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William Tannen (November 17, 1911 – December 2, 1976) was an American actor originally from New York City, who was best known for his role of Deputy Hal Norton in fifty-six episodes from 1956 to 1958 of the ABC/Desilu western television series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, with Hugh O'Brian as Deputy Marshal Wyatt Earp.

Tannen was also cast as Gyp Clements in the 1955 episode "The Buntline Special" of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. Beginning on September 11, 1956, in the second season of the series, with the setting moved from Wichita to Dodge City, Kansas, Tannen filled the Hal Norton role. His earliest episodes were "Fight or Run", "The Double Life of Dora Hand" and "Clay Allison", the latter two based on historical figures, the saloon singer and actor Dora Hand and the gunfighter Clay Allison. Some of his appearances were uncredited. His last credited role was "Doc Holliday Rewrites History" (May 6, 1958), with Myron Healey as the frontier gunfighter and dentist Doc Holliday. His last uncredited roles aired thereafter in May and June 1958, "Dig a Grave for Ben Thompson", based on the historical figure Ben Thompson played by Denver Pyle, "Frame-up", and "My Husband".

He was cast as Ike Clanton, not on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, but in the 1964 episode "After the OK Corral" of the syndicated western anthology series, Death Valley Days. Jim Davis portrayed Wyatt Earp in this particular episode. Tannen appeared twice, one role uncredited in Davis' earlier syndicated western series, Stories of the Century, including the role of Dutch Charlie in "Milt Sharp", the story of the stagecoach robber Milt Sharp.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

William Tannen (November 17, 1911 – December 2, 1976) was an American actor originally from New York City, who was best known for his role of Deputy Hal Norton in fifty-six episodes from 1956 to 1958 of the ABC/Desilu western television series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, with Hugh O'Brian as Deputy Marshal Wyatt Earp.

Tannen was also cast as Gyp Clements in the 1955 episode "The Buntline Special" of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. Beginning on September 11, 1956, in the second season of the series, with the setting moved from Wichita to Dodge City, Kansas, Tannen filled the Hal Norton role. His earliest episodes were "Fight or Run", "The Double Life of Dora Hand" and "Clay Allison", the latter two based on historical figures, the saloon singer and actor Dora Hand and the gunfighter Clay Allison. Some of his appearances were uncredited. His last credited role was "Doc Holliday Rewrites History" (May 6, 1958), with Myron Healey as the frontier gunfighter and dentist Doc Holliday. His last uncredited roles aired thereafter in May and June 1958, "Dig a Grave for Ben Thompson", based on the historical figure Ben Thompson played by Denver Pyle, "Frame-up", and "My Husband".

He was cast as Ike Clanton, not on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, but in the 1964 episode "After the OK Corral" of the syndicated western anthology series, Death Valley Days. Jim Davis portrayed Wyatt Earp in this particular episode. Tannen appeared twice, one role uncredited in Davis' earlier syndicated western series, Stories of the Century, including the role of Dutch Charlie in "Milt Sharp", the story of the stagecoach robber Milt Sharp.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 91

Birthday 1911-11-17

Day of Death 1976-12-02

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Bill Tannan
  • Billy Tannen
  • Bill Tannen
  • William J. Tannen
  • Bill Tanmen

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1966 Batman as American Delegate (uncredited)
1960 Noose for a Gunman as Willetts (as Bill Tannen)
1958 Touch of Evil as Marcia Linnekar's Attorney (uncredited)
1957 Perry Mason(1 episode) as Frank - Studio Guard
1956 Blackjack Ketchum Desperado as Dee Havalik
1955 Devil Goddess as Nels Comstock
1955 Gunsmoke(2 episodes)
1955 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp(3 episodes)
1955 Dial Red O as Devon
1954 Sitting Bull as O'Connor
1954 The Law vs. Billy the Kid as Dave Rudabaugh
1954 Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl as Steve Castle
1954 Jesse James vs. the Daltons as Emmett Dalton
1954 The Golden Idol as Sergeant Reed
1953 El Paso Stampede as Henchman Joe
1953 Jack McCall Desperado as Spargo
1953 99 River Street as Director
1952 Road Agent as Toll Gate Guard
1952 Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land as 'Doc' Edwards
1952 Dangerous Assignment(1 episode)
1951 The Adventures of Kit Carson(1 episode)
1951 Roaring City as Ed Gannon
1951 Insurance Investigator as 1st Hood
1951 A Yank in Korea as Lt. Lewis
1950 The Flying Missile as Lieutenant
1950 Pygmy Island as Kruger
1950 Three Secrets as Bobby Lynch
1950 Sunset in the West as John Kimball (as William J. Tannen)
1950 Riders of the Range as Trump Dixon
1950 Chain Gang as Harry Cleaver
1949 All the King's Men as Man in City Bar
1949 The Mysterious Desperado as Bart Barton
1949 The Gal Who Took the West as Lee Cowhand
1948 An Innocent Affair as Gaylord
1946 Our Old Car as Officer Donahue (uncredited)
1946 The Lady or the Tiger? as Frank R. Stockton
1945 The Great Morgan
1944 The Canterville Ghost as Jordan
1943 For God and Country as Captain
1943 Air Raid Wardens as Joseph
1942 Stand by for Action as Flag Lt. Dudley
1942 The Affairs of Martha as Mechanic
1942 Fingers at the Window as Devlan - Reporter
1942 Nazi Agent as Ludwig
1942 Joe Smith, American as Eddie
1942 Woman of the Year as Ellis
1941 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as Intern Fenwick
1941 Whistling in the Dark as Robert Graves
1941 Down in San Diego as Matt Herman
1941 The Big Store as Fred Sutton
1941 I'll Wait for You as Driver
1940 Flight Command as Lieut. Freddy Townsend
1940 Gallant Sons as Spath, a Gangster
1940 Sky Murder as Gus
1940 Wyoming as Sgt. Reynolds
1940 Boom Town as Hotel Desk Clerk #1 (uncredited)
1940 I Love You Again as Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
1940 Sporting Blood as Ted Milner
1940 Andy Hardy Meets Debutante as Mr. Franklin - Radio M.C. (voice)
1940 New Moon as Pierre
1940 Phantom Raiders as Sailor
1940 The Mortal Storm as Nazi Clerk
1940 Florian as Sergeant
1940 Broadway Melody of 1940 as Harmon
1939 The Secret of Dr. Kildare as Bates - Intern
1939 Fast and Furious as Radio Announcer
1939 Miracles For Sale as Spectator in Theatre Box
1939 It's a Wonderful World as Actor as 'Soldier' (uncredited)
1939 The Hardys Ride High as Hotel Desk Clerk
1939 Broadway Serenade as Assistant Stage Manager
1939 Within the Law as Green's Clerk
1939 The Ice Follies of 1939 as Assistant Doorman
1939 Four Girls in White as Doctor at Accident
1939 Stand Up and Fight as Lewis, Arnold's Henchman
1939 Another Thin Man as State Trooper
1937 When Love Is Young as Norman Crocker
1936 Women Are Trouble as Reporter
1936 Fury as Governor's Aide (uncredited)
1936 Speed as Intern Attending Terry
1935 She Couldn't Take It as Cesar
1935 Murder in the Fleet as Pee Wee Adams
1934 The Bands Plays On as Rosy Rosenberg
1934 My Grandfather's Clock as Ronny Belvedere

Directing

2006 Night Of TerrorDirector
2005 The CutterDirector
2003 Nobody Knows Anything!Director
1999 Love Lies BleedingDirector
1993 Inside EdgeDirector
1988 Hero and the TerrorDirector
1987 Deadly IllusionDirector
1984 FlashpointDirector

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