William Demarest

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Born in St. Paul, Minnesota on February 27, 1892, as a young man, William Demarest sought work in carnivals and vaudeville. One of his first supporting roles was in 1927 in Al Jolson's The Jazz Singer , the first all-talking motion picture. Years later (1946) he had a major role in The Jolson Story, for which he earned an Oscar nomination.

In the course of his long movie career, Demarest played in close to 150 films . Roles often included policeman, criminals, newspaper reporters, and politicians. His best known films included: Charlie Chan at the Opera in 1937, The Perils of Pauline in 1947, and What Price Glory in 1952, and It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World in 1965.

The 1960's and '70's saw Demarest star in one of the most memorable roles of his career - Uncle Charley O'Casey on the My Three Sons television series (1965-1972).

William Demarest died on December 28, 1983 at age 91.

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List of William Demarest movies (1926 - 1978)

William Demarest in the First Part of The Jolson Story

My Three Sons The Fountain of Youth with Gloria Swanson (1965)

Video Clip from The Great McGinty (1940)

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TV Guide Cover (July 9, 1966)

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