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Douglas Fowley is a Actor, Director and Producer American born on 30 may 1911 at the Bronx (USA)

Douglas Fowley

Douglas Fowley
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Birth name Daniel Vincent Fowley
Nationality USA
Birth 30 may 1911 at the Bronx (USA)
Death 21 may 1998 (at 86 years) at Woodland Hills (USA)

Douglas Fowley (May 30, 1911 – May 21, 1998) was an American movie and television actor. The 5'11" actor is probably best remembered for his role as the frustrated movie director Roscoe Dexter in Singin' in the Rain (1952).


Fowley was born Daniel Vincent Fowley in The Bronx in New York City. He appeared in more than 240 films and later in dozens of television programs. He began acting while attending St. Francis Xavier Military Academy.

Fowley began as a singing waiter and then worked as a copy boy for The New York Times, a runner for a Wall Street broker, a United States Postal Service employee, a barker, a salesman, a professional football player, and finally a professional actor.

After nightclub performing and stage work, Fowley appeared in 1933 in his first film, The Mad Game, alongside Spencer Tracy. 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 and his then wife, contract actress Shelby Payne, are the parents of 1960s record producer Kim Fowley.

Fowley's films include Twenty Mule Team, Fall Guy, Mighty Joe Young, Angels in the Outfield (1951), Battleground, Armored Car Robbery, Chick Carter, Detective, The Naked Jungle, The High and the Mighty and Walking Tall.

During World War II, Fowley enlisted in the United States Navy and was wounded while serving on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean. He lost his teeth.

For several seasons, Fowley played the key supporting role of John H. "Doc" Holliday in the 1955-1961 western television series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp after having appeared as Doc Fabrique in the show's premiere season. Carol Montgomery Stone was cast as his common law wife, "Big Nose Kate" or Kate Holliday, in ten episodes in the 1957-1958 season. Myron Healey played Doc Holliday in ten other episodes on the series.

The role of Doc Holliday allowed Fowley to demonstrate his flair for comedy and other acting skills as a clever, sharp-witted, sardonic, cynical, alcoholic, poker-playing foil to the square-jawed, milk-drinking, church-going Wyatt Earp (Hugh O'Brien), whom Holiday nicknamed "Deacon" due to his rigid sense of morality. Not at all so encombered Doc would occasionally take the law into his own hands behind Earp's back to protect his friend from legal action or even death when the marshal was legally or morally ham-strung. Holliday, as played by Fowley, having no problem working around morals or the law, could be either hilarious or cold-blooded.

Even after originating the role of Holliday, if Doc were not written into a week's script, Fowley would often be asked to stretch his acting muscles playing one-shot characters, often made up with white hair and beard with Fowley disguising his distinctive voice in one way or other.

In the 1950s, he appeared as himself on NBC's The Donald O'Connor Show. He was cast in 1956 as Bob Egan in the "Two-Fisted Saint" episode of the religious anthology series Crossroads. He portrayed a con man in two episodes of the NBC sitcom It's a Great Life. He also guest-starred on Reed Hadley's CBS legal drama The Public Defender. He appeared, too, on the ABC situation comedy The Pride of the Family and on the NBC western series The Californians and Jefferson Drum. He was cast on two Rod Cameron series, the syndicated City Detective and the western-themed State Trooper, and in John Bromfield's related series, U.S. Marshal. He guest-starred too in the David Janssen crime drama Richard Diamond, Private Detective.

In 1959, Fowley appeared with Frank Ferguson in the episode "A Race for Life" of the CBS western series The Texan, starring Rory Calhoun.

In 1964 Fowley made a guest appearance on the CBS courtroom drama series Perry Mason as he played agent Rubin Cason in "The Case of the Bountiful Beauty."

In 1965 he was cast as "Sorrowful" in episode 83 of the series "The Virginian" with co-stars Forest Tucker and Andrew Prine.

In 1966 Douglas was cast as "Rufus C. Hoops" in "The Search" season 2, episode 24, of the series "Daniel Boone" with co-stars Fess Parker, Michael Ansara, Nita Talbot, and Willard Sage. Original air date for this episode was March 3, 1966.

From 1966-67, 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 seemed to have little need for 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.

In 1967, Fowley guest-starred on the short-lived CBS western Dundee and the Culhane with John Mills.

The navy veteran grew a long beard in the 1960s to play Gabby Hayes-like roles on television in 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". He was cast in 1963 in Miracle of the White Stallions.

Fowley was usually typecast as a villain; when not playing an actual criminal, he often portrayed an argumentative troublemaker. 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.

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 before what would have been his 87th birthday. He was buried at the Murrieta, California, Laurel Cemetery.

Best films

Mighty Joe Young (1949)

Usually with

Bess Flowers
Bess Flowers
(15 films)
Cedric Gibbons
Cedric Gibbons
(14 films)
Lon Chaney, Jr.
Lon Chaney, Jr.
(10 films)
Byron Foulger
Byron Foulger
(9 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Douglas Fowley (166 films)

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The North Avenue Irregulars, 1h40
Directed by Bruce Bilson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Children's films
Actors Edward Herrmann, Barbara Harris, Susan Clark, Karen Valentine, Michael Constantine, Cloris Leachman
Roles Delaney
Rating67% 3.394123.394123.394123.394123.39412
Reverend Michael Hill (Edward Herrmann) and his two children arrive in New Rochelle, New York as the new minister at North Avenue Presbyterian Church. The secretary/music director for the church, Anne (Susan Clark), is wary of the changes Hill intends to implement. Hill wants to get people involved, and asks Mrs. Rose Rafferty (Patsy Kelly, in her final movie role) to handle the church's sinking fund.
The White Buffalo, 1h37
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Origin USA
Genres Horror, Western
Themes Films about animals
Actors Charles Bronson, Jack Warden, Will Sampson, Kim Novak, Slim Pickens, Clint Walker
Roles Amos Bixby (Train Conductor / narrator)
Rating61% 3.097083.097083.097083.097083.09708
Wild Bill Hickok is haunted by his dreams of a giant white buffalo. So much that he travels the West to find the beast. Along the way, Hickok meets Crazy Horse, who is also searching the plains for the giant white buffalo, who has killed Crazy Horse's daughter. Hickok and Crazy Horse team up to kill the elusive buffalo.
From Noon Till Three, 1h39
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Romance, Western
Actors Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Douglas Fowley, Bert Williams, Anne Ramsey, Damon Douglas
Roles Buck Bowers
Rating65% 3.295983.295983.295983.295983.29598
The setting is the American West, late 19th century. A gang of bank robbers led by Graham Dorsey (Charles Bronson) is off to rob a small-town bank, but Graham is having second thoughts: he's had a nightmare in which the gang was wiped out during the robbery attempt. Worse, Graham's horse broke down and the gang members have to get another. They try at the ranch of the widow Amanda Starbuck (Jill Ireland). Amanda, suspicious of the men, denies having a horse. Graham checks out the barn and finds a horse, but still afraid of disaster, he lies to his men and agrees to wait three hours at the ranch for their return (the "from noon till three" of the title). It turns out he has another reason for wanting to stay behind though: he wants to force himself on Mrs. Starbuck. Amanda resists rather inventively; simply lies still, fully clothed. This frustrates Graham, who decides on a ruse. He pretends he is impotent, hoping to play on Amanda's sympathy. The deception works, and they make love three times.
Homebodies (1974)

Directed by Larry Yust
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror
Actors Peter Brocco, William Hansen, Frances Fuller, Ruth McDevitt, Paula Trueman, Ian Wolfe
Roles Mr. Crawford
Rating67% 3.3909453.3909453.3909453.3909453.390945
Dans un quartier en rénovation, où les petites habitations individuelles sont détruites pour faire place aux grands ensembles imaginés par le moniteur Crawford, six vieillards refusent pourtant de quitter leur demeure. Plusieurs accidents retardent les travaux. Les vieillards, cachés dans leur maison, assassinent deux personnes dont le promoteur, puis se disputent et s'entretuent. Les survivants se réfugient alors dans une autre maison promise elle aussi à la démolition.
Homebodies (1974)

Directed by Larry Yust
Genres Comedy, Horror
Themes Comedy horror films
Actors Peter Brocco, Frances Fuller, William Hansen, Ruth McDevitt, Paula Trueman, Ian Wolfe
Roles Mr. Crawford
Rating67% 3.3909453.3909453.3909453.3909453.390945
Dans un quartier en rénovation, où les petites habitations individuelles sont détruites pour faire place aux grands ensembles imaginés par le moniteur Crawford, six vieillards refusent pourtant de quitter leur demeure. Plusieurs accidents retardent les travaux. Les vieillards, cachés dans leur maison, assassinent deux personnes dont le promoteur, puis se disputent et s'entretuent. Les survivants se réfugient alors dans une autre maison promise elle aussi à la démolition.
Walking Tall, 1h47
Directed by Phil Karlson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography, Action, Crime
Actors Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Hartman, Lurene Tuttle, Noah Beery, Jr, Leif Garrett, John Brascia
Roles Judge R.W. Clarke
Rating69% 3.497213.497213.497213.497213.49721
Pusser, at his wife Pauline's behest, retires from the professional wrestling ring and moves back to Tennessee to start a logging business with his father, Carl Pusser. With a friend, he visits a gambling and prostitution establishment, the Lucky Spot, and is beaten up after catching them cheating at craps. Pusser is seriously injured with a knife and receives over 200 stitches. He complains to the sheriff but is ignored, and soon becomes aware of the rampant corruption in McNairy County. Later, working at his dad's lumber mill, Pusser makes a club out of a tree branch. Late one night, Pusser waits until after the Lucky Spot is closed, and beats up the same thugs that left him for dead. The next day, Pusser is arrested and represents himself at trial. At one point, he rips off his shirt and shows the jury his scars. He informs them that "If you let them do this to me and get away with it, then you're giving them the eternal right to do the same damn thing to any one of you!" The jury finds Pusser not guilty, and he decides to clean up the county and runs for sheriff. Buford Pusser wins, and becomes famous for being incorruptible, intolerant of crime, and for his array of four-foot hickory clubs which he uses to great effect in dispatching criminals and destroying their clandestine gambling dens and illegal distilleries.
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys, 1h31
Directed by Martin Balsam, David Carradine, George Kennedy, Robert Mitchum, Tina Louise, Burt Kennedy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Western
Actors Robert Mitchum, George Kennedy, Martin Balsam, David Carradine, Tina Louise, John Carradine
Roles Grundy
Rating61% 3.0989753.0989753.0989753.0989753.098975
Jim Flagg is the marshal in the town of Progress. He hears arch-rival John McKay is headed toward town so he warns Mayor Wilker and others in Progress about rumor of a robbery. Wilker doesn't appreciate Flagg causing a panic and relieves him of his badge.
Guns of Diablo, 1h31
Directed by Boris Sagal
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Charles Bronson, Susan Oliver, Kurt Russell, Jan Merlin, John Fiedler, Douglas Fowley
Roles Mr. Knudsen
Rating58% 2.9044752.9044752.9044752.9044752.904475
Alors qu'ils conduisent un convoi vers la Californie, Linc Murdock et le jeune Jaimie McPheeters s'arrêtent à la ville de Diablo pour s'approvisionner. Sur place, ils découvrent que les habitants sont sous la coupe d'un gang familial, les Macklin. Au Saloon, Linc retrouve Maria, son amour de jeunesse présumée morte. Linc ne se doute pas qu'elle est elle-même devenue une Macklin par alliance...
7 Faces of Dr. Lao, 1h40
Directed by George Pal
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Western
Themes Circus films
Actors Tony Randall, Barbara Eden, John Ericson, Arthur O'Connell, Noah Beery, Jr, Lee Patrick
Roles Toothless Cowboy
Rating72% 3.647233.647233.647233.647233.64723
It is the dawn of the 20th century, and an elderly Chinese man rides a jackass into Abalone, Arizona, his only visible possession a fishbowl occupied by an innocuous-looking fish. This magical visitor, Dr. Lao (Tony Randall), visits Edward Cunningham's (John Ericson) newspaper and places a large ad for his traveling circus, which will play in Abalone for two nights only.
Miracle of the White Stallions, 1h33
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about animals, Films about horses, Political films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Robert Taylor, Lilli Palmer, Eddie Albert, James Franciscus, Curd Jürgens, Charles Régnier
Roles U.S. General
Rating65% 3.2962253.2962253.2962253.2962253.296225
In World War II Austria, Col. Alois Podhajsky sets out to protect his beloved Lipizzaner stallions - purebred snow-white horses with centuries of tradition - from "liberation" by the Soviet Army, and ensure that they are surrendered into safekeeping. It is known that U.S. General George S. Patton is something of a horse fancier and might help, if he sees the stallions perform. The ending is happy; see the Lipizzaner main article for the historical details.
Barabbas (1961)
, 2h24
Directed by Richard Fleischer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure, Historical, Peplum
Themes Films set in Africa, Seafaring films, Films about religion, Sports films, Transport films, Films based on the Bible, Portrayals of Jesus in film
Actors Anthony Quinn, Arthur Kennedy, Jack Palance, Silvana Mangano, Harry Andrews, Vittorio Gassman
Roles Vasasio
Rating68% 3.4493553.4493553.4493553.4493553.449355
Shortly before the crucifixion of Christ, Pontius Pilate offers to release either Jesus Christ or Barabbas in keeping with the local custom. As the Bible story goes, Barabbas is the one the crowd chooses.
Desire in the Dust, 1h42
Directed by William F. Claxton
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime, Romance
Actors Raymond Burr, Martha Hyer, Joan Bennett, Brett Halsey, Ed Binns, Douglas Fowley
Roles Zuba Wilson
Rating60% 3.01053.01053.01053.01053.0105
Lonnie Wilson (Ken Scott), the son of a sharecropper, Zuba Wilson (Douglas Fowley), returns to his small southern hometown of Clinton, Louisiana after spending six years on the chain-gang for killing Colonel Ben Marquand's son, Davey, in an automobile accident. He revives his love affair with Melinda Marquand (Martha Hyer), who is now Mrs. Melinda Thomas, having married Dr. Ned Thomas (Brett Halsey) while Lonnie was serving time in her place for the accident she caused.
These Thousand Hills, 1h36
Directed by Richard Fleischer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Western
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Erotic thriller films
Actors Don Murray, Richard Egan, Lee Remick, Patricia Owens, Stuart Whitman, Albert Dekker
Rating63% 3.1949053.1949053.1949053.1949053.194905
Albert Gallatin "Lat" Evans (Don Murray), an earnest young cowboy determined to better his situation, wins a job with a cattle drive by busting a wild horse. Befriended by cowhand Tom Ping (Stuart Whitman}, Lat fantasizes about owning his own ranch and being rich one day, unlike his father, who died "broke, a failure." When the drive reaches a small Wyoming town, the cowboys congregate at the saloon, where Jehu (Richard Egan), an unscrupulous rancher, proposes racing one of their horses against his swift steed. Lat accepts the challenge, and is in the lead when his opponent throws a blanket at his face, causing Lat to lose his balance and fall from his horse. Marshal Conrad (Albert Dekker), the town's upstanding banker, intervenes, however, and declares Lat the winner.
The Geisha Boy, 1h30
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Military humor in film, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Jerry Lewis, Sessue Hayakawa, Marie McDonald, Suzanne Pleshette, Barton MacLane, Nobu McCarthy
Roles GI en Corée
Rating65% 3.252353.252353.252353.252353.25235
The Great Wooley (Jerry Lewis) is a magician who is entertaining GIs in Japan. Upon their arrival, he causes a series of unfortunate mishaps for the headliner, actress Lola Livingston (Marie McDonald), including tearing her dress, knocking her down a flight of stairs, and rolling her up in the red carpet. An orphan, Mitsuo Watanabe (Robert Hirano) witnesses the spectacle and laughs for the first time since his parents died. When his aunt Kimi Sikita (Nobu McCarthy) brings the boy to Wooley to thank him, he and the boy become close, which irritates the aunt's boyfriend, a Japanese baseball player, as well as a USO liaison (Suzanne Pleshette) who has fallen for Wooley.