William Ching (I) (1913–1989)

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6'2" blond, Ivy-League-handsome William Ching was just as skilled in the vocal as he was in the acting department but he purposely shied away from the musical film genre in fear of harming his career as a dramatic actor. Had he thought otherwise, the actor might have enjoyed the musical baritone career of a Nelson Eddy, Gordon MacRae, Howard Keel ... See full bio »


(age 75) in Tustin, California, USA

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 1959 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Garrett Martin
- Conspiracy of Silence (1959) ... Garrett Martin
 1959 Escort West
Capt. Howard Poole
 1958 My World Dies Screaming
Mark Snell (as Bill Ching)
 1958 Steve Canyon (TV Series)
Lt. Roebling
- Operation Jettison (1958) ... Lt. Roebling
 1958 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Glenn McKay
- The Case of the Corresponding Corpse (1958) ... Glenn McKay
 1958 The Californians (TV Series)
Pete Jordan
- Murietta (1958) ... Pete Jordan
 1957 Official Detective (TV Series)
Allen Brewster
- Extortion (1957) ... Allen Brewster
 1957 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV Series)
Roark Purdom
- The Bounty Hunter (1957) ... Roark Purdom
 1957 Panic! (TV Series)
Gil Beresford
- Two Martinis (1957) ... Gil Beresford
 1955-1956 Science Fiction Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. George Stoneham / Dr. Robert Porter / Walter Daniels
- The Human Circuit (1956) ... Dr. George Stoneham
- The Last Barrier (1956) ... Dr. Robert Porter
- Friend of a Raven (1955) ... Walter Daniels
 -1956 Passport to Danger (TV Series)
Lt. Al Jacoby
- Baja, California (1956) ... Lt. Al Jacoby
- Paris
 1956 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Allen Johnson
- The Louise Williams Story (1956) ... Allen Johnson
 1956 Telephone Time (TV Series)
- Man with a Beard (1956) ... Parker
 1956 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
- Lost, Strayed, and Lonely (1956) ... Binky
 1955 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Bill Adams
- A Shadow Between (1955) ... Bill Adams
 1955 Our Miss Brooks (TV Series)
Clint Allbright
- Big Ears (1955) ... Clint Allbright
- Burnt Picnic Basket (1955) ... Clint Allbright
- Who's Who? (1955) ... Clint Allbright
- Transition Show (1955) ... Clint Allbright
 1955 Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV Series)
- The Music Teacher (1955) ... Jim
 1955 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
- Technical Charge of Murder (1955) ... Colonel
 1955 Tall Man Riding
Rex Willard (as Bill Ching)
 1955 The Magnificent Matador
Jody Wilton (as William Brooks Ching)
 1954 Public Defender (TV Series)
Mort Bettiger
- Lost Cause (1954) ... Mort Bettiger
 1954 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
- Indian Taker (1954)
 1953 For Every Child (Short)
Humphrey Wilcox
 1953 Give a Girl a Break
Anson Prichett
 1953 A Smile for Danger (TV Movie)
 1953 The Moonlighter
Tom Anderson
 1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater (TV Series)
 1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- Women Who Wait (1953)
 1953 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
 1953 Scared Stiff
Tony Warren
 1953 My Little Margie (TV Series)
Joe Sparks
- Homely Margie (1953) ... Joe Sparks (as Bill Ching)
 1953 Never Wave at a WAC
Lt. Col. Schuyler 'Sky' Fairchild
 1953 Racket Squad (TV Series)
Don Riordan
- The System (1953) ... Don Riordan (as Bill Ching)
 1952 Pat and Mike
Collier Weld
 1952 Bal Tabarin
Don Barlow
 1951 The Wild Blue Yonder
Lt. Ted Cranshaw
 1951 The Sea Hornet
 1951 Oh! Susanna
Corporal Donlin
 1951 Belle Le Grand
Bill Shanks
 1950 Surrender
John Beauregard Hale
 1950 The Showdown
Mike Shattay
 1950 In a Lonely Place
Ted Barton
 1949 Life of St. Paul Series
 1949 D.O.A.
 1947 The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap
Jim Simpson
 1947 Something in the Wind
Joe (uncredited)
 1947 Buck Privates Come Home
2nd Lieutenant, Mess Officer (uncredited)
 1947 Song of Scheherazade
Midshipman (uncredited)
 1947 Michigan Kid
Steve Randolph Prescott (as William Brooks)
 1947 I'll Be Yours
Stage Door Johnny (uncredited)
 1946 The Mysterious Mr. M
Jim Farrell [Chs. 1-3] (as William Brooks)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Dr. Joseph Taylor Sr.") in "Allegro" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Musical. NOTE: Ching also sang.

Alternate Names:

William Brooks | Bill Ching | William Brooks Ching

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I've been told that when I start my radio program people will assume that I am an Oriental, since they can't see me. The fact remains that the performance is what counts; names don't mean anything. See more »


Left the film business in 1959 and became a very successful real-estate agent. See more »

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