Willard Parker

Willard Parker

Highest Rated: 91% Kiss Me Kate (1953)

Lowest Rated: 80% A Slight Case of Murder (1938)

Birthday: Feb 5, 1912

Birthplace: Not Available

Anyone born with a name like Worster Van Eps probably had no choice but to become a top tennis pro. But when he entered films in 1937, Van Eps altered his name to the more hero-friendly Willard Parker. A leading man at Columbia in the 1940s, Parker, a handsome hunk in the Sonny Tufts mold (though a far better actor), never quite reached the summit. His best-remembered performance was as the bombastic, clueless "other man" in the 1953 musical Kiss Me Kate. From 1955 through 1957, Parker built up a kiddie fan following as co-star (with Harry Lauter) of the TV series Tales of the Texas Rangers. Retiring from acting in the late '60s to become a thriving real estate agent, Willard Parker was married from 1951 to actress Virginia Field, with whom he co-starred in The Earth Dies Screaming (1966) -- the last film for both.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet The Great Waltz Karl Treffz 1972
No Score Yet The Earth Dies Screaming Jeff Nolan 1964
No Score Yet Young Jesse James Cole Younger 1960
No Score Yet Lure of the Swamp James Lister 1958
91% Kiss Me Kate Tex Callaway 1953
No Score Yet The Great Jesse James Raid Jesse James 1953
No Score Yet Sangaree Gabriel Thatch 1953
No Score Yet Apache Drums Mayor Joe Madden 1951
No Score Yet Hunt the Man Down Burnell 'Brick' Appleby 1951
No Score Yet David Harding, Counterspy Lt. Comdr. Jerry A. Baldwin 1950
No Score Yet Slightly French Douglas Hyde 1949
No Score Yet You Gotta Stay Happy Henry Benson 1948
No Score Yet The Mating of Millie Phil Gowan 1948
No Score Yet What a Woman! Prof. Michael 'Mike' Cobb 1943
No Score Yet Zero Hour Lansdowne 1939
No Score Yet Accidents Will Happen Attendant 1938
80% A Slight Case of Murder Dick Whitewood 1938
No Score Yet Over the Goal Duke Davis 1937
No Score Yet Love Is on the Air Lee Quimby 1937
No Score Yet That Certain Woman Reporter 1937

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