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Chill Wills (Theodore Childress Wills)

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Biography

Seagoville, Texas, USA
Colorful character actor of American Westerns. Named "Chill" as an ironic comment on his birth date being the hottest day of 1903. A musician from his youth, he performed from the age of 12 with tent shows, in vaudeville, and with stock companies. While performing in vaudeville in Kansas City, he married ballet dancer Betty Chappelle, with whom he had two children. He formed a musical group, Chill Wills and His Avalon Boys. During an appearance at the Trocadero in Hollywood, they were spotted by an RKO executive, subsequently appearing as a group in several low-budget Westerns. Read more...

Actor

Character: Campfire Singer

It's a Gift 1934

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Character: Lead Singer of the Avalon Boys / Stan's Bass Singing

Way Out West 1937

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Character: M'Cammon

Allegheny Uprising 1939

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Character: Lafe

Wyoming 1940

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Character: Manchester Montford

Tarzan's New York Adventure 1942

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Character: Chief Boatswain's Mate Jenks

Stand by for Action 1942

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Character: Chester Short

Best Foot Forward 1943

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Character: First Sgt. Cramp

See Here, Private Hargrove 1944

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Character: Leick Thome

Leave Her to Heaven 1945

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Character: Buck Forrester

The Yearling 1946

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Character: H.H. Hartsey

The Harvey Girls 1946

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Character: Pinky Jimpson

Tulsa 1949

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Character: Dan Bream

Bronco Buster 1952

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Character: 'Happy', Jailer

Small Town Girl 1953

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Character: Gen. Benjamin Kaye / Francis the Talking Mule

Francis Joins the WACS 1954

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Character: Kevin Russel

Hell's Outpost 1954

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Character: Tobias Taylor

Kentucky Rifle 1955

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Character: Steve Riika

Timberjack 1955

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Character: Uncle Bawley

Giant 1956

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Character: Capt Connors

The Sad Horse 1959

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Character: Preacher Sam Shelby

Young Guns of Texas 1962

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Character: Monsignor Whittle

The Cardinal 1963

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Character: Jay Ray Spinelby

The Wheeler Dealers 1963

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Character: Actor 'McClintock'

Hollywood: The Great Stars 1963

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Character: Big Jaw Harris

Fireball 500 1966

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Character: Tom Duncan

Guns of a Stranger 1973

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Character: Southeast

The Westerner 1940

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Character: Sam McDade

Hec Ramsey 1972

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Character: Simpson Youngert

Judd for the Defense 1967

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Character: Heppelwhite

Night Gallery 1969

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Character: General Hector Harder

Burke's Law 1963

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Character: Monty Musgrave

Route 66 1960

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Character: Homer Beggs - Justice of the Peace - Monroe Township

That Wonderful Urge 1948

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Character: Actor 'Giant'

James Dean: Sense Memories 2005

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