Albert Jerome "Bert" Wheeler (April 7, 1895 – January 18, 1968) was an American comedian who performed in Broadway theatre, American comedy feature films, and vaudeville acts. He was the comedy partner of Robert Woolsey, and together they formed a successful double act called Wheeler & Woolsey.
Wheeler in 1941
|Born||April 7, 1895|
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||January 18, 1968 72) (aged|
New York City, U.S.
|Known for||Wheeler & Woolsey|
(m. 1915; div. 1926)
(m. 1928; div. 1936)
(m. 1937; div. 1939)
(m. 1940; div. 1950)
Olga Desmondae Rieman
(m. 1951; died 1966)
Wheeler was born in Paterson, New Jersey on April 7, 1895.
He worked with Robert Woolsey on Broadway until their film debut in 1929, Rio Rita, established them in the Hollywood film industry.
In the early 1940s, after Robert Woolsey had died, Bert Wheeler struggled to restart his career. Their friend and former film costar Dorothy Lee agreed to tour with him in a vaudeville act. He also worked on radio on programs starring Frank Sinatra.
He continued to work off and on through the 1960s. In 1950 he appeared with Jackie Gleason on the early TV variety hour Cavalcade of Stars. His last theatrical films were two slapstick short films for Columbia Pictures, filmed in 1950 and produced by Jules White. He also kept up a busy schedule of live performances in nightclubs and on the legitimate stage, in such plays as Harvey (in the leading role of Elwood P. Dowd) and Three Wishes for Jamie. In 1955 Wheeler co-starred with Keith Larsen in the CBS western series Brave Eagle; Wheeler played the "half-breed" Smokey Joe, known for his tall tales and tribal wisdom.
|Rio Rita||1929||Chick Bean|
|Half Shot at Sunrise||1930||Tommy Turner|
|Hook, Line and Sinker||1930||Wilbur Boswell|
|Caught Plastered||1931||Tommy Tanner|
|Too Many Cooks||1931||Albert Bennett|
|Cracked Nuts||1931||Wendell Graham|
|Hold 'Em Jail||1932||Curly Harris|
|Girl Crazy||1932||Jimmy Deegan|
|So This Is Africa||1933||Wilbur Wheeler|
|Kentucky Kernels||1934||Willie Doyle|
|Hips, Hips, Hooray!||1934||Andy Williams|
|Cockeyed Cavaliers||1934||Bert Winstanley|
|Silly Billies||1936||Roy Banks|
|Mummy's Boys||1936||Stanley Wright|
|On Again-Off Again||1937||William "Willy" Hobbs|
|High Flyers||1937||Jerry Lane|
|The Cowboy Quarterback||1939||Harry Lynn|
|Las Vegas Nights||1941||Stu Grant|
Wheeler was married five times. His only child, with Speer, was Patricia Anne Wheeler.
Home Video Releases
Nine of Wheeler's 21 movies were released in a DVD collection entitled "Wheeler & Woolsey: RKO Comedy Classics Collection" in March 2013 by Warner Archive.
- "Bert Wheeler, Vaudeville Comic With Rubbery Face, Dead at 72. His Over 50-Year Career in Show Business Spanned Films, the Follies and TV". The New York Times. January 18, 1968. Retrieved 2015-01-04.
- Mardaunt Hall (October 7, 1929). "Rio Rita (1929)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-01-05.
The acting is uniformly capable. Robert Woolsey is excellent as the fast-talking, deep-voiced, narrow-shouldered Lovett. Bert Wheeler does exceedingly well as Chick Bean.
- "Swing Shift". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. October 7, 1943. p. 15. Retrieved July 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Bert Wheeler". American Film Institute. Retrieved August 3, 2014.
- "Bert Wheeler Is Divorced". The New York Times. February 20, 1936. Retrieved 2015-01-05.
Mrs. Bernice S. Wheeler won an interlocutory divorce today from Bert Wheeler, screen comic, after testifying that his actions saddened her. 'He said he didn't want to live with me,' she testified. Custody of the couple's daughter, Patricia, was granted to Mrs. Wheeler. ...
- "Wife Sues Bert Wheeler". The New York Times. May 13, 1939. Retrieved 2015-01-04.
Bert Wheeler ... was sued for divorce today by Sally Haines ... The Wheelers married in Beverly Hills Feb. 26, 1937, and separated April 20, 1939
- Kehr, Dave (2 March 2013). "DVD Ribaldry Before the Code". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
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