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  • BIRTH 26/06/1889
  • DEATH 22/11/1954
  • Country United States
  • SHOW 1
  • MOVIES 31

Moroni Olsen

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Moroni Olsen (June 27, 1889 – November 22, 1954) was an American actor.

Olsen was born in Ogden, Utah, to Mormon parents Edward Arenholt Olsen and Martha Hoverholst, who named him after the Moroni found in the Book of Mormon. Some sources have claimed that Olsen's birth name was John Willard Clawson, but there appears to be no support for this claim.

Olsen studied at Weber Stake Academy, the predecessor of Weber State University. He then went to study at the University of Utah, where one of his teachers was Maud May Babcock. During World War I, he sold war bonds for the United States Navy. He also studied and performed in the Eastern United States around this time.

In 1923, Olsen organized the "Moroni Olsen Players" out of Ogden. They performed at both Ogden's Orpheum Theatre and at various other locations spread from Salt Lake City to Seattle.

After having worked on Broadway, he made his film debut in a 1935 adaptation of The Three Musketeers. He later played a different role in a 1939 comedy version of the story, starring Don Ameche as D'Artagnan and the Ritz Brothers as three dimwitted lackeys who are forced to substitute for the musketeers, who have drunk themselves into a stupor.

His most famous role was the voice of the Slave in The Magic Mirror in Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). Olsen also provided the voice of the senior angel in It's a Wonderful Life.

Olsen was an active member of the LDS Church, being a teacher of youth in the Hoolwood Ward. He also was director of the Pilgramage Play of Hollywood for several years.

Moroni Olsen

Show

I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
Judge

Movies (31)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Magic Mirror (voice) (uncredited)
Notorious
Notorious
Walter Beardsley
Buffalo Bill
Buffalo Bill
Sen. Frederici
The Glass Key
The Glass Key
Ralph Henry
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
Caliph Hassan
Call Northside 777
Call Northside 777
Parole Board Chairman
Virginia City
Virginia City
Cameron
Father of the Bride
Father of the Bride
Herbert Dunstan
Mildred Pierce
Mildred Pierce
Inspector Peterson
The Three Musketeers
The Three Musketeers
Bailiff
Father's Little Dividend
Father's Little Dividend
Herbert Dunstan
Air Force
Air Force
Col. Blake
Samson and Delilah
Samson and Delilah
Targil
Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe Trail
Robert E. Lee
The Three Musketeers
The Three Musketeers
Porthos
Possessed
Possessed
Dr. Ames - Mrs. Smith's psychiatrist
Rose of Washington Square
Rose of Washington Square
Buck Russell
Mission to Moscow
Mission to Moscow
Col. Faymonville
Nazi Agent
Nazi Agent
Brenner
The Long, Long Trailer
The Long, Long Trailer
Mr. Tewitt
That's Right - You're Wrong
That's Right - You're Wrong
Jonathan Forbes
Lone Star
Lone Star
Sam Houston
Dust Be My Destiny
Dust Be My Destiny
Slim Jones
Kentucky
Kentucky
John Dillon - 1938
Sign of the Pagan
Sign of the Pagan
Pope Leo I
Reunion in France
Reunion in France
Paul Grebeau
Two in Revolt
Two in Revolt
Cyrus Benton
Cobra Woman
Cobra Woman
MacDonald
M'Liss
M'Liss
Jake
Grand Jury
Grand Jury
Davis, the bodyguard
The Witness Chair
The Witness Chair
Lt. Poole