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Birth name Jean Donahue
Nationality USA
Birth 15 april 1923 at Los Angeles (USA)
Death 3 january 1989 (at 65 years) at Van Nuys (USA)

Jean Willes (April 15, 1923 – January 3, 1989) was an American film and television actress. She appeared in approximately 65 films in her 38-year career.


Au cinéma, après un court métrage de 1942, son premier long métrage est Les Anges de miséricorde de Mark Sandrich (1943, avec Claudette Colbert et Paulette Goddard). Blonde apparaissant parfois en brune, elle joue dans quatre-vingt-huit autres films américains — dont de nombreux courts métrages, certains avec Les Trois Stooges —, le dernier étant le western La Chevauchée sauvage de Richard Brooks (1975, avec Gene Hackman et James Coburn).

Entretemps, citons Le Roi et Quatre Reines (1956, avec Clark Gable et Eleanor Parker) et Bungalow pour femmes (1956, avec Jane Russell et Richard Egan) de Raoul Walsh, La police fédérale enquête (1959, avec James Stewart et Vera Miles) et Gypsy, Vénus de Broadway (1962, avec Natalie Wood et Rosalind Russell) de Mervyn LeRoy, L'Inconnu de Las Vegas de Lewis Milestone (1960, avec Frank Sinatra et Dean Martin), ou encore Attaque au Cheyenne Club de Gene Kelly (son avant-dernier film, 1970, avec James Stewart et Henry Fonda).

Pour la télévision, hormis un téléfilm de 1960, Jean Willes contribue surtout à cent-onze séries américaines entre 1951 et 1976 (année où elle se retire), dont Perry Mason (deux épisodes, 1957-1959), Au nom de la loi (quatre épisodes, 1958-1959), Bonanza (quatre épisodes, 1959-1968) et Kojak (son avant-dernière série, un épisode, 1975).

Elle meurt à 65 ans en 1989, d'un cancer du foie.

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jean Willes (48 films)

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Bite the Bullet, 2h12
Directed by Richard Brooks
Origin USA
Genres Action, Adventure, Western
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Films about horses, Road movies, Chase films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Horse sports in film
Actors Gene Hackman, James Coburn, Candice Bergen, Ben Johnson, Ian Bannen, Jan-Michael Vincent
Roles Rosie
Rating67% 3.3968053.3968053.3968053.3968053.396805
Based on actual events of the early twentieth century, the story concerns a grueling 700-mile cross-country horse race in 1906 and the way it affects the lives of its various participants.
The Cheyenne Social Club, 1h43
Directed by Gene Kelly
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Western
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution
Actors James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Shirley Jones, Sue Ane Langdon, Robert Middleton, Elaine Devry
Roles Alice
Rating68% 3.4472053.4472053.4472053.4472053.447205
In 1867, John O'Hanlan (Stewart) and Harley Sullivan (Fonda) are aging cowboys working on open cattle ranges in Texas. O'Hanlan gets a letter from an attorney in Cheyenne, Wyoming, that his disreputable and now deceased brother, DJ, left him something called The Cheyenne Social Club in his will.
McHale's Navy, 1h33
Origin USA
Genres War, Comedy
Themes Military humor in film, Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Ernest Borgnine, Tim Conway, Joe Flynn, Johnny Flynn, Bob Hastings, Gary Vinson
Roles Margot Monet
Rating63% 3.194433.194433.194433.194433.19443
Set "Somewhere in the South Pacific", Gruber's gambling scheme backfires when he tries to raise lots of money for St Theresa’s Orphanage through off-track horserace betting. Heavy bets on the horse "Silver Spot" leaves the crew owing a large sum to sailors and marines. A little while later when the crew is in New Caledonia and after Ensign Parker is kissed by Andrea Bouchard (Claudine Longet) the lightheaded Parker accidentally sets off a depth charge and destroys the dock and cargo of businessman Henri Le Clerc (George Kennedy), leaving the crew even more in debt. However, while on a reconnaissance mission to an island the crew comes across Silver Spot who was lost on the island after the horse was being moved from Australia. They decide to enter Silver Spot in a race in New Caledonia to win enough money to pay all their debts. Otherwise the only way to pay all their debts is for McHale to marry his old flame Margot Monet (Jean Willes) who owns a gambling parlor in New Caledonia (but who McHale would rather not marry). They try to disguise the horse with lots of heavy hair, but when the hair starts to come off during the race they decide to use a smoke screen from the 73 to keep anyone from seeing too much. However, this made it impossible for the racetrack authorities to know who won. But the smokescreen also caused a Japanese submarine to be captured by the 73. In the end Le Clerc is so grateful for saving his town from a Japanese attack he forgives the debt. The crew also gets a reward for rescuing Silver Spot which just happened to be enough to pay the sailors and marines. While all this was going on the Pt-73 crew was dogging Binghamton (Joe Flynn) and his aide Carpenter (Bob Hastings). And just as they were leaving New Caledonia the bashful Parker is kissed by Bouchard and again the lightheaded Parker sets off another depth charge which destroys Le Clerc's dock and cargo again. But rather than marry Monet to pay for the new damage, McHale and crew immediately scramble to get out of New Caledonia.
Gypsy (1962)
, 2h23
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about sexuality, Théâtre, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals, Striptease
Actors Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Parley Baer, Morgan Brittany, Jack Benny
Roles Miss Cratchitt
Rating71% 3.597593.597593.597593.597593.59759
Determined to make her young, blonde, and beautiful daughter June a vaudeville headliner, willful, resourceful, domineering stage mother Rose Hovick will stop at nothing to achieve her goal. She drags the girl and her shy, awkward, and decidedly less-talented older sister Louise around the country in an effort to get them noticed, and with the assistance of agent Herbie Sommers, she manages to secure them bookings on the prestigious Orpheum Circuit.
By Love Possessed, 1h55
Directed by John Sturges
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality
Actors Lana Turner, Efrem Zimbalist II, Jason Robards, George Hamilton, Susan Kohner, Thomas Mitchell
Roles Junie McCarthy
Rating56% 2.810142.810142.810142.810142.81014
In a Massachusetts law firm, Arthur Winner, Julius Penrose and Noah Tuttle are equal partners. Each has an ongoing problem in his personal life.
Gun Street
Gun Street (1961)
, 1h7
Directed by Edward L. Cahn
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors James Brown, Jean Willes, James Brown, John Clarke, Warren J. Kemmerling, Peggy Stewart
Roles Joan Brady
Rating50% 2.5279452.5279452.5279452.5279452.527945
Dans ce film filmé et sorti en 1961 (et non une production de 1962), un condamné évadé retourne en ville et commence un règne de terreur. Le Dr Dean Knudtson, son épouse Janice, autrefois mariée à l'assassin, et Jeff Baxley, dont le témoignage a été envoyé à l'origine en prison, sont marqués pour la mort. Le shérif Charles Morton et son adjoint Sam Freed dirigent un détachement qui traque le tueur dans le désert. L'homme est retrouvé mort des blessures infligées par un gardien de prison essayant d'empêcher sa fuite. Le shérif renonce à son travail et se dirige vers l'ouest avec Joan.
Ocean's 11
Ocean's 11 (1960)
, 2h7
Directed by Lewis Milestone, Richard Lang
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action, Adventure, Musical, Crime
Themes Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Patrice Wymore, Joey Bishop
Roles Mrs. Bergdorf
Rating65% 3.2998053.2998053.2998053.2998053.299805
A gang of World War II 82nd Airborne veterans is recruited by Danny Ocean (Sinatra) and Jimmy Foster (Lawford) to rob five different Las Vegas casinos (Sahara, Riviera, Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn, Sands and the Flamingo) on a single night.
Elmer Gantry, 2h26
Directed by Richard Brooks
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about religion
Actors Burt Lancaster, Jean Simmons, Arthur Kennedy, Shirley Jones, Dean Jagger, Edward Andrews
Roles a prostitute
Rating77% 3.897743.897743.897743.897743.89774
Elmer Gantry (Burt Lancaster) is a hard-drinking, fast-talking traveling salesman with a charismatic personality who infuses biblical passages and fervor into his pitches as a way to ease and collect money. He is drawn to the road show of Sister Sharon Falconer (Jean Simmons) and is immediately attracted to the saintly revivalist. As the troupe leaves town for Kansas, Gantry sweettalks her naive assistant, Sister Rachel (Patti Page), into telling him information regarding Falconer's past. He uses that information to con his way into Sister Sharon's good graces and joins the troupe preaching "Christ in commerce" and how he is a saved salesman.
The Crowded Sky, 1h45
Directed by Joseph Pevney
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Disaster films, American disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents
Actors Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, Efrem Zimbalist II, John Kerr, Anne Francis, Keenan Wynn
Roles Gloria Panawek
Rating59% 2.9538252.9538252.9538252.9538252.953825
A US Navy Lockheed TV-2 jet piloted by Captain Dale Heath (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.), with an enlisted man (Troy Donahue) as a passenger, runs into trouble as soon as it is in the air. Both Heath's radio and his navigation system become disabled, with no way to correctly determine their altitude. At the same time, a Douglas DC-7 airliner piloted by veteran Dick Barnett (Dana Andrews), is carrying a full load of passengers, each with their own worries and problems to deal with.
The FBI Story, 1h53
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy, Raoul Walsh
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors James Stewart, Vera Miles, Murray Hamilton, Larry Pennell, Ann Doran, Nick Adams
Roles Anna Sage
Rating65% 3.2981453.2981453.2981453.2981453.298145
John Michael ('Chip') Hardesty (James Stewart) narrates the story of a murder, which the viewer sees in a flashback. Young Jack Graham (Nick Adams), takes out life insurance on his mother and plants a bomb in her luggage for a flight that she was taking from Denver, Colorado, to Portland, Oregon, November 1, 1955.
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
Roles Jen
Rating63% 3.1951053.1951053.1951053.1951053.195105
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.
Desire Under the Elms, 1h51
Directed by Delbert Mann, Bernard McEveety
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins, Burl Ives, Pernell Roberts, Frank Overton, Rebecca Welles
Roles Florence Cabot
Rating65% 3.296953.296953.296953.296953.29695
Le vieux Éphraïm Cabot se remarie avec la jeune et belle Anna. S’ensuivent des luttes intestines entre les fils d’Éphraïm et la nouvelle épouse, tous s’estimant héritiers légitimes. Mais Anna et son beau-fils Eben, qui revendique le titre d’héritier unique, tombent réciproquement amoureux…
No Time for Sergeants, 1h59
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Military humor in film, Théâtre, Transport films, Aviation films, Films based on plays, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Andy Griffith, Myron McCormick, Nick Adams, Murray Hamilton, Howard Smith, Howard Smith
Roles WAF Captain
Rating76% 3.844973.844973.844973.844973.84497
Will Stockdale (Andy Griffith) is a backward, backwoods rube from outside Callville, Georgia who may or may not be smarter than he looks. Accused by Mr. McKinney (Dub Taylor) the head of the draft board of being a draft dodger, it turns out that Stockdale's draft notices have been hidden from him by his father, who doesn't want the boy to leave home and be ridiculed. His father tells Will to be careful going to big cities like Macon and Atlanta. Pa Stockdale says he has been to those cities many years before and he was ridiculed.
The Man Who Turned to Stone, 1h11
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Actors Victor Jory, William Hudson, Jean Willes, Ann Doran, Paul Cavanagh, Victor Varconi
Roles Tracy
Rating50% 2.531372.531372.531372.531372.53137
Two hundred years ago, a group of doctors learned to extended their lives by draining the vitality of others. Without such tranfusions, they begin to petrify. They become the staff doctors of a girls' reform school, assuring a supply of vital young bodies. However, outsiders sent to the school, Dr. Jess Rogers and social worker Carol Adams, become suspicious of the unusual number of otherwise healthy inmates dying of heart failure or suicide.