Wally Cassell

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Wally Cassell
Born Oswaldo Castellano
(1915-03-03) March 3, 1915 (age 100)
Agrigento, Sicily
Nationality Sicilian American
Occupation Actor and Businessman
Years active 1942-1964
Spouse(s) Marcy McGuire (1947-?)

Wally Cassell (born Oswaldo Castellano, March 3, 1915) is an American character actor.


Castellano was born in Agrigento, Sicily, and moved with his family to the United States when he was two years of age. He began his film career in 1942, having frequently appeared in small, uncredited roles. Mickey Rooney, with whom Cassell appeared in the film noir Quicksand (1950), is credited with suggesting the change of name to Wally Cassell.[citation needed]

His films include The Thin Man Goes Home (1944), The Story of G.I. Joe (1945), The Clock (1945), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), Guilty (1947), Loves of Carmen (1948), Saigon (1948), Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), White Heat (1949),Quicksand (1950), City That Never Sleeps (1953), Island in the Sky (1953), Law and Order (1953), Princess of the Nile (1954), Until They Sail (1957), and I, Madman (1989).

He later appeared in two syndicated programs starring Jim Davis: Stories of the Century, in the role of gunman Luke Short, and Rescue 8, as Johnny French in "One More Step". Cassell also guest starred in several television series, including The Loretta Young Show (1955), Gunsmoke (1956), the 1959 premier episode of The Untouchables "The Empty Chair", Rawhide (1960), and The Beverly Hillbillies (1963).

He retired from acting in 1964 and became a successful businessman. He has been married to actress Marcy McGuire since 1947.[1]


  1. ^ "Marcy McGuire". Des Moines Register. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 

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