Whit Bissell – This Guys is in Everything

Whit Bissell

Whit Bissell

Whit Bissell - This Guys is in Everything

Whit Bissell was born in New York City in 1909. Whit Bissell came to Hollywood in the 1940s, and by the time he retired he had appeared in over 300 movies and TV series. Sometimes it seems like he is in every movie. Just there moving steadily along and never standing out. However, his performance was always solid. He may be best known for playing the mad scientist who turned Michael Landon into a monster in the 1957 cult classic film I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957). He was also in I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1967). Whit Bissell specialized in playing authority figures such as doctors, military officers, and other authority figures. One of his standout roles was as a lovesick convict in the harsh film noir movie Brute Force (1947).  He was familiar on television in “Bachelor Father” 1957-1960 and “The Time Tunnel” 1966-1967. He was in only in one “Star Trek” episode but it was  “The Trouble with Tribbles” 1967.

Whit Bissell served on the Screen Actors Guild board of directors for 18 years and represented the actor’s branch in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board of governors. He died in 1996 from Parkinson’s disease.

Selected Films

1978 Casey’s Shadow Dr. Williamson
1977 The Lincoln Conspiracy Sen. John Conness
1975 Psychic Killer Dr. Paul Taylor
1973 Soylent Green Gov. Santini
1972 Pete ‘n’ Tillie Minister
1972 The Salzburg Connection Newhart
1972 Justin Morgan Had a Horse Mr. Mays
1970 Airport Mr. Davidson
1969 Once You Kiss a Stranger…  Dr. Haggis
1968 5 Card Stud Dr. Cooper
1967 Star Trek (TV) – The Trouble with Tribbles (1967) … Lurry
1967 A Covenant with Death Bruce Donnelly
1965 The Hallelujah Trail Hobbs
1964 Advance to the Rear Capt. Queeg
Seven Days in May (1964) Sen. Frederick Prentice
1963 Hud Mr. Burris
1963 Spencer’s Mountain Dr. Campbell
1962 The Manchurian Candidate  Medical Officer (uncredited)
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) – Dr. Ellis
1962 Third of a Man Maxwell
The Magnificent Seven (1960) – Undertaker Chamlee
1960 The Time Machine Walter Kemp
1959 Never So Few Capt. Alofson – Psychiatrist
Warlock (1959) – Petrix
1959 No Name on the Bullet Pierce
1958 Monster on the Campus Dr. Oliver Cole
1958 The Black Orchid Mr. Harmon
1958 The Defiant Ones Lou Gans
1957 I Was a Teenage Frankenstein Prof. Frankenstein
1957 The Tall Stranger Adam Judson
1957 The Wayward Girl Ira Molson
1957 I Was a Teenage Werewolf Dr. Alfred Brandon
1957 Johnny Tremain Josiah Quincy
1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral John P. Clum
1957 The Young Stranger Grubbs, Theater Manager
1956 Man from Del Rio Breezy Morgan
1956 Dakota Incident Mark Chester
1956 The Proud Ones Mr. Sam Bolton
1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers Dr. Hill (uncredited)
1955 At Gunpoint Clem Clark
1955 Trial Sam Wiltse
1955 The Desperate Hours FBI Agent Carson
1955 The Naked Street Dist. Atty. Blaker
1955 Not as a Stranger Dr. Dietrich
The Big Combo (1955) Doctor (scenes deleted, as Whit Bissel)
1954 The Atomic Kid Dr. Edgar Pangborn
1954 Masterson of Kansas Joe the Poker Player with Doc Holliday (uncredited)
1954 Target Earth Tom, Chief research scientist
1954 Three Hours to Kill Deke
The Caine Mutiny (1954 ) Lt. Comdr. Dickson M.D. (uncredited)
1954 The Shanghai Story Paul Grant
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) – Dr. Edwin Thompson
1954 Riot in Cell Block 11 Snader
1954 It Should Happen to You Robert Grau
1953 Devil’s Canyon Virgil Gates
1952 The Turning Point Buck (uncredited)
1952 The Sellout Wilfred Jackson
1952 Skirts Ahoy! Mr. Yarbrough (uncredited)
1952 Boots Malone Lou Dyer (uncredited)
1951 The Family Secret Joe Elsner
1951 Lost Continent Stanley Briggs
1951 Night Into Morning Monument Salesman (uncredited)
1951 Sealed Cargo Schuster (uncredited)
1951 Tales of Robin Hood Will Stutely
1951 The Red Badge of Courage Wounded Officer (uncredited)
1951 The Great Missouri Raid Bob Ford
1950 For Heaven’s Sake Doctor (uncredited)
1950 The Du Pont Story Dr. Wallace Carothers
1950 The Killer That Stalked New York Sid Bennet
1950 Wyoming Mail Sam
1950 A Life of Her Own Rental Agent (uncredited)
1950 Convicted States Attorney Owens (uncredited)
1950 Perfect Strangers Mr. Lister – Defense Attorney (uncredited)
1950 When Willie Comes Marching Home Lt. M.J. Hanley – Psychiatrist (uncredited)
1949 Side Street Harold Simpsen
1949 And Baby Makes Three Party Guest (uncredited)
1949 Tokyo Joe Capt. Winnow (uncredited)
1949 Anna Lucasta Stanley
1949 The Crime Doctor’s Diary Pete Bellem
1949 Chicken Every Sunday Mr. Robinson / Robby
1948 He Walked by Night Paul Reeves
1948 That Lady in Ermine Giulio
1948 Canon City Richard Heilman
1948 Raw Deal Murderer
1948 Another Part of the Forest Jugger
1947 The Senator Was Indiscreet Oakes
1947 A Double Life Dr. Stauffer
Brute Force (1947) – Bissell was rock solid in this portrayal of first time criminal and love-sick Tom Lister.
1946 It Shouldn’t Happen to a Dog Chester Frye (uncredited)
1945 The Horn Blows at Midnight Heavenly Piccolo Player (uncredited)
1944 Winged Victory Lt. Hudson (uncredited)
1943 Destination Tokyo Yo Yo (uncredited)
1943 Holy Matrimony Harry Leek (uncredited)
1940 The Sea Hawk Gate Guard at Palace Entrance (uncredited)

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I am a professional archaeologist, a bonsai guy, a classic movie reviewer, and database expert. Past exploits include Golden Gloves boxing, a 2nd Degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and an Eagle Scout badge.

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