Walter Catlett

Walter Catlett

Highest Rated: 100% Pinocchio (1940)

Lowest Rated: 20% They Got Me Covered (1943)

Birthday: Feb 4, 1889

Birthplace: Not Available

Walter Catlett began his acting career in stock companies in his hometown of San Francisco. After attending St. Ignacious College, he reached New York in 1911 in the musical The Prince of Pilsen. Catlett's dithering comic gestures and air of perpetual confusion won him a legion of fans and admirers when he starred in several editions of The Ziegfeld Follies, and in the Ziegfeld-produced musical comedy Sally, in which he appeared for three years. Catlett made a handful of silent film appearances, but didn't catch on until the advent of talking pictures allowed moviegoers to see and hear his full comic repertoire. Usually sporting horn-rimmed spectacles or a slightly askew pince-nez, Catlett played dozens of bumbling petty crooks, pompous politicians and sleep-benumbed justices of the peace. Hired for a few days' work in Howard Hawks' Bringing Up Baby (1938), Catlett proved so hilarious in his portrayal of an easily befuddled small-town sheriff that his role was expanded, and he was retained off-screen to offer advice about comic timing to the film's star, Katharine Hepburn. In addition to his supporting appearances, Catlett starred in several 2-reel comedies, and was co-starred with his lifelong friend Raymond Walburn in the low-budget "Henry" series at Monogram. Busy until a few short years before his death, Walter Catlett appeared in such 1950s features as Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1956), Friendly Persuasion (1956) and Beau James (1957) (as New York governor Al Smith).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Beau James Al Smith 1957
No Score Yet Davy Crockett and the River Pirates Col. Plug 1956
88% Friendly Persuasion Prof. Quigley 1956
60% Here Comes the Groom McGonigle 1951
No Score Yet Comin' Round the Mountain Actor 1951
No Score Yet Lightning Strikes Twice Actor 1951
No Score Yet Dancing in the Dark Joe Brooks 1949
90% The Inspector General Col. Castine 1949
No Score Yet Look for the Silver Lining Himself 1949
78% The Boy with Green Hair The King 1948
No Score Yet Mr. Reckless Joel Hawkins 1948
No Score Yet I'll Be Yours Mr. Buckingham 1947
No Score Yet Riverboat Rhythm Colonel Jeffrey 'Smitty' Witherspoon 1946
No Score Yet I Love a Bandleader B. Templeton James 1945
No Score Yet The Man Who Walked Alone Wiggins 1945
80% Up in Arms Maj. Brock 1944
No Score Yet Lake Placid Serenade Webb 1944
No Score Yet My Gal Loves Music Dr. Bilbo 1944
No Score Yet His Butler's Sister Mortimer Kalb 1943
No Score Yet Change of Heart J. Macclellan Davis 1943
20% They Got Me Covered Hotel Manager 1943
No Score Yet Get Going Horace Doblem 1943
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm Actor 1942
No Score Yet Give Out, Sisters Gribble 1942
93% Yankee Doodle Dandy Manager 1942
No Score Yet My Gal Sal Col. Truckee 1942
No Score Yet Wild Bill Hickok Rides Actor 1942
No Score Yet Heart of the Golden West Colonel Silas Popen 1942
No Score Yet Maisie Gets Her Man Jasper 1942
No Score Yet It Started with Eve Dr. Harvey 1941
No Score Yet Million Dollar Baby Simpson 1941
No Score Yet Horror Island McGoon 1941
No Score Yet Honeymoon for Three Waiter 1941
No Score Yet Manpower Sidney Whipple 1941
No Score Yet Li'l Abner Barber 1940
No Score Yet Spring Parade Headwaiter 1940
No Score Yet Pop Always Pays Tommy Lane 1940
No Score Yet Half a Sinner Station Attendant 1940
100% Pinocchio J. Worthington Foufellow 1940
No Score Yet Remedy for Riches Clem 1940
No Score Yet Exile Express Gus 1939
No Score Yet Going Places Franklin Dexter 1939
93% Bringing Up Baby Slocum 1938
No Score Yet Varsity Show Prof. Sylvester Biddle 1937
No Score Yet Love Is News Eddie Johnson 1937
No Score Yet On The Avenue Jake Dribble 1937
No Score Yet Every Day's a Holiday Nifty Bailey 1937
No Score Yet Wake Up and Live Gus Avery 1937
No Score Yet Banjo on My Knee Warfield Scott 1936
90% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Morrow 1936
No Score Yet Comin' Round the Mountain Actor 1936
No Score Yet Cain and Mabel Jake Sherman 1936
100% A Tale of Two Cities Barsad 1935
No Score Yet The Captain Hates the Sea Joe Silvers 1934
No Score Yet Lightning Strikes Twice Gus 1934
No Score Yet Only Yesterday Barnes 1933
No Score Yet Back Street Bakeless 1932
86% Rain Quartermaster Bates 1932
No Score Yet Okay, America! Actor 1932
No Score Yet Maker of Men (Yellow) McNeill 1931
100% Platinum Blonde Bing Baker 1931
92% The Front Page Murphy 1931
No Score Yet Palmy Days Actor 1931
No Score Yet Aunt's in the Pants Actor 1930
No Score Yet The Florodora Girl De Boer 1930


J. Worthington Foulfellow says: Hi-diddle-dee-dee, an actor's life for me!