Matt Willis

Matt Willis

  • Highest Rated: 100% Scandal Sheet (1952)
  • Lowest Rated: 75% The Return of the Vampire (1944)
  • Birthday: Oct 16, 1913
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Matt Willis -- who was known on-stage as Marion Willis -- was a successful general-purpose actor who appeared in a dozen Broadway productions, including Come Angel Band, How Beautiful With Shoes, Sweet River, Stork Mad, The Burning Deck, and Tobacco Road (as Lov Bensey), and over 60 feature films in the period from 1941 through 1952. He started out in vaudeville, and initially came to notice as a blackface comedian while a member of Hank White's Minstrels, before moving into legitimate theater in the mid-'30s. His screen career mostly consisted of small parts -- during World War II, he portrayed a succession of taciturn sergeants in single scenes -- though he occasionally rose to key supporting roles. The best-known movie in which Willis appeared was Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur (1942); he played a sheriff's deputy. His credits also included Lewis Milestone's A Walk in the Sun (1945), Frank Borzage's Stage Door Canteen (1943), and Walt Disney's production of So Dear to My Heart (1949), but his best role was in a decidedly lower-budgeted B-feature, Columbia's The Return of the Vampire (1943), in which he played Andreas, the tormented werewolf under the spell of the vampire played by Bela Lugosi. Surprisingly, given the deep, gravel-textured voice that he often displayed, Willis also sang in at least one production, Swingtime Johnny. He passed away in at age 75.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Bigfoot and the Burtons Actor 2015
No Score Yet Allies Private Billy Munns 2014
No Score Yet Strange Voyage (El extraño viaje) The Hammer 1964
100% Scandal Sheet Joe 1952
No Score Yet Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison Pete Donovan (uncredited) 1951
No Score Yet Breakthrough Pvt. Jumbo Hollis 1950
No Score Yet Fighting Man of the Plains Ferryman 1949
No Score Yet Shep Comes Home George 1949
No Score Yet The Noose Hangs High Gangster 1948
No Score Yet So Dear to My Heart Horse Trainer 1948
No Score Yet High Wall Admittance Clerk 1947
No Score Yet Blonde Savage Berger 1947
No Score Yet It's a Joke, Son! Ace 1947
No Score Yet The Son of Rusty Luther Hebble 1947
100% The Yearling Gabby 1946
100% Scarlet Street Policeman 1945
100% A Walk in the Sun Sgt. Halverson 1945
80% Up in Arms Sentries in Hold 1944
No Score Yet Mark of the Whistler Perry Donnelly 1944
No Score Yet A Guy Named Joe Lt. Hunter 1944
75% The Return of the Vampire Andreas Obry 1944
No Score Yet It Ain't Hay Bouncer 1943
No Score Yet The Mysterious Doctor Bart Raymond 1943
No Score Yet Behind Prison Walls Frank Lucacelli 1943
No Score Yet Invisible Agent Nazi Assassin 1942
83% Saboteur Deputy 1942
No Score Yet Swamp Water Miles Tonkey 1941

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Cayley
  • 2014
No Score Yet Birds of a Feather
1989-2016

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