William Tracy (December 1, 1917 – July 18, 1967) was an American character actor.
|Born||December 1, 1917|
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||July 18, 1967 49) (aged|
Hollywood, California, U.S.
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. 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.
|1938||Brother Rat||Misto Bottome|
|1938||Angels with Dirty Faces||Jerry - as a Boy|
|1939||The Jones Family in Hollywood||Danny Regan|
|1939||Million Dollar Legs||Egghead Jackson|
|1939||The Amazing Mr. Williams||Messenger Boy||Uncredited|
|1940||The Shop Around the Corner||Pepi Katona|
|1940||Terry and the Pirates||Terry Lee||Serial|
|1940||Strike Up the Band||Phillip Turner|
|1940||Gallant Sons||'Beefy' Monrose|
|1941||Mr. and Mrs. Smith||Sammy|
|1941||Tobacco Road||Dude Lester|
|1941||Her First Beau||Mervyn Roberts|
|1941||She Knew All the Answers||Benny|
|1941||Tillie the Toiler||Mac|
|1941||Tanks a Million||Sgt. Dorian 'Dodo' Doubleday|
|1941||Cadet Girl||The Runt, a Cadet|
|1942||Hay Foot||Sergeant 'Dodo' Doubleday|
|1942||Young America||Earl Tucker, alias Ivan Leslie|
|1942||To the Shores of Tripoli||Johnny Dent|
|1942||George Washington Slept Here||Steve Eldridge|
|1942||Fall In||Sgt. Dorian 'Dodo' Doubleday|
|1948||Here Comes Trouble||Dorian 'Dodo' Doubleday|
|1948||The Walls of Jericho||Cully Caxton|
|1949||Henry, the Rainmaker||Charlie Richards|
|1950||One Too Many||Billy Leighton|
|1951||Sunny Side of the Street||Al Little|
|1951||As You Were||Sgt. Dorian 'Dodo' Doubleday|
|1952||Mr. Walkie Talkie||Sgt. Doubleday|
|1957||The Wings of Eagles||Air Officer||Uncredited|
- "The 14th Academy Awards – 1942". Oscars.org. Retrieved November 30, 2016.