William Demarest - Rotten Tomatoes

William Demarest

Highest Rated:   100% All Through the Night (1941)
Lowest Rated:   50% What Price Glory? (1952)
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Famed for his ratchety voice and cold-fish stare, William Demarest was an "old pro" even when he was a young pro. He began his stage career at age 13, holding down a variety of colorful jobs (including professional boxer) during the off-season. After years in carnivals and as a vaudeville headliner, Demarest starred in such Broadway long-runners as Earl Carroll's Sketch Book. He was signed with Warner Bros. pictures in 1926, where he was briefly paired with Clyde Cook as a "Mutt and Jeff"-style comedy team. Demarest's late-silent and early-talkie roles varied in size, becoming more consistently substantial in the late 1930s. His specialty during this period was a bone-crushing pratfall, a physical feat he was able to perform into his 60s. While at Paramount in the 1940s, Demarest was a special favorite of writer/director Preston Sturges, who cast Demarest in virtually all his films: The Great McGinty (1940); Christmas in July (1940); The Lady Eve (1941); Sullivan's Travels (1942); The Palm Beach Story (1942); Hail the Conquering Hero (1944); Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944), wherein Demarest was at his bombastic best as Officer Kockenlocker; and The Great Moment (1944). For his role as Al Jolson's fictional mentor Steve Martin in The Jolson Story (1946), Demarest was Oscar-nominated (the actor had, incidentally, appeared with Jolie in 1927's The Jazz Singer). Demarest continued appearing in films until 1975, whenever his increasingly heavy TV schedule would allow. Many Demarest fans assumed that his role as Uncle Charlie in My Three Sons (66-72) was his first regular TV work: in truth, Demarest had previously starred in the short-lived 1960 sitcom Love and Marriage.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Salty O'Rourke
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet When Willie Comes Marching Home
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood
  • Studio Gatekeeper
1976
No Score Yet The McCullochs
  • Father Gurkin
1975
67% Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
  • Harris
1973
93% That Darn Cat!
  • MacDougall
1965
85% Viva Las Vegas
  • Mr. Martin
1964
75% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • Chief of Police
1963
86% Son of Flubber
  • Mr. Hummel
1963
No Score Yet King of the Roaring Twenties
  • Hecht
1961
No Score Yet Pepe
  • Studio Gateman
1960
No Score Yet The Mountain
  • Father Belacchi
1956
No Score Yet Lucy Gallant
  • Charles Madden
1955
No Score Yet The Private War of Major Benson
  • John
1955
No Score Yet The Far Horizons
  • Sgt. Gass
1955
No Score Yet Jupiter's Darling
  • Mago
1955
No Score Yet Sincerely Yours
  • Sam Dunne
1955
No Score Yet Hell on Frisco Bay
  • Dan Bianco
1955
No Score Yet Escape From Fort Bravo
  • Campbell
1953
No Score Yet Here Come the Girls (Champagne for Everybody)
  • Dennis Logan
1953
No Score Yet Dangerous When Wet
  • Pa Higgins
1953
50% What Price Glory?
  • Cpl. Kiper
1952
No Score Yet Behave Yourself
  • Officer O'Ryan
1951
No Score Yet The Strip
  • Fluff
1951
No Score Yet Excuse My Dust (Mr. Belden's Amazing Gasmobile)
  • Harvey Bullitt
1951
No Score Yet The First Legion
  • Monsignor Michael Carey
1951
No Score Yet Never a Dull Moment
  • Mears
1950
No Score Yet Riding High
  • Happy McGuire
1950
No Score Yet Jolson Sings Again
  • Steve Martin
1949
No Score Yet Sorrowful Jones
  • Regret
1949
No Score Yet Whispering Smith
  • Bill Dansing
1948
No Score Yet Night Has a Thousand Eyes
  • Lt. Shawn
1948
No Score Yet The Sainted Sisters
  • Vern Tewilliger
1948
No Score Yet On Our Merry Way
  • Floyd
1948
No Score Yet Variety Girl
  • Barker
1947
No Score Yet The Perils of Pauline
  • Mac
1947
No Score Yet The Jolson Story
  • Steve Martin
1946
No Score Yet Pardon My Past
  • Chuck Gibson
1945
No Score Yet Along Came Jones
  • George Fury
1945
95% Hail the Conquering Hero
  • Sergeant
1944
No Score Yet Once upon a Time
  • Brandt
1944
88% The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
  • Constable Edmund Kockenlocker
1944
No Score Yet Dangerous Blondes
  • Detective Gatling
1943
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen
  • Stage Door Canteen Star
1943
96% The Palm Beach Story
  • Members of Ale and Quail Club
1942
No Score Yet Pardon My Sarong
  • Detective Kendall
1942
100% All Through the Night
  • Sunshine
1941
100% Sullivan's Travels
  • Mr. Jones
1941
No Score Yet Dressed to Kill
  • Inspector Pierson
1941
100% The Devil and Miss Jones
  • 1st Detective
1941
100% The Lady Eve
  • Muggsy
1941
No Score Yet Little Men
  • Constable
1940
94% Christmas in July
  • Mr. Bildocker
1940
100% The Great McGinty
  • The Politician
1940
94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Carl Cook
1939
No Score Yet The Gracie Allen Murder Case
  • Sgt. Heath
1939
No Score Yet The Great Man Votes
  • Charles Dale
1939
No Score Yet King of the Turf
  • Arnold
1939
No Score Yet Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus
  • Daro
1938
No Score Yet Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
  • Henry Kipper
1938
No Score Yet Romance on the Run
  • Eckhart
1938
100% Easy Living
  • Wallace Whistling
1937
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at the Olympics
  • Sgt. Kelly
1937
No Score Yet Oh, Doctor!
  • Marty Short
1937
No Score Yet Don't Tell the Wife
  • Larry Tucker
1937
No Score Yet Rosalie
  • Army's Coach
1937
80% Love on the Run
  • Lees Berger
1936
No Score Yet Wedding Present
  • `Smiles' Benson
1936
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at the Opera
  • Sgt. Kelly
1936
65% The Great Ziegfeld
  • Gene Buck
1936
No Score Yet Hands Across the Table
  • Matty
1935
No Score Yet Bright Lights
  • Detective
1935
No Score Yet The Casino Murder Case
  • Auctioneer
1935
No Score Yet The Circus Clown
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet Fog Over Frisco
  • Spike Smith
1934
No Score Yet A Girl in Every Port
  • Man in Bombav
1928
74% The Jazz Singer
  • Buster Billings
1927
No Score Yet The First Auto
  • Dave
1927
83% The Great Moment
  • Eben Frost
1921

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Joe Britt
  • 1964

Quotes from William Demarest's Characters