Willis Bouchey


Willis Bouchey

Biography

Already in his 40s when he first hit the big screen, versatile character actor Willis Bouchey managed to amass an enormous number of screen credits through the 1950s and '60s, frequently working with such legends as John Ford and Jimmy Stewart. Bouchey first broke into pictures in the early '50s, often in small uncredited bits before playing the President of the United States in the scie...

Biography

Already in his 40s when he first hit the big screen, versatile character actor Willis Bouchey managed to amass an enormous number of screen credits through the 1950s and '60s, frequently working with such legends as John Ford and Jimmy Stewart. Bouchey first broke into pictures in the early '50s, often in small uncredited bits before playing the President of the United States in the science fiction thriller "Red Planet Mars," setting himself up for future parts as a man of authority. He played larger supporting roles, an FBI agent and a police lieutenant, in the crime dramas "Pickup on South Street" and "The Big Heat," working with esteemed directors Samuel Fuller and Fritz Lang, respectively. Bouchey played a secret service agent facing wild would-be assassin Frank Sinatra in "Suddenly." As various mayors, military men, and officers of the law, he worked his way through dozens of guest spots on television shows, including crime serials and Westerns. As a judge, he faced Raymond Massey across the bench on "Perry Mason." He was also a regular member of the John Ford Stock Company, and appeared in many of the acclaimed director's productions, including the standout classic "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," featuring Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)
McLaglen
Dirty Dingus Magee (1970)
Ira Teasdale
Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969)
Thomas Devery
Young Billy Young (1969)
Doc Cushman
The Love God? (1969)
Judge Claypool
Return of the Gunfighter (1967)
Follow Me, Boys! (1966)
Judge
McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force (1965)
Admiral Doyle
Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
Colonel
Where Love Has Gone (1964)
Judge Murphy
How the West Was Won (1963)
Surgeon
Panic in Year Zero! (1962)
Dr. Strong
Saintly Sinners (1962)
Harrihan
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Jason Tully
Incident in an Alley (1962)
Captain Brady
Five Guns to Tombstone (1961)
[George] Landon
Two Rode Together (1961)
Mr. Wringle
You Have To Run Fast (1961)
Colonel Maitland
Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
Newspaper editor
Sergeant Rutledge (1960)
Col. Otis Thornton Fosgate
The Horse Soldiers (1959)
Maj. William Secord
No Name on the Bullet (1959)
Buck Hastings
Darby's Rangers (1958)
Gen. Truscott
The Sheepman (1958)
Frank Payton
The Last Hurrah (1958)
Roger Sugrue
The Night Runner (1957)
Loren Mayes
Last of the Bad Men (1957)
Marshal Parker
Last Stagecoach West (1957)
George Bryceson
Zero Hour! (1957)
RCAF doctor
Beau James (1957)
Arthur Julian
The Garment Jungle (1957)
Dave Bronson
The Wings of Eagles (1957)
Barton
Mister Cory (1957)
Mr. Vollard
Magnificent Roughnecks (1956)
Ernie Biggers
The Spoilers (1956)
Jonathan Struve
Johnny Concho (1956)
Sheriff Henderson
Pillars of the Sky (1956)
Colonel Edson Stedlow
Hell on Frisco Bay (1956)
Lt. Neville
Forever, Darling (1956)
Mr. Clinton
I Cover the Underworld (1955)
Warden Lewis L. Johnson
The McConnell Story (1955)
Newton Bass
The Long Gray Line (1955)
Maj. Thomas
The Eternal Sea (1955)
Pres. of review board
Battle Cry (1955)
Mr. Forrester
The Violent Men (1955)
Sheriff Martin Kenner
The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1955)
Capt. Evans
Big House, U.S.A. (1955)
Robertson Lambert
Executive Suite (1954)
Morgue official
Drum Beat (1954)
General Gilliam
Battle of Rogue River (1954)
Maj. Wallich
Fireman Save My Child (1954)
Mayor
Suddenly (1954)
Dan Carney
Them! (1954)
Official
A Star Is Born (1954)
McBride, director
Gun Belt (1953)
Endicott
Destination Gobi (1953)
Capt. Gates
From Here to Eternity (1953)
Lieutenant colonel
The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953)
Dr. Askit
The Big Heat (1953)
Lt. Ted Wilkes
Dangerous Crossing (1953)
Capt. Peters
The President's Lady (1953)
Judge McNaire
Pickup on South Street (1953)
Zara
The I Don't Care Girl (1953)
Ned, manager of Keith's Theater
Washington Story (1952)
Witness before committee
Anything Can Happen (1952)
Judge Gordon
Belles on Their Toes (1952)
Kendall Williams
Red Planet Mars (1952)
President
Just for You (1952)
Hank Ross
Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
Director
Return of the Texan (1952)
Isham Gilder
Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
Joe, bartender
Deadline--U.S.A. (1952)
Henry
Carbine Williams (1952)
Mitchell
Elopement (1951)
Dr. Brenner

Cast (Special)

Last Stagecoach West (1954)

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Horse Soldiers, The (1959) - Quite Enough of Both Southerner Hannah Hunter (Constance Towers) entertains Union officers Marlowe (John Wayne), Secord (Willis Bouchey), Gray (William Leslie) and Kendall (William Holden) in John Ford's The Horse Soldiers, 1959.
Darby's Rangers (1958) - Tip Of The Javelin Darby (James Garner) pitches generals Wise (Raymond Bailey) then Truscott (Willis Bouchey) for the chance to lead the commando team he's dreamed up, in William A. Wellman's generous bio-pic, Darby's Rangers, 1958.
Pickup On South Street (1953) - Come Back Right Away! Famous first scene in which Jean Peters and two FBI guys (Willis Bouchey, Jerry O'Sullivan) are among the straphangers, when pickpocket Richard Widmark appears, after which she calls Joey (Richard Kiley), in writer-director Samuel Fuller's Pickup On South Street, 1953.
Affairs Of Dobie Gillis, The (1953) - Learn Learn Learn Work Work Work At the freshman dance at Grainbelt U, title character Bobby Van still hasn’t got the name of the cute brunette (Debbie Reynolds), sidekick George (Bob Fosse) has problems, and she calls her parents (Hanley Stafford, Lurene Tuttle), in The Affairs Of Dobie Gillis, 1953, from the stories by Max Shulman.
Zero Hour! (1957) - On April 10th 1945 That's William "Cannon" Conrad narrating as injured pilot Ted Stryker (Dana Andrews) foreshadows Airplane!, 1980, and converses with an RCAF doctor (Willis Bouchey) in Zero Hour!, 1957.
Violent Men, The (1955) - Who Seen What Happened? Rancher Parrish (Glenn Ford) with doctor (Raymond Greenleaf), planning to leave town, then watching thug Matlock (Richard Jaeckel) with a farmer (Frank Ferguson) and the sheriff (Willis Bouchey), gathering resolve, in Rudolph Mate`'s The Violent Men, 1955.
Sergeant Rutledge (1960) - White Women Only Spell Trouble With John Ford's dimmed-lighting-during-testimony device, Mary (Constance Towers) recounting her evening with accused Woody Strode (title character), Cantrell (Jeffrey Hunter) examining, in Sergeant Rutledge, 1960.
Sergeant Rutledge (1960) - The Unspeakable Nature The first appearance by the accused, title character Woody Strode in the famous trial setting by director John Ford, in Sergeant Rutledge (1960), co-starring Jeffrey Hunter and Constance Towers.
Suddenly (1954) - You're A Careful Man In the town for which the movie is named, Sheriff Shaw (Sterling Hayden), who’s just heard of the imminent presidential visit, greets Carney (Willis Bouchey), who finds out his old partner Pops (James Gleason), lives up on the hill with his family (Nancy Gates, Kim Charney) in Suddenly, 1954.
Last Hurrah, The (1958) - Sex Fiends, Dope Addicts Mayor Skeffington (Spencer Tracy) at a campaign rally, his nephew, columnist Caulfield (Jeffrey Hunter) with his wife (Dianne Foster) and her grouchy father (Willis Bouchey), then the mayor's no-account son (Arthur Walsh) arriving home, in John Ford's The Last Hurrah, 1958.
Heaven With A Gun - We Play For High Stakes Locally presumed to be a hired gun, preacher Killian (Glenn Ford) plays poker with local bully Coke (David Carradine), saloon keeper Madge (Carolyn Jones) intervening just in time, in Heaven With A Gun, 1969.

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