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Job Actor
Years active 1918-1984
Known for Senior officers, lawyers, chiefs of detectives, harassed fathers
Top Roles Chaplain, Harry Archer, Danny Reed, T.D. Shawnessy, Judge
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Musical, Crime, Action
Top TopicsBook-Based, World War II, Aviation
Top Collaborators (Director), (Director), (Director),
Shares birthday with Maria Montez, William Cottrell, Lester Matthews  see more..

Walter Abel Overview:

Character actor, Walter Abel, was born on Jun 6, 1898 in St. Paul, MN. Abel appeared in over 85 film and TV roles. His best known films include Fury, Holiday Inn, Mr. Skeffington, The Three Musketeers, Hold Back the Dawn, So Proudly We Hail, and Island in the Sky. Abel died at the age of 88 on Mar 26, 1987 in Essex, CT and was cremated and his ashes scattered off a boat in Long Island Sound.


Stern-looking and often moustachioed, Walter Abel was strangely one of Broadway's foremost exponents of farce before embarking seriously on a movie career that saw him much cast as senior officers, lawyers and chiefs of detectives. He played D'Artagnan in his second sound role, and otherwise appeared mainly in supporting roles. He was later frequently seen as harassed fathers.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Walter Abel Quotes:

T.D. Shawnessy: War is the most monstrous of man's illusions. Any idea worth anything is worth not fighting for.

Harry Archer: Somehow, I just can't believe that I'm the father-in-law of that "Holy cow"!

Danny Reed: If I'm not the best manager in the business, I'll eat a garage mechanic's shirt!

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Walter Abel Facts
His wife, Marietta Bitter, was a concert harpist.

Enjoyed one of the longest careers in Broadway history; active there from 1919 to late 1975 (see "Other Works").

Studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Art, in New York.

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