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William Demarest

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The Resume

    (February 27, 1892-December 28, 1983)
    Born in St. Paul, Minnesota
    Birth name was Carl William Demarest
    Portrayed Uncle Charley on My Three Sons (1965-72)
    Appeared in the films 'While the Wife's Away' (1926), 'The Jazz Singer' (1927), 'A Girl in Every Port' (1928), 'Fog Over Frisco' (1934), 'After Office Hours' (1935), 'Diamond Jim' (1935), 'The Great Ziegfeld' (1936), 'Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm' (1938), 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' (1939), 'The Lady Eve' (1941), 'The Palm Beach Story' (1942), 'Sullivan's Travels' (1942), 'The Miracle of Morgan's Creek' (1944), 'Hail the Conquering Hero' (1944), 'The Jolson Story' (1946), 'Jolson Sings Again' (1949), 'Here Come the Girls' (1953), 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World' (1963), 'Viva Las Vegas' (1964) and 'That Darn Cat' (1965)

Why he might be annoying:

    He was typecast in 'gruff but likable' roles.
    He had a career as a pro boxer that he hated to talk about.
    He died on the same day as golfer Jimmy Demaret, which must have caused some confusion among obituary writers.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He started in vaudeville at age nine in a piano trio with his brothers.
    He was a favorite of director Preston Sturges, appearing in eight of his films.
    He was nominated for an Oscar for 'The Jolson Story.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 3 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 10 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 81 Votes: 44.44% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 3 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 15 Votes: 53.33% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 7 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 18 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 21 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 11 Votes: 9.09% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 19 Votes: 21.05% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 164 Votes: 68.29% Annoying