Dick Wessel

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Dick Wessel
Dick Wessel in Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946).png
Wessel in Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946)
Richard Michael Wessel[1]

(1913-04-20)April 20, 1913
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
DiedApril 20, 1965(1965-04-20) (aged 52)
Years active1935–1965

Richard Michael "Dick" Wessel (April 20, 1913 – April 20, 1965) [1] was an American film actor who appeared in more than 270 films between 1935 and 1966. He is best remembered for his chilling portrayal of the ruthless strangler Harry "Cueball" Lake in Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946).


Wessel was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,

One of his first film parts was a bit in a Laurel and Hardy feature film, Bonnie Scotland (1935), but modern viewers will remember Wessel for his appearances in the Three Stooges short subjects Punchy Cowpunchers (1950) and Fright Night (1947), the latter in which he played Chopper Kane, and its remake Fling in the Ring (1955).

From 1959 to 1961, Wessel co-starred as Carney Kohler in all forty-two episodes of Darren McGavin's NBC western television series, Riverboat,[2] set along the Mississippi River prior to the American Civil War.

In 1959, he appeared as police captain Bob Rattigan in the episode "Rattigan and the Cat" of the syndicated Border Patrol series, starring Richard Webb. He also appeared in the John Bromfield syndicated crime drama, Sheriff of Cochise. He was cast as Charlie in the episode, "A Kind of a Stopwatch" of CBS's The Twilight Zone. He also guest starred in Jackie Cooper's CBS sitcom/drama Hennesey and on Stanley Holloway's ABC sitcom, Our Man Higgins. In 1961 he guest-starred in the series finale of The Investigators, starring James Franciscus and James Philbrook.

Wessel died of a heart attack at his home in Studio City, California on his 52nd birthday.[3] He had just finished his role as Eddie the garbage man in the Disney film The Ugly Dachshund (1966). Voice artist Paul Frees dubbed in Wessel's voice during post-production.[citation needed]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Dick Wessel (1913-1965) - Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com.
  2. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 897. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  3. ^ "Services Set for Actor Dick Wessel". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. April 22, 1965. p. 46. Retrieved September 22, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.

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