William Ching

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William Ching
William Ching in DOA.jpg
William Ching in DOA (1950)
William Brooks Ching

(1913-10-02)October 2, 1913
DiedJuly 1, 1989(1989-07-01) (aged 75)
Years active1946-1959
Spouse(s)Lucile Rieger (19??-1958; her death); 3 children
Evelyn Olmsted (1958-1989; his death)

William Brooks Ching (October 2, 1913 – July 1, 1989) was an American character actor who appeared in almost 20 films as well as a similar number of television appearances during the later 1940s and throughout the 1950s.[1]

Ching may be best known for his supporting role in Rudolph Maté's 1950 film noir, D.O.A. [2] along with his role as the overbearing boyfriend of Katharine Hepburn's character in George Cukor's 1952 comedy Pat and Mike.[3]


Ching began his career as a professional singer, appearing in musical comedies such as Rodgers and Hammerstein's Allegro (1947). His first film role was in 1946. He signed with Republic Pictures in 1947, and for the next dozen years acted mostly in westerns and dramas.[4] Ching declined to change his name at the time of his move to films, even though it might give the mistaken impression that he was of Asian descent.[5]

He appeared in the Randolph Scott western Tall Man Riding (1955). The same year Ching was cast as Clint Allbright on CBS's Our Miss Brooks. In 1958 he played murderer Glenn McKay in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Corresponding Corpse". His last major acting credit was in a 1959 episode of the television series 77 Sunset Strip.[1]


William Ching died of congestive heart failure in 1989, aged 75.[1] and is buried at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana, California.[3]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c William Ching profile at IMDb; retrieved January 28, 2009
  2. ^ William Ching profile @ www.rottentomatoes.com; retrieved January 28, 2009
  3. ^ a b William Ching profile at Find-a-Grave; retrieved January 28, 2009
  4. ^ Brennan, Sandra, William Ching profile, AllMovie.com; retrieved January 28, 2009.
  5. ^ "William Ching Won't Alter Name For The Movies". The Courier-Journal. Louisville, Kentucky. The Associated Press. 23 April 1950. Retrieved 22 March 2019 – via Newspapers.com.

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