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Howard Wendell

Highest Rated: 100% The Big Heat (1953)

Lowest Rated: 98% Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

Birthday: Jan 25, 1908

Birthplace: Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA

Over the course of his lengthy career, character actor Howard Wendell appeared in everything from TV westerns ("Gunsmoke," "Bonanza") to family programs ("The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" and "Zorro"). During the '40s, Wendell began acting on Cleveland, Ohio radio comedy shows, soon finding work with a touring stage company. He transitioned to film and TV in the early '50s and landed a minor role in the 1953 adaptation of the successful Broadway musical, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," which starred Marilyn Monroe as a diamond loving, pleasure-seeking showgirl. Throughout his career, he gravitated to roles on crime and mystery films and TV shows. He appeared as a crooked police commissioner in the noir drama, "The Big Heat," and made several appearances on the strait-laced TV detective series, "Dragnet," and the primetime legal drama, "Perry Mason," starring award-winning actor Raymond Burr as the title attorney. In addition to his many dramatic roles, Wendell also displayed a flair for comedy. He guest-starred on popular radio inspired variety series like "The Jack Benny Program" and "The Red Skelton Hour," as well as traditional sitcoms like creator Carl Reiner's "The Dick Van Dyke Show," about the (often autobiographical) exploits of a TV comedy writer and his family and friends.

Highest rated movies

The Big Heat
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 26% The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake Dr. George Bradford (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stranger in My Arms Congressman (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 29% Never Say Goodbye Harry (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wiretapper Prison chaplain (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fighting Chance Lucky Jim Morrison (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 20% The Black Dakotas Judge Horatio Baker (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 26% Athena Mr. Grenville (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Captain Scarface Mr. Dilts (Character) - 1953
100% 90% The Big Heat Police Commissioner Higgins (Character) - 1953
98% 83% Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Watson (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet You for Me Oliver Wherry (Character) - 1952

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 50% Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet 100% I Dream of Jeannie Senator (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet 100% The Dick Van Dyke Show Judge George M. Tyler (Guest Star) 1962-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Green Acres Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
83% 83% The Munsters Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hazel Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1960-1961 1963 1965
No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Judge Brooking (Guest Star) 1963-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Father of the Bride Unknown (Guest Star) 1961-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Surfside 6 Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dante Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deputy Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet 100% Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet 100% Leave It to Beaver Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Restless Gun Taylor (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zorro Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Mike Teague (Guest Star) 1956-1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Judge Brian C. Purley (Guest Star) 1957-1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mike Hammer Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stage 7 Judge (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sheriff of Cochise Henry Kramer (Guest Star)