Ian Wolfe

Actor, Pantomimist, Singer
Gaunt, wiry, prolific supporting player with a piercing stare, familiar from the hundreds of films in which he played mean or menacing characters in the course of a seven-decade career. After appearing on the Broadway ... Read more »
Born: 11/04/1896 in Canton, Illinois, USA


Actor (125)

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

Forger (Actor)

Checking Out 1989 (Movie)

Mr D'Amato (Actor)

Creator 1985 (Movie)

Professor Brauer (Actor)

Wizards and Warriors 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


Cheers 1982 (Tv Show)


Reds 1981 (Movie)

Mr Partlow (Actor)

Mad Magazine Presents: Up the Academy 1980 (Movie)

Commandant Caseway (Actor)

The Yeagers 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


All in the Family 1970 - 1979 (TV Show)


The Frisco Kid 1979 (Movie)

Father Joseph (Actor)

Seniors 1978 (Movie)

Mr. Bleiffer (Actor)

Mean Dog Blues 1977 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

America, You're On 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)


The Ambassador 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)


Homebodies 1974 (Movie)

Mr Loomis (Actor)

Mr. Sycamore 1973 (Movie)


The Terminal Man 1973 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

Is There a Doctor in the House? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)


THX 1138 1971 (Movie)

PTO (Actor)

Star Trek 1966 - 1969 (Tv Show)


Games 1967 (Movie)

Dr Edwards (Actor)

One Man's Way 1963 (Movie)

Bishop Hardwick (Actor)

Diary of a Madman 1962 (Movie)

Pierre (Actor)

The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm 1962 (Movie)

Gruber (Actor)

All in a Night's Work 1960 (Movie)

O'Hara (Actor)

Pollyanna 1960 (Movie)

Mr Neely (Actor)

The Lost World 1960 (Movie)

Burton White (Actor)

The Defender 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)


Witness For the Prosecution 1957 (Movie)

Carter (Actor)

Diane 1955 (Movie)

Lord Tremouille (Actor)

Moonfleet 1955 (Movie)

Tewkesbury (Actor)

Rebel Without a Cause 1955 (Movie)

Lecturer (Actor)

Sincerely Yours 1955 (Movie)

Mr Rojeck (Actor)

The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell 1955 (Movie)

President Calvin Coolidge (Actor)

The King's Thief 1955 (Movie)

Fell (Actor)

About Mrs. Leslie 1954 (Movie)

Mr Pope (Actor)

Her Twelve Men 1954 (Movie)

Roger Frane (Actor)

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers 1954 (Movie)

Reverend Elcott--Townsperson (Actor)

The Silver Chalice 1954 (Movie)

Theron (Actor)

Julius Caesar 1953 (Movie)

Ligarius (Actor)

The Actress 1953 (Movie)

Mr Bagley (Actor)

Houdini 1952 (Movie)

Malue (Actor)

The Captive City 1952 (Movie)

Reverend Nash (Actor)

On Dangerous Ground 1951 (Movie)

Carrey (Actor)

The Mask of the Avenger 1951 (Movie)

Signor Donner (Actor)

They Live By Night 1949 (Movie)


Angel in Exile 1948 (Movie)

Health Officer (Actor)

Bedlam 1946 (Movie)

Sidney Long (Actor)

The Merry Monahans 1944 (Movie)

Clerk (Actor)

The Song of Bernadette 1942 (Movie)


Allegheny Uprising 1938 (Movie)


Mutiny on the Bounty 1935 (Movie)


$1,000 a Minute 1934 (Movie)

Davidson (Actor)

Arsene Lupin Returns (Movie)

A. LeMarchand (Actor)

Blondie (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

Blondie Brings up Baby (Movie)

Police Judge (Actor)

Clive of India (Movie)

Kent (Actor)

Colorado Territory (Movie)

Wallace (Actor)

Confidential Agent (Movie)

Dr. Bellows (Actor)

Counter Attack (Movie)

Ostrovski (Actor)

Daniel Boone (TV Show)


Dishonored Lady (Movie)

E.J. Lutz, Pathologist (Actor)

Dressed to Kill (Movie)

Man (Actor)

Earthbound (Movie)

Totten (Actor)

Fast and Loose (Movie)

Wilkes (Actor)

Flesh and Fantasy (Movie)

Librarian (Actor)

Government Girl (Movie)

Hotel Clerk (Actor)

Here Comes the Groom (Movie)

Uncle Adam (Actor)

Hudson's Bay (Movie)

Mayor (Actor)

In Society (Movie)


Johnny Belinda (Movie)

Rector (Actor)

Julia Misbehaves (Movie)

Hobson (Actor)

LBJ: The Early Years (TV Show)


Love Crazy (Movie)


Love Letters (Movie)

Vicar (Actor)

Mae West (TV Show)


Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (Movie)

Smith (Actor)

Nightmare (Movie)

Abbington's Butler (Actor)

On Borrowed Time (Movie)

Charles Wentworth (Actor)

Once Upon a Time (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

Random Harvest (Movie)

Registrar (Actor)

Scandal at Scourie (Movie)

Councilman Hurdwell (Actor)

Secret Agent of Japan (Movie)

Capt. Larsen (Actor)

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (Movie)

Antique Store Clerk (Actor)

Sherlock Holmes in Washington (Movie)

Antique Store Clerk (Actor)

Silver River (Movie)

Process Server (uncredited) (Actor)

Strange Confession (Movie)

Sergeant Clerk (Actor)

Tell No Tales (Movie)

Fritz (Actor)

That Way with Women (Movie)

L.B. Crandall (Actor)

The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (Movie)

Lord Mortimer (Actor)

The Barretts of Wimpole Street (Movie)

Harry Bevan (Actor)

The Bold Caballero (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

The Brighton Strangler (Movie)

Mayor (Actor)

The Devil Is Driving (Movie)

Sanders (Actor)

The Devil's Daughter (TV Show)


The Earl of Chicago (Movie)

Reading Clerk (Actor)

The Emperor's Candlesticks (Movie)

Leon (Actor)

The Falcon and the Co-Eds (Movie)

Eustace L. Harley (Actor)

The Falcon's Adventure (Movie)

Denison (Actor)

The Firefly (Movie)

Izquierdo (Actor)

The Great Caruso (Movie)

Hutchins (Actor)

The Great Commandment (Movie)

Tax collector (Actor)

The Invisible Man's Revenge (Movie)

Jim Feeny (Actor)

The Judge Steps Out (Movie)

Hector Brown (Actor)

The League of Frightened Men (Movie)

Nicholas Cabot (Actor)

The Magnificent Yankee (Movie)

Mr. Adams (Actor)

The Moon Is Down (Movie)

Joseph (Actor)

The Notorious Lone Wolf (Movie)

Adam Wheelright (Actor)

The Pearl of Death (Movie)

Hodder, antique shop owner (Actor)

The Petty Girl (Movie)

President Webb (Actor)

The Prince and the Pauper (Movie)

Proprietor (Actor)

The Scarlet Claw (Movie)

Drake the Butler (Actor)

The Trial of Mary Dugan (Movie)

Dr. Winston (Actor)

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)


The White Cliffs of Dover (Movie)

Skipper (Actor)

Three Daring Daughters (Movie)

Butler (Actor)

Three Strangers (Movie)


Tomorrow Is Forever (Movie)

Norton (Actor)

We Were Dancing (Movie)

Reggie (Actor)

We Who Are Young (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

Young Bess (Movie)

Stranger (Actor)

Zombies on Broadway (Movie)

Prof. Hopkins (Actor)


Gaunt, wiry, prolific supporting player with a piercing stare, familiar from the hundreds of films in which he played mean or menacing characters in the course of a seven-decade career. After appearing on the Broadway stage, Wolfe made his film debut in his late 30s and, already balding, quickly won notice as Captain Bligh's cruel storekeeper and stool pigeon Maggs in "Mutiny in the Bounty" (1935). Wolfe went on to make more than 150 film appearances, often playing English or clerical characters, in films including the horror comedy "Homebodies" (1974, a starring role); Mike Nichols' "The Fortune" (1975, as the dithery old justice of the peace); "Creator" (1985); "Checking Out" (1988); and "Dick Tracy" (1990). Wolfe also played Wizard Tranquil on the 1983 TV series, "Wizards and Warriors."


Moya Kelsey

mother Elizabeth Schroder

Elizabeth Schroder

Australian married in the 1920s for over 50 years

Deirdre Wolfe

mother Elizabeth Schroder


studied singing, dancing and pantomime



Went to Hollywood; supported Lionel Barrymore in the radio series "Mayor of the Town"; made film acting debut in a small part in Irving Thalberg's production of "The Barretts of Wimpole Street"


Made stage debut in "The Claw" starring Lionel Barrymore

Bonus Trivia


An outdoorsman, Wolfe climbed Mt. Whitney alone in 1954.


Wolfe was a scholar of comparative religions and philosophies.