Nelson McDowell

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Tall, wiry, and with a bushy mustache, Missouri native Nelson McDowell usually played ranchers, homesteaders, and, increasingly emaciated, comic undertakers, and did it so well that he remains a favorite of B-Western fans everywhere. Often cast as a comic sidekick during the silent era, McDowell also played the music teacher in The Last of the Mohicans twice, in 1920 and 1932, and was Sowerberry in Monogram's version of Oliver Twist (1933). Although the parts grew increasingly smaller, McDowell remained a welcome addition to any B-Western cast until ill health forced his retirement in 1940. Sadly, the veteran actor ended his own life, reportedly with a gun he had used in many of his Western roles. At the time of his death, McDowell was functioning as a caretaker for a Hollywood apartment building in which he also resided.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Chad Hanna Bit 1940
83% The Return of Frank James Confederate Veteran/Juror 1940
No Score Yet The House of the Seven Gables Courtroom Spectator 1940
No Score Yet The Man from Texas Actor 1939
No Score Yet Santa Fe Stampede John Franklin 1938
No Score Yet Boots and Saddles process server 1937
No Score Yet Heart of the Rockies Dawson Clan Member (uncredited) 1937
No Score Yet The Toast of New York Panhandler 1937
No Score Yet Ride, Ranger, Ride Proctor (uncredited) 1936
No Score Yet Desert Phantom Doc Simpson 1936
No Score Yet Gun Smoke Long Distance Jones 1936
No Score Yet Lucky Terror Coroner 1936
No Score Yet Hands Across the Table Man in Nightshirt 1935
No Score Yet The Dawn Rider Bates - Undertaker 1935
No Score Yet Born to Battle Lem Blinky Holt 1935
No Score Yet Powdersmoke Range Man at the Bar (uncredited) 1935
No Score Yet Texas Jack Actor 1935
No Score Yet Wilderness Mail Actor 1935
No Score Yet Feud of the West Wild Horse Henderson 1935
No Score Yet Terror of the Plains Actor 1934
No Score Yet Honor of the Range Townsman (uncredited) 1934
No Score Yet Rawhide Mail Actor 1934
No Score Yet Fighting Hero Bailiff 1934
No Score Yet The Fighting Trooper woodsman 1934
No Score Yet Oliver Twist Sowerberry 1933
No Score Yet Phantom Thunderbolt Undertaker McTavish 1933
No Score Yet Rustlers' Roundup Actor 1933
No Score Yet Law and Order Parker Brother #1 1932
No Score Yet Come on, Tarzan Slim 1932
No Score Yet The Last of the Mohicans Actor 1932
No Score Yet Mason of the Mounted Actor 1932
No Score Yet The Texas Ranger 'High-Pockets' 1931
No Score Yet Billy the Kid Track Hatfield 1930
No Score Yet Welcome Danger 1st Train Passenger 1929
No Score Yet Lilac Time (Love Never Dies) French Drummer 1928
No Score Yet Phantom Bullet Zack Peters 1926
No Score Yet Iron Rider Actor 1925
No Score Yet Scaramouche Rhodomont 1923
No Score Yet Oliver Twist Sowerberry 1922
No Score Yet The Last of the Mohicans David 1920


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