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  • BIRTH 13/08/1909
  • DEATH 12/11/1990
  • Country United States
  • SHOWS 9
  • MOVIES 22

Dave Willock

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Dave Willock (August 13, 1909 – November 12, 1990) was an American character actor. Willock appeared in 181 films and television series from 1939 to 1989. Born in 1909, Willock began his professional career in vaudeville in 1931, teaming with his boyhood friend Jack Carson in a comedy song and dance routine. For a time in the mid-1930s he was a reporter and editor for a Milwaukee newspaper. He first appeared on screen in Good Girls Go to Paris (1939), in an uncredited bit part.

He teamed with Carson again when Carson invited him to write for his radio show; Willock wrote and played the part of Carson's nephew Tugwell on The Jack Carson Show from 1943–1949. Willock and Cliff Arquette had their own radio and television shows in the early 1950s. Both versions were called Dave and Charley; the radio version was heard circa 1950, but the television version of it was on the air for only three months in early 1952.

In the 1961–1962 season, he played Harvey Clayton, father of the 1920s teenager Margie Clayton, portrayed by Cynthia Pepper in ABC's Margie. He appeared on an episode of Dragnet as an ex-vaudevillean who is cheated out of $9,000 that he found on a sidewalk. In 1966, he had an uncredited role as the bartender in the Elvis Presley vehicle Frankie and Johnny. Willock is probably most familiar to modern audiences from his performance as Baby Jane Hudson's father in the opening scenes of the cult classic What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962). He played seven different characters on CBS's Green Acres with Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor, mostly portraying clerks or elevator operators.

Willock also did voice acting for animated roles, such as the offscreen narrator on Wacky Races (1968) and as father Augustus "Gus" Holiday on The Roman Holidays (1972). He appeared in a television commercial for "The Great American Soups", directed by American satirist Stan Freberg, alongside tap-dancing star Ann Miller.

He died of complications due to stroke on November 12, 1990 at the age of 81. He is buried in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery. For his contribution to the television industry, Dave Willock has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6358 Hollywood Boulevard.

Dave Willock

Shows (9)

The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Marty
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Frank Voss
Wanted: Dead or Alive
Wanted: Dead or Alive
George Goode / Jethro Dane / Judge
Wacky Races
Wacky Races
Narrator
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
The Wig Salesman
Perry Mason
Perry Mason
Bartender / Philip Robinson
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Becker / Clerk
The Virginian
The Virginian
Hank Jessop
Burke's Law
Burke's Law
Buzz Hardy

Movies (22)

Emperor of the North
Emperor of the North
Groundhog
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Ray Hudson
Send Me No Flowers
Send Me No Flowers
Milkman Ernie
Queen of Outer Space
Queen of Outer Space
Lt. Mike Cruze
Now You See Him, Now You Don't
Now You See Him, Now You Don't
Mr. Burns
The Buster Keaton Story
The Buster Keaton Story
Joe Keaton
Frankie and Johnny
Frankie and Johnny
Pete (uncredited)
Roadblock
Roadblock
Airport Clerk (uncredited)
This Love of Ours
This Love of Ours
Dr. Dailey
Michael O'Hara the Fourth
Michael O'Hara the Fourth
Store Manager
The Gang's All Here
The Gang's All Here
Sgt. Pat Casey
Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs
Himself
It Came from Outer Space
It Came from Outer Space
Pete Davis (uncredited)
The Patsy
The Patsy
Alec (uncredited)
Let's Go Navy!
Let's Go Navy!
Algernon Hobenocker
Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Taxi Driver
Pin Up Girl
Pin Up Girl
Dud Miller
Too Many Husbands
Too Many Husbands
Elevator Operator
Revenge of the Creature
Revenge of the Creature
Lou Gibson
Sealed Verdict
Sealed Verdict
Stockade Desk Sergeant
The Delicate Delinquent
The Delicate Delinquent
William C. Goerner
The Grissom Gang
The Grissom Gang