William Demarest

William Demarest

91 (passed away Dec. 28th, 1983)
Feb. 27th, 1892
Born in
St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
5' 9 1/2"

William Demarest's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
My Three Sons TV Show
My Three Sons
Make Room for Daddy TV Show
Make Room for Daddy
The Jerry Lewis Show TV Show
The Jerry Lewis Show
The Greatest Show on Earth TV Show
The Greatest Show on Earth
To Rome With Love TV Show
To Rome With Love
Love and Marriage (1959) TV Show
Love and Marriage (1959)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, William Demarest was a prolific actor in movies and TV, making more than 140 films. Demarest started his acting career in vaudeville and made his way to Broadway. His most famous role was in "My Three Sons" (1960), replacing a very sick William Frawley. Demarest was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting role in the real-life biography, The Jolson Story (1946). He did not win. This was the first and only time Demarest was nominated for any Academy Award.

  • Had a falling-out with actor/singer Al Jolsen
  • A golf enthusiast, he died the same day and year as pro golfer Jimmy Demaret.
  • Hated to talk about his boxing career
  • Brother of actor 'Rube Demarest' (qv).
  • Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 135. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
  • Began his career in vaudeville.
  • Former professional boxer
  • Co-starred on NBC Radio's "The Eddie Bracken Story" (1945).

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