Jean Willes

Jean Willes made her acting career playing brassy, tough, sexually appealing, and sometimes vulgar characters, taking mostly costarring roles in B-movies, and even more minor ones in bigger films. She was often featured ... Read more »
Born: 04/15/1923

Filmography

Actor (24)

Bite the Bullet 1975 (Movie)

Rosie (Actor)

The Cheyenne Social Club 1970 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

McHale's Navy 1963 (Movie)

Margo Monet (Actor)

Gypsy 1962 (Movie)

Betty Cratchitt (Actor)

Maverick 1957 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

By Love Possessed 1961 (Movie)

Junie McCarthy (Actor)

Elmer Gantry 1960 (Movie)

Prostitute (Actor)

Ocean's Eleven 1960 (Movie)

Mrs Bergdorf (Actor)

The Crowded Sky 1959 (Movie)

Gloria Panawek (Actor)

Zorro 1957 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Desire Under the Elms 1958 (Movie)

Florence (Actor)

No Time For Sergeants 1958 (Movie)

WAF Captain (Actor)

The F.B.I. Story 1958 (Movie)

Anna Sage (Actor)

These Thousand Hills 1958 (Movie)

Jen (Actor)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956 (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

The King and Four Queens 1956 (Movie)

Ruby (Actor)

The Revolt of Mamie Stover 1956 (Movie)

Gladys (Actor)

Toward the Unknown 1956 (Movie)

Carmen (Actor)

Count Three and Pray 1955 (Movie)

Selma (Actor)

Five Against the House 1955 (Movie)

Virginia (Actor)

Abbott and Costello Go to Mars 1953 (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

All Ashore 1953 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

From Here to Eternity 1953 (Movie)

Annette (Actor)

The Glass Web 1953 (Movie)

Sonia (Actor)

Biography

Jean Willes made her acting career playing brassy, tough, sexually appealing, and sometimes vulgar characters, taking mostly costarring roles in B-movies, and even more minor ones in bigger films. She was often featured as one of the only female characters in a number of Three Stooges shorts, most notably in "A Snitch in Time" and "Gypped in the Penthouse." In the former, Willes played the attractive owner of a boarding house who teams up with the Stooges to hunt down a robber. In "Gypped in the Penhouse," Willes plays a calculating gold digger who scams all three of the Stooges. In one of her more significant roles, though still a costarring one, in a movie that was an unexpected hit and now a sci-fi cult classic, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," Willes played Nurse Sally Withers, right-hand assistant to the protagonist, who eventually becomes possessed by the alien pod people. The same year, Willes took another large role in a Western film that, though not particularly distinguished, was one of Clark Gable's last, "The King and Four Queens"; Willes played one of four calculating and sexy widows trying to seduce Gable's character. Willes became quite prevalent in the Western genre, though more so on television after the 1950s. One of her last bigger film parts was in the Rat Pack heist film "Ocean's Eleven," playing the widow of an electrician who was in on the casino robbery.

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