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Fowley in undated photo
Daniel Vincent Fowley|
May 30, 1911
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
May 21, 1998 (aged 86)|
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles
Xavier High School (New York City)|
St. Francis Xavier Military Academy
7 marriages; six divorces|
Maria Fowley (m. ?-?; divorced)
Shelby Payne (m. 1938-1943; divorced) (1 child)
Mary Hunter (m.1944-?; divorced) (2 children)
Vivian Chamber (m.1947-?; divorced) (1 child)
Joy Torstup (m.1950-?; divorced) (2 children)
Judy Walsh (m.1954-1955; divorced)
Jean Fowley (m. ?-1998; his death))
|Children||Douglas Jr., Kim, Daniel, Gretchen and Kip|
Douglas Fowley (born Daniel Vincent Fowley, May 30, 1911 – May 21, 1998) was an American movie and television actor in more than 240 films and dozens of television programs, He is probably best remembered for his role as the frustrated movie director Roscoe Dexter in Singin' in the Rain (1952), and for his regular supporting role as Doc Holliday in The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. He is the father of rock and roll musician and record producer Kim Fowley.
Fowley began as a singing waiter and then worked as a copy boy for The New York Times, a runner for a Wall Street broker, a United States Postal Service employee, a barker, a salesman, a professional football player, and finally a professional actor.
After nightclub performing and stage work, Fowley appeared in 1933 in his first film, The Mad Game, alongside Spencer Tracy. Early in his acting career, he was usually cast as movie heavies or gangsters in B-movies, including Charlie Chan and Laurel and Hardy features.
Fowley's films include Twenty Mule Team, Fall Guy, Mighty Joe Young, Angels in the Outfield, Battleground, Armored Car Robbery, Chick Carter, Detective, The Naked Jungle, The High and the Mighty and Walking Tall.
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For several seasons, Fowley played the key supporting role of John H. "Doc" Holliday in the 1955-1961 western television series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp:600 after having appeared as Doc Fabrique in the show's premiere season. This role allowed Fowley to demonstrate his flair for comedy and other acting skills as a clever, sharp-witted, sardonic, cynical, alcoholic, poker-playing foil to the square-jawed, milk-drinking, church-going Wyatt Earp (Hugh O'Brian), whom Holiday nicknamed "Deacon" due to his rigid sense of morality. Not at all so encumbered Doc would occasionally take the law into his own hands behind Earp's back to protect his friend from legal action or even death when the marshal was legally or morally ham-strung. Holliday, as played by Fowley, having no problem working around morals or the law, could be either hilarious or cold-blooded.
In the 1950s, he appeared as himself on NBC's The Donald O'Connor Show. In 1954, he demonstrated his comic appeal when he appeared alongside Gracie Allen in The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. He was cast in 1956 as Bob Egan in the "Two-Fisted Saint" episode of the religious anthology series Crossroads. He portrayed a con man in two episodes of the NBC sitcom It's a Great Life. He also guest-starred on Reed Hadley's CBS legal drama The Public Defender. He appeared, too, on the ABC situation comedy The Pride of the Family and on the NBC western series The Californians and Jefferson Drum. He was cast on two Rod Cameron series, the syndicated City Detective and the western-themed State Trooper, and in John Bromfield's series, U.S. Marshal. He guest-starred too in the David Janssen crime drama Richard Diamond, Private Detective.Guest-starred in season 2, episode 4 of the Robert Culp western series “Trackdown”.
In 1965, he was cast as "Sorrowful" in episode 83 of the series "The Virginian".
In 1966, he appeared as "Rufus C. Hoops" in "The Search" season 2, episode 24, of the series "Daniel Boone". Original air date for this episode was March 3, 1966.
In 1968, he appeared in episode 273 of My Three Sons as an old pal of Uncle Charley.
Fowley was usually typecast as a villain; when not playing an actual criminal, he often portrayed an argumentative troublemaker. Portraying a member of Tyrone Power's orchestra in Alexander's Ragtime Band, in the early scenes of the film Fowley's character quarrels with his bandmates, but this is not developed in the film's later scenes.
Fowley continued to act into the 1970s and was frequently billed as "Douglas V. Fowley". One of his last roles was as Delaney Rafferty in Disney's The North Avenue Irregulars, in which he dressed in drag.
Fowley died nine days before what would have been his 87th birthday. He was buried at the Murrieta, California, Laurel Cemetery.
- Straight from the Heart (1935)
- Two for Tonight (1935)
- 36 Hours to Kill (1936)
- Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937)
- Wake Up and Live (1937)
- Inside Story (1939)
- 20 Mule Team (1940)
- Shake Hands with Murder (1944)
- Detective Kitty O'Day (1944)
- The Racket Man (1944)
- Along the Navajo Trail (1945)
- Don't Fence Me In (1945)
- Backlash (1947)
- Gas House Kids in Hollywood (1947)
- The Hucksters (1947)
- Behind Locked Doors * (1948) Battleground (1949)
- Massacre River (1949)
- Search for Danger (1949)
- Armored Car Robbery (1950) as Benny McBride
- Edge of Doom (1950)
- Singin' in the Rain (1952) as Roscoe Dexter
- Kansas Pacific (1953) as Max Janus
- Red River Shore (1953)
- Man from Del Rio (1956)
- Rock, Pretty Baby (1956)
- The Geisha Boy (1958) as GI in Korea (uncredited)
- These Thousand Hills (1959) as Whitey (uncredited)
- Desire in the Dust (1960) as Zuba Wilson
- Barabbas (1961) as Vasasio
- Miracle of the White Stallions (1963) as Lt. General Walton H. Walker
- Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963) as Photographer (uncredited)
- 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) as Toothless Cowboy
- Nightmare in the Sun (1964)
- Guns of Diablo (1965) as Mr. Knudsen
- The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969) as Grundy
- Run, Cougar, Run (1972) as Joe Bickley
- Walking Tall (1973) as Judge Clarke
- Homebodies (1974) as Mr. Crawford
- The Moneychangers (1976) as Danny Kerrigan
- Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976) as Second Drunk (uncredited)
- From Noon till Three (1976) as Buck Bowers
- Black Oak Conspiracy (1977) as Bryan Hancock
- The White Buffalo (1977) as Amos Bixby (Train Conductor / narrator)
- The North Avenue Irregulars (1979) as Delaney
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