William Demarest

Place of birth:
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA:
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).


The Wild McCullochs (1975)
as Father Gurkin
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)
as Mr. Harris
That Darn Cat! (1965)
as Mr. MacDougall
Viva Las Vegas (1964)
as Mr. Martin
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
as Police Chief Aloysius
Son of Flubber (1963)
as Mr. Hummel
Gunfight at Black Horses Canyon (1961)
as Jeb
Twenty Plus Two (1961)
as Slocum
King of the Roaring 20's – The Story of Arnold Rothstein (1961)
as Henry Hecht
Pepe (1960)
as Movie Studio Gateman
The Mountain (1956)
as Father Belacchi
The Rawhide Years (1956)
as Brand Comfort
Hell on Frisco Bay (1955)
as Dan Bianco
Sincerely Yours (1955)
as Sam Dunne
Lucy Gallant (1955)
as Charles Madden
The Private War of Major Benson (1955)
as John
The Far Horizons (1955)
as Sgt. Gass
Jupiter's Darling (1955)
as Mago
The Yellow Mountain (1954)
as Jackpot Wray
Escape from Fort Bravo (1953)
as Campbell
Here Come the Girls (1953)
as Dennis Logan
Dangerous When Wet (1953)
as Pa Higgins
The Lady Wants Mink (1953)
as Harvey Jones
The Blazing Forest (1952)
as Syd Jessup
What Price Glory (1952)
as Corporal Kiper
The Strip (1951)
as Fluff
Excuse My Dust (1951)
as Harvey Bullitt
The First Legion (1951)
as Monsignor Michael Carey
Behave Yourself! (1951)
as O'Ryan
Never a Dull Moment (1950)
as Mears
Riding High (1950)
as Happy
He's a Cockeyed Wonder (1950)
as Bob Sears
When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950)
as Herman Kluggs
Red, Hot and Blue (1949)
as Charlie Baxter, Press Agent
Jolson Sings Again (1949)
as Steve Martin
Sorrowful Jones (1949)
as Regret
Whispering Smith (1948)
as Bill Dansing
Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948)
as Lt. Shawn
The Sainted Sisters (1948)
as Vern Tewilliger
On Our Merry Way (1948)
as Floyd
Variety Girl (1947)
as Barker
The Perils of Pauline (1947)
as George 'Mac' McGuire
The Jolson Story (1946)
as Steve Martin
Our Hearts Were Growing Up (1946)
as Peanuts Schultz
Pardon My Past (1945)
as Chuck Gibson
Hollywood Victory Caravan (1945)
as Bill, the Security Guard
Duffy's Tavern (1945)
as William Demarest
Along Came Jones (1945)
as George Fury
Salty O'Rourke (1945)
as Smitty
The Great Moment (1944)
as Eben Frost
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
as Sgt. Heppelfinger
Once Upon a Time (1944)
as Brandt
Nine Girls (1944)
as Walter Cummings
True to Life (1943)
as Uncle Jake
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1943)
as Constable Edmund Kockenlocker
Dangerous Blondes (1943)
as Detective Gatling
Stage Door Canteen (1943)
as William Demarest
Johnny Doughboy (1942)
as Harry Fabian
Johnny Doughboy (1942)
as Mr. Harry Fabian
Life Begins at Eight-Thirty (1942)
as Police Officer
Behind the Eight Ball (1942)
as McKenzie
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
as First Member Ale and Quail Club
Pardon My Sarong (1942)
as Detective Kendall
My Favorite Spy (1942)
as Flower Pot Policeman
True to the Army (1942)
as Sgt. Butts
All Through the Night (1942)
as Sunshine
Glamour Boy (1941)
as Papa Doran
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
as Mr. Jones
Dressed to Kill (1941)
as Inspector Pierson
Country Fair (1941)
as Stogie McPhee
Ride on Vaquero (1941)
as Bartender Barney
Rookies on Parade (1941)
as Mike Brady
The Lady Eve (1941)
as Muggsy
Little Men (1940)
as Constable Tom Thorpe
Christmas in July (1940)
as Mr. Bildocker
Comin' Round the Mountain (1940)
The Golden Fleecing (1940)
as Swallow
The Great McGinty (1940)
as Skeeters - The Politician
The Farmer's Daughter (1940)
as Victor Walsh
Wolf of New York (1940)
as Bill Ennis
Laugh It Off (1939)
as Barney 'Gimpy' Cole
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
as Bill Griffith
Miracles For Sale (1939)
as Quinn
The Cowboy Quarterback (1939)
as Rusty Walker
The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939)
as Police Sgt. Ernest Heath
King of the Turf (1939)
as Arnold
The Great Man Votes (1939)
as Charles Dole
While New York Sleeps (1938)
as Red Miller
Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus (1938)
as Daro
One Wild Night (1938)
as Collins
Josette (1938)
as Joe, Diner Owner
Romance on the Run (1938)
as Police Lt. Eckhardt
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)
as Harry Kipper
Rosalie (1937)
as Army Coach
Big City (1937)
as Mr. Beecher
Blonde Trouble (1937)
as Paul Sears
Easy Living (1937)
as Wallace Whistling
The Great Gambini (1937)
as Sergeant Kirby
The Great Hospital Mystery (1937)
as Mr. Beatty
The Hit Parade (1937)
as Parole Officer
Oh, Doctor (1937)
as Marty Short
Don't Tell the Wife (1937)
as Larry 'Horace' Tucker
Time Out for Romance (1937)
as Willoughby Sproggs
Mind Your Own Business (1936)
as Droopy
Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936)
as Sergeant Kelly
Love on the Run (1936)
as Editor
Wedding Present (1936)
as 'Smiles' Benson
White Lies (1935)
as Roberts
Hands Across the Table (1935)
as Regi's Date Natty (uncredited)
Diamond Jim (1935)
as Harry Hill
Bright Lights (1935)
as Detective
The Murder Man (1935)
as 'Red' Maguire
The Casino Murder Case (1935)
as Auctioneer
After Office Hours (1935)
as Police Detective (uncredited)
Fugitive Lady (1934)
as Steve Rogers
Fog Over Frisco (1934)
as Spike Smith
Pay as You Enter (1928)
A Girl in Every Port (1928)
as Man in Bombay (uncredited)
The Crash (1928)
as Louie
The Night Court (1927)
as Defense Counsel
The Jazz Singer (1927)
as Buster Billings
A Sailor's Sweetheart (1927)
The First Auto (1927)
as The Village Cut-Up
What Happened To Father (1927)
as Detective Dibbin
Simple Sis (1927)
A Million Bid (1927)
as George Lamont
Finger Prints (1927)

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