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William Demarest

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Carl William Demarest (February 27, 1892 – December 27, 1983) was an American character actor, known for playing Uncle Charley in My Three Sons. A veteran of World War I, Demarest became a prolific film and television actor, appearing in over 140 films, beginning in 1926 and ending in the 1970s. He frequently played crusty but good-hearted roles. Demarest started in show business working in vaudeville, appearing with his wife Estelle Collette (real name Esther Zychlin) as "Demarest and Colette", then moved on to Broadway. Demarest worked regularly with director Preston Sturges, becoming part of a "stock" troupe of actors that Sturges repeatedly cast in his films. He appeared in ten films written by Sturges, eight of which were under his direction, including The Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels and The Miracle of Morgan's Creek. Demarest was such a familiar figure at the Paramount studio that just his name was used in the movie Sunset Boulevard as a potential star for William Holden's unsold baseball screenplay. Demarest appeared with veteran western film star Roscoe Ates in the 1958 episode "And the Desert Shall Blossom" of CBS's Alfred Hitchcock Presents. In the story line, Ates and Demarest appear as old timers living in the Nevada desert. The local sheriff, played by Ben Johnson, appears with an eviction notice, but he agrees to let the pair stay on their property if they can make a dead rosebush bloom within the next month. In 1959 Demarest was named the lead actor of the 18-week sitcom Love and Marriage on NBC in the 1959–1960 season. Demarest played William Harris, the owner of a failing music company who refuses to handle popular rock and roll music, which presumably might save the firm from bankruptcy. Joining Demarest on the series were Jeanne Bal, Murray Hamilton and Stubby Kaye. Demarest appeared as Police Chief Aloysius of the Santa Rosita Police Department in the film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), as well as on a memorable episode ("What's in the Box") of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone as a hen-pecked husband driven to the murder of his wife. His most famous television role was in the ABC and then CBS sitcom My Three Sons from 1965 to 1972, playing Uncle Charley O'Casey. He replaced William Frawley, whose failing health had made procuring insurance impossible. Demarest had worked with Fred MacMurray previously in the films Hands Across the Table (1935), Pardon My Past (1945), On Our Merry Way (1948), and The Far Horizons (1955) and was a personal friend of MacMurray. Also, he worked with Irene Dunne in Never a Dull Moment (1950).

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Feb 27, 1892 In St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Finger Prints 1927-01-08
Latest Project:
Movie Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood 1976-07-26
Known For
Poster of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Poster of The Palm Beach Story
Poster of The Lady Eve
Poster of The Night Court
Movie Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood Studio Gatekeeper 1976-07-26
Movie The Wild McCullochs Father Gurkin 1975-05-21
Series Ellery Queen Unknown 1975-09-11
Movie Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Mr. Harris 1973-10-10
Movie That Darn Cat! Mr. MacDougall 1965-12-02
Movie Viva Las Vegas Mr. Martin 1964-02-08
Series The Greatest Show on Earth Unknown 1963-09-17
Movie Son of Flubber Mr. Hummel 1963-01-16
Movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Police Chief Aloysius 1963-11-07
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series Going My Way Unknown 1962-10-03
Movie Twenty Plus Two Slocum 1961-08-13
Movie King of the Roaring 20's – The Story of Arnold Rothstein Henry Hecht 1961-06-11
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Movie Gunfight at Black Horses Canyon Jeb 1961-10-17
Series My Three Sons Charley O'Casey 1960-09-29
Movie Pepe Movie Studio Gateman 1960-12-21
Series Love and Marriage William Harris 1959-09-21
Series The Rebel Unknown 1959-10-04
Series The Twilight Zone Joe Britt 1959-10-02
Series Tales of Wells Fargo Jeb Gaine (credit only) 1957-03-18
Movie The Rawhide Years Brand Comfort 1956-04-13
Movie The Mountain Father Belacchi 1956-11-14
Movie The Far Horizons Sgt. Gass 1955-07-04
Movie Jupiter's Darling Mago 1955-02-18
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie The Private War of Major Benson John 1955-08-02
Movie Lucy Gallant Charles Madden 1955-10-20
Movie Hell on Frisco Bay Dan Bianco 1955-12-01
Movie Sincerely Yours Sam Dunne 1955-11-05
Movie The Yellow Mountain Jackpot Wray 1954-11-16
Movie The Lady Wants Mink Harvey Jones 1953-03-29
Movie Dangerous When Wet Pa Higgins 1953-06-18
Movie Escape from Fort Bravo Campbell 1953-12-04
Movie Here Come the Girls Dennis Logan 1953-10-22
Movie What Price Glory Corporal Kiper 1952-08-22
Movie The Blazing Forest Syd Jessup 1952-12-01
Movie Behave Yourself! O'Ryan 1951-09-22
Movie The First Legion Monsignor Michael Carey 1951-05-04
Movie Excuse My Dust Harvey Bullitt 1951-06-27
Movie The Strip Fluff 1951-08-01
Movie When Willie Comes Marching Home Herman Kluggs 1950-02-01
Movie He's a Cockeyed Wonder Bob Sears 1950-02-12
Movie Never a Dull Moment Mears 1950-08-19
Movie Riding High Happy 1950-04-12
Movie Sorrowful Jones Regret 1949-07-04
Movie Red, Hot and Blue Charlie Baxter, Press Agent 1949-09-05
Movie Jolson Sings Again Steve Martin 1949-08-17
Movie On Our Merry Way Floyd 1948-02-03
Movie The Sainted Sisters Vern Tewilliger 1948-04-30
Movie Night Has a Thousand Eyes Lt. Shawn 1948-10-13
Movie Whispering Smith Bill Dansing 1948-12-09
Movie The Perils of Pauline George 'Mac' McGuire 1947-07-04
Movie Variety Girl Barker 1947-08-29
Movie Our Hearts Were Growing Up Peanuts Schultz 1946-06-14
Movie The Jolson Story Steve Martin 1946-10-10
Movie Salty O'Rourke Smitty 1945-03-22
Movie Pardon My Past Chuck Gibson 1945-12-24
Movie Along Came Jones George Fury 1945-07-19
Movie Duffy's Tavern William Demarest 1945-09-28
Movie Hollywood Victory Caravan Bill, the Security Guard 1945-09-30
Movie Once Upon a Time Brandt 1944-06-29
Movie Nine Girls Walter Cummings 1944-02-17
Movie The Great Moment Eben Frost 1944-07-18
Movie Hail the Conquering Hero Sgt. Heppelfinger 1944-08-09
Movie Stage Door Canteen William Demarest 1943-06-24
Movie Dangerous Blondes Detective Gatling 1943-09-23
Movie The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek Constable Edmund Kockenlocker 1943-12-24
Movie True to Life Uncle Jake 1943-12-24
Movie My Favorite Spy Flower Pot Policeman 1942-06-12
Movie True to the Army Sgt. Butts 1942-03-21
Movie Pardon My Sarong Detective Kendall 1942-08-07
Movie All Through the Night Sunshine 1942-01-10
Movie Johnny Doughboy Harry Fabian 1942-12-31
Movie Life Begins at Eight-Thirty Police Officer 1942-12-09
Movie The Palm Beach Story First Member Ale and Quail Club 1942-08-28
Movie Behind the Eight Ball McKenzie 1942-12-04
Movie Rookies on Parade Mike Brady 1941-04-16
Movie The Devil and Miss Jones First Detective 1941-04-11
Movie The Lady Eve Muggsy 1941-02-25
Movie Ride on Vaquero Bartender Barney 1941-04-18
Movie Country Fair Stogie McPhee 1941-05-05
Movie Glamour Boy Papa Doran 1941-12-05
Movie Sullivan's Travels Mr. Jones 1941-11-30
Movie Dressed to Kill Inspector Pierson 1941-08-08
Movie The Great McGinty Skeeters - The Politician 1940-08-01
Movie The Farmer's Daughter Victor Walsh 1940-03-29
Movie Comin' Round the Mountain Unknown 1940-08-16
Movie Wolf of New York Bill Ennis 1940-01-23
Movie The Golden Fleecing Swallow 1940-08-16
Movie Little Men Constable Tom Thorpe 1940-11-29
Movie Christmas in July Mr. Bildocker 1940-10-25
Movie King of the Turf Arnold 1939-02-17
Movie The Great Man Votes Charles Dole 1939-01-13
Movie The Gracie Allen Murder Case Police Sgt. Ernest Heath 1939-06-02
Movie The Cowboy Quarterback Rusty Walker 1939-07-29
Movie Laugh It Off Barney 'Gimpy' Cole 1939-12-01
Movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Bill Griffith 1939-10-19
Movie Miracles for Sale Quinn 1939-08-10
Movie Romance on the Run Police Lt. Eckhardt 1938-05-11
Movie Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Harry Kipper 1938-03-18
Movie One Wild Night Collins 1938-06-02
Movie While New York Sleeps Red Miller 1938-12-16
Movie Josette Joe, Diner Owner 1938-06-03
Movie Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus Daro 1938-12-02
Movie Oh, Doctor Marty Short 1937-03-31
Movie The Hit Parade Parole Officer 1937-04-26
Movie Don't Tell the Wife Larry 'Horace' Tucker 1937-03-05
Movie Time Out for Romance Willoughby Sproggs 1937-02-10
Movie The Great Hospital Mystery Mr. Beatty 1937-05-14
Movie Wake Up and Live Radio Center Tour Guide 1937-08-23
Movie The Great Gambini Sergeant Kirby 1937-06-24
Movie Rosalie Army Coach 1937-12-24
Movie Big City Mr. Beecher 1937-09-03
Movie Easy Living Wallace Whistling 1937-07-16
Movie Blonde Trouble Paul Sears 1937-08-06
Movie Wedding Present 'Smiles' Benson 1936-10-09
Movie Love on the Run Editor 1936-11-20
Movie Mind Your Own Business Droopy 1936-12-18
Movie Charlie Chan at the Opera Sergeant Kelly 1936-12-04
Movie The Murder Man 'Red' Maguire 1935-07-12
Movie After Office Hours Police Detective (uncredited) 1935-02-22
Movie Bright Lights Detective 1935-07-27
Movie The Casino Murder Case Auctioneer 1935-03-15
Movie Diamond Jim Harry Hill 1935-09-01
Movie White Lies Roberts 1935-12-27
Movie Hands Across the Table Regi's Date Natty (uncredited) 1935-10-18
Movie Fog Over Frisco Spike Smith 1934-06-02
Movie Fugitive Lady Steve Rogers 1934-12-10
Movie Many Happy Returns Brinker 1934-06-08
Movie A Girl in Every Port Man in Bombay (uncredited) 1928-02-26
Movie The Crash Louie 1928-01-01
Movie Pay as You Enter Unknown 1928-05-12
Movie Simple Sis Unknown 1927-06-01
Movie A Million Bid George Lamont 1927-05-27
Movie Finger Prints Cuffs Egan 1927-01-08
Movie What Happened To Father Detective Dibbin 1927-06-25
Movie The First Auto The Village Cut-Up 1927-09-18
Movie The Night Court Defense Counsel 1927-11-15
Movie The Jazz Singer Buster Billings (uncredited) 1927-10-06
Movie A Sailor's Sweetheart Unknown 1927-09-24