Harry Wilson (actor)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other people of the same name, see Harry Wilson.
Harry Wilson
Born (1897-11-22)22 November 1897
London, England, UK
Died 6 September 1978(1978-09-06) (aged 80)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Resting place Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery
Years active 1928-65

Harry Wilson (22 November 1897 – 6 September 1978) was an English-born American character actor who appeared in over 200 films from 1928 to 1965 and proudly proclaimed himself "Hollywood's ugliest man".[1]

His distinctive facial features and voice (often said to be the result of acromegaly, a disorder of the pituitary gland, although they do not fully meet the criteria) often led to him being cast as various henchmen, thugs, convicts and brawlers. His best-known roles include a Winkie Guard in The Wizard of Oz (1939); the (female!) monster in Frankenstein's Daughter (1958); and together with Mike Mazurki the henchman of George Raft's "Spats Colombo" in Some Like It Hot (1959).

For over fifteen years Wilson was a stand-in for Wallace Beery, and he is the grandfather of actress Shauna Bloom. Wilson died in 1978, aged 80.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Slide, Anthony: Hollywood Unknowns: A History of Extras, Bit Players and Stand-Ins, Univ. Press of Mississippi, ISBN 978-1617034749, p110

External links[edit]