Chill Wills

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Birthday
18, 1902
Birthplace
Seagoville, TX
Death Date
Dec 15, 1978 (76)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
18, 1902
Birthplace
Seagoville, TX
Death Date
Dec 15, 1978 (76)

About

He played Davy Crockett's sidekick, Beekeeper, in The Alamo, and led a notorious campaign to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. His other films include Gunsmoke, Tugboat Annie Sails Again, McLintock!, and Kentucky Rifle.

Before Fame

He got involved in singing with the Avalon Boys quartet in the 1930s, then performed on Vaudeville, In 1938, he decided to dedicate himself to acting in film.

Trivia

In addition to his role in The Alamo, he had a serious role in the 1956 film, Giant, and voiced Francis the Mule in a series of films.

Family Life

He was born in Seagoville, Texas. He was married to his second wife, Novadeen Googe, from 1973 to 1978.

Associated With

One of his ads for his Oscar candidacy addressed to his Hollywood cohorts read, "Win, lose or draw, you're all my cousins and I love you." To this message Groucho Marx responded in another ad, "I am delighted to be your cousin, but I voted for Sal Mineo."

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