Wally Cassell

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Wally Cassell
Born Oswaldo Castellano
(1912-03-03)March 3, 1912
Agrigento, Sicily
Died April 2, 2015(2015-04-02) (aged 103)
Palm Desert, California, U.S.
Nationality Sicilian American
Occupation Actor and businessman
Years active 1942–1964
Spouse(s) Marcy McGuire (1947–2015)

Wally Cassell (March 3, 1912 – April 2, 2015), born as Oswaldo Silvestri Trippilini Rolando Vincenza Castellano, was an Italian-born American film-noir character actor and businessman. (A 1951 newspaper article gives Cassell's real name as Osvaldo Tripolini Ronaldo Vincennes Castelleno.)[1]

Early years[edit]

The son of Luigi and Luisa Castellano,[2] Castellano was born in Agrigento, Sicily, and moved with his family to the United States when he was 2 years of age. (Another source says that his parents brought him to Brooklyn, New York, "when I was a babe in arms.")[3] As a youngster, Cassell was a dancer, but he abandoned dancing to concentrate on acting.[3]

Film[edit]

Cassell began his film career in 1942, (Another source says, "He ... realized a childhood ambition to become an actor with a role in Labor Pains in 1937.")[2] initially appearing 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.[4] Rooney is also credited with helping Cassell gain a screen test and a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[5]

His films include The Thin Man Goes Home (1945), 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).

Television[edit]

Cassell 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).

Later years[edit]

Cassell retired from acting in 1964 and became a successful businessman.

Personal life[edit]

Cassell was married to actress and singer Marcy McGuire (b,1926) from August 30, 1947,[6] until his death.[7] Cassell's daughter, Cindy Cassell, became an actress. At age 13, she had the role of Pony Hutchinson in the Walt Disney Studios film Emil and the Detectives (1964).[8]

Death[edit]

Cassell died aged 103 at his home in Palm Desert, California on April 2, 2015.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1942 Fingers at the Window Photographer
Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant Gangster
Stand By for Action Talker
1943 The Human Comedy Man flirting
Pilot ♯5 Soldier
Salute to the Marines Marine corporal
Thousands Cheer Jack
Swing Fever Cassidy
1943 Maisie Goes to Reno Reporter
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Sailor
National Velvet Jockey
Music for Millions Soldier
1945 Main Street After Dark Jenkins
The Clock Soda jerk
Son of Lassie POW
Dangerous Partners Drumman Son
Story of G.I. Joe Private Dondaro
Anchors Aweigh Sailor
The Thin Man Goes Home Bill Burns
1946 The Postman Always Rings Twice Ben
Bad Bascomb Curley
Gallant Bess Mike
1955 Timberjack Veazie

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mason, Buddy (May 31, 1951). "Behind The Movie Sets". Iowa, Algona. The Algona Upper Des Moines. p. 31. Retrieved March 21, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  2. ^ a b "Wally Cassell, Boro Vet, Forges Ahead in Films". New York, Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. December 9, 1945. p. 20. Retrieved March 21, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  3. ^ a b Todd, John (December 10, 1945). "In Hollywood". Indiana, Tipton. The Tipton Daily Tribune. p. 2. Retrieved March 21, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  4. ^ a b Wally Cassell, Gangster in 'White Heat,' Dies at 103, Hollywood Reporter, May 28, 2015
  5. ^ "(untitled brief)". Wisconsin, Kingston. The Kingston Spy. January 4, 1945. p. 3. Retrieved March 21, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  6. ^ "(untitled brief)". Oregon, Milford. Medford Mail Tribune. August 31, 1947. p. 1. Retrieved March 21, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  7. ^ "Marcy McGuire". Des Moines Register. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Girl 13 Chosen for Lead Role in Disney Movie". California, Van Nuys. Valley News. December 4, 1964. p. 25. Retrieved March 21, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read

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