Olin Howland (1886–1959)

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Olin Howland had a career in movies which stretched from the 20s, up through the time he passed away, in the late 50s. After a few attempts at films in the silent era, Olin began to appear regularly in the sound pictures of the 1930s. His roles were usually in mysteries and dramas, and he became a western character actor in the 'horse operas' put ... See full bio »

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Them! Jensen
The Case of the Curious Bride Coroner Wilbur Strong
Satan Met a Lady Detective Dunhill


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 2017 The Forsaken Westerns (TV Series)
- Officer's Choice (2017) ... Printer
 1959 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
- A Day in the Country (1959) ... Ed (as Olin Howlin)
 1959 Fibber McGee and Molly (TV Series)
Adam Davis
- The Good Neighbor (1959) ... Adam Davis
 1959 The Californians (TV Series)
Martin Chandler
- The Fugitive (1959) ... Martin Chandler (as Olin Howlin)
 1958-1959 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Charley Perkins / Charlie Perkins
- Go Fight City Hall (1959) ... Charley Perkins (as Olin Howlin)
- The Perfect Swine (1958) ... Charley Perkins (as Olin Howlin)
- When a Fellow Needs a Friend (1958) ... Charlie Perkins (as Olin Howlin)
- New Doctor in Town (1958) ... Charley Perkins (as Olin Howlin)
- Time to Retire (1958) ... Charley Perkins (as Olin Howlin)
 1958 The Blob
Old Man (as Olin Howlin)
 1958 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV Series)
Paw Jimson
- Up the Creek (1958) ... Paw Jimson (as Olin Howlin)
 1957 Bombers B-52
Joe (uncredited)
 1957 The Spirit of St. Louis
Surplus Dealer (uncredited)
 1957 The Storm Rider
Will Collins (as Olin Howlin)
 1956 Circus Boy (TV Series)
- Meet Circus Boy (1956) ... Swifty (as Olin Howlin)
 1955 Theatre of the West (TV Movie)
 1955 The McConnell Story
Sam - Postman (uncredited)
 1955 The Donald O'Connor Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.17 (1955)
 1955 The Mickey Rooney Show (TV Series)
Ralph Switzer
- The Surplus Store (1955) ... Ralph Switzer (as Olin Howlin)
 1955 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
George Skinner
- First Stop (1955) ... George Skinner (as Olin Howlin)
 1952-1954 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Bartender / Pete Walters / Sheriff
- The Mansion (1954) ... Bartender (as Olin Howlin)
- Tunnel Job (1953) ... Pete Walters (as Olin Howlin)
- Song for a Banjo (1952) ... Sheriff (as Olin Howlin)
 1954 A Star Is Born
Charley (uncredited)
 1954 Them!
Jensen (as Olin Howlin)
 1952-1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Paw Dooley
- Wonderful Day for a Wedding (1954) ... (as Olin Howlin)
- Life, Liberty and Orrin Dooley (1952) ... Paw Dooley (as Olin Howlin)
 1953 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Old Macdonald Had a Curve (1953) ... (as Olin Howlin)
 1953 So This Is Love
Mailman (uncredited)
 1953 Mr. & Mrs. North (TV Series)
- Million Dollar Coffin (1953) ... Silas (as Olin Howlin)
 1952 Big Town (TV Series)
Dozo Dugan
- The Shill (1952) ... Dozo Dugan (as Olin Howlin)
 1952 Hopalong Cassidy (TV Series)
- The Knife of Carlos Valero (1952) ... Sheriff (as Olin Howlin)
 1952 Gobs and Gals
Conductor (as Olin Howlin)
 1952 The Fabulous Senorita
Justice of the Peace (as Olin Howlin)
 1951 Fighting Coast Guard
Desk Clerk (as Olin Howlin)
 1951 Santa Fe
Dan Dugan (as Olin Howlin)
 1950 Charlie's Haunt
Storyteller on Bench (as Olin Howlin)
 1950 Stage to Tucson
Chantry (uncredited)
 1950 He's a Cockeyed Wonder
Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
 1950 Never a Dull Moment
Hunter (uncredited)
 1950 Father Makes Good
Milo Williams
 1950 Rock Island Trail
Saloonkeeper (as Olin Howlin)
 1950 A Ticket to Tomahawk
Railway Conductor (uncredited)
 1950 The Nevadan
Rusty (uncredited)
 1949 Top o' the Morning
Barfly (uncredited)
 1949 Mr. Soft Touch
Skinny Santa Claus (uncredited)
 1949 Anna Lucasta
Station Master (uncredited)
 1949 Leave It to Henry
Milo Williams (as Olin Howlin)
 1949 Hellfire
Bartender (uncredited)
 1949 Grand Canyon
Windy (as Olin Howlin)
 1949 Little Women
Mr. Davis - Schoolteacher (uncredited)
 1949 Badmen of Tombstone
Store Proprietor (as Olin Howlin)
 1948 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Sam - Connecticut Postman (uncredited)
 1948 Last of the Wild Horses
Remedy Williams (as Olin Howlin)
 1948 The Paleface
Jonathan Sloane, undertaker
 1948 Smoky Mountain Melody
Lum Peters (as Olin Howlin)
 1948 Isn't It Romantic
Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
 1948 Station West
Cook (as Olin Howlin)
 1948 The Dude Goes West
Finnegan (as Olin Howlin)
 1948 My Dog Rusty
Frank Foley (uncredited)
 1948 The Return of the Whistler
Jeff Anderson (uncredited)
 1948 Relentless
Horse Doctor (uncredited)
 1947 I Walk Alone
Ed the Watchman (uncredited)
 1947 The Fabulous Texan
McGinn - Storekeeper (uncredited)
 1947 Wyoming
Cowboy Wanting Herd (uncredited)
 1947 Keeper of the Bees
Customer (as Olin Howlin)
 1947 The Trouble with Women
Mr. Pink (uncredited)
 1947 Living in a Big Way
The Morgan Gardener (uncredited)
 1947 For the Love of Rusty
Frank Foley (uncredited)
 1947 Apache Rose
Alkali (as Olin Howlin)
 1947 Angel and the Badman
Bradley (as Olin Howlin)
 1947 Easy Come, Easy Go
Gas Man (uncredited)
 1946 Crime Doctor's Man Hunt
Marcus Le Blaine (uncredited)
 1946 Three Wise Fools
Witness (uncredited)
 1946 Home, Sweet Homicide
Luke (uncredited)
 1946 The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
Newspaper Clerk (uncredited)
 1946 She Wrote the Book
Baggage Master (uncredited)
 1946 Colonel Effingham's Raid
Painter (uncredited)
 1945 Sing Your Way Home
Zany Steward (uncredited)
 1945 Fallen Angel
Joe Ellis (uncredited)
 1945 Dakota
Devlin's Driver (as Olin Howlin)
 1945 Senorita from the West
Justice of Peace (as Olin Howlin)
 1945 Incendiary Blonde
Interior Decorator (uncredited)
 1945 Captain Eddie
Census Taker (as Olin Howlin)
 1945 Santa Fe Saddlemates
Aloysius J. Philpots (as Olin Howlin)
 1945 It's in the Bag!
Dr. Greengrass's Doctor (uncredited)
 1945 Sheriff of Cimarron
Pinky Snyder (as Olin Howlin)
 1945 Her Lucky Night
Prince de la Mour (as Olin Howlin)
 1945 Grissly's Millions
Andrews (uncredited)
 1945 She Gets Her Man
Hank (uncredited)
 1944 I'll Be Seeing You
Train Vendor (uncredited)
 1944 Can't Help Singing
Bigelow (as Olin Howlin)
 1944 The Town Went Wild
Bit Part (as Olin Howland)
 1944 Nothing But Trouble
Painter's Foreman (uncredited)
 1944 And Now Tomorrow
Customer (uncredited)
 1944 In the Meantime, Darling
J.P. 'Hiram' Morehousse (uncredited)
 1944 Sing, Neighbor, Sing
Joe the Barber (as Olin Howlin)
 1944 Allergic to Love
Sam Walker (as Olin Howlin)
 1944 Goodnight, Sweetheart
Slim Taylor (as Olin Howlin)
 1944 Man from Frisco
Eben Whelock (as Olin Howlin)
 1944 Twilight on the Prairie
Jed (as Olin Howlin)
 1944 The Adventures of Mark Twain
Riverboat Southerner (uncredited)
 1944 Bermuda Mystery
Gas Station Owner (as Olin Howlin)
 1943 Jack London
Mailman (uncredited)
 1943 The Falcon and the Co-eds
Goodwillie (as Olin Howlin)
 1943 The Good Fellows
Reynolds (as Olin Howlin)
 1943/I The Sky's the Limit
Driver (uncredited)
 1943 Dixie
Mr. Deveraux (as Olin Howlin)
 1943 A Stranger in Town
Homer Todds (as Olin Howlin)
 1943 The Falcon Strikes Back
Sheriff (uncredited)
 1943 Young and Willing
Second Cop (as Olin Howlin)
 1943 Lady Bodyguard
Dr. Saunders (as Olin Howlin)
 1942 Ridin' Down the Canyon
The Jailer (as Olin Howlin)
 1942 When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Trullers (as Olin Howlin)
 1942 Secrets of the Underground
Oscar Mayberry (as Olin Howlin)
 1942 Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
Jacob Diezal (uncredited)
 1942 You Can't Escape Forever
Cemetery Organist (uncredited)
 1942 Orchestra Wives
Dance Ticket-Taker (uncredited)
 1942 Her Cardboard Lover
Frank - Casino Manager (uncredited)
 1942 Joan of Ozark
Game Warden (uncredited)
 1942 Henry and Dizzy
Mr. Stevens
 1942 Ten Gentlemen from West Point
Carpenter (uncredited)
 1942 In Old California
Salesman (uncredited)
 1942 Almost Married
 1942 Dr. Broadway
The Professor (as Olin Howlin)
 1942 Home in Wyomin'
Sunrise (as Olin Howlin)
 1942 The Man Who Wouldn't Die
Chief of Police Jonathan Meek (as Olin Howlin)
 1942 This Gun for Hire
Blair Fletcher (as Olin Howlin)
 1942 Blondie's Blessed Event
Office Worker (uncredited)
 1942 Sappy Birthday (Short)
Mr. Plantem, Cemetary Plot Salesman
 1942 Mr. and Mrs. North
Undetermined Role (scenes deleted, as Olin Howlin)
 1941 You're in the Army Now
Pa - The Farmer (uncredited)
 1941 Two-Faced Woman
Frank (uncredited)
 1941 Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring
Dr. Williams (as Olin Howlin)
 1941 Buy Me That Town
Constable Sam Smedley (as Olin Howlin)
 1941 One Foot in Heaven
Train Station Master (uncredited)
 1941 Belle Starr
Jasper Trench
 1941 The Great Lie
Ed - Arizona Ranch Hand (scenes deleted)
 1940 Chad Hanna
Cisco Tridd
 1940 Just a Cute Kid (Short)
Dr. Clump
 1940 Young People
Station Master
 1940 Comin' Round the Mountain
Pa Blower (as Olin Howlin)
 1940 The Doctor Takes a Wife
Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
 1940 Young Tom Edison
Telegrapher (Indian Attack) (uncredited)
 1939 Four Wives
Joe - a Policeman (uncredited)
 1939 Days of Jesse James
Muncie Undersheriff
 1939 Gone with the Wind
A Carpetbagger Businessman
 1939 The Return of Doctor X
 1939 Blondie Brings Up Baby
Encyclopedia Salesman
 1939 One Hour to Live
Clerk (as Olin Howlin)
 1939 The Kid from Kokomo
Sam, the Whittler (uncredited)
 1939 Zenobia
Attorney Culpepper
 1939 Nancy Drew... Reporter
Police Sgt. Entwhistle
 1939 Made for Each Other
Farmer (uncredited)
 1939 Boy Slaves
Cookie (uncredited)
 1939 Ambush
Radio Actor (segment "Uncle Toby") (uncredited)
 1938 Sweethearts
 1938 Brother Rat
 1938 The Mad Miss Manton
Mr. X
 1938 Little Tough Guy
 1938 When Were You Born
Peter Finlay (Sagittarius)
 1938 Kentucky Moonshine
Tom Slack (as Olin Howlin)
 1938 A Trip to Paris
Fred (uncredited)
 1938 Mr. Moto's Gamble
Deputy Sheriff Burt (uncredited)
 1938 The Girl of the Golden West
Trinidad Joe
 1938 Merrily We Live
Jed Smith (uncredited)
 1938 The Old Raid Mule (Short)
Ben Cole (as Olin Howlin)
 1938 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mr. Dobbins - Schoolmaster
 1938 Swing Your Lady
Hotel Proprietor
 1937 The Bad Man of Brimstone
Jardge - Stage Driver (uncredited)
 1937 Nothing Sacred
Vermont Baggage Man
 1937 Stand-In
Hotel Manager (uncredited)
 1937 Wife, Doctor and Nurse
Doorman Jim
 1937 Stella Dallas
Stephen's Office Clerk (uncredited)
 1937 Marry the Girl
First Southerner
 1937 Mountain Music
Pappy Burnside (as Olin Howlin)
 1937 A Star Is Born
Judd Baker (uncredited)
 1937 Men in Exile
H. Mortimer Jones
 1936 Gold Diggers of 1937
Dr. MacDuffy
 1936 Country Gentlemen
 1936 The Longest Night
Smythe, Floorwalker
 1936 The Case of the Velvet Claws
Wilbur Strong
 1936 Earthworm Tractors
Mr. Blair
 1936 Satan Met a Lady
Detective Dunhill
 1936/I The Big Noise
 1936 I Married a Doctor
Dave Dyer
 1936 Snowed Under
Bridgeport Sheriff (uncredited)
 1936 Road Gang
Doctor (as Olin Howlin)
 1936 Man Hunt
Court Starrett
 1935 Dr. Socrates
Bob Catlett
 1935 The Case of the Lucky Legs
Dr. Croker
 1935 Little Big Shot
Doc - Kells' Henchman (uncredited)
 1935 Love Me Forever
Carlton - Interior Decorator (uncredited)
 1935 The Case of the Curious Bride
Coroner Wilbur Strong
 1935 Naughty Marietta
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1935 Folies Bergère de Paris
Stage Manager
 1935 Under Pressure
Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
 1934 Behold My Wife!
Mattingly (uncredited)
 1934 Marie Galante
Clerk French Consul (uncredited)
 1934 Wagon Wheels
Bill O'Leary
 1934 Treasure Island
Pirate of the Spanish Main
 1934 Private Scandal
Ed - Coroner
 1933 Little Women
Mr. Davis (uncredited)
 1933 Golden Harvest
Wheat Farmer (uncredited)
 1933 Torchy's Loud Spooker (Short)
 1933 Blondie Johnson
 1932 So Big!
Jacob Pogadunk (uncredited)
 1932 Cheaters at Play
 1931 Over the Hill
Isaac Shelby as an Adult (as Olin Howlin)
 1925 Zander the Great
Elmer Lovejoy
 1924 Janice Meredith
Philemon Hennion
 1924 The Great White Way
Stubbs (as Olin Howlin)
 1922 Danse macabre (Short)
 1919 Beresford and the Baboons (Short)
Beresford (as Olin Howlin)
 1919 Impropaganda (Short)
 1919 One Every Minute (Short) (unconfirmed)
 1918 Perfectly Fiendish Flanagan; or, the Hart of the Dreadful West (Short)
Dirk Mendez (as Olin Howlin)
 1918 Independence, B'Gosh (Short)
Horation Whiffle (as Olin Howlin)
 1918 Tell That to the Marines (Short)
Eliot Brainard (as Olin Howlin)
 1918 Romance and Brass Tacks (Short)
 1918 Hick Manhattan (Short)
Hugh Columbus McGinty (as Olin Howlin)
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Stage Play: Two Little Girls in Blue. Musical comedy. Music by Paul Lannin and Vincent Youmans. Lyrics by Arthur Francis. Book by Fred Jackson. Musical Director: Charles Previn. Music orchestrated by Stephen Jones and Paul Lannin. Directed by Ned Wayburn. George M. Cohan's Theatre: 3 May 1921- 27 Aug 1921 (135 performances). Cast: Patricia... See more »

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Two of his very last roles were in classic 1950s sci-fi films: as the resident in the hospital alcoholic ward who sings "Make me sergeant in charge of the booze!" in Them! (1954), then as the rancher who is the first victim of The Blob (1958). See more »


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