Wally Cassell: Italian-American actor and businessman (1912 - 2015)
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Wally Cassell
Italian-American actor and businessman

Wally Cassell

Wally Cassell
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Intro Italian-American actor and businessman
Was Actor Television actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 3 March 1912, Agrigento
Death 2 April 2015, Palm Desert (aged 103 years)
Star sign Pisces
Spouse: Marcy McGuire
The details (from wikipedia)


Wally Cassell (March 3, 1912 – April 2, 2015), born as Oswaldo Silvestri Trippilini Rolando Vincenza Castellano, was an Italian-born American film-noir character actor and businessman. (A 1951 newspaper article gives Cassell's real name as Osvaldo Tripolini Ronaldo Vincennes Castelleno.)

Early years

The son of Luigi and Luisa Castellano, Castellano was born in Agrigento, Sicily, and moved with his family to the United States when he was 2 years of age. (Another source says that his parents brought him to Brooklyn, New York, "when I was a babe in arms.") As a youngster, Cassell was a dancer, but he abandoned dancing to concentrate on acting.


Cassell began his film career in 1942, (Another source says, "He ... realized a childhood ambition to become an actor with a role in Labor Pains in 1937.") initially appearing in small, uncredited roles. Mickey Rooney, with whom Cassell appeared in the film noir Quicksand (1950), is credited with suggesting the change of name to Wally Cassell. Rooney is also credited with helping Cassell gain a screen test and a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

His films include The Thin Man Goes Home (1945), The Story of G.I. Joe (1945), The Clock (1945), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), Guilty (1947), Loves of Carmen (1948), Saigon (1948), Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), White Heat (1949),Quicksand (1950), City That Never Sleeps (1953), Island in the Sky (1953), Law and Order (1953), Princess of the Nile (1954), Until They Sail (1957), and I, Madman (1989).


Cassell later appeared in two syndicated programs starring Jim Davis: Stories of the Century, in the role of gunman Luke Short, and Rescue 8, as Johnny French in "One More Step". Cassell also guest starred in several television series, including The Loretta Young Show (1955), Gunsmoke (1956), the 1959 premier episode of The Untouchables "The Empty Chair", Rawhide (1960), and The Beverly Hillbillies (1963).

Later years

Cassell retired from acting in 1964 and became a successful businessman.

Personal life

Cassell was married to actress and singer Marcy McGuire (b,1926) from August 30, 1947, until his death. Cassell's daughter, Cindy Cassell, became an actress. At age 13, she had the role of Pony Hutchinson in the Walt Disney Studios film Emil and the Detectives (1964).


Cassell died aged 103 at his home in Palm Desert, California on April 2, 2015.


Year Title Role
1942 Fingers at the Window Photographer
Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant Gangster
Stand By for Action Talker
1943 The Human Comedy Man flirting
Pilot ♯5 Soldier
Salute to the Marines Marine corporal
Thousands Cheer Jack
Swing Fever Cassidy
1943 Maisie Goes to Reno Reporter
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Sailor
National Velvet Jockey
Music for Millions Soldier
1945 Main Street After Dark Jenkins
The Clock Soda jerk
Son of Lassie POW
Dangerous Partners Drumman Son
Story of G.I. Joe Private Dondaro
Anchors Aweigh Sailor
The Thin Man Goes Home Bill Burns
1946 The Postman Always Rings Twice Ben
Bad Bascomb Curley
Gallant Bess Mike
1955 Timberjack Nesterenko
1958 The Walter Winchell File "David & Goliath" - Costa

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