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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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Born:
Feb 27, 1892 In St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
121
First Appeared:
In the movie Finger Prints 1927-01-08
Latest Project:
Movie The Wild McCullochs 1975-05-21

William Demarest Movies Filmography

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Filmography
Movie
The Wild McCullochs
Father Gurkin 1975-05-21
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 1964-04-23
Movie
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Police Chief Aloysius 1963-11-07
Movie
Son of Flubber
Mr. Hummel 1963-01-16
Movie
Gunfight at Black Horses Canyon
Jeb 1961-10-17
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
Movie
Pepe
Movie Studio Gateman 1960-12-21
Series
My Three Sons
Charley O'Casey 1960-09-29
Series
The Rebel
Unknown 1959-10-04
Series
The Twilight Zone
Unknown 1959-10-02
Movie
The Mountain
Father Belacchi 1956-11-14
Movie
The Rawhide Years
Brand Comfort 1956-04-13
Movie
The Private War of Major Benson
John 1955-08-02
Movie
Jupiter's Darling
Mago 1955-02-18
Movie
The Far Horizons
Sgt. Gass 1955-05-20
Movie
Hell on Frisco Bay
Dan Bianco 1955-12-01
Series
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie
Lucy Gallant
Charles Madden 1955-10-20
Movie
Sincerely Yours
Sam Dunne 1955-11-05
Movie
The Yellow Mountain
Jackpot Wray 1954-11-16
Movie
Escape from Fort Bravo
Campbell 1953-12-04
Movie
Here Come the Girls
Dennis Logan 1953-10-22
Movie
Dangerous When Wet
Pa Higgins 1953-07-03
Movie
The Lady Wants Mink
Harvey Jones 1953-03-29
Movie
The Blazing Forest
Syd Jessup 1952-12-01
Movie
What Price Glory
Corporal Kiper 1952-08-22
Movie
Behave Yourself!
O'Ryan 1951-03-15
Movie
The Strip
Fluff 1951-08-01
Movie
Riding High
Happy 1950-04-12
Movie
He's a Cockeyed Wonder
Bob Sears 1950-02-12
Movie
When Willie Comes Marching Home
Herman Kluggs 1950-02-01
Movie
Red, Hot and Blue
Charlie Baxter, Press Agent 1949-09-05
Movie
Jolson Sings Again
Steve Martin 1949-08-17
Movie
Sorrowful Jones
Regret 1949-07-04
Movie
On Our Merry Way
Floyd 1948-02-03
Movie
Night Has a Thousand Eyes
Lt. Shawn 1948-10-13
Movie
Whispering Smith
Bill Dansing 1948-12-09
Movie
The Sainted Sisters
Vern Tewilliger 1948-04-30
Movie
Variety Girl
Barker 1947-08-29
Movie
The Perils of Pauline
George 'Mac' McGuire 1947-07-04
Movie
The Jolson Story
Steve Martin 1946-10-10
Movie
Our Hearts Were Growing Up
Peanuts Schultz 1946-06-14
Movie
Along Came Jones
George Fury 1945-07-19
Movie
Salty O'Rourke
Smitty 1945-03-22
Movie
Pardon My Past
Chuck Gibson 1945-12-24
Movie
Duffy's Tavern
William Demarest 1945-09-28
Movie
Hollywood Victory Caravan
Bill, the Security Guard 1945-09-30
Movie
The Great Moment
Eben Frost 1944-09-06
Movie
Hail the Conquering Hero
Sgt. Heppelfinger 1944-08-09
Movie
Once Upon a Time
Brandt 1944-06-29
Movie
Nine Girls
Walter Cummings 1944-02-17
Movie
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
Constable Edmund Kockenlocker 1943-12-24
Movie
True to Life
Uncle Jake 1943-12-24
Movie
Dangerous Blondes
Detective Gatling 1943-09-23
Movie
Stage Door Canteen
William Demarest 1943-06-24
Movie
All Through the Night
Sunshine 1942-01-10
Movie
True to the Army
Sgt. Butts 1942-03-21
Movie
My Favorite Spy
Flower Pot Policeman 1942-06-12
Movie
The Palm Beach Story
First Member Ale and Quail Club 1942-08-28
Movie
Pardon My Sarong
Detective Kendall 1942-08-07
Movie
Behind the Eight Ball
McKenzie 1942-12-04
Movie
Life Begins at Eight-Thirty
Police Officer 1942-12-09
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
Country Fair
Stogie McPhee 1941-05-05
Movie
Ride on Vaquero
Bartender Barney 1941-04-18
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
Wolf of New York
Bill Ennis 1940-01-23
Movie
The Farmer's Daughter
Victor Walsh 1940-03-29
Movie
The Great McGinty
Skeeters - The Politician 1940-08-01
Movie
Comin' Round the Mountain
1940-08-16
Movie
Christmas in July
Mr. Bildocker 1940-10-25
Movie
Little Men
Constable Tom Thorpe 1940-11-29
Movie
The Golden Fleecing
Swallow 1940-08-16
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 1939-08-14
Movie
The Cowboy Quarterback
Rusty Walker 1939-07-29
Movie
The Gracie Allen Murder Case
Police Sgt. Ernest Heath 1939-06-02
Movie
King of the Turf
Arnold 1939-02-17
Movie
The Great Man Votes
Charles Dole 1939-01-13
Movie
Romance on the Run
Police Lt. Eckhardt 1938-05-11
Movie
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Harry Kipper 1938-03-18
Movie
Josette
Joe, Diner Owner 1938-06-03
Movie
While New York Sleeps
Red Miller 1938-12-16
Movie
Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus
Daro 1938-12-02
Movie
The Great Hospital Mystery
Mr. Beatty 1937-05-14
Movie
Time Out for Romance
Willoughby Sproggs 1937-02-10
Movie
Don't Tell the Wife
Larry 'Horace' Tucker 1937-03-05
Movie
Oh, Doctor
Marty Short 1937-03-31
Movie
The Great Gambini
Sergeant Kirby 1937-06-24
Movie
Easy Living
Wallace Whistling 1937-07-16
Movie
Blonde Trouble
Paul Sears 1937-08-06
Movie
Big City
Mr. Beecher 1937-09-03
Movie
Rosalie
Army Coach 1937-12-24
Movie
Mind Your Own Business
Droopy 1936-12-18
Movie
Charlie Chan at the Opera
Sergeant Kelly 1936-12-04
Movie
Love on the Run
Editor 1936-11-20
Movie
Wedding Present
'Smiles' Benson 1936-10-09
Movie
The Murder Man
'Red' Maguire 1935-07-12
Movie
After Office Hours
Police Detective (uncredited) 1935-02-22
Movie
The Casino Murder Case
Auctioneer 1935-03-15
Movie
White Lies
Roberts 1935-12-27
Movie
Bright Lights
Detective 1935-07-27
Movie
Diamond Jim
Harry Hill 1935-09-01
Movie
Hands Across the Table
Regi's Date Natty (uncredited) 1935-10-18
Movie
Fugitive Lady
Steve Rogers 1934-12-10
Movie
Fog Over Frisco
Spike Smith 1934-06-02
Movie
A Girl in Every Port
Man in Bombay (uncredited) 1928-02-26
Movie
The Crash
Louie 1928-01-01
Movie
The Jazz Singer
Buster Billings (uncredited) 1927-10-06
Movie
The First Auto
The Village Cut-Up 1927-09-18
Movie
What Happened To Father
Detective Dibbin 1927-06-25
Movie
A Million Bid
George Lamont 1927-05-27
Movie
Finger Prints
Cuffs Egan 1927-01-08

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