WILLIAM DEMAREST Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: William Demarest                                                             
Born: 27 February 1892 St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.                                   
Died: 28 December 1983 Palm Springs, California, U.S.                             
William Demarest (February 27, 1892 - December 28, 1983) was an American           
character actor.                                                                   
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, he was a very prolific film and TV actor, having     
worked on over 140 films. He worked frequently with director Preston Sturges,     
becoming part of a "stock" troupe of actors that Sturges repeatedly cast in his   
films. He started in show business working in vaudeville, then moved on to         
Broadway. His film career began in 1926 and spanned the decades up to the 1970s.   
His most famous TV role was in My Three Sons from 1965 to 1972, playing Uncle     
Charley and replacing William Frawley, whose failing health had made procuring     
insurance impossible.                                                             
Demarest received a single Academy Award nomination, for his supporting role in   
The Jolson Story, playing Al Jolson's fictional mentor. He had previously shared   
the screen with the real Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer.                             
Demarest died in Palm Springs, California and was interred in the Forest Lawn     
Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.