Will Wright



Place of birth:

San Francisco, California, USA:


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.

Film Credits

Cape Fear (1962)
as Dr. Pearsall
Twenty Plus Two (1961)
as Newspaper morgue attendant
The Deadly Companions (1961)
as Doctor Acton
Inherit the Wind (1960)
as Bible Salesman (uncredited)
Alias Jesse James (1959)
as Titus Queasley
Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958)
as Fire Chief (uncredited)
Gunman's Walk (1958)
as Judge
Quantrill's Raiders (1958)
as Judge Wood
The Missouri Traveler (1958)
as Sheriff Marvin Peavy
Jeanne Eagels (1957)
as Marshal (uncredited)
Johnny Tremain (1957)
as Ephraim Lapham
The Wayward Bus (1957)
as Van Brunt
The Iron Sheriff (1957)
as Judge
These Wilder Years (1956)
as Old Cab Driver
The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)
as Admiral William S. Sims
Atomic Energy as a Force for Good (1955)
as Tim Summers
The Raid (1954)
as Josiah Anderson
Johnny Guitar (1954)
as Ned - Bank Teller (uncredited)
River of No Return (1954)
as Trading Post Proprietor
The Wild One (1953)
as Art Kleiner
The Last Posse (1953)
as Todd Mitchell
Niagara (1953)
as Boatman
The Happy Time (1952)
as Family Doctor
O. Henry's Full House (1952)
as Hotel Desk Clerk (segment "The Clarion Call") (uncredited)
Lure of the Wilderness (1952)
as Sheriff Brink
Paula (1952)
as Raymond Bascom
Young Man with Ideas (1952)
as Party Guest (uncredited)
The Las Vegas Story (1952)
as Mike Fogarty
The Tall Target (1951)
as Thomas Ogden (uncredited)
My Forbidden Past (1951)
as Luther Toplady
Vengeance Valley (1951)
as Mr. Willoughby
Walk Softly, Stranger (1950)
as Jake, Poker Player (uncredited)
Sunset in the West (1950)
as Sheriff Tad Osborne
No Way Out (1950)
as Dr. Cheney - Coroner (uncredited)
A Ticket to Tomahawk (1950)
as Marshal Kit Dodge
House by the River (1950)
as Inspector Sarten
Mrs. Mike (1949)
as Dr. McIntosh
Adam's Rib (1949)
as Judge Marcasson
All the King's Men (1949)
as Dolph Pillsbury
Brimstone (1949)
as Martin Tredwell
Lust for Gold (1949)
as Parsons
Big Jack (1949)
as Will Farnsworth
Little Women (1949)
as Mr. Grace (uncredited)
The Green Promise (1949)
as Mr. Grenstedt
Act of Violence (1949)
as Pop
Whispering Smith (1948)
as Sheriff McSwiggin
An Act of Murder (1948)
as Judge Jim Wilder
The Walls of Jericho (1948)
as Dr. Nathan J. Patterson
Black Eagle (1948)
as Sheriff Clancy
They Live by Night (1948)
as Mobley
Relentless (1948)
as Sam - the Horse Dealer
The Inside Story (1948)
as J. J. Johnson
California's Golden Beginning (1948)
Wild Harvest (1947)
as Mike Alperson
Along the Oregon Trail (1947)
as Jim Bridger
Cynthia (1947)
as Gus Wood, Thatcher's Real Estate Rep
Mother Wore Tights (1947)
as Withers (uncredited)
Keeper of the Bees (1947)
as Dr. Grayson
Danger Street (1947)
as Police Chief Bullward
Blaze of Noon (1947)
as Mr. Thomas
Blue Skies (1946)
as Dan - Stage Manager (uncredited)
The Inner Circle (1946)
as Henry Boggs
Rendezvous with Annie (1946)
as Elmer Snodgrass
One Exciting Week (1946)
as Otis Piper
They Made Me a Killer (1946)
as Henry, the Blacksmith
The Blue Dahlia (1946)
as 'Dad' Newell
The Hoodlum Saint (1946)
as Allan 'Knucklehead' Smith - Times Editor (uncredited)
Road to Utopia (1946)
as Mr. Latimer (uncredited)
The Madonna's Secret (1946)
as The Riverman
Scarlet Street (1945)
as Globe Loan Office Manager (uncredited)
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945)
as Mr. Nelson (uncredited)
Bewitched (1945)
as Mr. Herkheimer
Rhapsody in Blue (1945)
as Rachmaninoff
High Powered (1945)
as Jeff Hines
Grissly's Millions (1945)
as John Frey
Practically Yours (1944)
as Sen. Cowling (uncredited)
War of the Wildcats (1943)
as Doctor
So Proudly We Hail (1943)
as Col. Clark
The Meanest Man in the World (1943)
as Pawn Shop Owner (uncredited)
The Major and the Minor (1942)
as Ticket Agent #1 (uncredited)
Wildcat (1942)
as John 'Paw' Smithers
Bambi (1942)
as Friend Owl (voice)
Shut My Big Mouth (1942)
as Long
USS VD: Ship of Shame (1942)
as Commandant (uncredited)
Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
as Maguire
The Tell-Tale Heart (1941)
as Second Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Nothing But the Truth (1941)
as Mr. Bart Prichard (uncredited)
Honky Tonk (1941)
as Townsman at Meeting House
The Richest Man in Town (1941)
as Frederick Johnson
Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
as Senator
Cracked Nuts (1941)
as Sylvanus Boogle
Maisie Was a Lady (1941)
as Judge Thatcher (uncredited)
You, the People (1940)
as Mr. Roberts
Blondie Plays Cupid (1940)
as Mr. Tucker
Pure Feud (1934)
as Lem (uncredited)

TV Series Credits

The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961)
Mister Ed (1961)
The Andy Griffith Show (1960)
as Ben Weaver
Outlaws (1960)
Pete and Gladys (1960)
Thriller (1960)
The Tall Man (1960)
Mr. Lucky (1959)
Dennis the Menace (1959)
as Merrivale
Riverboat (1959)
Rawhide (1959)
77 Sunset Strip (1958)
Bat Masterson (1958)
Lawman (1958)
The Donna Reed Show (1958)
Bronco (1958)
Trackdown (1957)
Leave It to Beaver (1957)
The Real McCoys (1957)
Maverick (1957)
Perry Mason (1957)
Sugarfoot (1957)
Official Detective (1957)
Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1956)
The 20th Century Fox Hour (1955)
Gunsmoke (1955)
The Millionaire (1955)
December Bride (1954)
Lassie (1954)
Letter to Loretta (1953)
General Electric Theater (1953)
You Are There (1953)
Cavalcade of America (1952)
Dragnet (1951)
I Love Lucy (1951)
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951)
The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951)