Chill Wills

Lowest Rated: 50% The Alamo (1960)
Birthday: Jul 18, 1903
Birthplace: Not Available
He began performing in early childhood, going on to appear in tent shows, vaudeville, and stock throughout the Southwest. He formed Chill Wills and the Avalon Boys, a singing group in which he was the leader and bass vocalist, in the '30s. After appearing with the group in several Westerns, beginning with his screen debut, Bar 20 Rides Again (1935), he disbanded the group in 1938. For the next fifteen years he was busy onscreen as a character actor, but after 1953 his film work became less frequent. He provided the voice of Francis the Talking Mule in the "Francis" comedy series of films. In the '60s he starred in the TV series "Frontier Circus" and "The Rounders." For his work in The Alamo (1960) he received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. In 1975 he released a singing album--his first.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The First Rebel M'Cammon 2015
100% That's Entertainment! III Actor 1994
No Score Yet Mr. Billion (The Windfall) Col. Clayton T. Winkle 1977
85% Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid Lemuel 1973
No Score Yet The Steagle Tall-Guy McCoy 1971
No Score Yet The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again Gentleman George Asque 1970
No Score Yet The Liberation of L.B. Jones Mr. Ike 1970
No Score Yet The Over-the-Hill Gang Actor 1969
No Score Yet Fireball 500 Big Jaw 1966
No Score Yet The Rounders Jim Ed Love 1965
60% The Cardinal Monsignor Whittle 1963
No Score Yet The Wheeler Dealers Jay Ray 1963
67% McLintock! Drago 1963
83% The Deadly Companions (Trigger Happy) Turk 1961
88% Where the Boys Are Police Captain 1960
50% The Alamo Beekeeper 1960
No Score Yet From Hell to Texas Amos Bradley 1958
No Score Yet Gun Glory Preacher 1957
No Score Yet Gun for a Coward Loving 1957
95% Giant Uncle Bawley 1956
No Score Yet Santiago Capt. 'Sidewheel' Jones 1956
No Score Yet Kentucky Rifle Tobias Taylor 1956
No Score Yet Francis in the Navy Francis the Talking Mule 1955
No Score Yet Timberjack Steve Rilka 1955
No Score Yet Francis Joins the WACs Francis the Talking Mule, Gen. Kaye 1954
No Score Yet Tumbleweed Sheriff Murchoree 1953
No Score Yet City That Never Sleeps Sgt. Joe, the Voice of Chicago 1953
No Score Yet Small Town Girl Happy 1953
100% Man from the Alamo John Gage 1953
No Score Yet Francis Covers the Big Town Francis the Talking Mule 1953
No Score Yet Ride the Man Down Ike 1952
No Score Yet Francis Goes to West Point Francis the Talking Mule 1952
No Score Yet Cattle Drive Dallas 1951
No Score Yet Francis Goes to the Races Francis the Talking Mule 1951
75% Rio Grande Dr. Wilkins (regimental surgeon) 1950
No Score Yet The Sundowners Sam Beard 1950
No Score Yet Francis Francis the Talking Mule 1950
No Score Yet High Lonesome Boatwhistle 1950
No Score Yet Tulsa Pinky Jimpson 1949
No Score Yet Loaded Pistols Sheriff Cramer 1948
No Score Yet That Wonderful Urge Justice of the Peace, Homer Beggs 1948
No Score Yet The Sainted Sisters Will Twitchell 1948
No Score Yet Family Honeymoon Fred 1948
No Score Yet High Barbaree Lars 1947
No Score Yet Heartaches Sally 1947
100% The Yearling Buck Forrester 1946
100% The Harvey Girls H.H. Hartsey 1946
90% Leave Her to Heaven Leick Thorne 1945
No Score Yet I'll Be Seeing You Swanson 1945
No Score Yet Sunday Dinner For A Soldier Mr. York 1944
100% Meet Me In St. Louis Mr. Neely 1944
No Score Yet Barbary Coast Gent Sheriff Hightower 1944
No Score Yet Best Foot Forward Chester Short 1943
No Score Yet A Stranger in Town Charles Craig 1943
No Score Yet The Omaha Trail Henry 1942
No Score Yet Apache Trail 'Pike' Skelton 1942
No Score Yet Her Cardboard Lover Judge 1942
100% Tarzan's New York Adventure Manchester Mountford 1942
No Score Yet Stand By for Action Chief Boatswain's Mate Jenks 1942
No Score Yet Belle Starr Blue Duck 1941
No Score Yet Billy the Kid Tom Patterson 1941
80% Western Union Homer 1941
No Score Yet Honky Tonk The Sniper 1941
No Score Yet Tugboat Annie Sails Again Shiftless 1940
100% The Westerner Southeast 1940
No Score Yet Boom Town Harmony Jones 1940
No Score Yet Allegheny Uprising McCammon 1939
No Score Yet Trouble in Sundown Whopper 1939
No Score Yet Lawless Valley Speedy McGow 1938
100% Way Out West Lead Singer of the Avalon Boys 1937
No Score Yet Call of the Prairie Singing cowhand (as The Avalon Boys) 1936
No Score Yet Bar 20 Rides Again Background Singer / Henchman (as Chill Wills and His Avalon 1936
100% It's a Gift Campfire Singer 1934

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Conniston
  • 1974
  • 1967
  • 1962
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Sam Hill
  • 1971
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Hepplewhite
  • 1970
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Sheriff Tanner
  • 1964
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Kilmer
  • 1958

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