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Chill Wills (1902–1978)

Actor | Soundtrack
KNOWN FOR 
Giant (1956) | The Alamo (1960) | Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
AWARDS 
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins More »
AKA 
The Avalon Boys | Chill Wills and His Avalon Boys
BORN 
Jul 18, 1902 (died Dec 15, 1978)
HEIGHT 
6' 2" (1.88m)

Filmography Filter

Past Film & Video (108 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for Poco... Little Dog LostPoco... Little Dog Lost Big Burt  Less 1977
  • Primary photo for Mr. BillionMr. Billion Col. Clayton T. Winkle  Less 1977
  • Primary photo for Pat Garrett & Billy the KidPat Garrett & Billy the Kid Lemuel  Less 1973 $4.6MM
  • Primary photo for Guns of a StrangerGuns of a Stranger Tom Duncan  Less 1973
  • Primary photo for The SteagleThe Steagle Tall-Guy McCoy  Less 1971 $1.8MM
  • Primary photo for The Liberation of L.B. JonesThe Liberation of L.B. Jones Mr. Ike  Less 1970
  • Primary photo for Big DaddyBig Daddy Actor  Less 1969
  • Primary photo for Fireball 500Fireball 500 Big Jaw Harris  Less 1966
  • Primary photo for The RoundersThe Rounders Jim Ed Love  Less 1965
  • Primary photo for The CardinalThe Cardinal Monsignor Whittle  Less 1963
  • Primary photo for The Wheeler DealersThe Wheeler Dealers Jay Ray Spinelby  Less 1963
  • Primary photo for McLintock!McLintock! Drago  Less 1963 $2MM
  • Primary photo for Young Guns of TexasYoung Guns of Texas Preacher Sam Shelby  Less 1962
  • Primary photo for The Deadly CompanionsThe Deadly Companions Turk  Less 1961
  • Primary photo for The Little Shepherd of Kingdom ComeThe Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come Major Buford  Less 1961
  • Primary photo for Gold of the Seven SaintsGold of the Seven Saints Doc Wilson Gates, MD  Less 1961
  • Primary photo for Where the Boys AreWhere the Boys Are Police Captain  Less 1960
  • Primary photo for The AlamoThe Alamo Beekeeper, Performer ("Here's to the Ladies")  Less 1960 $12MM $7.9MM
  • Primary photo for The Sad HorseThe Sad Horse Capt Connors  Less 1959
  • Primary photo for From Hell to TexasFrom Hell to Texas Amos Bradley  Less 1958
  • Primary photo for Gun GloryGun Glory Preacher  Less 1957 $1.7MM
  • Primary photo for Gun for a CowardGun for a Coward Loving  Less 1957
  • Primary photo for GiantGiant Uncle Bawley  Less 1956 $5.4MM
  • Primary photo for SantiagoSantiago Captain 'Sidewheel' Jones  Less 1956
  • Primary photo for Kentucky RifleKentucky Rifle Tobias Taylor, Performer ("Sweet Betsy From Pike") (uncredited)  Less 1955
  • Primary photo for Francis in the NavyFrancis in the Navy Francis the Talking Mule (voice) (uncredited), Performer ("Blow the Man Down", "La Cucaracha") (uncredited)  Less 1955
  • Primary photo for TimberjackTimberjack Steve Riika  Less 1955
  • Primary photo for Hell's OutpostHell's Outpost Kevin Russel, Writer ("Packin' the Mail")  Less 1954
  • Primary photo for Ricochet RomanceRicochet Romance Tom Williams  Less 1954
  • Primary photo for Francis Joins the WACSFrancis Joins the WACS Gen. Benjamin Kaye / Francis the Talking Mule (voice), Performer ("I WANT TO ENLIST IN THE WACS") (uncredited)  Less 1954
  • Primary photo for TumbleweedTumbleweed Sheriff Murchoree  Less 1953
  • Primary photo for The Man from the AlamoThe Man from the Alamo John Gage  Less 1953
  • Primary photo for City That Never SleepsCity That Never Sleeps Sgt. Joe, the 'Voice of Chicago'  Less 1953
  • Primary photo for Francis Covers the Big TownFrancis Covers the Big Town Francis the Talking Mule (voice) (uncredited), Performer ("Missouri Waltz (Way down in Missouri)")  Less 1953
  • Primary photo for Small Town GirlSmall Town Girl 'Happy', Jailer (uncredited)  Less 1953
  • Primary photo for Ride the Man DownRide the Man Down Ike Adams  Less 1952
  • Primary photo for Francis Goes to West PointFrancis Goes to West Point Francis the Talking Mule (voice) (uncredited)  Less 1952
  • Primary photo for Bronco BusterBronco Buster Dan Bream, Writer ("Rodeo, Oh!")  Less 1952
  • Primary photo for The Sea HornetThe Sea Hornet Swede  Less 1951
  • Primary photo for Cattle DriveCattle Drive Dallas  Less 1951
  • Primary photo for Francis Goes to the RacesFrancis Goes to the Races Francis the Talking Mule (voice) (uncredited), Performer ("My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean", "La Cucaracha") (uncredited)  Less 1951
  • Primary photo for Oh! SusannaOh! Susanna Sergeant Barhydt  Less 1951
  • Primary photo for Rio GrandeRio Grande Dr. Wilkins (regimental surgeon)  Less 1950 $1.2MM
  • Primary photo for High LonesomeHigh Lonesome Boatwhistle, Ranch Cook, Soundtrack ("20 Miles From Carson"), Writer ("20 Miles From Carson")  Less 1950
  • Primary photo for StellaStella Chief Clark (uncredited)  Less 1950
  • Primary photo for Rock Island TrailRock Island Trail Hogger McCoy  Less 1950
  • Primary photo for The SundownersThe Sundowners Sam Beers  Less 1950
  • Primary photo for FrancisFrancis Francis the Talking Mule (voice) (uncredited), Performer ("My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean")  Less 1950 $150K
  • Primary photo for The Grass Is Always GreenerThe Grass Is Always Greener (Short) Windy, Performer ("Big Blue Eyes") (uncredited), Writer ("Big Blue Eyes") (uncredited)  Less 1950
  • Primary photo for TulsaTulsa Pinky Jimpson (Narrator), Performer ("TULSA", "Old Faithful", "Three O'Clock in the Morning")  Less 1949
  • Primary photo for Red CanyonRed Canyon Marshal G.T. Brackton  Less 1949
  • Primary photo for Family HoneymoonFamily Honeymoon Fred  Less 1948
  • Primary photo for Loaded PistolsLoaded Pistols Sheriff Cramer  Less 1948
  • Primary photo for That Wonderful UrgeThat Wonderful Urge Homer Beggs - Justice of the Peace - Monroe Township  Less 1948
  • Primary photo for The Saxon CharmThe Saxon Charm Captain Chatham  Less 1948
  • Primary photo for Northwest StampedeNorthwest Stampede Mileaway  Less 1948
  • Primary photo for The Sainted SistersThe Sainted Sisters Will Twitchell  Less 1948
  • Primary photo for HeartachesHeartaches 'Breezie' Mann  Less 1947
  • Primary photo for High BarbareeHigh Barbaree Lars (uncredited)  Less 1947
  • Primary photo for The YearlingThe Yearling Buck Forrester  Less 1946 $4MM $5.2MM
  • Primary photo for Gallant BessGallant Bess Chief Petty Officer  Less 1946
  • Primary photo for The Harvey GirlsThe Harvey Girls H.H. Hartsey  Less 1946 $2.5MM
  • Primary photo for Leave Her to HeavenLeave Her to Heaven Leick Thome, Performer ("Chickens in the Garden", "Deedle Deedle Dum Dum") (uncredited)  Less 1945
  • Primary photo for What Next, Corporal Hargrove?What Next, Corporal Hargrove? Sgt. Cramp  Less 1945
  • Primary photo for Trailin' WestTrailin' West (Short) Old Man Coffey  Less 1944
  • Primary photo for I'll Be Seeing YouI'll Be Seeing You Swanson  Less 1944 $3.2MM
  • Primary photo for Meet Me in St. LouisMeet Me in St. Louis Mr. Neely  Less 1944 $1.7MM $7.6MM
  • Primary photo for Sunday Dinner for a SoldierSunday Dinner for a Soldier Mr. York  Less 1944
  • Primary photo for Barbary Coast GentBarbary Coast Gent Sheriff Hightower  Less 1944
  • Primary photo for The Immortal BlacksmithThe Immortal Blacksmith (Short) Tom Davenport  Less 1944
  • Primary photo for RationingRationing Bus Driver (scenes deleted)  Less 1944
  • Primary photo for See Here, Private HargroveSee Here, Private Hargrove First Sgt. Cramp  Less 1944
  • Primary photo for Best Foot ForwardBest Foot Forward Chester Short  Less 1943 $1.1MM
  • Primary photo for A Stranger in TownA Stranger in Town Charles Craig  Less 1943
  • Primary photo for Stand by for ActionStand by for Action Chief Boatswain's Mate Jenks, Soundtrack ("The Oceana Roll" (1911)) (uncredited), Lyrics ("The Blue-Eyed Sailor Man") (uncredited), Music ("The Blue-Eyed Sailor Man") (uncredited), Performer ("The Blue-Eyed Sailor Man") (uncredited)  Less 1942
  • Primary photo for Apache TrailApache Trail 'Pike' Skelton  Less 1942
  • Primary photo for The Omaha TrailThe Omaha Trail Henry Hawkins, Performer ("'Taters and Corn" (1942))  Less 1942
  • Primary photo for Her Cardboard LoverHer Cardboard Lover Judge  Less 1942
  • Primary photo for Mister Gardenia JonesMister Gardenia Jones (Short) Hotel Employee  Less 1942
  • Primary photo for Tarzan's New York AdventureTarzan's New York Adventure Manchester Montford  Less 1942
  • Primary photo for The Bugle SoundsThe Bugle Sounds Sgt. Larry Dillon  Less 1942
  • Primary photo for Honky TonkHonky Tonk The Sniper  Less 1941 $899K
  • Primary photo for Belle StarrBelle Starr Blue Duck  Less 1941
  • Primary photo for Billy the KidBilly the Kid Tom Patterson  Less 1941 $1.4MM
  • Primary photo for The Bad ManThe Bad Man 'Red' Giddings  Less 1941
  • Primary photo for Western UnionWestern Union Homer  Less 1941 $1MM
  • Primary photo for Tugboat Annie Sails AgainTugboat Annie Sails Again Shiftless  Less 1940
  • Primary photo for Sky MurderSky Murder Sheriff Beckwith  Less 1940
  • Primary photo for The WesternerThe Westerner Southeast  Less 1940 $2MM
  • Primary photo for WyomingWyoming Lafe (uncredited)  Less 1940
  • Primary photo for Boom TownBoom Town Harmony Jones, Performer ("Polly Wolly Doodle") (uncredited)  Less 1940 $1.6MM
  • Primary photo for Allegheny UprisingAllegheny Uprising M'Cammon  Less 1939 $696K
  • Primary photo for The Day the Bookies WeptThe Day the Bookies Wept Man on Bus (uncredited)  Less 1939
  • Primary photo for Timber StampedeTimber Stampede Whopper Hatch  Less 1939
  • Primary photo for Racketeers of the RangeRacketeers of the Range Whopper Hatch, Soundtrack ("Red River Valley"), Performer ("Caboose on the Red ball Train" (1939), "Red River Valley", "'Cause I'm the Man", "Sleepy Wrangler" (1939))  Less 1939
  • Primary photo for Sorority HouseSorority House Mr. Johnson  Less 1939
  • Primary photo for Trouble in SundownTrouble in Sundown Whopper  Less 1939
  • Primary photo for Arizona LegionArizona Legion Whopper Hatch, Performer ("I'd Rather Be Footloose") (uncredited)  Less 1939
  • Primary photo for Lawless ValleyLawless Valley Deputy Speedy McGow  Less 1938
  • Primary photo for Block-HeadsBlock-Heads Midget in Elevator (voice) (uncredited)  Less 1938
  • Primary photo for Nobody's BabyNobody's Baby Amateur Hour Lead Quartet Singer (as The Avalon Boys), Writer ("The West Ain't Wild and Woolly Anymore")  Less 1937
  • Primary photo for Way Out WestWay Out West Lead Singer of the Avalon Boys / Stan's Bass Singing (uncredited), Performer ("The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" (1913)) (uncredited)  Less 1937
  • Primary photo for Hideaway GirlHideaway Girl Lead Singer of Avalon Boys (as The Avalon Boys)  Less 1936
  • Primary photo for At Sea AshoreAt Sea Ashore (Short) Leader of The Avalon Four (uncredited)  Less 1936
  • Primary photo for Call of the PrairieCall of the Prairie Singing Cowhand  Less 1936
  • Primary photo for Anything GoesAnything Goes Member of The Avalon Boys (uncredited)  Less 1936 $1.1MM
  • Primary photo for Bar 20 Rides AgainBar 20 Rides Again Background Singer / Henchman (as Chill Wills and His Avalon Boys), Performer ("The Moon Hangs High")  Less 1935
  • Primary photo for It's a GiftIt's a Gift Campfire Singer (uncredited), Performer ("On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away" (1897)) (uncredited)  Less 1934
Past Television (24 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for Stubby Pringle's ChristmasStubby Pringle's Christmas (TV Movie) Janitor  Less 1978
  • Primary photo for Hec RamseyHec Ramsey (TV Series) Sam McDade (1 episode, 1974)  Less 1974 1
  • Primary photo for Alias Smith and JonesAlias Smith and Jones (TV Series) Bixby (1 episode, 1972)  Less 1972 1
  • Primary photo for The VirginianThe Virginian (TV Series) Pat Reedy (1 episode, 1971)  Less 1971 1
  • Primary photo for Marcus Welby, M.D.Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series) Actor (1 episode, 1971)  Less 1971 1
  • Primary photo for Night GalleryNight Gallery (TV Series) Heppelwhite (segment "The Little Black Bag") (1 episode, 1970)  Less 1970 1
  • Primary photo for The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides AgainThe Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again (TV Movie) Gentleman George Agnew, Performer ("Come All You Texas Rangers") (uncredited)  Less 1970
  • Primary photo for The Porter Wagoner ShowThe Porter Wagoner Show (TV Series) Himself - Guest / Himself (2 episodes, 1970), Performer ("Water", "Mama") (1 episode, 1970), Performer ("Little Darlin'", "Will Rogers") (1 episode, 1970)  Less 1970 2
    • Chill Wills: Part 2 (Jan 14, 1970) Himself - Guest, Performer ("Little Darlin'", "Will Rogers")  Less
    • Chill Wills: Part 1 (1970) Himself, Performer ("Water", "Mama")  Less
  • Primary photo for The Over-the-Hill GangThe Over-the-Hill Gang (TV Movie) Gentleman George Agnew, Performer ("Texas Rangers") (uncredited)  Less 1969
  • Primary photo for GunsmokeGunsmoke (TV Series) Elihu Gorman / Red Conniston / Abe Blocker (3 episodes, 1962–1968)  Less 1962–1968 3
  • Primary photo for TarzanTarzan (TV Series) Ronald Montrose (1 episode, 1968)  Less 1968 1
  • Primary photo for Judd for the DefenseJudd for the Defense (TV Series) Simpson Youngert (1 episode, 1967)  Less 1967 1
  • Primary photo for The RoundersThe Rounders (TV Series) Jim Ed Love (17 episodes, 1966–1967)  Less 1966–1967 17
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  • Primary photo for Burke's LawBurke's Law (TV Series) General Hector Harder / Stanton Custer / Harry Riggs (3 episodes, 1963–1965)  Less 1963–1965 3
  • Primary photo for RawhideRawhide (TV Series) Sheriff Asa Tanner (2 episodes, 1964)  Less 1964 2
  • Primary photo for Route 66Route 66 (TV Series) Monty Musgrave (2 episodes, 1964)  Less 1964 2
  • Primary photo for Frontier CircusFrontier Circus (TV Series) Col. Casey Thompson / Colonel Casey Thompson (26 episodes, 1961–1962), Performer ("Sweet Betsy from Pike" (excerpt)) (1 episode, 1961)  Less 1961–1962 26
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  • Primary photo for Assignment: UnderwaterAssignment: Underwater (TV Series) Boyd Crosby (1 episode, 1960)  Less 1960 1
  • Primary photo for Playhouse 90Playhouse 90 (TV Series) Ed Pruitt (1 episode, 1960)  Less 1960 1
  • Primary photo for The TexanThe Texan (TV Series) Captain Wylie (1 episode, 1959)  Less 1959 1
  • Primary photo for TrackdownTrackdown (TV Series) Zebulon Hunt (1 episode, 1959)  Less 1959 1
  • Primary photo for Wagon TrainWagon Train (TV Series) Bije Wilcox (1 episode, 1958)  Less 1958 1
  • Primary photo for Alfred Hitchcock PresentsAlfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series) Mr. Kilmer (1 episode, 1958)  Less 1958 1
  • Primary photo for The Gene Autry ShowThe Gene Autry Show (TV Series) Sheriff Chill Wills (2 episodes, 1950)  Less 1950 2
Self (11 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for Dinah!Dinah! (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1977)  Less 1977
  • Primary photo for The Porter Wagoner ShowThe Porter Wagoner Show (TV Series) Himself - Guest / Himself (2 episodes, 1970)  Less 1970
  • Primary photo for The Merv Griffin ShowThe Merv Griffin Show (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1969)  Less 1969
  • Primary photo for That Regis Philbin ShowThat Regis Philbin Show (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1965)  Less 1965
  • Primary photo for Here's HollywoodHere's Hollywood (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1962)  Less 1962
  • Primary photo for The 33rd Annual Academy AwardsThe 33rd Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role  Less 1961
  • Primary photo for Spirit of the AlamoSpirit of the Alamo (TV Movie) Self  Less 1960
  • Primary photo for Disneyland '59Disneyland '59 (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1959
  • Primary photo for Screen Snapshots: Fun in the SunScreen Snapshots: Fun in the Sun (Short) Himself - Golf Player  Less 1952
  • Primary photo for Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Mr. MoviesScreen Snapshots: Hollywood's Mr. Movies (Short) Himself  Less 1952
  • Primary photo for Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Goes WesternScreen Snapshots: Hollywood Goes Western (Short) Himself  Less 1951
Archive Footage (13 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for How the West Was LostHow the West Was Lost (TV Movie) Lemuel (archive footage) (uncredited)  Less 2008
  • Primary photo for American MastersAmerican Masters (TV Series) Actor 'Giant' (1 episode, 2005)  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood RenegadeSam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade (TV Movie) Himself (archive footage)  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for BiographyBiography (TV Series) Uncle Bawley in 'Giant (1 episode, 2002)  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for Drive-in Movie MemoriesDrive-in Movie Memories Himself (archive footage)  Less 2001 $225K
  • Primary photo for That's Entertainment! IIIThat's Entertainment! III Performer in Clip from 'The Harvey Girls' (archive footage) (uncredited)  Less 1994 $2.5MM $275K
  • Primary photo for John Wayne's 'The Alamo'John Wayne's 'The Alamo' (Video) Beekeeper (archive footage)  Less 1992
  • Primary photo for The Laurel and Hardy ShowThe Laurel and Hardy Show (TV Series) Singer (1986)  Less 1986– 
  • Primary photo for It's ShowtimeIt's Showtime Francis the Talking Mule (archive footage) (uncredited)  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for The American West of John FordThe American West of John Ford (TV Movie) Actor 'Rio Grande' (archive footage) (uncredited)  Less 1971
  • Primary photo for The Dick Cavett ShowThe Dick Cavett Show (TV Series) Gentleman George Agnew (1 episode, 1971)  Less 1971
  • Primary photo for Hollywood: The Great StarsHollywood: The Great Stars (TV Movie) Actor 'McClintock' (archive footage) (uncredited)  Less 1963
  • Primary photo for It Can't Be DoneIt Can't Be Done (Short) Tom Davenport (clip from 'The Immortal Blacksmith') (archive footage) (uncredited)  Less 1948

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