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Walter Woolf King (2 November 1899 – 24 October 1984) was an American film, television and stage actor and singer.

Walter Woolf King
Walter Woolf King as Rodolfo Lassparri in A Night at the Opera.jpg
Walter Woolf King as Rodolfo Lassparri in A Night at the Opera.
Walter Woolf King

(1899-11-02)November 2, 1899
DiedOctober 24, 1984(1984-10-24) (aged 84)
Years active1930-1977
Spouse(s)Ernestyne Bachrach (193?-1980) (her death)
ChildrenBarbara Jean Meier
Walter Woolf King Jr.[1]

Born in San Francisco, California in 1899, King started singing for a living at a young age and performed mostly in churches. He made his Broadway debut in 1919, and became a well-known baritone in operettas and musical comedies. King billed himself as Walter Woolf and Walter King early in his career, eventually settling on a combination of all three names, Walter Woolf King, in the mid-1930s.

In 1936, King was host of the Flying Red Horse Tavern on CBS radio.[2]

King began his film career in musicals but quickly moved into supporting roles. He is probably best remembered today for his villainous roles in two films starring the Marx Brothers: A Night at the Opera (1935) and Go West (1940). He also appeared with Laurel & Hardy in Swiss Miss (1938). King made several appearances on radio and later became an actors agent. During the 1950s and 1960s, he was seen in several often uncredited bit parts and smaller roles in television and films. His final appearance was in the 1977 TV movie One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story.

King died in Beverly Hills, California in 1984.


Year Title Role Notes
1930 Golden Dawn Tom Allen
1933 Girl Without a Room Arthur Copeland
1934 Embarrassing Moments Paul
1935 Lottery Lover Prince Midanoff
1935 One More Spring Morris Rosenberg
1935 Ginger Daniel Parker
1935 Spring Tonic José
1935 A Night at the Opera Rudolfo Lassparri
1937 Call It a Day Paul Francis
1938 Walking Down Broadway Jeff Hoffman
1938 Swiss Miss Victor Albert
1939 Society Smugglers Roy Allen Massey
1939 Big Town Czar Paul Burgess
1939 The House of Fear Carleton
1939 Balalaika Capt. Michael Sibirsky
1940 Go West Beecher
1941 Melody for Three Antoine Pirelle
1942 Today I Hang Jim O'Brien
1942 A Yank in Libya Mike Malone
1942 Smart Alecks Dr. Ormsby
1942 Between Us Girls King - an actor
1943 Yanks Ahoy Capt. Gillis
1952 Stars and Stripes Forever President's Aide Uncredited
1953 Taxi Business Man
1953 Tonight We Sing Gritti
1953 Call Me Madam Secretary of State Uncredited
1953 City That Never Sleeps Hotel Manager Uncredited
1953 Affair with a Stranger Harry Casino Uncredited
1955 Francis in the Navy Jensen Uncredited
1956 The Bottom of the Bottle Grant
1956 The Ten Commandments Herald Uncredited
1956 Three Brave Men Admiral Mason Uncredited
1957 An Affair to Remember Doctor in Hospital Uncredited
1957 The Joker Is Wild Mr. Page Uncredited
1957 The Helen Morgan Story Florenz Ziegfeld
1958 Kathy O' Donald C. Faber
1958 Hong Kong Confidential CIA Chief Uncredited
1961 The Outsider Civilian Uncredited
1963 The Householder Professor
1963 The Raiders Col. DeKoenig Uncredited
1964 Where Love Has Gone Bank Board Member Uncredited
1964 Della Sam Jordon
1967 Rosie! Judge
1970 Airport Cindy's Father Uncredited


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  2. ^ Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 234.

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