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Douglas Fowley

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Douglas Fowley (May 30, 1911 – May 21, 1998) was an American movie and television actor. Fowley was born Daniel Vincent Fowley in The Bronx, New York. The 5'11" actor is probably best remembered for his role as the movie director Roscoe Dexter in Singing in the Rain (1952). The actor appeared in over 240 films and later in dozens of television programs. Fowley's films include Twenty Mule Team, Mighty Joe Young, Battleground, Armored Car Robbery, Chick Carter, Detective, The Naked Jungle, The High and the Mighty and Walking Tall. Fowley began acting while attending St. Francis Xavier Military Academy. After nightclub performing and stage work, Fowley appeared in his first film alongside Spencer Tracy in The Mad Game in 1933. Early in his acting career he was usually cast as movie heavies or gangsters in B-movies including Charlie Chan and Laurel and Hardy features. Fowley, with then-wife contract actress Shelby Payne, is the father of 1960s record producer Kim Fowley. In the 1950s, he appeared on NBC's The Donald O'Connor Show as himself, as a con man in two episodes of the NBC sitcom It's a Great Life, in Reed Hadley's legal drama, The Public Defender, on the ABC situation comedy The Pride of the Family, and on two Rod Cameron series, the syndicated City Detective and the western-themed State Trooper. The World War II veteran grew a long beard in the 1960s to play Gabby Hayes-like roles on television which was a contrast to his well-groomed looks in the 1940s and 1950s. He appeared in the syndicated 1959-1960 western Pony Express in the episode "Showdown at "Thirty Mile Ridge". Miracle of the White Stallions (1963). Fowley was usually typecast as a villain; when not playing an actual criminal, he often portrayed an argumentative trouble-maker. Portraying a member of Tyrone Power's orchestra in Alexander's Ragtime Band, in the early scenes of the film Fowley's character quarrels with his bandmates, but this is not developed in the film's later scenes. From 1966-1967, Fowley was a regular cast member in Pistols 'n' Petticoats, a CBS sitcom parodying the Old West, somewhat like Forrest Tucker's F Troop on ABC. Fowley played the elderly patriarch in a family of gun-toting women who needed no male assistance. His co-stars were Ruth McDevitt as his wife; Ann Sheridan as his daughter (who died in real life two months before the series ended), and Gary Vinson as Sheriff Harold Sikes. Fowley continued to act into the 1970s and was frequently billed as "Douglas V. Fowley". One of his last roles was as Delaney Rafferty (opposite Patsy Kelly) in Disney's The North Avenue Irregulars, in which he dressed in drag. Fowley died nine days prior to his 87th birthday. Description above from the Wikipedia article Douglas Fowley, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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May 30, 1911 In Bronx, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Sleepers East 1934-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer 2002-09-24
Known For
Poster of The Andy Griffith Show
Poster of Detective Kitty O'Day
Poster of Ellery Queen, Master Detective
Poster of Passport Husband
Movie Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer Himself (archive footage) 2002-09-24
Movie The North Avenue Irregulars Delaney 1979-02-09
Series Detective School 1979-07-31
Movie The White Buffalo Amos Bixby 1977-05-01
Movie Black Oak Conspiracy Bryan Hancock (as Douglas V. Fowley) 1977-04-01
Series CHiPs Unknown 1977-09-15
Movie Sunshine Christmas Stanley 1977-12-12
Movie From Noon Till Three Buck Bowers 1976-08-13
Series Switch Unknown 1975-09-09
Series Kolchak: The Night Stalker Unknown 1974-09-13
Movie Homebodies Mr. Crawford 1974-09-01
Movie Walking Tall Judge R.W. Clarke 1973-02-22
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-23
Movie Run, Cougar, Run Joe Bickley 1972-10-18
Series Kung Fu Unknown 1972-10-14
Series O'Hara, U.S. Treasury Unknown 1971-09-17
Series My World and Welcome to It Unknown 1969-09-15
Movie The Good Guys and the Bad Guys Grundy 1969-11-19
Series The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown 1967-09-08
Series Pistols 'n' Petticoats 1966-09-17
Series Laredo Unknown 1965-09-16
Series Branded Unknown 1965-01-24
Movie Guns of Diablo Mr. Knudsen 1965-01-29
Movie 7 Faces of Dr. Lao Toothless Cowboy 1964-03-18
Series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Unknown 1964-09-25
Series Daniel Boone Unknown 1964-09-24
Series The Bill Dana Show Unknown 1963-09-22
Series The Lucy Show Unknown 1962-10-01
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Movie Buffalo Gun Sheriff 1961-07-01
Movie Barabbas Vasasio 1961-12-23
Series The Andy Griffith Show Unknown 1960-10-03
Series My Three Sons Unknown 1960-09-29
Movie Desire in the Dust Zuba Wilson 1960-10-10
Series Tightrope Unknown 1959-09-08
Series Sea Hunt Unknown 1958-01-04
Series Wanted: Dead or Alive Unknown 1958-09-06
Series The Texan Unknown 1958-09-29
Movie The Badge of Marshal Brennan Marshal Brennan 1957-04-14
Movie Kelly and Me Dave Gans 1957-04-10
Movie Bayou Emil Hebert 1957-06-01
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series Richard Diamond, Private Detective Unknown 1957-07-01
Movie Raiders of Old California Sheriff 1957-11-01
Series Trackdown Unknown 1957-10-04
Movie Bandido! McGhee 1956-09-01
Movie The Broken Star Thornton W. Wills 1956-04-01
Series State Trooper Unknown 1956-09-25
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie Man from Del Rio Doc Adams 1956-10-30
Movie Rock, Pretty Baby Pop Wright 1956-12-01
Movie The Lonesome Trail Crazy Charley Bonesteel 1955-07-01
Series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Unknown 1955-09-06
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Cheyenne Unknown 1955-09-20
Series The Great Gildersleeve Unknown 1955-09-20
Movie Texas Lady Clay Ballard (Clarion owner) 1955-11-23
Movie The Girl Rush Charlie - Stickman 1955-09-16
Movie Southwest Passage Toad Ellis 1954-04-01
Movie Untamed Heiress Pal 1954-03-31
Movie The Naked Jungle Medicine Man 1954-03-03
Movie Casanova's Big Night Second Prisoner 1954-04-07
Series Public Defender Unknown 1954-03-11
Movie The Lone Gun Bartender 1954-04-25
Movie Deep in My Heart Harold Butterfield 1954-12-09
Series Lassie Unknown 1954-09-12
Series December Bride Unknown 1954-10-04
Movie The High and the Mighty Alsop 1954-07-03
Movie Kansas Pacific Max Janus 1953-02-22
Movie The Man Behind The Gun Buckley Saloon Manager 1953-01-31
Series City Detective Unknown 1953-01-01
Movie A Slight Case of Larceny Mr. White 1953-06-05
Movie Red River Shore Case Lockwood 1953-12-15
Movie Cruisin' Down the River Humphrey Hepburn 1953-08-02
Movie Cat-Women of the Moon Walter 'Walt' Walters 1953-09-03
Movie The Band Wagon Auctioneer (uncredited) 1953-08-07
Movie This Woman Is Dangerous Saunders (Uncredited) 1952-02-09
Movie Finders Keepers Franke Simmons 1952-01-01
Movie Just This Once Frank Pirosh 1952-02-27
Movie Singin' in the Rain Roscoe Dexter 1952-04-09
Movie Horizons West Ed Tompkins 1952-10-11
Series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Unknown 1951-04-15
Movie Criminal Lawyer Harry Cheney 1951-08-23
Movie Tarzan's Peril Herbert Trask 1951-03-13
Movie Angels in the Outfield Cab Driver (uncredited) 1951-10-19
Movie Across the Wide Missouri Tin Cup Owens (uncredited) 1951-10-12
Movie Callaway Went Thataway Gaffer (uncredited) 1951-11-15
Movie South of Caliente Dave Norris 1951-10-14
Movie Armored Car Robbery Benjamin 'Benny' McBride 1950-06-08
Movie Rider from Tucson Bob Rankin 1950-06-07
Movie He's a Cockeyed Wonder 'Crabs' Freeley 1950-02-12
Movie Edge of Doom Detective #2 1950-08-03
Movie So You Think You're Not Guilty Convict (uncredited) 1950-04-15
Movie Killer Shark Louie Bracado 1950-03-19
Movie Bunco Squad Det. Sgt. Mack McManus 1950-09-01
Movie Stage to Tucson Ira Prentiss 1950-12-01
Movie Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone Steve Kepplar 1950-12-08
Movie Rio Grande Patrol Bragg Orcutt 1950-10-20
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie Susanna Pass Roberts aka Walter P. Johnson 1949-04-29
Movie Flaxy Martin Max, Detective 1949-02-15
Movie Arson, Inc. Frederick P. 'Fred' Fender 1949-06-24
Movie Search for Danger The Inspector 1949-04-15
Movie Massacre River Simms 1949-06-26
Movie Mighty Joe Young Jones 1949-07-27
Movie Renegades of the Sage Sloper 1949-11-24
Movie Battleground 'Kipp' Kippton 1949-11-09
Movie The Dude Goes West Beetle 1948-05-30
Movie Docks of New Orleans Grock 1948-03-21
Movie Waterfront at Midnight Joe Sargus 1948-06-25
Movie So You Want to Be a Gambler Honest John (uncredited) 1948-02-14
Movie If You Knew Susie Marty 1948-02-07
Movie Coroner Creek Stew Shallis 1948-07-01
Movie Joe Palooka in Winner Take All Reporter 1948-09-19
Movie The Denver Kid Henchman Slip 1948-09-30
Movie Behind Locked Doors Larson 1948-09-13
Movie Fall Guy Inspector Shannon 1947-03-15
Movie Yankee Fakir Murgatroyd Bartholomew Davis 1947-04-01
Movie Three on a Ticket Mace Morgan 1947-04-04
Movie Backlash Red Bailey 1947-03-01
Movie Wild Country Clark Varney 1947-01-17
Movie Fun on a Weekend Gambling House Owner (Uncredited) 1947-05-15
Movie Scared to Death Terry Lee 1947-02-01
Movie Undercover Maisie Daniels 1947-03-01
Movie Desperate Pete Lavitch, Private Eye 1947-06-20
Movie Merton of the Movies Phil 1947-10-11
Movie Roses Are Red Ace Oliver (as Doug Fowley) 1947-11-10
Movie The Gas House Kids in Hollywood Mitch Gordon 1947-08-23
Movie Ridin' Down the Trail Mark Butler 1947-10-03
Movie Jungle Flight Tom Hammond 1947-08-22
Movie The Hucksters Georgie Gaver 1947-07-17
Movie The Trespasser Bill Monroe 1947-07-03
Movie Larceny in Her Heart Doc H. C. Patterson 1946-05-20
Movie The Glass Alibi Joe Eykner 1946-04-27
Movie Drifting Along Jack Dailey 1946-01-26
Movie In Fast Company Steve Trent 1946-06-22
Movie Blonde Alibi Henchman Willie (Uncredited) 1946-03-01
Movie Chick Carter, Detective Rusty Farrell 1946-07-11
Movie 'Neath Canadian Skies Ned Thompson 1946-10-15
Movie North of the Border Nails Nelson 1946-11-15
Movie High School Hero Coach Carter 1946-09-06
Movie Along the Navajo Trail J. Richard Bentley 1945-09-15
Movie Don't Fence Me In Jack Gordon 1945-10-20
Movie Life with Blondie Blackie Leonard (uncredited) 1945-12-13
Movie Rationing Dixie Samson 1944-03-24
Movie Lady in the Death House Dr. Dwight 'Brad' Bradford 1944-03-15
Movie The Racket Man Toby Sykes 1944-01-18
Movie Shake Hands with Murder Steve Morgan 1944-04-22
Movie See Here, Private Hargrove Capt. R.S. Manville 1944-03-18
Movie And the Angels Sing N.Y. Cafe Manager (uncredited) 1944-04-25
Movie Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore Rudy (uncredited) 1944-07-07
Movie One Body Too Many Henry Rutherford 1944-11-24
Movie The Story of Dr. Wassell Bit Part (uncredited) 1944-07-04
Movie Detective Kitty O'Day Harry Downs 1944-05-13
Movie Colt Comrades Joe Brass 1943-06-18
Movie Jitterbugs Malcolm Bennett 1943-06-05
Movie Gildersleeve's Bad Day Louie Barton 1943-05-10
Movie The Kansan Ben Nash 1943-09-10
Movie Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case Wallace 1943-05-08
Movie Bar 20 Henchman Slash 1943-10-01
Movie Swing Shift Maisie Investigator (Uncredited) 1943-10-01
Movie Minesweeper Cutter Lieutenant Wells 1943-11-10
Movie Riding High Brown 1943-11-11
Movie The Chance of a Lifetime Nails Blanton (Uncredited) 1943-10-26
Movie Sunset on the Desert Ramsay McCall 1942-04-01
Movie So's Your Aunt Emma! Gus Hammond 1942-04-17
Movie Mr. Wise Guy Bill Collins 1942-02-20
Movie Hay Foot Captain Rossmead 1942-01-02
Movie I Live on Danger Joey Farr 1942-06-16
Movie Lost Canyon Jeff Burton 1942-12-18
Movie Stand by for Action Ensign Martin 1942-12-31
Movie The Devil with Hitler Walter Beeter 1942-10-18
Movie Tanks a Million Capt. Rossmead 1941-09-12
Movie The Parson of Panamint Chappie Ellerton 1941-07-25
Movie Dangerous Lady Police Sgt. Brent 1941-09-12
Movie Doctors Don't Tell Joe Grant 1941-09-22
Movie Secrets of the Wastelands Slade Salters 1941-11-15
Movie Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case Vincent Mackay 1941-12-18
Movie 20 Mule Team Stag Roper 1940-05-03
Movie Cafe Hostess Eddie Morgan 1940-01-11
Movie Wagons Westward Bill Marsden 1940-06-19
Movie Pier 13 Johnnie Hale 1940-08-08
Movie Ellery Queen, Master Detective Rocky Taylor 1940-11-30
Movie Cherokee Strip Alf Barrett 1940-10-10
Movie East of the River Cy Turner 1940-11-09
Movie The Leather Pushers Slick Connolly 1940-09-13
Movie Lucky Night George 1939-05-05
Movie Dodge City Munger 1939-04-08
Movie Inside Story Gus Brawley 1939-03-10
Movie Boy Friend Ed Boyd 1939-05-19
Movie It Could Happen to You Freddie Barlow 1939-06-08
Movie Slightly Honorable Madder 1939-12-22
Movie Henry Goes Arizona Ricky Dole 1939-12-08
Movie Charlie Chan at Treasure Island Peter Lewis 1939-08-31
Movie Walking Down Broadway Ace Wagner 1938-03-11
Movie City Girl Ritchie 1938-01-07
Movie Alexander's Ragtime Band Snapper 1938-05-24
Movie Mr. Moto's Gamble Nick Crowder 1938-04-07
Movie Passport Husband Tiger Martin 1938-07-15
Movie Time Out for Murder J.E. 'Dutch' Moran 1938-09-25
Movie Submarine Patrol Seaman Pinky Brett 1938-11-25
Movie Keep Smiling Cedric Hunt 1938-08-12
Movie This Is My Affair Alec 1937-05-28
Movie On the Avenue Eddie Eads 1937-02-12
Movie Time Out for Romance Roy Webster 1937-02-10
Movie Fifty Roads to Town Dutch Nelson 1937-06-03
Movie She Had to Eat Duke Stacey 1937-07-02
Movie Love and Hisses Webster 1937-12-21
Movie Wake Up and Live Herman 1937-08-23
Movie Charlie Chan on Broadway Johnny Burke 1937-09-22
Movie One Mile From Heaven Jim Tabor 1937-08-18
Movie Small Town Girl Chick Page (uncredited) 1936-04-10
Movie Big Brown Eyes Benny Battle 1936-04-03
Movie Ring Around the Moon Ted Curlew 1936-02-15
Movie Navy Born Lt. Steve Bassett 1936-06-02
Movie 36 Hours to Kill Duke Benson 1936-07-24
Movie Private Number Sheik (Uncredited) 1936-06-05
Movie 15 Maiden Lane Nick Shelby 1936-10-16
Movie Sing, Baby, Sing Mac 1936-08-21
Movie Crash Donovan Harris 1936-08-01
Movie Night Life of the Gods Cyril Sparks 1935-03-01
Movie Princess O'Hara Emcee (uncredited) 1935-03-31
Movie Transient Lady Matt Baxter 1935-03-04
Movie Old Man Rhythm Oyster 1935-08-02
Movie Two for Tonight Pooch Donahue 1935-09-12
Movie I Hate Women Nelson 1934-05-10
Movie Sleepers East Gangster (uncredited) 1934-01-01
Movie The Thin Man Taxi Driver (uncredited) 1934-05-25
Movie Operator 13 Union Officer (uncredited) 1934-06-08
Movie Student Tour Mushy 1934-10-05
Movie The Girl from Missouri New Bellboy with Vase (uncredited) 1934-08-03
Movie Let's Talk It Over Sailor Jones 1934-06-01