Dooley Wilson

Dooley Wilson

Highest Rated: 100% My Favorite Blonde (1942)

Lowest Rated: 70% Knock on Any Door (1949)

Birthday: Apr 03, 1886

Birthplace: Tyler, Texas, USA

"'Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By '" With those words from Ingrid Bergman, Dooley Wilson launched into the song that moviegoers everywhere remembered from the Warner Bros. classic "Casablanca" (1942). While Wilson's loyal piano player only appeared in a few scenes, the actor brought considerable personality to his role and in a film filled with rich characters and vivid actors, he managed to leave a lasting impression. The African-American drummer and singer began his career in minstrel shows and toured overseas with his own band before returning to American and launching into an acting career. Various forays on the stage and in a movie designed for the African-American theater circuit did not result in any significant notoriety coming his way until he was added to the cast of the Broadway success "Cabin in the Sky" (1940-41), where his performance as "Little Joe" led to a movie contract. However, most of his parts were of the small and stereotypical variety endured by most black performers until "Casablanca" (1942) earned him a place in film history. Wilson had more successes here and there, notably the lavish musical fantasy extravaganza "Stormy Weather" (1943) and the Broadway hit "Bloomer Girl" (1944-46), but his performance as Sam and his rendition of "As Time Goes By" became as indelibly linked to that beloved feature as "Here's looking at you, kid" and "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
70% 59% Knock on Any Door Piano player (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 74% Come to the Stable Anthony James (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Seven Days Ashore Jason (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Tickets to London Accordionist (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 81% Stormy Weather Gabe Tucker (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 42% Higher and Higher Oscar (Character) - 1943
99% 95% Casablanca Sam (Character) - 1942
100% 74% My Favorite Blonde Porter (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 14% Take a Letter, Darling Moses (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Keep Punching Baron Skinner (Character) - 1939

QUOTES FROM Dooley Wilson CHARACTERS

Ilsa says: Play it once, Sam, for old times' sake.

Sam says: [lying] I don't know what you mean, Miss Ilsa.

Ilsa says: Play it, Sam, Play "As Time Goes By".

Ilsa says: Play it, Sam, Play 'As Time Goes By'.

Sam says: [lying] Oh, I can't remember it, Miss Ilsa. I'm a little rusty on it.

Ilsa says: I'll hum it for you. Da-dy-da-dy-da-dum, da-dy-da-dee-da- dum . . .

Ilsa says: I'll hum it for you. Da-dy-da-dy-da-dum, da-dy-da-dee-da- dum...

Sam says: [Sam begins playing]

Ilsa says: Sing it Sam.

Sam says: [singing] You must remember this / A kiss is but a kiss / A sigh is just a sigh / The fundamental things apply / As time goes by / And when two lovers woo / They still say "I love you" / On that you can rely / No matter what the future brings . . .

Sam says: [singing] You must remember this / A kiss is but a kiss / A sigh is just a sigh / The fundamental things apply / As time goes by / And when two lovers woo / They still say 'I love you' / On that you can rely / No matter what the future brings . . .

Rick Blaine says: [rushing up] Sam, I thought I told you never to play . . . [Sees Ilsa. Sam closes the piano and rolls it away.]

Rick Blaine says: [rushing up] Sam, I thought I told you never to play... [Sees Ilsa] [Sam closes the piano and rolls it away]

Rick Blaine says: [rushing up] Sam, I thought I told you never to play... [sees Ilsa] [Sam closes the piano and rolls it away]

Ilsa says: Play it once, Sam, for old times' sake.

Sam says: [lying] I don't know what you mean, Miss Ilsa.

Ilsa says: Play it, Sam, Play "As Time Goes By".

Sam says: [lying] Oh, I can't remember it, Miss Ilsa. I'm a little rusty on it.

Ilsa says: I'll hum it for you. Da-dy-da-dy-da-dum, da-dy-da-dee-da- dum . . .

Sam says: [Sam begins playing]

Ilsa says: Sing it Sam.

Sam says: [singing] You must remember this / A kiss is but a kiss / A sigh is just a sigh / The fundamental things apply / As time goes by / And when two lovers woo / They still say "I love you" / On that you can rely / No matter what the future brings . . .

Rick Blaine says: [rushing up] Sam, I thought I told you never to play . . . [Sees Ilsa. Sam closes the piano and rolls it away.]

Rick Blaine says: Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world she walks into mine.

Ilsa says: Play it Sam, let me hear 'As Time Goes By'.

Sam says: [to Illsa] You're no good for him, you're bad luck.

Rick Blaine says: They grab Ugarte and she walks in. Well, thats the way it goes, one in one out.

Capt. Louis Renault says: Realizing the importance of the case, my men are rounding up twice the usual number of suspects.

Carl Headwaiter says: The second largest? That wouldn't impress Rick. The leading banker in Amsterdam is now the pastry chef in our kitchen.

Rick Blaine says: Play it, Sam.

Sam says: Sir...

Rick Blaine says: If she can stand it, so can I. Play it!