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Chill Wills



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
83% Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
  • Lemuel
1973
No Score Yet Poco
  • Actor
1972
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
60% McLintock!
  • Drago
1963
83% The Deadly Companions (Trigger Happy)
  • Turk
1961
83% 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 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 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 High Barbaree
  • Lars
1947
No Score Yet Heartaches
  • Sally
1947
100% The Yearling
  • Buck Forrester
1946
100% The Harvey Girls
  • H.H. Hartsey
1946
95% 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
No Score Yet Frontier Circus
  • Actor

Quotes from Chill Wills' Characters