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Nelson McDowell



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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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