Dave Willock

Dave Willock


Dave Willock
TV: South side of the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Aug. 13, 1909 in Chicago, Ill.
Died Nov. 12, 1990 of stroke in Motion Picture and Television Country House, CA

In a career that spanned five decades, Dave Willock portrayed congenial neighbors, ardent suitors and an assortment of handymen or juvenile leads in musicals, war adventures, high dramas and Westerns.

On television he was on "The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show" in 1968, "Do It Yourself" with Cliff Arquette in 1955, "Margie" in 1961-62 and "The Queen and I," a 1969 Thursday night CBS comedy.

Willock was a lifelong friend of actor Jack Carson and left the University of Wisconsin in 1931 to join Carson in vaudeville. When Carson landed a radio show in the mid-1940s, Willock followed him there playing both Tugwell, Carson's flighty neighbor, and the little girl next door.

In 1942 alone he was seen in five films: "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "The Fleet's In," "Two Yanks in Trinidad," "Lucky Jordan" and "Priorities on Parade."

He made several of the dramas prevalent during World War II—"30 Seconds Over Tokyo," "Wing and a Prayer," "Pride of the Marines"—and one of the psychodramas that Hollywood turned to after the war, "Spellbound."

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