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Dick Wessel

Highest Rated: 100% Them! (1954)

Lowest Rated: 40% Who's Minding the Store? (1963)

Birthday: Apr 20, 1913

Birthplace: Not Available

American actor Dick Wessel had a face like a Mack Truck bulldog and a screen personality to match. After several years on stage, Wessel began showing up in Hollywood extra roles around 1933; he is fleetingly visible in the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup (1933), Laurel and Hardy's Bonnie Scotland (1935), and the Columbia "screwball" comedy She Couldn't Take It (1935). The size of his roles increased in the '40s; perhaps his best feature-film showing was as the eponymous bald-domed master criminal in Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946). He was a valuable member of Columbia Pictures' short subject stock company, playing a variety of bank robbers, wrestlers, jealous husbands and lazy brother-in-laws. Among his more memorable 2-reel appearances were as lovestruck boxer "Chopper" in The Three Stooges' Fright Night (1947), Andy Clyde's invention-happy brother-in-law in Eight Ball Andy (1948), and Hugh Herbert's overly sensitive strongman neighbor in Hot Heir (1947). Wessel was shown to good (if unbilled) advantage as a handlebar-mustached railroad engineer in the superspectacular Around the World in 80 Days (1956), and had a regular role as Carney on the 1959 TV adventure series Riverboat. Dick Wessel's farewell screen appearance was as a harried delivery man in Disney's The Ugly Dachshund (1965).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Ugly Dachshund Garbageman 1966
40% Who's Minding the Store? Cop 1963
50% The Errand Boy The A.D. 1961
No Score Yet The Gazebo Louis the Louse 1959
No Score Yet Riverboat Actor 1959
No Score Yet No Time for Sergeants Infantryman 1958
71% Around the World in 80 Days Train fireman 1956
96% Rebel Without a Cause Guide 1955
100% Them! Cop 1954
71% Calamity Jane Francis Fryer 1953
No Score Yet Let's Do It Again Mover 1953
No Score Yet The Charge At Feather River Cullen 1953
No Score Yet The Lawless Breed Marv the Bartender 1953
No Score Yet Young Man with Ideas Eddie Tasling 1952
100% Rancho Notorious Deputy 1952
No Score Yet Blackbeard, the Pirate Dutchman 1952
No Score Yet The Belle of New York Bowery Bum 1952
No Score Yet Love Is Better Than Ever Smittie 1952
No Score Yet Hoodlum Empire Keiller 1952
No Score Yet Starlift Sgt. Mike Nolan 1951
95% An American in Paris Ben Macrow 1951
86% Flying Leathernecks Mess sergeant 1951
98% Strangers on a Train Baggage Man 1951
No Score Yet Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison Tinker 1951
No Score Yet The Scarf Sid 1951
No Score Yet Operation Pacific Mess Sergeant 1951
No Score Yet Gasoline Alley Pudge 1951
No Score Yet Texas Carnival Concessionaire 1951
No Score Yet Force Of Arms Klein 1951
85% Harvey Cracker 1950
No Score Yet Beware of Blondie Mailman 1950
100% Sands of Iwo Jima Grenade Instructor 1950
No Score Yet Key to the City Washer 1950
93% Father of the Bride Mover 1950
No Score Yet Watch The Birdie Man Who Undresses 1950
No Score Yet Blondie's Hero Mailman 1950
93% On the Town Sailor Simpkins 1949
No Score Yet Blondie Hits the Jackpot Mailman 1949
No Score Yet Slattery's Hurricane Cabbie (uncredited) 1949
No Score Yet Tulsa Joker 1949
No Score Yet Canadian Pacific Bailey 1949
93% Take Me Out to the Ball Game Umpire 1949
100% Thieves' Highway Cab Driver 1949
No Score Yet Unknown Island Sanderson 1948
60% Good Sam Bus Driver 1948
No Score Yet Pitfall Desk Sergeant 1948
No Score Yet A Southern Yankee Orderly 1948
No Score Yet High Wall Jim Hale 1947
No Score Yet Merton of the Movies Chick 1947
50% Magic Town Moving Man 1947
83% It Happened in Brooklyn Cop 1947
83% 13 Rue Madeleine German Officer 1947
No Score Yet Blondie's Big Moment Bus Driver 1947
No Score Yet Dick Tracy vs. Cueball Cueball 1946
No Score Yet California Blacksmith 1946
No Score Yet Black Angel Doorman 1946
100% Scarlet Street 2nd Detective 1945
No Score Yet Dakota Roughneck 1945
No Score Yet Silver Spurs Buck Walters 1943
No Score Yet Action in the North Atlantic Cherub 1943
No Score Yet King of the Cowboys Hershel 1943
No Score Yet X Marks the Spot Dizzy 1942
No Score Yet You Can't Escape Forever Moxie 1942
No Score Yet Sunset Serenade Bartender 1942
93% Yankee Doodle Dandy Union Army veteran 1942
No Score Yet Sunday Punch Moxie 1942
No Score Yet Romance on the Range Jailer 1942
No Score Yet Bells of Capistrano Sign poster 1942
No Score Yet Dangerously They Live Grant 1941
No Score Yet Tanks a Million Monkman 1941
94% Penny Serenade Joe 1941
100% The Strawberry Blonde Man 1941
No Score Yet Manpower Lineman 1941
82% They Died With Their Boots On Staff Sgt. Brown 1941
No Score Yet Red River Valley Actor 1941
No Score Yet Flight Command Big Sailor 1940
No Score Yet Cafe Hostess Willie 1940
80% City for Conquest Cab Driver by Fire 1940
96% They Drive by Night Driver 1940
No Score Yet Brother Orchid Buffalo Burns 1940
No Score Yet West of the Badlands Red 1940
No Score Yet They Made Me a Criminal Collucci 1939
100% The Roaring Twenties 2nd Mechanic 1939
No Score Yet Hitler -- Beast of Berlin Actor 1939
100% Angels with Dirty Faces Sharpy 1938
No Score Yet Hawk of the Wilderness Dirk 1938
No Score Yet Yellow Jack Cavalryman 1938
No Score Yet Borrowing Trouble Joe 1937
No Score Yet Submarine D-1 Sailor 1937
No Score Yet Slim Al 1937
No Score Yet Round-Up Time in Texas Johnson 1937
No Score Yet Vogues of 1938 Boxer 1937


No Score Yet The Fugitive
Charley 1963
80% The Twilight Zone
Charlie 1963
No Score Yet Bonanza
Big Mike Campbell 1961
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Transfer Man 1959
No Score Yet The Three Stooges


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