William Demarest

William Demarest

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).
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
    Birthday
    2/26/1892
Viva Las Vegas
Viva Las Vegas
6.2
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
7.9
The Lady Eve
The Lady Eve
7.2
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
7
The Jolson Story
The Jolson Story
6.7
The Palm Beach Story
The Palm Beach Story
7
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
6.1
Night Has a Thousand Eyes
Night Has a Thousand Eyes
6.7
The Murder Man
The Murder Man
7
Charlie Chan at the Opera
Charlie Chan at the Opera
6.6
Christmas in July
Christmas in July
7
The Great McGinty
The Great McGinty
7
The Great Moment
The Great Moment
5.8
Hail the Conquering Hero
Hail the Conquering Hero
7
Dressed to Kill
Dressed to Kill
6.3
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
6.8
All Through the Night
All Through the Night
6.9
King of the Roaring 20's – The Story of Arnold Rothstein
King of the Roaring 20's – The Story of Arnold Rothstein
6
Jolson Sings Again
Jolson Sings Again
6
Sullivan's Travels
Sullivan's Travels
7.4
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
6.7
Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time
5.8
Excuse My Dust
Excuse My Dust
7.2
The Gracie Allen Murder Case
The Gracie Allen Murder Case
5.5
Big City
Big City
7.4
Along Came Jones
Along Came Jones
5.8
Pepe
Pepe
6
What Price Glory
What Price Glory
5.5
Hell on Frisco Bay
Hell on Frisco Bay
5
Escape from Fort Bravo
Escape from Fort Bravo
6.1
Sorrowful Jones
Sorrowful Jones
6.1
The Mountain
The Mountain
6.9
The Far Horizons
The Far Horizons
6.2
The Strip
The Strip
5.7
Twenty Plus Two
Twenty Plus Two
6
My Favorite Spy
My Favorite Spy
6
The Cowboy Quarterback
The Cowboy Quarterback
5.5
While New York Sleeps
While New York Sleeps
0
The Private War of Major Benson
The Private War of Major Benson
6.7
Salty O'Rourke
Salty O'Rourke
5.2
Riding High
Riding High
5.8
Jupiter's Darling
Jupiter's Darling
4.3
Variety Girl
Variety Girl
6.1
Here Come the Girls
Here Come the Girls
4.4
The Golden Fleecing
The Golden Fleecing
5.3
The Perils of Pauline
The Perils of Pauline
6.2
He's a Cockeyed Wonder
He's a Cockeyed Wonder
3.3
Wolf of New York
7
The Night Court
The Night Court
0
Behave Yourself!
Behave Yourself!
6
Sincerely Yours
Sincerely Yours
5.8
Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus
Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus
4.3
Ride on Vaquero
Ride on Vaquero
4.2
Red, Hot and Blue
Red, Hot and Blue
5.8
The Hit Parade
The Hit Parade
4
The Sainted Sisters
The Sainted Sisters
7
Miracles for Sale
Miracles for Sale
6.4
Mind Your Own Business
Mind Your Own Business
0
True to Life
True to Life
6
The Blazing Forest
The Blazing Forest
6
Romance on the Run
Romance on the Run
0
The First Legion
The First Legion
6.7
The Lady Wants Mink
The Lady Wants Mink
6
The Great Man Votes
The Great Man Votes
6.1
Don't Tell the Wife
Don't Tell the Wife
0
Life Begins at Eight-Thirty
Life Begins at Eight-Thirty
6.3
Wedding Present
Wedding Present
6.5
Love on the Run
Love on the Run
6.4
The Wild McCullochs
The Wild McCullochs
4
The First Auto
The First Auto
3.7
Josette
Josette
6.7
Easy Living
Easy Living
7.1
Dangerous When Wet
Dangerous When Wet
6
One Wild Night
One Wild Night
5.5
Whispering Smith
Whispering Smith
6.5
Fog Over Frisco
Fog Over Frisco
6.1
The Great Hospital Mystery
The Great Hospital Mystery
4
Glamour Boy
Glamour Boy
6
Our Hearts Were Growing Up
Our Hearts Were Growing Up
6.2
Never a Dull Moment
Never a Dull Moment
5.4
After Office Hours
After Office Hours
6.3
The Jazz Singer
The Jazz Singer
6.1
When Willie Comes Marching Home
When Willie Comes Marching Home
7
The Farmer's Daughter
The Farmer's Daughter
5
Country Fair
Country Fair
0
The Great Gambini
The Great Gambini
6
A Girl in Every Port
A Girl in Every Port
6.3
Time Out for Romance
Time Out for Romance
5.6
Rosalie
Rosalie
5.5
Pardon My Past
Pardon My Past
7
Stage Door Canteen
Stage Door Canteen
6.1
Oh, Doctor
Oh, Doctor
0
Pardon My Sarong
Pardon My Sarong
6.5
Rookies on Parade
Rookies on Parade
0
Behind the Eight Ball
Behind the Eight Ball
4.7
Hands Across the Table
Hands Across the Table
6.8
Johnny Doughboy
Johnny Doughboy
5.5
Fugitive Lady
Fugitive Lady
6
A Million Bid
A Million Bid
0
Little Men
Little Men
6.1
Laugh It Off
2
Bright Lights
Bright Lights
4.5
Son of Flubber
Son of Flubber
5.9
Diamond Jim
Diamond Jim
6
The Yellow Mountain
The Yellow Mountain
5.1
Lucy Gallant
Lucy Gallant
7
Hollywood Victory Caravan
Hollywood Victory Caravan
4.9
Gunfight at Black Horses Canyon
Gunfight at Black Horses Canyon
5.6
Duffy's Tavern
Duffy's Tavern
6.1
The Rawhide Years
The Rawhide Years
5.5
That Darn Cat!
That Darn Cat!
6.5
On Our Merry Way
On Our Merry Way
5.5
White Lies
White Lies
6
The Casino Murder Case
The Casino Murder Case
6.6
True to the Army
True to the Army
0
Nine Girls
Nine Girls
5.3
Dangerous Blondes
Dangerous Blondes
5.8
Comin' Round the Mountain
Comin' Round the Mountain
0
The Crash
The Crash
0
King of the Turf
King of the Turf
7
What Happened To Father
What Happened To Father
0
Blonde Trouble
Blonde Trouble
0
Pay as You Enter
Pay as You Enter
0
Finger Prints
Finger Prints
0
A Sailor's Sweetheart
A Sailor's Sweetheart
0
Simple Sis
Simple Sis
0
The Devil and Miss Jones
The Devil and Miss Jones
7.7
Many Happy Returns
Many Happy Returns
6
Wake Up and Live
Wake Up and Live
5.3
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood
4.1
Sharp Shooters
Sharp Shooters
0
The Butter and Egg Man
The Butter and Egg Man
0
Seeing Things
0
Don't Tell the Wife
Don't Tell the Wife
0
The Black Diamond Express
The Black Diamond Express
0
The Millionaire
The Millionaire
0
The Great Ziegfeld
The Great Ziegfeld
6.2
Barbara Stanwyck: Straight Down The Line
Barbara Stanwyck: Straight Down The Line
7
Television: The First Fifty Years
0
A Reno Divorce
A Reno Divorce
0
Five and Ten Cent Annie
Five and Ten Cent Annie
0
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