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|Born||William John Challe
April 6, 1904
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Died||March 11, 1989
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
|Years active||1926 - 1979|
Ella Franklin Crawford
Joan Wheeler Ankrum (1984–1989; his death)
William John Challee (April 6, 1904 – March 11, 1989) was an American actor.
William Challee appeared on Broadway by 1926 and by 1931 in early Group Theatre productions. He married actress Ruth Nelson in 1931; they later divorced. The two appeared in the 1947 film The Sea of Grass, in supporting roles, after they were divorced.
In 1937 Challee staged a suite of one-act plays at the Lafayette Theatre in Harlem, under the heading Plays of the Sea. The suite consisted of the Eugene O'Neill plays Bound East for Cardiff, In the Zone, The Long Voyage Home and Moon of the Caribbees. They were produced by the Federal Theatre Project of the WPA, running for 68 performances from October 29, 1937.
Chalee was living in Chicago by 1940. By the middle 1940s, Chalee was working in films in California, mainly in supporting and uncredited roles. Challee married dancer Ella Franklin Crawford on April 19, 1944 in Santa Monica.
Challee was buried in Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto.
- Grand Street Follies  (1927) (revue)
- Red Rust (1929) as Lenov
- House of Connelly (1931) as Jody and as a seranader
- Night Over Taos (1932) as second trapper
- Success Story (1932) as Jeffery Haliburton
- Men in White (1933) as Dr. Michaelson
- Gold Eagle Guy (1934) as Pearly and as Ah Kee
- Till the Day I Die (1935) as Edsel Peltz
- Waiting For Lefty (1935) as Actor
- Key Largo (1935) as Osceola Horn
- Paradise Lost (1935) as homeless man
- Case of Clyde Griffiths (1936) as working man
- Johnny Johnson (1936) as Private Fairfax and as Doctor
- Rocket to the Moon (1938) as a salesman
- Awake and Sing! (1939) as Schlosser
- Destination Tokyo (1943) as Rocky the quartermaster (uncredited)
- God Is My Co-Pilot (1945) as Joe (uncredited)
- Swamp Fire (1946) as barfly (uncredited)
- Nocturne (1946) as police photographer Olsen (uncredited)
- Boomerang (1947) as Stone, Harvey's assistant
- Desperate (1947) as Reynolds
- The Sea of Grass (1947) deputy sheriff (uncredited)
- Tap Roots (1948) as Sergeant (uncredited)
- Port of New York (1949) as Leo Stasser
- Reign of Terror (1949) as Bourdon (uncredited)
- Outrage (1950) as Lee Wilkins
- On Dangerous Ground (1951) as thug (uncredited)
- The Big Trees (1952) as Brother Williams (uncredited)
- The Glenn Miller Story (1954) as dispatch desk Sergeant (uncredited)
- Man Without a Star (1955) as Brick Gooder (uncredited)
- The Lone Ranger, TV show, episode 175 (1955) as Bad-Eye
- Chicago Syndicate (1955) as Dolan
- Official Detective TV series episode 'The Creeper' as Hatch (1957)
- Raintree County (1957) as a spectator (uncredited)
- Twilight for the Gods (1958) as Sweeney
- Saddle the Wind (1958) as barfly
- The Sound and the Fury (1959) as roustabout (uncredited)
- Noose for a Gunman (1960) as Gorse
- The Plunderers (1960) as first citizen
- Cimarron (1960) as barber (uncredited)
- All Fall Down (1962) as third bum (uncredited)
- War Hunt (1962) as Lt. Colonel
- The Hook (1963) as Schmidt
- Seven Days in May (1964) as General Riley (uncredited)
- The Cincinnati Kid (1965) as an old man (uncredited)
- Joy in the Morning (1965) as an old derelict (uncredited)
- Nightmare in the Sun (1965) old coot in a bar
- Five Easy Pieces (1970) as Nicholas Dupea
- Zachariah (1971) as "The Old Man"
- The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972) as oldtimer (uncredited)
- Moonchild (1974) as Alchemist
- From Noon till Three (1976) as piano player (uncredited)
- "One-Act Plays of the Sea". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
- Staff Writers (2001-12-23). "Joan Ankrum, 88; Actress, Influential Art Gallery Owner". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
- "Ankrum Gallery records, circa 1900-circa 1990s, bulk 1960-1990". Archives of American Art. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
- Los Angeles Times obituary - William Challee
- New York Times obituary - Ruth Nelson
- Answers.com -William Challee