Walter Woolf King

Lowest Rated: 60% Swiss Miss (1938)
Birthday: Nov 2, 1899
Birthplace: Not Available
American actor/singer Walter Woolf King was the son of a wholesale whisky salesman. Upon moving with his family to Salt Lake City, young King began singing in Mormon churches; leaving school after the death of his father, the boy decided to make singing his full-time avocation and headed for vaudeville with his friend, pianist Charles LeMaire (later an Oscar-winning costume designer). Making his Broadway bow in The Passing Show of 1919, King became a popular light baritone in several musical comedies and operettas of the '20s. He was then billed as Walter Woolf, but later switched to Walter King, until settling on his full three-barrelled name in the late '30s. King's first film was Warner Bros.' Golden Dawn (1930), but this starring moment was blighted by negative publicity about King's voice, over which the actor sued Warners. After a return to the stage in Music in the Air, King came back to films, though seldom as a star. Modern audiences know King best from his second-lead appearance in Laurel and Hardy's Swiss Miss (1938) and from his two Marx Brothers films, A Night at the Opera(1935) (in which he played villainous opera star Lassparri) and Go West (1940) (in which he was a villain again, albeit non-singing). Working with success in radio in the '40s, King was less lucky in films; he was reduced to B-pictures at such studios as Monogram and PRC, permitted to play leads only because the younger male stars had gone to war. Tired of his lackluster film career, King became an actor's agent in the late '40s, accepting only small, sometimes unbilled movie character roles for himself; he did however host a moderately popular 1950 TV talent show, Lights, Camera, Action. In the '60s, King, now greyer and stockier, found himself in demand for good supporting parts as stuffy corporate types, as in the 1968 Rosalind Russell picture Rosie. In the months just prior to his death, Walter Woolf King was seen around Hollywood in the company of Della Lind, who four decades earlier had played his wife in Swiss Miss (1938).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story Antoine 1978
No Score Yet Rosie! Judge 1967
No Score Yet The Householder Professor 1963
No Score Yet The Outsider Civilian 1961
No Score Yet The Helen Morgan Story Ziegfeld 1957
62% An Affair to Remember Doctor 1957
No Score Yet The Joker Is Wild Mr. Page 1957
No Score Yet Three Brave Men Adm. Mason 1956
97% The Ten Commandments Herald 1956
No Score Yet The Bottom of the Bottle (Beyond the River) Grant 1956
No Score Yet City That Never Sleeps Hotel Manager 1953
No Score Yet Tonight We Sing Gritti 1953
80% Call Me Madam Secretary of State 1953
No Score Yet Stars and Stripes Forever President's Aide 1952
No Score Yet Smart Alecks Dr. Ornsby 1942
No Score Yet A Yank in Libya Mike Malone 1942
No Score Yet Today I Hang Jim O'Brien 1942
No Score Yet Melody for Three Antoine Pirelle 1941
89% Go West John Beecher 1940
No Score Yet Balalaika Capt. Sibirsky 1939
60% Swiss Miss Victor Albert 1938
97% A Night at the Opera Lassparri 1935
No Score Yet Golden Dawn Tom Allen 1930

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Seaton
  • 1975
  • 1970
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
Parnell George Engel
  • 1969
  • 1965
93% Batman
1966-1968
Theatre Manager
  • 1966
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
1965-1970
Minister
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Judge Parker
  • 1965
  • 1964
83% The Munsters
1964-1966
George Washington Mr. Hadley
  • 1964
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Boss Card Player
  • 1958
  • 1955

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