William Wright (actor)

William Wright (January 5, 1911 – January 19, 1949) was an American leading man in films who was most popular in the 1940s when he was typically compared to Clark Gable, whose career was temporarily derailed by World War II. Wright even played Gable's part in a 1945 musical comedy remake of It Happened One Night entitled Eve Knew Her Apples. He also played Philo Vance in Philo Vance Returns (1947) and the title role in King of the Gamblers (1948). Wright's other films include Eadie Was a Lady (1945), Rose of the Yukon (1949), Daughter of the Jungle (1949), and Impact (1949). Wright died from cancer in 1949 at the age of 38.

William Wright
Born(1911-01-05)January 5, 1911
DiedJanuary 19, 1949(1949-01-19) (aged 38)
OccupationFilm actor
Years active1936–1949

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1936China ClipperPilot
1937Swing High, Swing LowAttendantUncredited
1937Blazing BarriersCCC BoyUncredited
1941Rookies on ParadeBob Madison
1941Kiss the Boys GoodbyeReporterUncredited
1941World PremiereLuther Shinkley
1941The Devil Pays OffChristopher Waring
1941Glamour BoyHank Landon
1941Louisiana PurchaseAmbulance DriverUncredited
1942Fly-by-NightInternUncredited
1942True to the ArmyLt. Danvers
1942Not a Ladies' ManJohn Keen
1942Sweetheart of the FleetLt. Philip Blaine
1942Meet the StewartsWinkie RogersUncredited
1942Henry and DizzyAnnouncerUncredited
1942Night in New OrleansGeorge Wallace
1942Sweater GirlAnnouncerUncredited
1942Parachute NurseLt. Woods
1942A Man's WorldDan O'Driscoll
1942Lucky Legs'Pinkie' Connors
1942Daring Young ManSam Long
1942Boston Blackie Goes HollywoodSlick Barton
1942A Night to RememberScott Carstairs
1943Reveille with BeverlyBarry Lang
1943Murder in Times SquareDet. Lt. Tabor
1943Saddles and SagebrushKrag Savin
1944One Mysterious NightPaul Martens
1944Dancing in ManhattanSteve Crawford
1945Eadie Was a LadyTommy Foley
1945Escape in the FogBarry Malcolm
1945Eve Knew Her ApplesWard Williams
1946The Mask of DiijonTony Holiday
1946Lover Come BackJimmy Hennessey
1946Down Missouri WayMike Burton
1946NocturneMr. Billings(scenes deleted)
1947The Beginning or the EndColonel John Lansdale
1947Philo Vance ReturnsPhilo Vance
1947Gas House Kids Go WestJim Kingsley
1947Doctor JimDr. Sylvester
1948King of the GamblersDave Fowler
1949Rose of the YukonTom Clark
1949Daughter of the JungleCarl Easton
1949ImpactProsecutor
1949Air HostessFred MacCoy(final film role)

William Wright in the Internet Movie Database


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