Frank Wilcox


Biography

One of the busiest character actors of the 20th century, Frank Wilcox is a familiar face to TV and film viewers, even if he is not a household name. His first decade in the industry, the 1940s, was mostly filled with bit parts and uncredited roles, usually in westerns and war films like the classic Gary Cooper movie "Sergeant York." He landed a supporting role in the noir film "Night Edi...

Biography

One of the busiest character actors of the 20th century, Frank Wilcox is a familiar face to TV and film viewers, even if he is not a household name. His first decade in the industry, the 1940s, was mostly filled with bit parts and uncredited roles, usually in westerns and war films like the classic Gary Cooper movie "Sergeant York." He landed a supporting role in the noir film "Night Editor" and played Sheriff Ed Douglas in the Jacques Tourneur classic "Out of the Past." As the TV era began, Wilcox was in constant demand for guest roles, and he found his first recurring part on the 1954 adventure show "Waterfront." In 1957, he began appearing as a judge on the courtroom drama "Perry Mason," appearing eight times in all. He made appearances on "The Red Skelton Hour," the western "Rawhide," and in his longest running role, played DA Beecher Asbury, ally to Elliot Ness in the crime drama "The Untouchables," from 1959 to 1963. He also landed a bit part in the epic "The Ten Commandments." In probably his best-known role, Wilcox appeared on the rural sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies" as oil executive John Brewster, a role spanning several seasons.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Million Dollar Duck (1971)
Bank Manager.
A Majority of One (1962)
Noah Putnam
Swingin' Along (1962)
Psychiatrist
The Scarface Mob (1962)
Beecher Asbury
Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)
Interviewer
The Jayhawkers! (1959)
Lieutenant
North by Northwest (1959)
Weltner
Good Day for a Hanging (1959)
Judge
Go, Johnny, Go! (1959)
Mr. Arnold
Man from God's Country (1958)
Beau Santee
Johnny Rocco (1958)
Gordon Lane
Hell's Crossroads (1957)
Gov. Crittenden
Beginning of the End (1957)
Gen. John T. Short
Kelly and Me (1957)
George Halderman
Tip on a Dead Jockey (1957)
Director
Pal Joey (1957)
Col. Langley
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Wazir
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)
Dr. Pearce
7th Cavalry (1956)
Major Reno
Hollywood or Bust (1956)
Director
The Price of Fear (1956)
Courtney
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
Alfred Cassidy
Never Say Goodbye (1956)
Dr. Barnes
Uranium Boom (1956)
Floyd Gorman
Dance with Me, Henry (1956)
Father Mullahy
Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956)
Owner
A Strange Adventure (1956)
Public defender
The First Traveling Saleslady (1956)
Marshall Duncan
Trial (1955)
Lawyer
The Eternal Sea (1955)
Com. Calvin Durgin
Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops (1955)
Mr. [Rudolph] Snavely
Carolina Cannonball (1955)
Professor
The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)
Tom, major
Naked Alibi (1954)
Councilman Edgar Goodwin
Dangerous Mission (1954)
Jeremiah Kern
The Black Dakotas (1954)
Zachary Paige
Three Young Texans (1954)
Bill McAdoo
Pony Express (1953)
Walstrom
The Man from the Alamo (1953)
Code Two (1953)
Capt. Stark
The Story of Three Loves (1953)
Ship officer
The Mississippi Gambler (1953)
Judge
China Venture (1953)
Capt. Dryden
Ruby Gentry (1953)
Clyde Pratt
Affair with a Stranger (1953)
Dr. Strong
Those Redheads from Seattle (1953)
Vance Edmonds
Deadline--U.S.A. (1952)
Senator
Scaramouche (1952)
DeCrillion
Thunderbirds (1952)
David Garrett
Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair (1952)
Driver
Carrie (1952)
Maitre d'
The Duel at Silver Creek (1952)
Dr. Clayton
Flesh and Fury (1952)
Businessman
Trail Guide (1952)
Regan
The Half-Breed (1952)
Sands
The Raiders (1952)
Sam Sterling
The Treasure of Lost Canyon (1952)
The stranger
Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder (1952)
Sidney Gordon
Young Man With Ideas (1952)
Morton Clay
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
Circus doctor
The Flying Missile (1951)
Major Kennedy
Belle Le Grand (1951)
Go for Broke! (1951)
General
Inside Straight (1951)
Doctor
As Young As You Feel (1951)
Lawyer
Payment on Demand (1951)
Drake
Show Boat (1951)
Mark Hallson
The Whip Hand (1951)
Bradford
Cavalry Scout (1951)
Matson
All the King's Men (1950)
Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
Mr. Clay
Three Secrets (1950)
Reporter
Nancy Goes to Rio (1950)
Kenneth
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)
Doctor
The Fuller Brush Girl (1950)
Roberts
The Kid from Texas (1950)
Pat Garrett
Chain Gang (1950)
Lloyd Killgallen
Bunco Squad (1950)
Dr. Largo, also known as Mike Finlayson
Blondie's Hero (1950)
Captain Masters
Samson and Delilah (1950)
Lord of Ekron
Mister 880 (1950)
Mr. Beddington
East Side, West Side (1950)
Frank Belney
Key to the City (1950)
Councilman
The Doctor and the Girl (1949)
House surgeon
The Clay Pigeon (1949)
Hospital doctor
The Mysterious Desperado (1949)
"Honest" John Jordan
Masked Raiders (1949)
Corthell
South of St. Louis (1949)
Captain
Slightly French (1949)
Playwright
The Fountainhead (1949)
Gordon Prescott
House of Strangers (1949)
The Babe Ruth Story (1948)
Intern
The Return of October (1948)
Rawlins
Always Together (1948)
Donn's lawyer
Cass Timberlane (1948)
Gregg Marl
One for the Book (1948)
Stanley Blake
The Miracle of the Bells (1948)
Dr. Jennings
Caged Fury (1948)
Dan Corey
Let's Live a Little (1948)
Salesman
Gentleman's Agreement (1948)
Harry
Her Husband's Affairs (1947)
Floorwalker
High Barbaree (1947)
Co-pilot
Something in the Wind (1947)
Masterson
Out of the Past (1947)
Sheriff Douglas
I Cover Big Town (1947)
Harry Hilton
Philo Vance Returns (1947)
George Hullman
Blondie's Anniversary (1947)
Carter
The Arnelo Affair (1947)
McKingby
Dead Reckoning (1947)
Desk clerk
The Beginning or the End (1947)
Dr. W. H. Zinn
Mr. District Attorney (1947)
Defense attorney
Unconquered (1947)
Richard Henry Lee
Cloak and Dagger (1946)
American officer
Notorious (1946)
F.B.I. man
Strange Triangle (1946)
Lawyer
The Devil's Mask (1946)
Arthur Logan
Night Editor (1946)
Douglas Loring
Conflict (1945)
Robert Freston
Rainbow Island (1944)
Captain
The Sullivans (1944)
Officer
Chip Off the Old Block (1944)
Edward Storey
Follow the Boys (1944)
Army doctor
Four Jills in a Jeep (1944)
Officer
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944)
Judge Clemens
The Impostor (1944)
Prosecutor
In the Meantime, Darling (1944)
Capt. MacAndrews
The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944)
Captain's aide in evacuation
There's Something About a Soldier (1943)
Tom
Truck Busters (1943)
Police Captain Gear
Edge of Darkness (1943)
Jensen
The North Star (1943)
Petrov
Captains of the Clouds (1942)
Adjutant
Wings for the Eagle (1942)
Stark
Busses Roar (1942)
Detective Quinn
Across the Pacific (1942)
Captain Morrison
Wild Bill Hickok Rides (1942)
Martin
Secret Enemies (1942)
Counter-espionage man
Bullet Scars (1942)
Mike
They Died with Their Boots On (1942)
Captain Webb
Lady Gangster (1942)
Kenneth Phillips
Murder in the Big House (1942)
Randall
The Hidden Hand (1942)
Dr. Lawrence Channing
Escape from Crime (1942)
Cornell
Juke Girl (1942)
Truck driver
Passage from HongKong (1941)
Clerk
Affectionately Yours (1941)
Tom
A Shot in the Dark (1941)
Naval officer
Knockout (1941)
Denning
The Wagons Roll at Night (1941)
Tex
Highway West (1941)
Murph
Sergeant York (1941)
Sergeant
Bad Men of Missouri (1941)
Minister
Navy Blues (1941)
Officer
Footsteps in the Dark (1941)
Harrow
Strange Alibi (1941)
Reporter
Murder in the Air (1940)
Hotel clerk
'Til We Meet Again (1940)
Assistant purser
River's End (1940)
Constable Kentish
Gambling on the High Seas (1940)
Stone
Tear Gas Squad (1940)
Sergeant [Ed] Crump
Virginia City (1940)
Union soldier
The Fighting 69th (1940)
Lieutenant Norman
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
James Longstreet
Calling Philo Vance (1940)
Second reporter
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
Cab driver
Father Is a Prince (1939)
Income tax investigator

Cast (Special)

The Doctor Was a Lady (1958)

Cast (Short)

The Tanks Are Coming (1941)
Old Hickory (1940)
PONY EXPRESS DAYS (1940)
Alice in Movieland (1940)
The Monroe Doctrine (1939)

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Gentleman's Agreement (1948) - I Think Sometimes For Myself Crossing Grand Army Plaza alongside the Plaza hotel, New Yorker director Elia “Gadge” Kazan introduces leading man Gregory Peck and Dean Stockwell his son, then visiting Atlas at Rockefeller Plaza, meeting Ann Revere as his mom, and visiting the heady confines of fictional Smith’s Weekly, opening the Best Picture-winning Gentleman’s Agreement, 1948.
Adventures Of Mark Twain, The (1944) - Born Under The Comet Opening with what will be a theme throughout, Halley’s comet in 1835 over Missouri, Frank Wilcox as Judge Clemens who becomes the father of Samuel, a.k.a. Mark Twain, who appears in the person of Fredric March, reflecting later in life, in the complicated Warner Bros. bio-pic, The Adventures Of Mark Twain,1944.
Clay Pigeon, The (1949) - They Should've Let Him Die That’s the old Long Beach Naval Hospital at East 7th St. and Bellflower (site of the VA Hospital now), as we meet Bill Williams as hospitalized Seaman Jim Fletcher, Harold Landon a blind comrade, Ann Doran the nurse and Frank Wilcox the doctor, opening The Clay Pigeon, 1949, from director Richard Fleischer and writer Carl Foreman.
Ruby Gentry (1953) - Out For Blood Jennifer Jones (title character) with dad (Tom Tully) and Dr. Manfred (Bernard Phillips, also narrating) dealing with local furor over the legit accidental death of her husband, then taking revenge with her lawyer (Dayton Lummis), in Ruby Gentry, 1953.
Santa Fe Trail (1940) - One Of You Southerners Warner Bros. framing out of the opening credits, the West Point class of 1854 which did in fact include J.E.B. Stuart (Errol Flynn), but not George Custer (Ronald Reagan) or the bristling, fictional Rader (Van Heflin), in the quasi-historical Western Santa Fe Trail, 1940.

Bibliography