skip navigation
Overview for Howard Wendell
Howard Wendell

Howard Wendell



TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here


TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)

Recent DVDs

TCM Greatest... This TCM double feature includes two movies starring Doris Day: ON MOONLIGHT BAY... more info $9.71was $19.98 Buy Now

Athena ... If a suitor wants to win the heart of one of the seven Mulvain sisters, he'd... more info $14.96was $19.99 Buy Now

Adam-12:... Created by Jack Webb, Adam-12 was a spin-off of the popular NBC-TV series... more info $27.46was $34.99 Buy Now

Storm Center ... Kim Hunter, Bette Davis. A widowed librarian in a small town has come to feel... more info $18.95was $20.95 Buy Now

Leave It to... America's quintessential family returns with all 39 original, uncut episodes of... more info $26.95was $34.98 Buy Now

Also Known As: Died:
Born: Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: Cast ...


Over the course of his lengthy career, character actor Howard Wendell appeared in everything from TV westerns ("Gunsmoke," "Bonanza") to family programs ("The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" and "Zorro"). During the '40s, Wendell began acting on Cleveland, Ohio radio comedy shows, soon finding work with a touring stage company. He transitioned to film and TV in the early '50s and landed a minor role in the 1953 adaptation of the successful Broadway musical, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," which starred Marilyn Monroe as a diamond loving, pleasure-seeking showgirl. Throughout his career, he gravitated to roles on crime and mystery films and TV shows. He appeared as a crooked police commissioner in the noir drama, "The Big Heat," and made several appearances on the strait-laced TV detective series, "Dragnet," and the primetime legal drama, "Perry Mason," starring award-winning actor Raymond Burr as the title attorney. In addition to his many dramatic roles, Wendell also displayed a flair for comedy. He guest-starred on popular radio inspired variety series like "The Jack Benny Program" and "The Red Skelton Hour," as well as traditional sitcoms like creator Carl Reiner's "The Dick Van Dyke Show," about the (often autobiographical) exploits of a TV comedy writer and his family and friends.

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute