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Walter Woolf King

Highest Rated:   97% A Night at the Opera (1935)
Lowest Rated:   60% Swiss Miss (1938)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story
  • Antoine
1978
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
94% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Theatre Manager
  • 1966

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