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 Casell (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.


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, 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.[1]

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).

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 was married to actress and singer Marcy McGuire (b,1926) from 1947 until his death.[2]

Cassell died aged 103 at his home in Palm Desert, California on April 2, 2015.[1]


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


  1. ^ a b Wally Cassell, Gangster in 'White Heat,' Dies at 103, Hollywood Reporter, May 28, 2015
  2. ^ "Marcy McGuire". Des Moines Register. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 

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