William Brooks Ching (October 2, 1913 – July 1, 1989) was an American character actor who appeared in numerous films and on television during the later 1940s and 1950s. Ching may be best known for his supporting role in Rudolph Maté's 1950 film noir, D.O.A.  along with his role as the overbearing boyfriend of Katharine Hepburn's character in George Cukor's 1952 comedy Pat and Mike.
William Brooks Ching
October 2, 1913
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||July 1, 1989 (aged 75)|
Tustin, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Lucile Rieger (19??-1958; her death); 3 children|
Evelyn Olmsted (1958-1989; his death)
Ching was born in St. Louis and raised in New Orleans. During World War II, he served in the Coast Guard.
Ching began his career as a professional singer, starring in a summer series at the Memphis Open Air Theater. He appeared in musical comedies such as Rodgers and Hammerstein's Allegro (1947). His first film role was in 1946. He signed with Republic Pictures in 1947, and for the next dozen years acted mostly in westerns and dramas. Ching declined to change his name at the time of his move to films, even though it might give the mistaken impression that he was of Asian descent.
He appeared in the Randolph Scott western Tall Man Riding (1955). The same year Ching was cast as Clint Allbright on CBS's Our Miss Brooks. In 1958 he played murderer Glenn McKay in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Corresponding Corpse". His last major acting credit was in a 1959 episode of the television series 77 Sunset Strip.
- The Mysterious Mr. M (1946, Serial) - Jim Farrell [Chs. 1-3]
- I'll Be Yours (1947) - Stage Door Johnny (uncredited)
- The Michigan Kid (1947) - Steve Randolph Prescott
- Song of Scheherazade (1947) - Midshipman (uncredited)
- Buck Privates Come Home (1947) - 2nd Lieutenant, Mess Officer (uncredited)
- Something in the Wind (1947) - Joe (uncredited)
- The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (1947) - Jim Simpson
- Life of St. Paul Series (1949) - Jailer
- D.O.A. (1950) - Halliday
- In a Lonely Place (1950) - Ted Barton
- The Showdown (1950) - Mike Shattay
- Surrender (1950) - John Beauregard Hale
- Belle Le Grand (1951) - Bill Shanks
- Oh! Susanna (1951) - Corporal Donlin
- The Sea Hornet (1951) - Sprowl
- The Wild Blue Yonder (1951) - Lt. Ted Cranshaw
- Bal Tabarin (1952) - Don Barlow
- Pat and Mike (1952) - Collier Weld
- Never Wave at a WAC (1953) - Lt. Col. Schuyler 'Sky' Fairchild
- Scared Stiff (1953) - Tony Warren
- The Moonlighter (1953) - Tom Anderson
- Give a Girl a Break (1953) - Anson Prichett
- The Magnificent Matador (1955) - Jody Wilton
- Tall Man Riding (1955) - Rex Willard
- Terror in the Haunted House (1958) - Mark Snell
- Escort West (1959) - Capt. Howard Poole
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- "Hal Wallis Signs Famous Singing Star Willima Ching". Valley Times. California, North Hollywood. July 12, 1952. p. 8. Retrieved July 22, 2020 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "William Ching". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on July 22, 2020. Retrieved July 22, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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- "William Ching Won't Alter Name For The Movies". The Courier-Journal. Louisville, Kentucky. The Associated Press. 23 April 1950. Retrieved 22 March 2019 – via Newspapers.com.