Moroni Olsen

Actor
Named for the angel that allegedly revealed a prophecy to Joseph Smith, character actor Moroni Olsen lives on most prominently as the voice of another angel, albeit one that is unseen. Each Christmas season Olsen can be ... Read more »
Born: 06/27/1889 in Ogden, Utah, USA

Filmography

Actor (29)

Sign of the Pagan 1954 (Movie)

Pope Leo (Actor)

The Long, Long Trailer 1954 (Movie)

Mr Tewitt (Actor)

No Questions Asked 1951 (Movie)

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Command Decision 1949 (Movie)

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The Fountainhead 1948 (Movie)

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Life With Father 1947 (Movie)

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Possessed 1947 (Movie)

Dr. Ames (Actor)

The Long Night 1947 (Movie)

Chief of Police Bob McManus (Actor)

Black Gold 1946 (Movie)

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Notorious 1946 (Movie)

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Don't Fence Me In 1945 (Movie)

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Mildred Pierce 1945 (Movie)

Inspector Peterson (Actor)

Roger Touhy, Gangster 1944 (Movie)

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Buffalo Bill 1943 (Movie)

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1943 (Movie)

of Magic Mirror (Voice)

Mission to Moscow 1942 (Movie)

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Reunion in France 1941 (Movie)

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Brother Rat and a Baby 1939 (Movie)

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Code of the Secret Service 1939 (Movie)

Friar Parker (Actor)

If I Had My Way 1939 (Movie)

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Invisible Stripes 1939 (Movie)

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The Santa Fe Trail 1939 (Movie)

Robert E Lee (Actor)

Virginia City 1939 (Movie)

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Allegheny Uprising 1938 (Movie)

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Kentucky 1937 (Movie)

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Adventure's End 1936 (Movie)

First Mate Rand Husk (Actor)

Manhattan Merry-Go-Round 1936 (Movie)

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Mary of Scotland 1935 (Movie)

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Annie Oakley 1934 (Movie)

William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody (Actor)

Biography

Named for the angel that allegedly revealed a prophecy to Joseph Smith, character actor Moroni Olsen lives on most prominently as the voice of another angel, albeit one that is unseen. Each Christmas season Olsen can be heard as the senior angel giving orders to Clarence in perennial favorite "It's a Wonderful Life". Reared and educated in Utah, Olsen was born into a family devoted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and carried that devotion with him throughout his career. After performing in several Broadway plays in the early 1920s, he returned to Utah in 1923 and formed the Moroni Olsen Players, a traveling repertory company that toured throughout the western United States. He went back to New York for a couple more years before venturing out to Hollywood in 1935. His first film role was as Porthos in an RKO production of "The Three Musketeers", and such a prominent part suggested that stardom was a possibility, but instead he settled into the life of a constantly working character actor. His tall, commanding presence and sonorous voice led him to be cast most often in positions of authority: military officers, doctors and police officers were common. The distinctive voice also secured his other memorable role, that of the Magic Mirror in Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves".

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