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Occupation  Actor
Years active  1918–1984

Name  Walter Abel
Role  Film actor
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Born  June 6, 1898 (1898-06-06) St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Died  March 26, 1987, Essex, Connecticut, United States
Spouse  Marietta Bitter (m. 1926–1979)
Education  American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Parents  Richard Michael Abel, Christine Abel
Movies  Mr Skeffington, Fury, Holiday Inn, The Indian Fighter, Island in the Sky
Similar People  Virginia Dale, Marjorie Reynolds, Mark Sandrich, Mitchell Leisen, Vincent Sherman

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Walter Abel (June 6, 1898 – March 26, 1987) was an American stage and film character actor. Known as a prolific and very dependable character actor, Abel appeared in over 200 films, beginning in the silent film era. Often portraying characters of "responsibility," (the district attorney prosecuting the lynch mob in Fury, the minister keeping morale up in a war zone in So Proudly We Hail! and the colonel leading a rescue effort in Island in the Sky), Abel was a regular in films of the 1940s and 1950s, in particular. A distinctive bearing and direct gaze were two of his trademarks. His eyes were brown and his height was 5'10" (178 cm).


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Abel was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of Christine (née Becker) and Richard Michael Abel. Abel graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts where he had studied in 1917 and joined a touring company. His brother Alfred died in 1922 from tuberculosis contracted while serving overseas in World War I. Abel was married to concert harpist Marietta Bitter.


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Abel made his film debut in 1918 with a small part in Out of a Clear Sky.

He made his Broadway debut in Forbidden in 1919. In 1924 he appeared in two Eugene O'Neill plays simultaneously: Bound East for Cardiff at "The Provincetown Playhouse" and Desire Under the Elms at the "Greenwich Village Theater". His many theatre credits include As You Like It (1923), William Congreve's Love for Love (1925), Anton Chekhov's The Seagull (1929-1930), Mourning Becomes Electra (1929), Kaufman and Hart's Merrily We Roll Along (1934), and Trelawny of the 'Wells' (1975). He also appeared in Channing Pollock's play The Enemy (1926) with Fay Bainter. The play was adapted to film as The Enemy (1927) with Lillian Gish and Ralph Forbes. He made his stage debut in London in the 1929 "Coquette".

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His first major film role was as D'Artagnan in RKO Pictures's 1935 The Three Musketeers. Abel went on to play in more than sixty films. Abel was a vice president of the Screen Actors' Guild.

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Abel also appeared as a concert narrator or reader with Eugene Ormandy the Philadelphia Orchestra in Aaron Copland's Portrait of Lincoln in 1951, and in Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood in 1953.


Abel died March 26, 1987, of a myocardial infarction in Essex, Connecticut. He was survived by two sons, John and Michael.


  • Out of a Clear Sky (1918)
  • The North Wind's Malice (1920) as Tom
  • Liliom (1930) as Carpenter
  • The Three Musketeers (1935) as d'Artagnan
  • The Lady Consents (1936) as Stanley Ashton
  • Two in the Dark (1936) as Ford 'Jitney' Adams
  • The Witness Chair (1936) as James 'Jim' Trent
  • Fury (1936) as Adams, the district attorney
  • We Went to College (1936) as Philip Talbot
  • Second Wife (1936) as Kenneth Carpenter
  • Portia on Trial (1937) as Dan Foster
  • Wise Girl (1937) as Karl Stevens
  • Law of the Underworld (1938) as Rogers
  • Men With Wings (1938) as Nick Ranson
  • King of the Turf (1939) as Robert Barnes
  • Miracle on Main Street (1940)
  • Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) as the Judge
  • Arise, My Love (1940) as Mr Phillips
  • Michael Shayne, Private Detective (1940) as Elliott Thomas
  • Who Killed Aunt Maggie? (1940) as Dr George Benedict
  • Hold Back the Dawn (1941) as Inspector Hammock
  • Skylark (1941) as George Gore
  • Glamour Boy (1941) as A. J. Colder
  • Beyond the Blue Horizon (1942) as Professor Thornton
  • Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) as B.G. DeSoto
  • Holiday Inn (1942) as Danny Reed, Ted Hanover's manic manager
  • Wake Island (1942) as Cmdr. Roberts
  • So Proudly We Hail! (1943) as the Chaplain
  • Fired Wife (1943) as Chris McClelland
  • An American Romance (1944) as Howard Clinton
  • Mr. Skeffington (1944) as George Trellis
  • The Affairs of Susan (1945) as Richard Aiken
  • Duffy's Tavern (1945) as The Director
  • Kiss and Tell (1945) as Harry Archer
  • The Kid From Brooklyn (1946) as Gabby Sloan
  • 13 Rue Madeleine (1946) as Charles Gibson
  • Variety Girl (1947) as Himself
  • Dream Girl (1948) as George Allerton
  • That Lady in Ermine (1948) as Maj. Horvath
  • So This Is Love (1953) as Col. James Moore
  • Island in the Sky (1953) as Col. Fuller
  • Night People (1954) as Maj. Foster, MD
  • Twelve Angry Men (1954) (TV) as Juror #4
  • The Indian Fighter (1955) as Capt. Trask
  • The Steel Jungle (1956) as Warden Keller
  • Bernardine (1957) as Mr. Beaumont
  • Raintree County (1957) as T.D. Shawnessy
  • Handle With Care (1958) as Prof. Bowdin
  • Quick, Let's Get Married (1964) as The Thief
  • The Human Duplicators (1965) as Dr. Munson
  • Mirage (1965) as Charles Stewart Calvin
  • Silent Night, Bloody Night (1971) as Mayor Adams
  • The Man without a Country (1974) (TV) as Col. A.B. Morgan
  • The American Woman: Portraits of Courage (1976) (TV) as Judge
  • Grace Quigley (1984) as Homer Morrison
  • References

    Walter Abel Wikipedia