Walter Abel

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Walter Abel
Walter Abel.jpg
Born (1898-06-06)June 6, 1898
St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Died March 26, 1987(1987-03-26) (aged 88)
Essex, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1918–1984
Spouse(s) Marietta Bitter (1926-1979; her death) 2 sons

Walter Abel (June 6, 1898 – March 26, 1987) was an American stage and film character actor. Known as a prolific and very dependable character actor, Abel appeared in over 200 films, beginning in the silent film era. Often portraying characters of "responsibility," (the minister keeping morale up in a war zone in "So Proudly We Hail," the colonel leading a rescue effort in "Island in the Sky"), Abel was a regular in films of the 1940s and 1950s, in particular. A distinctive bearing and direct gaze were two of his trademarks. His eyes were brown and his (adult) height was five feet ten inches.

Abel was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of Christine (née Becker) and Richard Michael Abel.[1] Abel graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts where he had studied in 1917[2] and joined a touring company.

He made his Broadway debut in Forbidden in 1919.[3] His many theatre credits include As You Like It, Desire Under the Elms, Mourning Becomes Electra, Merrily We Roll Along, and Trelawny of the 'Wells'. On the stage, he appeared in Channing Pollock's play The Enemy (1926) with Fay Bainter. The play was adapted to film as The Enemy (1927) with Lillian Gish and Ralph Forbes.

Personal life[edit]

Abel was married to concert harpist Marietta Bitter.[2]


Abel died March 28, 1987, of a myocardial infarction in Essex, Connecticut. He was survived by two sons, John and Michael.[2]


Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source
1941 Gulf Screen Guild Theatre No Time for Comedy[4]
1944 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre Phantom Lady[4]
1945 Lady Esther Screen Guild Theatre Double Indemnity[4]
1947 Theatre Guild on the Air No Time for Comedy[4]
1947 Suspense Quiet Desperation[4]
1952 Theatre Guild on the Air The Bishop Misbehaves[4]


  1. ^ Walter Abel Biography (1898-1987)
  2. ^ a b c Gerard, Jeremy (March 28, 1987). "Walter Abel, 88, Actor in Theater and Films". New York Times. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Veteran Stage, Screen Actor Walter Abel Dies at 88". Los Angeles Times. March 29, 1987. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Abel, Walter". radioGOLDINdex. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 

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