Biography

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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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 111

Birthday 1886-02-10

Day of Death 1959-09-20

Place of Birth Denver, Colorado, USA

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Also Known As

  • Olin Howlin

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2003 Complicated Women as Himself (archive footage)
1958 The Blob as The Old Man
1957 Bombers B-52 as Joe (uncredited)
1957 The Real McCoys (5 episodes)
1957 The Storm Rider as Will Collins
1956 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1 episode)
1954 Them! as Jensen
1953 So This Is Love as Mailman
1952 Mr. & Mrs. North (2 episodes)
1952 Hopalong Cassidy (1 episode)
1951 Fighting Coast Guard as Desk Clerk (as Olin Howlin)
1951 Santa Fe as Dan Dugan
1950 Lux Video Theatre (3 episodes)
1950 Rock Island Trail as Saloonkeeper
1950 Father Makes Good as Milo Williams
1949 Bad Men of Tombstone as Store Proprietor (as Olin Howlin)
1948 The Paleface as Jonathan Sloane, undertaker
1948 Station West as Cook at Logging Camp (as Olin Howlin)
1948 Relentless as Veterinarian
1948 The Dude Goes West as Finnegan
1948 The Return of the Whistler as Jeff Anderson
1947 I Walk Alone as Ed the Watchman (uncredited)
1947 Living in a Big Way as Gardener
1947 Easy Come, Easy Go as Gas Man
1947 Angel and the Badman as Bradley (as Olin Howlin)
1947 Apache Rose as Alkali (as Olin Howlin)
1946 Crime Doctor's Man Hunt as Marcus Le Blaine
1945 Dakota as Devlin's Driver (as Olin Howlin)
1945 Fallen Angel as Joe Ellis (uncredited)
1945 Senorita from the West as Justice of Peace
1945 Santa Fe Saddlemates as Dead Eye
1945 Sheriff of Cimarron as Pinky Snyder
1945 Grissly's Millions as Andrews
1944 I'll Be Seeing You as Train Vendor (uncredited)
1944 Can't Help Singing as Bigelow (as Olin Howlin)
1944 Nothing But Trouble as Room painter
1944 In the Meantime, Darling as Moorehousse
1944 Man from Frisco as Eben Whelock
1944 Bermuda Mystery as Gas Station Owner
1944 Twilight on the Prairie as Jed (as Olin Howlin)
1943 The Falcon and the Co-Eds as Goodwillie, Bluecliff Driver
1943 The Sky's the Limit as Driver (uncredited)
1943 Dixie as Mr. Deveraux (as Olin Howlin)
1943 The Falcon Strikes Back as Sheriff
1943 A Stranger in Town as Homer Todds
1942 Ridin' Down the Canyon as Jailer
1942 Secrets of the Underground as Oscar Mayberry (as Olin Howlin)
1942 Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch as Jacob Diezel
1942 Ten Gentlemen From West Point as Carpenter
1942 Henry and Dizzy as Frank Stevens
1942 In Old California as Undetermined Minor Role
1942 This Gun for Hire as Blair Fletcher (as Olin Howlin)
1942 Dr. Broadway as The Professor
1942 The Man Who Wouldn't Die as Chief of Police Jonathan Meek (as Olin Howlin)
1942 Home in Wyomin' as Sunrise (as Olin Howlin)
1942 Blondie's Blessed Event as o.A.
1941 Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring as Dr. Williams (as Olin Howlin)
1941 Buy Me That Town as Constable Sam Smedley (as Olin Howlin)
1941 Belle Starr as Jasper Trench
1941 The Shepherd of the Hills as Corky
1940 Chad Hanna as Cisco Tridd
1940 Just a Cute Kid as Dr. Clump
1940 Young People as Station Master
1940 The Doctor Takes a Wife as Hotel Clerk
1940 Young Tom Edison as Telegrapher (Indian Attack)
1939 Four Wives as Joe - a Policeman (uncredited)
1939 Days of Jesse James as Muncie Undersheriff
1939 Gone with the Wind as A Carpetbagger Businessman
1939 The Return of Doctor X as Undertaker
1939 Blondie Brings Up Baby as Encyclopedia Salesman
1939 Zenobia as Attorney Culpepper
1939 Nancy Drew... Reporter as Police Sergeant Entwhistle
1939 Made for Each Other as Farmer
1938 Sweethearts as Appleby
1938 Brother Rat as Slim
1938 The Mad Miss Manton as Mr. X, the Safecracker
1938 Little Tough Guy as Baxter
1938 When Were You Born? as Peter Finlay
1938 Kentucky Moonshine as Tom Slack
1938 The Girl of the Golden West as Trinidad Joe
1938 Merrily We Live as Jed Smith (uncredited)
1938 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as Mr. Dobbins - Schoolmaster
1937 The Bad Man of Brimstone as Stagecoach Driver
1937 Nothing Sacred as Baggage Man
1937 Stand-In as Hotel manager
1937 Wife, Doctor and Nurse as Doorman
1937 Marry the Girl as Southern sales manager
1937 Men In Exile as Jones
1936 Gold Diggers of 1937 as Dr. MacDuffy
1936 Country Gentlemen as Lawyer
1936 The Case of the Velvet Claws as Wilbur Strong
1936 Earthworm Tractors as Mr. Blair
1936 Satan Met a Lady as Detective Dunhill
1936 The Big Noise as Harrison
1936 Road Gang as Prison Farm Doctor
1936 Man Hunt as Court Starrett
1936 I Married a Doctor as Dave Dyer
1935 The Widow from Monte Carlo as Eaves
1935 Dr. Socrates as Bob Catlett
1935 The Case of the Lucky Legs as Dr. Croker
1935 Little Big Shot as Doc - Kells' Henchman (uncredited)
1935 The Case of the Curious Bride as Coroner Wilbur Strong
1935 Folies Bergère de Paris as Stage Manager
1933 Little Women as Mr. Davis (uncredited)
1933 Golden Harvest as Wheat Farmer (uncredited)
1933 Blondie Johnson as Eddie
1932 So Big! as Jacob Dogadunk
1931 Over the Hill as Isaac as an Adult
1925 Zander the Great as Elmer Lovejoy
1924 Janice Meredith as Philemon
1922 Danse macabre

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