-13
Movie Folies Bergère de Paris Stage Manager 1935-02-22
Movie Little Big Shot Doc (uncredited) 1935-09-07
Movie Naughty Marietta Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited) 1935-03-29
Movie The Case of the Lucky Legs Dr. Croker 1935-10-05
Movie The Widow from Monte Carlo Eaves 1935-12-19
Movie Dr. Socrates Bob Catlett 1935-10-19
Movie Wagon Wheels Bill O'Leary 1934-09-15
Movie Blondie Johnson Eddie 1933-02-25
Movie Golden Harvest Wheat Farmer (uncredited) 1933-09-21
Movie Little Women Mr. Davis (uncredited) 1933-11-24
Movie So Big! Jacob Dogadunk (uncredited) 1932-04-30
Movie Over the Hill Isaac as an Adult 1931-11-29
Movie Zander the Great Elmer Lovejoy 1925-05-01
Movie Janice Meredith Philemon 1924-12-08
Movie Danse macabre Unknown 1922-03-08