Chill Wills

Chill Wills
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Chill Theodore Wills (July 18, 1902 – December 15, 1978) was an American film actor, and a singer in the Avalon Boys Quartet. He was a performer from early childhood, forming and leading the Avalon Boys singing group in the 1930s. After appearing in a few westerns he disbanded the group in 1938, and struck out on a solo acting career. One of his more memorable roles was that of the distinctive voice of Francis the Mule in a series of popular films. Wills' deep, rough voice, with its Western twang, was matched to the personality of the cynical, sardonic mule. As was customary at the time, Wills was given no billing for his vocal work, though he was featured prominently on-screen as blustery General Ben Kaye in the fourth entry, Francis Joins the WACS. He provided the deep voice for Stan Laurel's performance of "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" in Way Out West (1937), in which the Avalon Boys Quartet appeared. Wills was cast in numerous serious film roles, including as "the city of Chicago" as personified by a phantom police sergeant in the film noir City That Never Sleeps (1953), and that of Uncle Bawley in Giant (1956), which also features Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean. Wills was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for his role as Davy Crockett's companion "Beekeeper" in the film The Alamo (1960). However, his aggressive campaign for the award was considered tasteless by many, including the film's star/director/producer John Wayne, who publicly apologized for Wills. Wills' publicity agent, W.S. "Bow-Wow" Wojciechowicz, accepted blame for the ill-advised effort, claiming that Wills had known nothing about it. The Oscar was instead won by Peter Ustinov for his role as Lentulus Batiatus in Spartacus. In Rory Calhoun's CBS western series The Texan, Wills appeared in the lead role in the 1960 episode entitled "The Eyes of Captain Wylie". Wills starred in the short-run series Frontier Circus which aired for only one season (1961–62) on CBS. In 1966, he was cast in the role of a shady Texas rancher, Jim Ed Love, in the short-lived ABC comedy/western series The Rounders (reprising his role in the 1965 film The Rounders, starring Henry Fonda), with co-stars Ron Hayes, Patrick Wayne and Walker Edmiston. in 1963-64, Wills joined William Lundigan, Walter Brennan and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. in making appearances on behalf of U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater, the Republican nominee in the campaign against U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1968, Wills refused to support Richard Nixon for the presidency and served as master of ceremonies for George C. Wallace, former governor of Alabama, for the California campaign stops in Wallace's presidential campaign.[5] Wills was among the few Hollywood celebrities to endorse Wallace's bid against Nixon and Hubert H. Humphrey; another was Walter Brennan. Also in 1968, he starred in the Gunsmoke episode "A Noose for Dobie Price", where he played Elihu Gorman, a former outlaw who joins forces with Marshal Matt Dillon, played by James Arness, to track down a member of his former gang who has escaped jail. His last role was in 1978, as a janitor in Stubby Pringle's Christmas. CLR Description above from the Wikipedia article Chill Wills, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
nome Chill Wills
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compleanno 1902-07-18
Deathday 1978-12-15
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luogo di nascita Seagoville, Texas, U.S.
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1950-01-07
The Grass Is Always ...
As: Boatwhistle
1950-09-01
High Lonesome...
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1959-03-01
The Sad Horse...
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1956-07-01
Kentucky Rifle...
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1977-11-23
Poco… Little Dog L...
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1973-05-01
Guns of a Stranger...
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1950-02-02
The Sundowners...
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1953-08-07
The Man from the Ala...
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1958-06-01
From Hell to Texas...
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1961-06-01
The Little Shepherd ...
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1951-08-08
Cattle Drive...
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1957-07-19
Gun Glory...
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1953-12-09
Tumbleweed...
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1939-06-29
Timber Stampede...
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1954-11-01
Ricochet Romance...
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1961-06-06
The Deadly Companion...
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1946-12-18
The Yearling...
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1966-06-07
Fireball 500...
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1956-07-13
Santiago...
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1945-11-21
What Next, Corporal ...
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1962-11-01
Young Guns of Texas...
As: 'Breezie' Mann
1947-06-28
Heartaches...
As: Loving
1957-01-30
Gun for a Coward...
As: Sheriff Cramer
1948-12-15
Loaded Pistols...
As: Tall Guy McCoy
1971-09-15
The Steagle...
As: Unknown
1969-06-11
Big Daddy...
As: Lemuel
1973-05-23
Pat Garrett & Billy ...
As: Jim Ed Love
1965-01-08
The Rounders...
As: Sgt. Joe, the 'Voice
1953-06-12
City That Never Slee...
As: Gentleman George Agn
1970-11-17
The Over The Hill Ga...
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1952-05-01
Bronco Buster...
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1946-12-05
Gallant Bess...
As: Sgt. Barhydt
1951-03-01
Oh, Susanna...
As: Mileaway
1948-07-28
Northwest Stampede...
As: Whopper Hatch
1939-01-20
Arizona Legion...
As: Henry Hawkins
1942-09-01
The Omaha Trail...
As: Whopper
1939-03-23
Trouble in Sundown...
As: Kevin Russell
1954-12-15
Hell's Outpost...
As: Mate Jenks, Chef-Boo
1942-12-31
Stand by for Action...
As: Swede
1951-11-06
The Sea Hornet...
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1956-10-10
Giant...
As: Dr. Wilkins
1950-11-15
Rio Grande...
As: Jay Ray Spinelby
1963-01-01
The Wheeler Dealers...
As: Drago
1963-11-13
McLintock!...
As: Homer Kettle
1941-02-21
Western Union...
As: Col. Clayton T. Wink
1977-03-03
Mr. Billion...
As: Blue Duck
1941-09-12
Belle Starr...
As: Judge
1942-06-01
Her Cardboard Lover...
As: Pinky Jimpson (Narra
1949-04-13
Tulsa...
As: Mr. York
1944-12-08
Sunday Dinner for a ...
As: Lead Singer of the A
1937-04-16
Way Out West...
As: Hogger McCoy
1950-05-18
Rock Island Trail...
As: Ike Adams
1952-11-25
Ride the Man Down...
As: First Sgt. Cramp
1944-03-18
See Here, Private Ha...
As: Hotel Employee
1942-05-29
Mister Gardenia Jone...
As: Swanson
1944-12-31
I'll Be Seeing You...
As: Manchester Montford
1942-05-01
Tarzan's New York Ad...
As: Southeast
1940-09-18
The Westerner...
As: Police Captain
1960-12-28
Where the Boys Are...
As: Harmony Jones
1940-08-30
Boom Town...
As: Will Twitchell
1948-04-30
The Sainted Sisters...
As: Steve Riika
1955-02-18
Timberjack...
As: Sheriff Hightower
1944-09-01
Barbary Coast Gent...
As: 'Pike' Skelton
1942-09-01
Apache Trail...
As: Sgt. Larry Dillon
1942-01-30
The Bugle Sounds...
As: The Janitor
1978-12-17
Stubby Pringle's Chr...
As: Himself/Host
1956-10-09
New York Premiere Te...
As: Beekeeper
1960-10-23
The Alamo...
As: The Sniper
1941-10-01
Honky Tonk...
As: Sheriff Brackton
1949-05-05
Red Canyon...
As: 'Red' Giddings
1941-03-28
The Bad Man...
As: Fred
1948-12-06
Family Honeymoon...
As: Shiftless
1940-10-26
Tugboat Annie Sails ...
As: Gen. Benjamin Kaye /
1954-07-30
Francis Joins the WA...
As: M'Cammon
1939-11-10
Allegheny Uprising...
As: Sheriff Beckwith
1940-09-27
Sky Murder...
As: Leick Thome
1945-12-19
Leave Her to Heaven...
As: Chester Short
1943-10-08
Best Foot Forward...
As: Deputy Speedy McGow
1938-11-03
Lawless Valley...
As: Mr. Ike
1970-03-18
The Liberation of L....
As: Chief Clark
1950-07-20
Stella...
As: Charles Craig
1943-04-01
A Stranger in Town...
As: Homer Beggs
1948-11-20
That Wonderful Urge...
As: Francis the Talking
1951-05-01
Francis Goes to the ...
As: Francis the Talking
1952-07-01
Francis Goes to West...
As: Unknown
2001-08-31
Drive-In Movie Memor...
As: Doc Wilson Gates, M.
1961-02-18
Gold Of The Seven Sa...
As: Mr. Johnson
1939-05-05
Sorority House...
As: Singing Cowhand
1936-03-06
Call of the Prairie...
As: Francis the Talking
1953-08-14
Francis Covers the B...
As: Mr. Neely
1944-11-23
Meet Me in St. Louis...
As: Leader of The Avalon
1936-04-04
At Sea Ashore...
As: Tom Patterson
1941-05-30
Billy the Kid...
As: Background Singer /
1935-12-06
Bar 20 Rides Again...
As: Francis the Talking
1950-01-01
Francis...
As: Francis the Talking
1955-08-24
Francis in the Navy...
As: Monsignor
1963-12-12
The Cardinal...
As: Lafe
1940-09-13
Wyoming...
As: Man on Bus
1939-09-15
The Day the Bookies ...
As: Unknown
1976-03-31
It's Showtime...
As: (archive footage)
1994-07-01
That's Entertainment...
As: Unknown
1960-10-07
Route 66...
As: Unknown
1955-10-02
Alfred Hitchcock Pre...
As: Unknown
1959-01-09
Rawhide...
As: Unknown
1963-09-20
Burke's Law...
As: Unknown
1957-10-04
Trackdown...
As: Unknown
1971-01-05
Alias Smith and Jone...
As: Unknown
1955-09-10
Gunsmoke...
As: Unknown
1951-12-24
Hallmark Hall of Fam...
As: Unknown
1966-09-08
Tarzan...
As: Unknown
1967-09-08
Judd for the Defense...
As: Unknown
1961-10-05
Frontier Circus...
As: Unknown
1958-09-29
The Texan...
As: Unknown
1966-09-06
The Rounders...