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Matt Willis

Highest Rated:   100% Scandal Sheet (1952)
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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
No Score Yet 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
60% 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
82% Saboteur
  • Deputy
1942
No Score Yet Swamp Water
  • Miles Tonkey
1941

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Cayley
  • 2014

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