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Bert Wheeler

Biography

Comedian, acting professional, and vaudeville performer who appeared in Broadway displays and in comedic feature movies. He was half from the Wheeler & Woolsey humor act. He produced his film debut inside a 1929 film entitled Rio Rita; he previously earlier made an appearance in the stage creation from the same musical. He was among the celebrities of Daring Eagle, a CBS traditional western series that also presented Keith Larsen. He wedded 5th wife Patsy Orr in 1952; they divorced in 1956. He made an appearance in Rio Rita, a musical made by Florenz Ziegfeld.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bert Wheeler
Date Of Birth April 7, 1895
Died January 18, 1968, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth New Jersey
Height 1.63 m
Profession Stage Actor
Nationality American
Spouse Patsy Orr, Sally Haines, Bernice Wheeler, Margaret Grae
Children Patricia Walters
Movies Hips, Hips, Hooray!, Diplomaniacs, Half Shot at Sunrise, Rio Rita, Hook, Line and Sinker, Dixiana, Kentucky Kernels, Cockeyed Cavaliers, Cracked Nuts, So This Is Africa, The Nitwits, The Cuckoos, Hold 'Em Jail, High Flyers, On Again-Off Again, Caught Plastered, Girl Crazy, Mummy's Boys, Too Many Cooks, Las Vegas Nights, The Cowboy Quarterback, The Rainmakers, Peach O'Reno, Silly Billies, A Night at the Biltmore Bowl
TV Shows Brave Eagle
Star Sign Aries

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#Fact
1Nine of the 21 movies he and Woolsey made together were released in a DVD collection entitled "Wheeler & Woolsey: RKO Comedy Classics Collection" in March 2013 by Warner Archive.
2Bert Wheeler had one child with actress Bernice Wheeler. Their daughter, Patricia Anne Wheeler, was born in 1936 and died of cancer in 1968.
3In later years he teamed with a new partner, Tommy Dillon, a young chap he worked with in Las Vegas and Manhattan's Latin Quarter.
4Was teamed with Robert Woolsey for the Broadway production "Rio Rita", the teaming was so successful, that they were signed by RKO to repeat their stage roles in a movie version. Wheeler & Woolsey were the first comedy team to emerge as stars from sound pictures with their partnership lasting until Woolsey's death in 1938.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Defenders1962TV SeriesMike Finn
The Robert Herridge Theater1960TV Series
The Life of Riley1956TV SeriesThaddeus
Brave Eagle1955-1956TV SeriesSmokey Joe Smokey
The Awful Sleuth1951ShortBert
Musical Comedy Time1950TV SeriesChuck Bean
Robert Montgomery Presents1950TV SeriesCharacter
Cavalcade of Stars1950TV SeriesGuest Comedian
Innocently Guilty1950ShortHodkinson G. Pogglebrewer
Las Vegas Nights1941Stu Grant
The Cowboy Quarterback1939Harry Lynn
A Vaudeville Interlude1938ShortBert (as Bert)
High Flyers1937Jerry Lane
Sunday Night at the Trocadero1937ShortBert Wheeler
On Again-Off Again1937William Hobbs
Mummy's Boys1936Stanley Wright
Silly Billies1936Roy Banks
The Rainmakers1935Billy
A Night at the Biltmore Bowl1935ShortBert Wheeler
The Nitwits1935Johnny
Kentucky Kernels1934Willie
Cockeyed Cavaliers1934Bert Winstanley
Hips, Hips, Hooray!1934Andy
Signing 'em Up1933ShortBert Wheeler
Diplomaniacs1933Willy
So This Is Africa1933Wilbur
Hold 'Em Jail1932Curley Harris
The Hollywood Handicap1932ShortCharacter
Girl Crazy1932Jimmy Deegan - The Taxi Driver
Peach-O-Reno1931Wattles
Caught Plastered1931Tommy Tanner
Oh! Oh! Cleopatra1931ShortMark Antony
Too Many Cooks1931Albert 'Al' Bennett
Cracked Nuts1931Wendell Graham
The Stolen Jools1931ShortBert Wheeler
Hook Line and Sinker1930Wilbur Boswell
Half Shot at Sunrise1930Tommy Turner
Dixiana1930Peewee
The Cuckoos1930Sparrow
The Voice of Hollywood No. 91930ShortBert Wheeler - Guest Host
Small Timers1929ShortBert Wheeler
Rio Rita1929Chick Bean

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s: The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical2008Video documentary performer: "Unidentified Tune" - uncredited
Las Vegas Nights1941performer: "Dolores" uncredited, "Mary, Mary Quite Contrary", "That's Southern Hospitality" uncredited
The Cowboy Quarterback1939performer: "Mother Machree" 1910 - uncredited
On Again-Off Again1937performer: "One Happy Family" 1937, "Thanks to You" 1937
Silly Billies1936performer: "Tumble on Tumbleweed" 1931 - uncredited
The Rainmakers1935performer: "Isn't Love the Grandest Thing?" 1935 - uncredited
The Nitwits1935"Music in My Heart" 1935 / performer: "Music in My Heart" 1935
Kentucky Kernels1934performer: "One Little Kiss" 1934, "Supper Song" 1934 - uncredited
Cockeyed Cavaliers1934performer: "And the Big Bad Wolf was Dead" 1934, "Dilly Dally" 1934 - uncredited
Hips, Hips, Hooray!1934"Keep On Doin' What You're Doin'" 1933, uncredited / performer: "Keep Romance Alive" 1933, "Keep On Doin' What You're Doin'" 1933 - uncredited
Diplomaniacs1933performer: "Ood-Gay Eye-bay" 1933, "Annie Laurie" ca 1834, "Sing To Me" 1933, "On the Boulevard" 1933, "Sing to Me" 1933, "The Old Folks at Home Swanee River" 1851, "No More War" 1933 - uncredited
Girl Crazy1932performer: "You've Got What Gets Me" 1932 - uncredited
Peach-O-Reno1931performer: "I'm Just Wild About Harry" 1921, "From Niagara Falls to Reno", "Carolina Moon" 1928, "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes", "Les patineurs The Skaters" - uncredited
Caught Plastered1931performer: "The Fountain in the Park" 1884, "I'm That Way About You" 1931 - uncredited
Cracked Nuts1931performer: "Dance" 1931 - uncredited
Half Shot at Sunrise1930performer: "WHISTLING THE BLUES AWAY" 1930 - uncredited
Dixiana1930performer: "My One Ambition Is You" 1930, "I Am Your Baby Now" - uncredited
The Cuckoos1930performer: "Oh! How We Love Our Alma Mater" 1926, "Good-Bye" 1926, "I Love You So Much It's a Wonder You Don't Feel It" 1930, "Sweet Adeline" 1903 - uncredited
Rio Rita1929performer: "Are You There" 1927, "Out on the Loose" 1927, "Sweetheart, We Need Each Other" 1927 - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Brown Derby1926

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Merv Griffin Show1965-1966TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1952-1960TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Comedian
Brains & Brawn1958TV SeriesHimself
The Pat Boone-Chevy Showroom1958TV SeriesHimself
The NBC Comedy Hour1956TV SeriesHimself - Comedian
Stage Show1954TV SeriesHimself
The Arthur Murray Party1951-1952TV SeriesHimself - Comedian / Himself - Comedic Actor / Himself - Actor
All Star Summer Revue1952TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host
The James Melton Show1951TV SeriesHimself
Cavalcade of Stars1949-1951TV SeriesHimself - Guest Comic / Himself - Guest Vaudeville Comic / Himself - Host
Texaco Star Theatre1948-1951TV SeriesHimself - Comedian / Himself - Guest Host
Hollywood on Parade No. A-31932ShortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 10, No. 61931ShortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Classic Comedy Teams1986Video documentaryHimself
Bob Hope's World of Comedy1976TV MovieTribute Montage
Hollywood and the Stars1963TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Bound1947Edited from: A Night at the Biltmore Bowl
Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 8: Looking Back1946ShortHimself
Hollywood on Parade No. A-121933ShortHimself (uncredited)
The Voice of Hollywood No. 261931ShortHimself

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#Quote
1[on working for Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., who made no secret of the fact that he didn't appreciate comics] You could never get the stage to rehearse. He'd be using it to drape those gorgeous dames. You could rehearse in the alley for all he cared. But when you worked for Mr. Ziegfeld you had made it. That was the tops.


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