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William Henry "Will" Wright (March 26, 1894, San Francisco, California - June 19, 1962, Los Angeles, California) was an American character actor. He was frequently cast in westerns and in curmudgeonly roles. Over the course of his career, Wright appeared in more than 200 film and television roles. He started his acting career in vaudeville and later moved to the stage, then on to movies, radio, and television.

Among the films in which Wright appeared are Shadow of the Thin Man (1941), The Major and the Minor (1943), So Proudly We Hail! (1943), Road to Utopia (1946), Mother Wore Tights (1947), Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), Little Women (1949), Walk Softly, Stranger (1950), Sunset in the West (1950), People Will Talk (1951), The Happy Time (1952), River of No Return (1954), The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), Jeanne Eagels (1957), and Gunman's Walk (1958). One of his most famous and memorable film roles was corrupt city official Dolph Pillsbury in the Academy Award-winning All the King's Men (1949).

Wright provided the voice of Friend Owl in Walt Disney's animated film Bambi (1942). He guest starred on several television series.

Will Wright died of cancer in 1962.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

William Henry "Will" Wright (March 26, 1894, San Francisco, California - June 19, 1962, Los Angeles, California) was an American character actor. He was frequently cast in westerns and in curmudgeonly roles. Over the course of his career, Wright appeared in more than 200 film and television roles. He started his acting career in vaudeville and later moved to the stage, then on to movies, radio, and television.

Among the films in which Wright appeared are Shadow of the Thin Man (1941), The Major and the Minor (1943), So Proudly We Hail! (1943), Road to Utopia (1946), Mother Wore Tights (1947), Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), Little Women (1949), Walk Softly, Stranger (1950), Sunset in the West (1950), People Will Talk (1951), The Happy Time (1952), River of No Return (1954), The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), Jeanne Eagels (1957), and Gunman's Walk (1958). One of his most famous and memorable film roles was corrupt city official Dolph Pillsbury in the Academy Award-winning All the King's Men (1949).

Wright provided the voice of Friend Owl in Walt Disney's animated film Bambi (1942). He guest starred on several television series.

Will Wright died of cancer in 1962.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 126

Birthday 1894-03-26

Day of Death 1962-06-19

Place of Birth San Francisco, California, USA

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Also Known As

  • William Henry Wright
  • William H. Wright

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1962 Cape Fear as Dr. Pearsall
1961 The Dick Van Dyke Show (1 episode)
1961 Twenty Plus Two as Newspaper morgue attendant
1961 The Deadly Companions as Doctor Acton
1961 Mister Ed (1 episode)
1960 The Andy Griffith Show (3 episodes) as Ben Weaver
1960 Outlaws (1 episode)
1960 Pete and Gladys (1 episode)
1960 Thriller (1 episode)
1960 The Tall Man (1 episode)
1960 Inherit the Wind as Bible Salesman (uncredited)
1959 Mr. Lucky (1 episode)
1959 Dennis, The Menace (4 episodes)
1959 Riverboat (1 episode)
1959 Alias Jesse James as Titus Queasley
1959 Rawhide (2 episodes)
1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)
1958 Bat Masterson (3 episodes)
1958 Lawman (1 episode)
1958 The Donna Reed Show (1 episode)
1958 Bronco (1 episode)
1958 Rock-a-Bye Baby as Fire Chief (uncredited)
1958 Gunman's Walk as Judge
1958 Quantrill's Raiders as Judge Wood
1958 The Missouri Traveler as Sheriff Marvin Peavy
1957 Leave It to Beaver (1 episode)
1957 Trackdown (2 episodes)
1957 The Real McCoys (1 episode)
1957 Maverick (6 episodes)
1957 Perry Mason (2 episodes)
1957 Sugarfoot (3 episodes)
1957 Jeanne Eagels as Marshal (uncredited)
1957 Johnny Tremain as Ephraim Lapham
1957 The Wayward Bus as Van Brunt
1957 The Iron Sheriff as Judge
1957 Official Detective (1 episode)
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1 episode)
1956 These Wilder Years as Old Cab Driver
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour (1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke (1 episode)
1955 The Millionaire (1 episode)
1955 Atomic Energy as a Force for Good as Tim Summers
1954 December Bride (3 episodes)
1954 Lassie (1 episode)
1954 The Raid as Josiah Anderson
1954 Johnny Guitar as Ned - Bank Teller (uncredited)
1954 River of No Return as Trading Post Proprietor
1953 The Wild One as Art Kleiner
1953 Letter to Loretta (1 episode)
1953 The Last Posse as Todd Mitchell
1953 You Are There (1 episode)
1953 General Electric Theater (4 episodes)
1953 Niagara as Boatman
1952 The Happy Time as Family Doctor
1952 Cavalcade of America (1 episode)
1952 O. Henry's Full House as The Clarion Call: Hotel Desk Clerk
1952 Lure of the Wilderness as Sheriff Brink
1952 Paula as Raymond Bascom
1952 The Las Vegas Story as Mike Fogarty
1951 Dragnet (1 episode)
1951 I Love Lucy (2 episodes)
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1951 My Forbidden Past as Luther Toplady
1951 The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1 episode)
1951 Vengeance Valley as Mr. Willoughby
1950 Walk Softly, Stranger as Jake
1950 Sunset in the West as Sheriff Tad Osborne
1950 No Way Out as Dr. Cheney - Coroner (uncredited)
1950 A Ticket to Tomahawk as Marshal Kit Dodge
1950 House by the River as Inspector Sarten
1949 Mrs. Mike as Dr. McIntosh
1949 Adam's Rib as Judge Marcasson
1949 All the King's Men as Dolph Pillsbury
1949 Brimstone as Martin Tredwell
1949 Lust for Gold as Parsons
1949 Big Jack as Will Farnsworth
1949 Little Women as Mr. Grace - Proprietor (uncredited)
1949 The Green Promise as Mr. Grenstedt
1949 Act of Violence as Pop
1948 Whispering Smith as Sheriff McSwiggin
1948 An Act of Murder as Judge Jim Wilder
1948 The Walls of Jericho as Dr. Nathan J. Patterson
1948 Black Eagle as Sheriff Clancy
1948 They Live by Night as Mobley
1948 Relentless as Sam - the Horse Dealer
1948 The Inside Story as J. J. Johnson
1948 California's Golden Beginning
1947 Wild Harvest as Mike Alperson
1947 Along the Oregon Trail as Jim Bridger
1947 Cynthia as Gus Wood, Thatcher's Real Estate Rep
1947 Mother Wore Tights as Withers (uncredited)
1947 Keeper of the Bees as Dr. Grayson
1947 Danger Street as Police Chief Bullward
1947 Blaze of Noon as Mr. Thomas
1946 Blue Skies as Dan - Stage Manager (uncredited)
1946 The Inner Circle as Henry Boggs
1946 Rendezvous with Annie as Elmer Snodgrass
1946 One Exciting Week as Otis Piper
1946 The Blue Dahlia as 'Dad' Newell
1946 The Hoodlum Saint as Allan 'Knucklehead' Smith - Times Editor (uncredited)
1946 The Madonna's Secret as The Riverman
1945 Scarlet Street as Globe Loan Office Manager (uncredited)
1945 Rhapsody in Blue as Rachmaninoff
1945 The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry as Mr. Nelson (uncredited)
1945 Bewitched as Mr. Herkheimer
1945 High Powered as Jeff Hines
1945 Grissly's Millions as John Frey
1944 Practically Yours as Sen. Cowling (uncredited)
1943 War of the Wildcats as Doctor
1943 So Proudly We Hail as Col. Clark
1943 The Meanest Man in the World as Pawn Shop Owner (uncredited)
1942 The Major and the Minor as Train station agent
1942 Wildcat as John 'Paw' Smithers
1942 Bambi as Friend Owl (voice)
1942 Shut My Big Mouth as Long
1942 USS VD: Ship of Shame as Commandant (uncredited)
1941 The Tell-Tale Heart as Second Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
1941 Nothing But the Truth as Mr. Bart Prichard (uncredited)
1941 Honky Tonk as Townsman at Meeting House
1941 The Richest Man in Town as Frederick Johnson
1941 Blossoms in the Dust as Senator
1941 Cracked Nuts as Sylvanus Boogle
1941 Maisie Was a Lady as Judge Thatcher (uncredited)
1940 You, the People as Mr. Roberts
1940 Blondie Plays Cupid as Mr. Tucker
1934 Pure Feud as Lem (uncredited)

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