Harry Wilson (actor)

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Harry Wilson
Born(1897-11-22)22 November 1897
London, England, U.K.
Died6 September 1978(1978-09-06) (aged 80)
Resting place Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery
Years active1928-65
Relatives Shauna Bloom (granddaughter)

Harry Wilson (22 November 1897 6 September 1978) was a British character actor who appeared in over 300 films[ citation needed ] from 1928 to 1965 and proudly proclaimed himself "Hollywood's ugliest man". [1]


His distinctive facial features and voice (often said to be the result of acromegaly, a disorder of the pituitary gland, although they do not fully meet the criteria) often led to him being cast as various henchmen, thugs, convicts and brawlers. His best-known roles include a Winkie Guard in The Wizard of Oz (1939); the female monster in Frankenstein's Daughter (1958); and together with Mike Mazurki the henchman of George Raft's "Spats Colombo" in Some Like It Hot (1959).

For over fifteen years Wilson was a stand-in for Wallace Beery, and he is the grandfather of actress Shauna Bloom. Wilson died in 1978, aged 80.

Selected filmography

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  1. Slide, Anthony: Hollywood Unknowns: A History of Extras, Bit Players and Stand-Ins, Univ. Press of Mississippi, ISBN   978-1617034749, p110