Walter Abel

Walter Abel

Highest Rated: 100% Night People (1954)

Lowest Rated: 11% Raintree County (1957)

Birthday: Jun 6, 1898

Birthplace: Not Available

A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, American actor Walter Abel began his stage career in 1919, and made his first film in 1920. Tall and quietly dignified, Abel was well cast in several of the plays of Eugene O'Neill. His first talking picture role was as the industrious young bridegroom Wolf in Liliom (1930). Abel had a go at a romantic lead when he replaced Francis Lederer as D'Artagnan in the 1935 version of The Three Musketeers; but the film was dull and Abel's performance mannered, so, thereafter, he was more effectively cast in top supporting roles. With his performance as the prosecuting attorney in Fury, Abel established his standard screen image: the well-groomed, mustachioed professional man, within whom lurked a streak of barely controlled hysteria. In this guise, Abel was excellent as the dyspeptic newspaper editor in Arise My Love (1940) and as Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire's long-suffering agent in Holiday Inn (1942). Busier on stage and television than in films during the 1950s, Abel received extensive critical and public attention for his role as a doomed industrialist in the 1966 melodrama Mirage. Sent out by Universal to promote the film, Abel regaled talk-show hosts with the story of how his fatal plunge from a skyscraper was actually filmed. Also during this period, Abel was appointed president of the American National Theatre and Academy. His last screen performance was opposite Katharine Hepburn in The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley (1984).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Grace Quigley (The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley) Homer 1985
No Score Yet Silent Night, Bloody Night Mayor 1973
No Score Yet The Man Without a Country Actor 1973
No Score Yet Mirage Charles Calvin 1965
11% Raintree County T.D. Shawnessy 1957
No Score Yet The Indian Fighter Capt. Trask 1955
100% Night People Foster 1954
No Score Yet Island in the Sky Col. Fuller 1953
No Score Yet So This Is Love Col. Moore 1953
No Score Yet Dream Girl George Allerton 1948
No Score Yet That Lady In Ermine Major Horvath / Benvenuto 1948
No Score Yet Variety Girl Himself 1947
83% 13 Rue Madeleine Charles Gibson 1947
No Score Yet The Fabulous Joe Actor 1947
60% The Kid From Brooklyn Gabby Sloan 1946
86% An American Romance Howard Clinton 1944
57% Mr. Skeffington George Trellis 1944
No Score Yet The Hitler Gang Narrator 1944
No Score Yet Follow the Boys Walter Abel (uncredited) 1944
No Score Yet So Proudly We Hail! Chaplain 1943
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm Frisbee 1942
86% Wake Island Cmdr. Roberts 1942
100% Holiday Inn Danny Reid 1942
No Score Yet Skylark George Gore 1941
100% Hold Back the Dawn Inspector Hammock 1941
No Score Yet Who Killed Aunt Maggie? Dr. George Benedict 1940
No Score Yet Arise, My Love Phillips 1940
83% Dance, Girl, Dance Judge 1940
No Score Yet Michael Shayne, Private Detective Elliott Thomas 1940
No Score Yet King of the Turf Robert Barnes 1939
No Score Yet Men with Wings Nick Ranson 1938
No Score Yet Racket Busters Hugh Allison 1938
No Score Yet Law of the Underworld Warren Rogers 1938
No Score Yet Wise Girl Karl Stevens 1937
No Score Yet Green Light Dr. John Stafford 1937
100% Fury DA 1936
No Score Yet The Lady Consents Stanley Ashton 1936
No Score Yet The Three Musketeers D'Artagnan 1935
No Score Yet Liliom Carpenter 1930


Ted Hanover says: A gentle smile often breeds a kick in the pants.

Jim Hardy says: What brings you here on this bright and uninviting day?

Ted Hanover says: He always has that look! It doesn't mean anything emotionally. It has something to do with his... liver.

Ted Hanover says: Well, I love Jim too... but let's not get too chummy.

Jim Hardy says: Right now I've got the ledger in an iron lung.

Danny Reid says: How'd he get that far in five minutes?

Danny Reid says: The world can't do this to us!