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Douglas Fowley (May 30, 1911 – May 21, 1998) was an American movie and television actor.

Fowley was born Daniel Vincent Fowley in The Bronx, New York. The 5'11" actor is probably best remembered for his role as the movie director Roscoe Dexter in Singing in the Rain (1952). The actor appeared in over 240 films and later in dozens of television programs. Fowley's films include Twenty Mule Team, Mighty Joe Young, Battleground, Armored Car Robbery, Chick Carter, Detective, The Naked Jungle, The High and the Mighty and Walking Tall.

Fowley began acting while attending St. Francis Xavier Military Academy. After nightclub performing and stage work, Fowley appeared in his first film alongside Spencer Tracy in The Mad Game in 1933. Early in his acting career he was usually cast as movie heavies or gangsters in B-movies including Charlie Chan and Laurel and Hardy features. Fowley, with then-wife contract actress Shelby Payne, is the father of 1960s record producer Kim Fowley.

In the 1950s, he appeared on NBC's The Donald O'Connor Show as himself, as a con man in two episodes of the NBC sitcom It's a Great Life, in Reed Hadley's legal drama, The Public Defender, on the ABC situation comedy The Pride of the Family, and on two Rod Cameron series, the syndicated City Detective and the western-themed State Trooper. The World War II veteran grew a long beard in the 1960s to play Gabby Hayes-like roles on television which was a contrast to his well-groomed looks in the 1940s and 1950s. He appeared in the syndicated 1959-1960 western Pony Express in the episode "Showdown at "Thirty Mile Ridge". Miracle of the White Stallions (1963).

Fowley was usually typecast as a villain; when not playing an actual criminal, he often portrayed an argumentative trouble-maker. Portraying a member of Tyrone Power's orchestra in Alexander's Ragtime Band, in the early scenes of the film Fowley's character quarrels with his bandmates, but this is not developed in the film's later scenes.

From 1966-1967, Fowley was a regular cast member in Pistols 'n' Petticoats, a CBS sitcom parodying the Old West, somewhat like Forrest Tucker's F Troop on ABC. Fowley played the elderly patriarch in a family of gun-toting women who needed no male assistance. His co-stars were Ruth McDevitt as his wife; Ann Sheridan as his daughter (who died in real life two months before the series ended), and Gary Vinson as Sheriff Harold Sikes.

Fowley continued to act into the 1970s and was frequently billed as "Douglas V. Fowley". One of his last roles was as Delaney Rafferty (opposite Patsy Kelly) in Disney's The North Avenue Irregulars, in which he dressed in drag.

Fowley died nine days prior to his 87th birthday.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Douglas Fowley, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Douglas Fowley (May 30, 1911 – May 21, 1998) was an American movie and television actor.

Fowley was born Daniel Vincent Fowley in The Bronx, New York. The 5'11" actor is probably best remembered for his role as the movie director Roscoe Dexter in Singing in the Rain (1952). The actor appeared in over 240 films and later in dozens of television programs. Fowley's films include Twenty Mule Team, Mighty Joe Young, Battleground, Armored Car Robbery, Chick Carter, Detective, The Naked Jungle, The High and the Mighty and Walking Tall.

Fowley began acting while attending St. Francis Xavier Military Academy. After nightclub performing and stage work, Fowley appeared in his first film alongside Spencer Tracy in The Mad Game in 1933. Early in his acting career he was usually cast as movie heavies or gangsters in B-movies including Charlie Chan and Laurel and Hardy features. Fowley, with then-wife contract actress Shelby Payne, is the father of 1960s record producer Kim Fowley.

In the 1950s, he appeared on NBC's The Donald O'Connor Show as himself, as a con man in two episodes of the NBC sitcom It's a Great Life, in Reed Hadley's legal drama, The Public Defender, on the ABC situation comedy The Pride of the Family, and on two Rod Cameron series, the syndicated City Detective and the western-themed State Trooper. The World War II veteran grew a long beard in the 1960s to play Gabby Hayes-like roles on television which was a contrast to his well-groomed looks in the 1940s and 1950s. He appeared in the syndicated 1959-1960 western Pony Express in the episode "Showdown at "Thirty Mile Ridge". Miracle of the White Stallions (1963).

Fowley was usually typecast as a villain; when not playing an actual criminal, he often portrayed an argumentative trouble-maker. Portraying a member of Tyrone Power's orchestra in Alexander's Ragtime Band, in the early scenes of the film Fowley's character quarrels with his bandmates, but this is not developed in the film's later scenes.

From 1966-1967, Fowley was a regular cast member in Pistols 'n' Petticoats, a CBS sitcom parodying the Old West, somewhat like Forrest Tucker's F Troop on ABC. Fowley played the elderly patriarch in a family of gun-toting women who needed no male assistance. His co-stars were Ruth McDevitt as his wife; Ann Sheridan as his daughter (who died in real life two months before the series ended), and Gary Vinson as Sheriff Harold Sikes.

Fowley continued to act into the 1970s and was frequently billed as "Douglas V. Fowley". One of his last roles was as Delaney Rafferty (opposite Patsy Kelly) in Disney's The North Avenue Irregulars, in which he dressed in drag.

Fowley died nine days prior to his 87th birthday.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Douglas Fowley, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender -

Known Credits 237

Birthday 1911-05-30

Day of Death 1998-05-21

Place of Birth Bronx, New York, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Douglas V. Fowley
  • Doug Fowley

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2002 Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer as Himself (archive footage)
1994 Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone as Doc Holliday / Doc Fabrique (flashback sequences) (archive footage)
1979 Detective School (23 episodes)
1979 The North Avenue Irregulars as Delaney
1977 Sunshine Christmas as Stanley
1977 CHiPs (1 episode)
1977 The White Buffalo as Amos Bixby (Train Conductor / narrator)
1977 Black Oak Conspiracy as Bryan Hancock (as Douglas V. Fowley)
1976 From Noon Till Three as Buck Bowers
1975 Switch (1 episode)
1974 The Rockford Files (1 episode) as Ted (as Douglas V. Fowley)
1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1 episode)
1974 Homebodies as Mr. Crawford
1973 Walking Tall as Judge R.W. Clarke
1972 Run, Cougar, Run as Joe Bickley
1972 Kung Fu (1 episode)
1972 The Streets of San Francisco (1 episode)
1971 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (1 episode)
1969 The Good Guys and the Bad Guys as Grundy
1969 My World and Welcome to It (2 episodes)
1967 The Guns of Will Sonnett (1 episode)
1966 Pistols 'n' Petticoats (26 episodes)
1965 Laredo (1 episode)
1965 Guns of Diablo as Mr. Knudsen
1965 Branded (1 episode)
1964 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1 episode)
1964 Daniel Boone (1 episode)
1964 7 Faces of Dr. Lao as Toothless Cowboy
1963 The Bill Dana Show (1 episode)
1962 The Lucy Show (1 episode)
1962 The Virginian (2 episodes)
1961 Barabbas as Vasasio
1961 Buffalo Gun as Sheriff
1960 Desire in the Dust as Zuba Wilson
1960 The Andy Griffith Show (1 episode)
1960 My Three Sons (1 episode)
1959 Tightrope (1 episode)
1958 The Texan (1 episode)
1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (1 episode)
1958 Sea Hunt (1 episode)
1957 Raiders of Old California as Sheriff
1957 Trackdown (1 episode)
1957 Perry Mason (1 episode)
1957 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1 episode)
1957 Bayou as Emil Hebert
1957 The Badge of Marshal Brennan as Marshal Brennan
1957 Kelly and Me as Dave Gans
1956 Rock, Pretty Baby as Pop Wright
1956 Man from Del Rio as Doc Adams
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1 episode)
1956 State Trooper (2 episodes)
1956 Bandido! as McGhee
1956 The Broken Star as Thornton W. Wills
1955 Texas Lady as Clay Ballard (Clarion owner)
1955 The Great Gildersleeve (1 episode)
1955 Cheyenne (1 episode)
1955 The Girl Rush as Charlie - Stickman
1955 Gunsmoke (1 episode)
1955 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (52 episodes)
1955 The Lonesome Trail as Crazy Charley Bonesteel
1955 The Millionaire (1 episode)
1954 Deep in My Heart as Harold Butterfield
1954 December Bride (1 episode)
1954 Lassie (1 episode)
1954 The High and the Mighty as Alsop
1954 The Lone Gun as Bartender
1954 Casanova's Big Night as Second Prisoner
1954 Southwest Passage as Toad Ellis
1954 Untamed Heiress as Pal
1954 Public Defender (1 episode)
1954 The Naked Jungle as Medicine Man
1953 Red River Shore as Case Lockwood
1953 Cat-Women of the Moon as Walter 'Walt' Walters
1953 The Band Wagon as Auctioneer (uncredited)
1953 Cruisin' Down the River as Humphrey Hepburn
1953 A Slight Case of Larceny as Mr. White
1953 Kansas Pacific as Max Janus
1953 The Man Behind The Gun as Buckley Saloon Manager
1953 City Detective (2 episodes)
1952 Singin' in the Rain as Roscoe Dexter
1952 Just This Once as Frank Pirosh
1952 This Woman Is Dangerous as Saunders
1952 Finders Keepers as Franke Simmons
1951 Callaway Went Thataway as Gaffer (uncredited)
1951 Angels in the Outfield as Cab Driver (uncredited)
1951 South of Caliente as Dave Norris
1951 Across the Wide Missouri as Tin Cup Owens (uncredited)
1951 Criminal Lawyer as Harry Cheney
1951 The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (3 episodes)
1951 Tarzan's Peril as Herbert Trask
1950 Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone as Steve Kepplar
1950 Stage to Tucson as Ira Prentiss
1950 Rio Grande Patrol as Bragg Orcutt
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1950 Bunco Squad as Det. Sgt. Mack McManus
1950 Edge of Doom as 2nd Detective
1950 Armored Car Robbery as Benjamin 'Benny' McBride
1950 Rider from Tucson as Bob Rankin
1950 So You Think You're Not Guilty as Convict (uncredited)
1950 Killer Shark as Louie Bracado
1950 He's a Cockeyed Wonder as 'Crabs' Freeley
1949 Renegades of the Sage as Sloper
1949 Battleground as 'Kipp' Kippton
1949 Satan's Cradle as Steve Gentry
1949 Joe Palooka in the Counterpunch as Thurston
1949 Mighty Joe Young as Jones
1949 Massacre River as Simms
1949 Arson, Inc. as Frederick P. 'Fred' Fender
1949 Susanna Pass as Roberts aka Walter P. Johnson
1949 Search for Danger as The Inspector
1949 Flaxy Martin as Max, Detective
1948 Gun Smugglers as Steve Reeves
1948 The Denver Kid as Henchman Slip
1948 Joe Palooka in Winner Take All as Reporter
1948 Behind Locked Doors as Larson
1948 Coroner Creek as Stew Shallis
1948 Waterfront at Midnight as Joe Sargus
1948 The Dude Goes West as Beetle
1948 Docks of New Orleans as Grock
1948 If You Knew Susie as Marty
1947 Roses Are Red as Ace Oliver (as Doug Fowley)
1947 Merton of the Movies as Phil
1947 Ridin' Down the Trail as Mark Butler
1947 The Hucksters as Georgie Gaver
1947 The Gas House Kids in Hollywood as Mitch Gordon
1947 Jungle Flight as Tom Hammond
1947 The Trespasser as Bill Monroe
1947 Fun on a Weekend as Gambling House Owner
1947 Desperate as Pete Lavitch, Private Eye
1947 Three on a Ticket as Mace Morgan
1947 Yankee Fakir as Murgatroyd Bartholomew Davis
1947 Fall Guy as Inspector Shannon
1947 Undercover Maisie as Daniels
1947 Backlash as Red Bailey
1947 Scared to Death as Terry Lee
1947 Wild Country as Clark Varney
1946 North of the Border as Nails Nelson
1946 'Neath Canadian Skies as Ned Thompson
1946 High School Hero as Coach Carter
1946 Chick Carter, Detective as Rusty Farrell
1946 In Fast Company as Steve Trent
1946 Larceny in Her Heart as Doc H. C. Patterson
1946 The Glass Alibi as Joe Eykner
1946 Blonde Alibi as Henchman Willie (uncredited)
1946 Drifting Along as Jack Dailey
1945 Life with Blondie as Blackie Leonard
1945 Don't Fence Me In as Jack Gordon
1945 Along the Navajo Trail as J. Richard Bentley
1944 One Body Too Many as Henry Rutherford
1944 Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore as Rudy (uncredited)
1944 The Story of Dr. Wassell as Bit Part (uncredited)
1944 Detective Kitty O'Day as Harry Downs aka Jerry Benson
1944 And the Angels Sing as N.Y. Cafe Manager (uncredited)
1944 Shake Hands with Murder as Steve Morgan
1944 Rationing as Dixie Samson
1944 See Here, Private Hargrove as Capt. R.S. Manville
1944 Lady in the Death House as Dr. Dwight 'Brad' Bradford
1944 The Racket Man as Toby Sykes
1943 Riding High as Brown
1943 Minesweeper as Cutter Lieutenant Wells
1943 The Chance of a Lifetime as Nails Blanton (uncredited)
1943 Bar 20 as Henchman Slash
1943 The Kansan as Ben Nash
1943 Colt Comrades as Joe Brass
1943 Jitterbugs as Malcolm Bennett
1943 Gildersleeve's Bad Day as Louie Barton
1943 Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case as Wallace
1942 Stand by for Action as Ensign Martin
1942 Lost Canyon as Jeff Burton (as Doug Fowley)
1942 The Devil with Hitler as Walter Beeter
1942 For the Common Defense! as Dutch Mullner
1942 I Live on Danger as Joey Farr
1942 Mississippi Gambler as Chet Matthews
1942 So's Your Aunt Emma! as Gus Hammond
1942 Sunset on the Desert as Ramsay McCall
1942 Mr. Wise Guy as Bill Collins
1942 Hay Foot as Captain Rossmead
1941 Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case as Vincent Mackay
1941 Secrets of the Wastelands as Slade Salters
1941 Doctors Don't Tell as Joe Grant
1941 Tanks a Million as Capt. Rossmead
1941 Dangerous Lady as Police Sgt. Brent
1941 The Parson of Panamint as Chappie Ellerton
1940 Ellery Queen, Master Detective as Rocky Taylor
1940 East of the River as Cy Turner
1940 Cherokee Strip as Alf Barrett
1940 The Leather Pushers as Slick Connolly
1940 Pier 13 as Johnnie Hale
1940 Wagons Westward as Bill Marsden
1940 20 Mule Team as Stag Roper
1940 Cafe Hostess as Eddie Morgan
1939 Slightly Honorable as Madder
1939 Henry Goes Arizona as Ricky Dole
1939 Charlie Chan at Treasure Island as Peter Lewis
1939 It Could Happen to You as Freddie Barlow
1939 Boy Friend as Ed Boyd
1939 Lucky Night as George
1939 Dodge City as Munger
1939 Inside Story as Gus Brawley
1939 The Arizona Wildcat as Rufe Galloway
1938 Submarine Patrol as Seaman Pinky Brett
1938 Time Out for Murder as J.E. 'Dutch' Moran
1938 Keep Smiling as Cedric Hunt
1938 Passport Husband as Tiger Martin
1938 Alexander's Ragtime Band as Snapper
1938 Mr. Moto's Gamble as Nick Crowder
1938 Walking Down Broadway as Ace Wagner
1938 City Girl as Ritchie
1937 Love and Hisses as Webster
1937 Charlie Chan on Broadway as Johnny Burke
1937 Wake Up and Live as Herman
1937 One Mile From Heaven as Jim Tabor
1937 She Had to Eat as Duke Stacey
1937 Fifty Roads to Town as Dutch Nelson
1937 This Is My Affair as Alec
1937 On the Avenue as Eddie Eads
1937 Time Out for Romance as Roy Webster
1936 15 Maiden Lane as Nick Shelby
1936 Sing, Baby, Sing as Mac
1936 Crash Donovan as Harris
1936 36 Hours to Kill as Duke Benson
1936 Navy Born as Lt. Steve Bassett
1936 Small Town Girl as Chick Page (uncredited)
1936 Big Brown Eyes as Benny Battle
1936 Ring Around the Moon as Ted Curlew
1935 Two for Tonight as Pooch Donahue
1935 Old Man Rhythm as Oyster
1935 Princess O'Hara as Emcee (uncredited)
1935 Transient Lady as Matt Baxter
1935 Night Life of the Gods as Cyril Sparks
1934 Student Tour as Mushy
1934 The Girl from Missouri as New Bellboy with Vase (uncredited)
1934 Let's Talk It Over as Sailor Jones
1934 The Thin Man as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
1934 I Hate Women as Nelson
1934 Sleepers East as Gangster (uncredited)

Directing

1960 Macumba Love Director

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