William Tracy

William Tracy (December 1, 1917 July 18, 1967) was an American character actor.

William Tracy
Born(1917-12-01)December 1, 1917
DiedJuly 18, 1967(1967-07-18) (aged 49)
Years active1925–1964

Early life and career

Tracy was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He is perhaps best known for the role of Pepi Katona, the delivery boy, in The Shop Around the Corner (1940). He starred in the John Ford film Tobacco Road (1941), and appeared in Brother Rat (1938) and Alfred Hitchcock's Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941).

In 1940, Tracy began a recurring role as Sgt. Dorian "Dodo" Doubleday in a string of Hal Roach's Streamliners service comedies, the first of which was Tanks a Million. Surprisingly, this B-movie comedy was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Musical Score.[1] The series continued for a total of eight films, the last one — Mr. Walkie Talkie — being set during the Korean War.

In the 1950s, Tracy primarily did television work, where his most notable role was "Hotshot Charlie" in the 1953 series Terry and the Pirates. He previously played the lead role of Terry Lee in the 1940 serial with the same title.

On the June 14, 1951 episode of the radio series Suspense, The Truth About Jerry Baxter, the 33-year-old Tracy played the title character, a teenage marijuana addict. The episode claimed to be drawn from actual events, but is more like a radio version of Reefer Madness.

Tracy died in Hollywood, California, at the age of 49.


Year Title Role Notes
1938Brother RatMisto Bottome
1938Angels with Dirty FacesJerry - as a Boy
1939The Jones Family in HollywoodDanny Regan
1939Million Dollar LegsEgghead Jackson
1939The Amazing Mr. WilliamsMessenger BoyUncredited
1940The Shop Around the CornerPepi Katona
1940Terry and the PiratesTerry LeeSerial
1940Strike Up the BandPhillip Turner
1940Gallant Sons'Beefy' Monrose
1941Mr. and Mrs. SmithSammy
1941Tobacco RoadDude Lester
1941Her First BeauMervyn Roberts
1941She Knew All the AnswersBenny
1941Tillie the ToilerMac
1941Tanks a MillionSgt. Dorian 'Dodo' Doubleday
1941Cadet GirlThe Runt, a Cadet
1942Hay FootSergeant 'Dodo' Doubleday
1942Young AmericaEarl Tucker, alias Ivan Leslie
1942To the Shores of TripoliJohnny Dent
1942George Washington Slept HereSteve Eldridge
1942Fall InSgt. Dorian 'Dodo' Doubleday
1943Yanks Ahoy
1948Here Comes TroubleDorian 'Dodo' Doubleday
1948The Walls of JerichoCully Caxton
1949Henry, the RainmakerCharlie Richards
1950One Too ManyBilly Leighton
1951Sunny Side of the StreetAl Little
1951As You WereSgt. Dorian 'Dodo' Doubleday
1952Mr. Walkie TalkieSgt. Doubleday
1957The Wings of EaglesAir OfficerUncredited
1959-30-Unnamed Writer


  1. "The 14th Academy Awards – 1942". Oscars.org. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
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