Walter Abel (1898–1987)

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A familiar character face in movies and television, Walter Abel was a dedicated stage actor who had studied at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York before moving on to a progression of stage work that culminated in his first appearance on Broadway in the original play "Forbidden" in late 1919. The year before he had just ... See full bio »

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Hold Back the Dawn Inspector Hammock
13 Rue Madeleine Charles Gibson
Holiday Inn Danny Reed
First Offenders Gregory Stone


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 1984 Grace Quigley
Homer Morrison
 1979 Israel: The Story of the Jewish People (Short)
Narrator (as Walter Able)
 1976 The American Woman: Portraits of Courage (TV Movie documentary)
 1973 The Man Without a Country (TV Movie)
Col. A.B. Morgan
 1972 Silent Night, Bloody Night
Mayor Adams
 1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Reynard Pitney
- And Baby Makes Five (1966) ... Reynard Pitney
 1966 Seaway (TV Series)
Goddard Borglun
- The Viking (1966) ... Goddard Borglun
 1965 Israel: The Story of the Jewish People (Short)
Narrator (uncredited)
 1965 Mirage
Charles Stewart Calvin
 1964 Quick, Let's Get Married
The Thief
 1964 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Brewer Bradford
- Here Today (1964) ... Brewer Bradford
 1963 The Farmer's Daughter (TV Series)
General Todd
- An Enterprising Young Man (1963) ... General Todd
 1963 The Defenders (TV Series)
Ben Burke
- A Book for Burning (1963) ... Ben Burke
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
- The Enchanted (1960) ... Inspector
 1958 Handle with Care
Prof. Roger Bowden
 1956-1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Mr. Wayde
- Sincerely, Willis Wade (1956) ... Mr. Wayde
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
Major Harvey Denbrow
- Meeting in Paris (1958) ... Major Harvey Denbrow
 1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1957 Raintree County
T.D. Shawnessy
 1957 Bernardine
Mr. Beaumont
 1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
- The Great American Hoax (1957) ... McKinley
 1956 Climax! (TV Series)
- The Midas Touch (1956) ... Stewart
 1956 The Steel Jungle
Warden Bill Keller
 1955 The Indian Fighter
Captain Trask
 1955 Playwrights '56 (TV Series)
Dr. Harmon
- The Answer (1955) ... Dr. Harmon
 1954 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- The Judged (1954)
 1954 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Juror #4
- Twelve Angry Men (1954) ... Juror #4
 1954 Night People
Maj. R.A. Foster, MD
 1954 Ethel and Albert (TV Series)
- The Income Tax (1954) ... Gilbert
 1953 Island in the Sky
Col. Fuller
 1953 So This Is Love
Colonel James Moore
 1950-1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Father / Joe Holmby
- The White Gown (1953) ... Father
- The Lovely Menace (1950) ... Joe Holmby
 1951-1952 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
Doctor Allen
- The Tomb of King Tarus (1952) ... Doctor Allen
- The Chase (1952)
- Enemy Unknown (1951)
 1951-1952 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Father / Harry Archer
- Penny (1952) ... Father
- Kiss and Tell (1951) ... Harry Archer
 1952 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
- Yellow Jack (1952)
 1950-1951 The Prudential Family Playhouse (TV Series)
Egbert Flound / Sam Dodsworth
- Ruggles of Red Gap (1951) ... Egbert Flound
- Dodsworth (1950) ... Sam Dodsworth
 1951 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series)
 1950 Masterpiece Playhouse (TV Series)
George Tesman
- Uncle Vanya (1950)
- Hedda Gabler (1950) ... George Tesman
 1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
Sir Wilfred Roberts
- Witness for the Prosecution (1949) ... Sir Wilfred Roberts
 1948-1949 Repertory Theatre (TV Series)
- Macbeth (1949) ... Macduff
 1948 Picture in Your Mind (Short)
 1948 That Lady in Ermine
Major Horvath / Benvenuto
 1948 Neighbor to the North (Short)
The American
 1948 Dream Girl
George Allerton
 1947 The Fabulous Joe
Milo Terkel
 1947 The Hal Roach Comedy Carnival
Milo Terkle, in 'Fabulous Joe'
 1947 Variety Girl
Walter Abel (uncredited)
 1946 13 Rue Madeleine
Charles Gibson
 1946 The Kid from Brooklyn
Gabby Sloan
 1945 Kiss and Tell
Harry Archer
 1945 Duffy's Tavern
 1945 The Affairs of Susan
Richard Aiken
 1944 An American Romance
Howard Clinton
 1944 Mr. Skeffington
George Trellis
 1944 The Hitler Gang
Narrator (voice)
 1944 Follow the Boys
Walter Abel (uncredited)
 1943 So Proudly We Hail!
 1943 The Last Will and Testament of Tom Smith (Short)
Jack, a Flyer, Opening Narrator
 1943 Fired Wife
Chris McClelland
 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm
B.G. DeSoto
 1942 Wake Island
Cmdr. Roberts
 1942 Holiday Inn
Danny Reed
 1942 Beyond the Blue Horizon
Prof. Thornton
 1941 Glamour Boy
Anthony J. Colder
 1941 Skylark
George Gorell
 1941 Hold Back the Dawn
Inspector Hammock
 1940 Michael Shayne: Private Detective
Elliott Thomas
 1940 Who Killed Aunt Maggie?
Dr. George Benedict
 1940 Arise, My Love
 1940 Dance, Girl, Dance
 1939 Miracle on Main Street
Jim Foreman
 1939 First Offenders
Gregory Stone
 1939 King of the Turf
Robert Barnes
 1938 Men with Wings
Nick Ranson
 1938 Racket Busters
 1938 Law of the Underworld
Warren Rogers
 1937 Wise Girl
 1937 Portia on Trial
Dan Foster
 1937 Green Light
John Stafford
 1936 Second Wife
Kenneth Carpenter Sr.
 1936 We Went to College
Phil Talbot
 1936 Fury
District Attorney
 1936 The Witness Chair
James 'Jim' Trent
 1936 The Lady Consents
Stanley Ashton
 1936 Two in the Dark
Ford Adams
 1935 The Three Musketeers
 1930 Liliom
 1918 Out of a Clear Sky (uncredited)
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Stage Play: Forbidden. Romance. Written by Dorothy Donnelly. Manhattan Opera House: 20 Dec 1919- Jan 1920 (closing date unknown/18 performances). Cast: Walter Abel (as "Second Lieut. Vincent Moretti") [Broadway debut], William Bailey, Richard Barbee (as "First Lieut. John Booth Lawrence/Boots"), John Burkell, George Connor, Joseph Dunn, ... See more »

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Walter Able


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