Howard Wendell

Over the course of his lengthy career, character actor Howard Wendell appeared in everything from TV westerns ("Gunsmoke", "Bonanza") to family programs ("The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" and "Zorro"). During the ... Read more »
Born: 01/25/1908

Filmography

Actor (14)

My Blood Runs Cold 1965 (Movie)

Mayor (Actor)

The Cincinnati Kid 1965 (Movie)

Howard (Actor)

Sail a Crooked Ship 1961 (Movie)

Mr Caldingham (Actor)

Sam Hill 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

A Day of Fury 1956 (Movie)

Vanryzino (Actor)

Never Say Goodbye 1956 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Storm Center 1956 (Movie)

Senator Bascomb (Actor)

The View From Pompey's Head 1955 (Movie)

Duncan (Actor)

Athena 1954 (Movie)

Mr Grenville (Actor)

Prince Valiant 1954 (Movie)

Morgan Todd (Actor)

By the Light of the Silvery Moon 1953 (Movie)

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1953 (Movie)

Watson (Actor)

The Big Heat 1953 (Movie)

Commissioner Higgins (Actor)

You For Me 1952 (Movie)

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Biography

Over the course of his lengthy career, character actor Howard Wendell appeared in everything from TV westerns ("Gunsmoke", "Bonanza") to family programs ("The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" and "Zorro"). During the '40s, Wendell began acting on Cleveland, Ohio radio comedy shows, soon finding work with a touring stage company. He transitioned to film and TV in the early '50s and landed a minor role in the 1953 adaptation of the successful Broadway musical, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", which starred Marilyn Monroe as a diamond loving, pleasure-seeking showgirl. Throughout his career, he gravitated to roles on crime and mystery films and TV shows. He appeared as a crooked police commissioner in the noir drama, "The Big Heat", and made several appearances on the strait-laced TV detective series, "Dragnet", and the primetime legal drama, "Perry Mason", starring award-winning actor Raymond Burr as the title attorney. In addition to his many dramatic roles, Wendell also displayed a flair for comedy. He guest-starred on popular radio inspired variety series like "The Jack Benny Program" and "The Red Skelton Hour", as well as traditional sitcoms like creator Carl Reiner's "The Dick Van Dyke Show", about the (often autobiographical) exploits of a TV comedy writer and his family and friends.

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