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Don Wilson

Don Wilson was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. Not much is known about his early life but what is known is that he played football for the University of Colorado in the 1920's. Wilson began his radio career as a singer in Denver's radio station, KFEL, in 1923. In 1929, he started working at radio station KFI in Los Angeles, California. In the summer of 1932, Wilson worked as a sportscaster, covering the opening of the 1932 Summer Olympics games and, in the early part of 1934, Wilson was working as the announcer on George Gershwin 's series, "Music by Gershwin", when Jack Benny heard him on the radio and insisted that he come to work for him and, on 6 April 1934, Wilson made his first broadcast as Benny's announcer in his live radio show, that started a relationship with Benny that lasted for over thirty years. Wilson was a "portly man" with a deep resonating voice and a robust figure that made him very popular with sponsors as, in the early days of radio, the show's announcer read the commercial pitches for the sponsors and the sponsors believes a deep voice was more agreeable to the audience. Being a good business man, Wilson always made sure his contracts allowed him to freelance and take on other endeavors, and he did just that, as in 1946, Wilson was a regular on the daytime comedy, "Glamour Manor" (1946). He also worked as an announcer for variety shows and comedy radio programs. In 1950, Jack Benny  made the move to television and Wilson made the move as well, until 1965, whenThe Jack Benny Program (1950) ended. In 1966, Wilson made his last television appearance on the Batman  (1966) TV series (1966-1968) episode, Batman: Dizzoner the Penguin (1966), where he played the uncredited role of newscaster "Walter Klondike", a spoof of Walter Cronkite. From 1968 until the mid-1970s, Wilson and his wife hosted a television show called "Town Talk" in the Palm Springs area and he continued to do interviews on radio and television whenever the topic was about Jack Benny or old time radio (He was considered a authority on both). Don Wilson died of a stroke on April 25, 1982 at age 81 in Cathedral City, California. He was survived by his wife of over 30 years, radio actress Lois Corbett - IMDb Mini Biography By: John A. Eckert


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Born:
Sep 1, 1900 In Lincoln - Nebraska - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
72
First Appeared:
In the movie The Hot Choc-late Soldiers 1934-05-24
Latest Project:
Movie The Hitman Agency 2018-04-04
Known For
Poster of Celebrate Christmas With Mickey, Donald & Friends
Poster of Cop Game
Poster of Swing It Soldier
Poster of The Hot Choc-late Soldiers
Filmography
Movie The Hitman Agency The Dragon 2018-04-04
Movie Showdown In Manila Dillon 2016-02-18
Movie The Scorpion King: Quest for Power Gizzan 2015-01-09
Movie Diamond Cartel Mister Lo 2015-03-06
Movie The Martial Arts Kid Glen 2014-01-01
Movie Liberator Sidewinder 2012-09-15
Movie The Last Sentinel Tallis 2007-01-01
Movie Soft Target Danny Tyler 2006-08-03
Movie Sci Fighter Jack Tanaka 2004-01-01
Movie Redemption John Sato Collins 2002-05-28
Movie Stealing Harvard Loach's Friend 2002-09-13
Movie Celebrate Christmas With Mickey, Donald & Friends Narrator (voice) (archive footage) 2000-01-01
Movie Moving Target Ray Brock 2000-05-30
Movie The Prophet Jarrid 1999-01-01
Movie Top Fighter Himself 1999-01-01
Movie Whatever it Takes Neil 1998-01-01
Movie Papertrail FBI Agent Ryu 1998-09-28
Movie Operation Cobra Kyle Connors 1997-12-05
Movie Terminal Rush Jacob Harper 1996-01-01
Movie Bloodfist VIII: Trained to Kill Rick Cowan / George 'Mac' MacReady 1996-01-01
Movie Night Hunter Jack Cutter 1996-04-01
Movie CyberTracker 2 Eric 1995-01-01
Movie Bloodfist VI: Ground Zero Nick Corrican 1995-01-31
Movie Ring of Fire III: Lion Strike Dr. Johnny Woo 1995-02-08
Movie Bloodfist VII: Manhunt Jim Trudell 1995-10-03
Movie Virtual Combat David Quarry 1995-07-11
Movie Batman Forever Gang Leader 1995-06-16
Movie Bloodfist V: Human Target Jim Stanton 1994-01-19
Movie CyberTracker Eric Phillips 1994-08-22
Movie Red Sun Rising Thomas Hoshino 1994-09-01
Movie Ring of Fire II: Blood and Steel Johnny Woo 1993-03-17
Movie Ninja Dragons Himself 1993-10-27
Movie Blackbelt Jack Dillon 1992-05-28
Movie Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight Jimmy Boland 1992-01-05
Movie Bloodfist IV: Die Trying Danny Holt 1992-11-18
Movie Out for Blood John Decker 1992-12-16
Movie Future Kick Walker 1991-11-19
Movie Ring of Fire Johnny Woo 1991-12-18
Movie After Death Tommy 1990-07-27
Movie Bloodfist II Jake Raye 1990-10-12
Movie The Ventures: 30 Years of Rock 'n' Roll (30th Anniversary Super Session) 1989-01-01
Movie Say Anything... Sparring Partner 1989-04-14
Movie Bloodfist Jake Ray 1989-09-22
Movie Passage to Hell 1988-01-01
Movie Cop Game Sergeant Ludge 1988-01-01
Movie New York Chinatown 1982-08-06
Movie The Mouse That Jack Built Don (voice) 1959-04-03
Movie Niagara J.C. Kettering 1953-01-26
Movie The Stars Are Singing Radio Announcer 1953-03-11
Movie Sailor Beware Mr. Chubby 1952-02-08
Movie Larceny Master of Ceremonies 1948-09-03
Movie The Corpse Came C.O.D. Narrator 1947-06-02
Movie Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. Diamond Joe 1946-01-01
Movie The Chase Fats 1946-11-16
Movie The Kid from Brooklyn Radio Announcer 1946-03-21
Movie Out of This World Radio Announcer 1945-07-13
Movie Radio Stars on Parade Don Wilson - Announcer 1945-08-01
Movie Show-Business at War Himself (uncredited) 1943-05-21
Movie Du Barry Was a Lady Radio Interviewer (uncredited) 1943-08-13
Movie Dangerous Blondes Himself - Announcer (uncredited) 1943-09-23
Movie The Roundup Sheriff 'Slim' Hoover 1941-04-03
Movie Swing It Soldier Brad Saunders 1941-11-07
Movie Two Girls on Broadway Announcer 1940-04-19
Movie Love Thy Neighbor Radio Show Announcer (voice) (uncredited) 1940-12-27
Movie Buck Benny Rides Again Don Wilson 1940-05-31
Movie $1,000 a Touchdown Announcer 1939-10-04
Movie Radio City Revels Don Wilson - Radio Station Announcer 1938-02-11
Movie Hollywood Goes to Town Himself 1938-07-07
Movie Ferdinand the Bull Narrator (voice) 1938-11-23
Movie Artists & Models Radio Speaker (voice) (uncredited) 1937-08-13
Movie Broadway Melody of 1936 Radio Announcer (uncredited) 1935-09-20
Movie The Hot Choc-late Soldiers Narrator 1934-05-24