William Tracy

William Tracy (December 1, 1917 – July 18, 1967) was an American character actor.

William Tracy
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Born(1917-12-01)December 1, 1917
DiedJuly 18, 1967(1967-07-18) (aged 49)
Years active1925–1964

Early life and careerEdit

Tracy was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He is perhaps best known for the role of Pepi Katona, the delivery boy, in The Shop Around the Corner (1940). He starred in the John Ford film Tobacco Road (1941), and appeared in Brother Rat (1938) and Alfred Hitchcock's Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941).

In 1940, Tracy began a recurring role as Sgt. Dorian "Dodo" Doubleday in eight films teamed with Joe Sawyer as Sgt. Ames, the first six for Hal Roach's Streamliners service comedies, beginning with Tanks a Million (1941). This B-movie comedy was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Musical Score.[1] The last two were for Lippert Pictures, concluding with Mr. Walkie Talkie (1952) being set during the Korean War.

In the 1950s, Tracy primarily did television work, where his most notable role was "Hotshot Charlie" in the 1953 series Terry and the Pirates. He previously played the lead role of Terry Lee in the 1940 serial with the same title.

On the June 14, 1951 episode of the radio series Suspense, The Truth About Jerry Baxter, the 33-year-old Tracy played the title character, a teenage marijuana addict. The episode claimed to be drawn from actual events, but is more like a radio version of Reefer Madness.

Tracy died in Hollywood, California, at the age of 49.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1938 Brother Rat Misto Bottome
1938 Angels with Dirty Faces Jerry - as a Boy
1939 The Jones Family in Hollywood Danny Regan
1939 Million Dollar Legs Egghead Jackson
1939 The Amazing Mr. Williams Messenger Boy uncredited
1940 The Shop Around the Corner Pepi Katona
1940 Terry and the Pirates Terry Lee serial
1940 Strike Up the Band Phillip Turner
1940 Gallant Sons 'Beefy' Monrose
1941 Mr. and Mrs. Smith Sammy
1941 Tobacco Road Dude Lester
1941 Her First Beau Mervyn Roberts
1941 She Knew All the Answers Benny
1941 Tillie the Toiler Mac
1941 Tanks a Million Sgt. Dorian 'Dodo' Doubleday
1941 Cadet Girl The Runt, a Cadet
1942 Hay Foot Sergeant 'Dodo' Doubleday
1942 About Face
1942 Fall In
1942 Young America Earl Tucker, alias Ivan Leslie
1942 To the Shores of Tripoli Johnny Dent
1942 George Washington Slept Here Steve Eldridge
1943 Yanks Ahoy Sergeant 'Dodo' Doubleday
1948 Here Comes Trouble Dorian 'Dodo' Doubleday
1948 The Walls of Jericho Cully Caxton
1949 Henry, the Rainmaker Charlie Richards
1950 One Too Many Billy Leighton
1951 Sunny Side of the Street Al Little
1951 As You Were Sgt. Dorian 'Dodo' Doubleday
1952 Mr. Walkie Talkie Sgt. Doubleday
1957 The Wings of Eagles Air Officer uncredited
1959 -30- Unnamed Writer


  1. ^ "The 14th Academy Awards – 1942". Oscars.org. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  2. ^ "William Tracy". www.rusc.com. Retrieved 2021-11-11.

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