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Douglas Fowley

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Douglas Fowley (May 30, 1911 – May 21, 1998) was an American movie and television actor. Fowley was born Daniel Vincent Fowley in The Bronx, New York. The 5'11" actor is probably best remembered for his role as the movie director Roscoe Dexter in Singing in the Rain (1952). The actor appeared in over 240 films and later in dozens of television programs. Fowley's films include Twenty Mule Team, Mighty Joe Young, Battleground, Armored Car Robbery, Chick Carter, Detective, The Naked Jungle, The High and the Mighty and Walking Tall. Fowley began acting while attending St. Francis Xavier Military Academy. After nightclub performing and stage work, Fowley appeared in his first film alongside Spencer Tracy in The Mad Game in 1933. Early in his acting career he was usually cast as movie heavies or gangsters in B-movies including Charlie Chan and Laurel and Hardy features. Fowley, with then-wife contract actress Shelby Payne, is the father of 1960s record producer Kim Fowley. In the 1950s, he appeared on NBC's The Donald O'Connor Show as himself, as a con man in two episodes of the NBC sitcom It's a Great Life, in Reed Hadley's legal drama, The Public Defender, on the ABC situation comedy The Pride of the Family, and on two Rod Cameron series, the syndicated City Detective and the western-themed State Trooper. The World War II veteran grew a long beard in the 1960s to play Gabby Hayes-like roles on television which was a contrast to his well-groomed looks in the 1940s and 1950s. He appeared in the syndicated 1959-1960 western Pony Express in the episode "Showdown at "Thirty Mile Ridge". Miracle of the White Stallions (1963). Fowley was usually typecast as a villain; when not playing an actual criminal, he often portrayed an argumentative trouble-maker. Portraying a member of Tyrone Power's orchestra in Alexander's Ragtime Band, in the early scenes of the film Fowley's character quarrels with his bandmates, but this is not developed in the film's later scenes. From 1966-1967, Fowley was a regular cast member in Pistols 'n' Petticoats, a CBS sitcom parodying the Old West, somewhat like Forrest Tucker's F Troop on ABC. Fowley played the elderly patriarch in a family of gun-toting women who needed no male assistance. His co-stars were Ruth McDevitt as his wife; Ann Sheridan as his daughter (who died in real life two months before the series ended), and Gary Vinson as Sheriff Harold Sikes. Fowley continued to act into the 1970s and was frequently billed as "Douglas V. Fowley". One of his last roles was as Delaney Rafferty (opposite Patsy Kelly) in Disney's The North Avenue Irregulars, in which he dressed in drag. Fowley died nine days prior to his 87th birthday. Description above from the Wikipedia article Douglas Fowley, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
May 30, 1911 In Bronx, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
202
First Appeared:
In the movie I Hate Women 1934-05-10
Latest Project:
Movie Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer 2002-09-24
Known For
Poster of Rider from Tucson
Poster of Boy Friend
Poster of The Arizona Wildcat
Poster of I Hate Women
Filmography

Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002)

Movie
as Himself (archive footage)

Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone (1994)

TV Movie Western
Movie
as Doc Holliday / Doc Fabrique (flashback sequences) (archive footage)
5.5 1 votes

The North Avenue Irregulars (1979)

Family Action Comedy Crime
Movie
as Delaney
5.5 4 votes

Detective School (1979)

Series

Black Oak Conspiracy (1977)

Action Drama
Movie
as Bryan Hancock (as Douglas V. Fowley)
4 2 votes

The White Buffalo (1977)

Horror Western
Movie
as Amos Bixby (Train Conductor / narrator)
5.3 19 votes

CHiPs (1977)

Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6 22 votes

From Noon Till Three (1976)

Comedy Western
Movie
as Buck Bowers
5.4 12 votes

Switch (1975)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
6 2 votes

Homebodies (1974)

Comedy Horror
Movie
as Mr. Crawford
7 2 votes

Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974)

Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
7.3 15 votes

Walking Tall (1973)

Action Crime Drama
Movie
as Judge R.W. Clarke
6.9 20 votes

The Streets of San Francisco (1972)

Crime Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.2 16 votes

Kung Fu (1972)

Action & Adventure Drama Western
Series
as Unknown
7.6 22 votes

O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (1971)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown

My World and Welcome to It (1969)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown

The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969)

Drama Action Comedy Western
Movie
as Grundy
5.4 5 votes

The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967)

Western
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

Pistols 'n' Petticoats (1966)

Comedy Western
Series
9 1 votes

Branded (1965)

Western
Series
as Unknown
8.2 5 votes

Guns of Diablo (1965)

Western
Movie
as Mr. Knudsen
4.8 4 votes

Laredo (1965)

Western Comedy
Series
as Unknown
8 2 votes

Daniel Boone (1964)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.8 5 votes

7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)

Drama Family Fantasy Mystery Western
Movie
as Toothless Cowboy
7.1 18 votes

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.8 11 votes

The Bill Dana Show (1963)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown

The Virginian (1962)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
7 1 votes

The Lucy Show (1962)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.8 9 votes

The Andy Griffith Show (1960)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.5 26 votes

My Three Sons (1960)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.2 8 votes

Desire in the Dust (1960)

Crime Romance Mystery Drama
Movie
as Zuba Wilson

Tightrope (1959)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown

Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.6 7 votes

Sea Hunt (1958)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.3 5 votes

The Texan (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown

The Badge of Marshal Brennan (1957)

Western
Movie
as Marshal Brennan

Kelly and Me (1957)

Movie
as Dave Gans
10 1 votes

Bayou (1957)

Drama
Movie
as Emil Hebert

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.8 21 votes

Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957)

Crime Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown

Trackdown (1957)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.5 2 votes

Bandido ! (1956)

Action Western
Movie
as McGhee
6 1 votes

The Broken Star (1956)

Western Romance
Movie
as Thornton W. Wills
5.5 1 votes

State Trooper (1956)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown

Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1956)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

Rock, Pretty Baby (1956)

Movie
as Pop Wright

Man from Del Rio (1956)

Western
Movie
as Doc Adams
6.8 3 votes

The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955)

Drama Western
Series
as Unknown
8.4 5 votes

Gunsmoke (1955)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.5 17 votes

The Millionaire (1955)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7 2 votes

The Girl Rush (1955)

Comedy Music
Movie
as Charlie - Stickman
6 1 votes

Cheyenne (1955)

Action & Adventure Western
Series
as Unknown
7.5 4 votes

Texas Lady (1955)

Western
Movie
as Clay Ballard (Clarion owner)
5.5 2 votes

The Great Gildersleeve (1955)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown

Untamed Heiress (1954)

Comedy Western
Movie
as Pal

Public Defender (1954)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Naked Jungle (1954)

Action Adventure Drama Romance
Movie
as Medicine Man
6.2 16 votes

Southwest Passage (1954)

Western
Movie
as Toad Ellis

Casanova's Big Night (1954)

Comedy Adventure
Movie
as Second Prisoner
6.8 5 votes

Deep in My Heart (1954)

Comedy Drama Music
Movie
as Harold Butterfield
7 1 votes

Lassie (1954)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
4.1 9 votes

December Bride (1954)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7 1 votes

The High and the Mighty (1954)

Action Adventure Drama Thriller
Movie
as Alsop
5.5 17 votes

The Man Behind The Gun (1953)

Western
Movie
as Buckley Saloon Manager
6 1 votes

City Detective (1953)

Series
as Unknown

Kansas Pacific (1953)

Western Action
Movie
as Max Janus
3.8 4 votes

Red River Shore (1953)

Western
Movie
as Case Lockwood

Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)

Science Fiction
Movie
as Walter 'Walt' Walters
3.1 7 votes

The Band Wagon (1953)

Comedy Music
Movie
as Auctioneer (uncredited)
7 36 votes

A Slight Case Of Larceny (1953)

Comedy Crime
Movie
as Mr. White
6 1 votes

Finders Keepers (1952)

Comedy
Movie
as Franke Simmons

Just This Once (1952)

Comedy
Movie
as Frank Pirosh

Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Comedy Music Romance
Movie
as Roscoe Dexter
7.8 567 votes

The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951)

Western
Series
as Unknown

Criminal Lawyer (1951)

Crime
Movie
as Harry Cheney
6 1 votes

Tarzan's Peril (1951)

Action Adventure
Movie
as Herbert Trask
4.7 3 votes

Across the Wide Missouri (1951)

Adventure Romance Western
Movie
as Tin Cup Owens (uncredited)
4.9 7 votes

Angels in the Outfield (1951)

Comedy Family Fantasy
Movie
as Cab Driver (uncredited)
6.2 6 votes

Callaway Went Thataway (1951)

Comedy Western
Movie
as Gaffer (uncredited)
4.9 5 votes

South of Caliente (1951)

Music Western Action
Movie
as Dave Norris

Armored Car Robbery (1950)

Crime
Movie
as Benjamin 'Benny' McBride
6.6 9 votes

Rider from Tucson (1950)

Western
Movie
as Bob Rankin

He's a Cockeyed Wonder (1950)

Romance Comedy
Movie
as 'Crabs' Freeley

Edge of Doom (1950)

Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as 2nd Detective
5.1 4 votes

So You Think You're Not Guilty (1950)

Movie
as Convict
7.5 2 votes

Killer Shark (1950)

Adventure
Movie
as Louie Bracado
5 1 votes

Bunco Squad (1950)

Crime
Movie
as Det. Sgt. Mack McManus
6 3 votes

Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone (1950)

Mystery Comedy
Movie
as Steve Kepplar

Stage to Tucson (1950)

Western
Movie
as Ira Prentiss

The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950)

Comedy Music
Series
as Unknown
5 2 votes

Rio Grande Patrol (1950)

Western
Movie
as Bragg Orcutt

Susanna Pass (1949)

Western Action
Movie
as Roberts aka Walter P. Johnson

Flaxy Martin (1949)

Thriller
Movie
as Max, Detective
3.5 3 votes

Arson, Inc. (1949)

Movie
as Frederick P. 'Fred' Fender

Search for Danger (1949)

Mystery
Movie
as The Inspector

Mighty Joe Young (1949)

Adventure Fantasy Drama Action Science Fiction
Movie
as Jones
6.8 21 votes

Massacre River (1949)

Western
Movie
as Simms
7 1 votes

Renegades of the Sage (1949)

Western
Movie
as Sloper

Battleground (1949)

Action Adventure Drama War
Movie
as 'Kipp' Kippton
6.3 18 votes

Docks of New Orleans (1948)

Thriller Drama Comedy Crime Mystery
Movie
as Grock
7.8 3 votes

If You Knew Susie (1948)

Comedy
Movie
as Marty
7.5 2 votes

The Dude Goes West (1948)

Western Comedy
Movie
as Beetle

Behind Locked Doors (1948)

Drama Horror Crime
Movie
as Larson
6 3 votes

Waterfront at Midnight (1948)

Crime
Movie
as Joe Sargus

Gun Smugglers (1948)

Western
Movie
as Steve Reeves

Coroner Creek (1948)

Western
Movie
as Stew Shallis
4.5 8 votes

Undercover Maisie (1947)

Crime Mystery
Movie
as Daniels

Fall Guy (1947)

Crime
Movie
as Inspector Shannon
3.3 3 votes

Backlash (1947)

Crime Mystery
Movie
as Red Bailey
4.4 4 votes

Wild Country (1947)

Western
Movie
as Clark Varney
6 1 votes

Three on a Ticket (1947)

Mystery
Movie
as Mace Morgan

Scared to Death (1947)

Horror Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Terry Lee
4.5 2 votes

Yankee Fakir (1947)

Western
Movie
as Murgatroyd Bartholomew Davis
5 1 votes

The Hucksters (1947)

Comedy Drama Romance
Movie
as Georgie Gaver
6.4 4 votes

Desperate (1947)

Crime Thriller
Movie
as Pete Lavitch, Private Eye
6.3 4 votes

Roses Are Red (1947)

Crime
Movie
as Ace Oliver (as Doug Fowley)
6.5 2 votes

The Gas House Kids in Hollywood (1947)

Crime Comedy
Movie
as Mitch Gordon

Merton of the Movies (1947)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Phil
7.5 1 votes

Jungle Flight (1947)

Adventure
Movie
as Tom Hammond
6.5 1 votes

The Trespasser (1947)

Action Adventure Crime
Movie
as Bill Monroe
6 1 votes

The Glass Alibi (1946)

Crime
Movie
as Joe Eykner
3.2 3 votes

Blonde Alibi (1946)

Mystery
Movie
as Henchman Willie (uncredited)
3.5 3 votes

In Fast Company (1946)

Comedy
Movie
as Steve Trent

Larceny in Her Heart (1946)

Mystery Crime
Movie
as Doc H. C. Patterson

Chick Carter, Detective (1946)

Mystery
Movie
as Rusty Farrell

Along the Navajo Trail (1945)

Western
Movie
as J. Richard Bentley

Don't Fence Me In (1945)

Action Western
Movie
as Jack Gordon

Life with Blondie (1945)

Comedy
Movie
as Blackie Leonard

Lady in the Death House (1944)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Dr. Dwight 'Brad' Bradford
4.5 1 votes

The Racket Man (1944)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Toby Sykes

Rationing (1944)

Comedy
Movie
as Dixie Samson

Shake Hands with Murder (1944)

Comedy Drama Mystery Romance
Movie
as Steve Morgan
6 1 votes

One Body Too Many (1944)

Comedy Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Henry Rutherford
5.7 3 votes

The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)

Drama Action
Movie
as Bit Part (uncredited)
6.3 2 votes

Detective Kitty O'Day (1944)

Comedy Mystery Romance
Movie
as Harry Downs aka Jerry Benson
4 1 votes

And the Angels Sing (1944)

Comedy Romance Music
Movie
as N.Y. Cafe Manager (uncredited)

Gildersleeve's Bad Day (1943)

Comedy
Movie
as Louie Barton
6.5 1 votes

Jitterbugs (1943)

Comedy
Movie
5.8 4 votes

The Chance of a Lifetime (1943)

Crime Drama Mystery
Movie
as Nails Blanton (uncredited)
6 1 votes

Minesweeper (1943)

Action Adventure Drama Romance War
Movie
as Cutter Lieutenant Wells

Riding High (1943)

Comedy Music
Movie
as Brown

Mr. Wise Guy (1942)

Comedy Drama Romance
Movie
as Bill Collins
6 2 votes

Hay Foot (1942)

Romance Comedy
Movie
as Captain Rossmead

Sunset on the Desert (1942)

Action Western
Movie
as Ramsay McCall

So's Your Aunt Emma (1942)

Movie
as Gus Hammond
8 2 votes

Lost Canyon (1942)

Western
Movie
as Jeff Burton (as Doug Fowley)

For the Common Defense! (1942)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Dutch Mullner
4 1 votes

I Live on Danger (1942)

Movie
as Joey Farr

The Parson of Panamint (1941)

Western
Movie
as Chappie Ellerton

Tanks a Million (1941)

Comedy
Movie
as Capt. Rossmead

Dangerous Lady (1941)

Mystery Comedy
Movie
as Police Sgt. Brent

Doctors Don't Tell (1941)

Action Romance Drama Crime
Movie
as Joe Grant

Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case (1941)

Mystery Crime Drama
Movie
as Vincent Mackay

Secrets of the Wastelands (1941)

Western
Movie
as Slade Salters

20 Mule Team (1940)

Western
Movie
as Stag Roper
6 1 votes

Cafe Hostess (1940)

Drama
Movie
as Eddie Morgan
6 2 votes

Wagons Westward (1940)

Western
Movie
as Bill Marsden

Pier 13 (1940)

Movie
as Johnnie Hale

Ellery Queen, Master Detective (1940)

Adventure Crime Drama Mystery
Movie
as Rocky Taylor
6 1 votes

Cherokee Strip (1940)

Western
Movie
as Alf Barrett
6 1 votes

East of the River (1940)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Cy Turner
6 1 votes

The Leather Pushers (1940)

Comedy Adventure
Movie
as Slick Connolly

Dodge City (1939)

Action Western
Movie
as Munger
7 16 votes

Inside Story (1939)

Drama
Movie
as Gus Brawley

The Arizona Wildcat (1939)

Comedy Western
Movie
as Rufe Galloway

Lucky Night (1939)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as George
5.5 1 votes

Slightly Honorable (1939)

Comedy Mystery
Movie
as Madder

Boy Friend (1939)

Drama Comedy Crime
Movie
as Ed Boyd

Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)

Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Peter Lewis
6.6 9 votes

Henry Goes Arizona (1939)

Drama Western Comedy
Movie
as Ricky Dole

It Could Happen to You (1939)

Comedy Mystery
Movie
as Freddie Barlow
1.5 1 votes

Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)

Drama Music Romance
Movie
as Snapper
4.8 6 votes

City Girl (1938)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Ritchie

Passport Husband (1938)

Comedy
Movie
as Tiger Martin

Mr. Moto's Gamble (1938)

Drama Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Nick Crowder
6.6 4 votes

Keep Smiling (1938)

Comedy
Movie
as Cedric Hunt

Submarine Patrol (1938)

Adventure Drama
Movie
as Seaman Pinky Brett
5 2 votes

Time Out for Murder (1938)

Mystery
Movie
as J.E. 'Dutch' Moran

This Is My Affair (1937)

Romance Crime Drama
Movie
as Alec
7.7 3 votes

Time Out for Romance (1937)

Comedy Adventure
Movie
as Roy Webster
6 1 votes

On The Avenue (1937)

Comedy Music Romance
Movie
as Eddie Eads

One Mile From Heaven (1937)

Drama
Movie
as Jim Tabor
8 1 votes

Wake Up and Live (1937)

Music
Movie
as Herman

Love and Hisses (1937)

Movie
as Webster

Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937)

Crime Mystery Thriller Drama
Movie
as Johnny Burke
7.3 8 votes

Small Town Girl (1936)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Chick Page (uncredited)
6 2 votes

Ring Around the Moon (1936)

Drama
Movie
as Ted Curlew

Big Brown Eyes (1936)

Comedy Mystery
Movie
as Benny Battle
5.2 5 votes

Navy Born (1936)

Movie
as Lt. Steve Bassett

36 Hours to Kill (1936)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Duke Benson
6.5 1 votes

15 Maiden Lane (1936)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Nick Shelby

Sing, Baby Sing (1936)

Music
Movie
as Mac

Night Life of the Gods (1935)

Comedy Fantasy
Movie
as Cyril Sparks

Princess O'Hara (1935)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Emcee (uncredited)

Transient Lady (1935)

Romance Action Drama
Movie
as Matt Baxter

Old Man Rhythm (1935)

Music Comedy
Movie
as Oyster

Two for Tonight (1935)

Comedy
Movie
as Pooch Donahue

The Thin Man (1934)

Comedy Crime Mystery
Movie
as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
7.3 83 votes

I Hate Women (1934)

Drama
Movie
as Nelson

The Girl from Missouri (1934)

Romance Comedy
Movie
as New Bellboy with Vase (uncredited)
5 4 votes

Student Tour (1934)

Music
Movie
as Mushy

Operator 13 (1934)

Drama Western War Romance History
Movie
as Union Officer (uncredited)
3.5 2 votes