William Tannen

William Tannen

Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1911-11-17
Deathday: 1976-12-02 (65 years old)

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William Tannen (November 17, 1911 – December 2, 1976) was an American actor originally from New York City, who was best known for his role of Deputy Hal Norton in fifty-six episodes from 1956 to 1958 of the ABC/Desilu western television series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, with Hugh O'Brian as Deputy Marshal Wyatt Earp.


Tannen was also cast as Gyp Clements in the 1955 episode "The Buntline Special" of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. Beginning on September 11, 1956, in the second season of the series, with the setting moved from Wichita to Dodge City, Kansas, Tannen filled the Hal Norton role. His earliest episodes were "Fight or Run", "The Double Life of Dora Hand" and "Clay Allison", the latter two based on historical figures, the saloon singer and actor Dora Hand and the gunfighter Clay Allison. Some of his appearances were uncredited. His last credited role was "Doc Holliday Rewrites History" (May 6, 1958), with Myron Healey as the frontier gunfighter and dentist Doc Holliday. His last uncredited roles aired thereafter in May and June 1958, "Dig a Grave for Ben Thompson", based on the historical figure Ben Thompson played by Denver Pyle, "Frame-up", and "My Husband".


He was cast as Ike Clanton, not on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, but in the 1964 episode "After the OK Corral" of the syndicated western anthology series, Death Valley Days. Jim Davis portrayed Wyatt Earp in this particular episode. Tannen appeared twice, one role uncredited in Davis' earlier syndicated western series, Stories of the Century, including the role of Dutch Charlie in "Milt Sharp", the story of the stagecoach robber Milt Sharp.

Filmography

All 138

Movies 128

TV Shows 10

Director 2

Voice 1

Civil Engineer
Hero and the Terror

Hero and the Terror (1988)

Movie
Workman #2
Here's Lucy

Here's Lucy (1968)

TV Show
8
American Delegate (uncredited)
Batman

Batman (1966)

Movie
6.75
The Quick Gun

The Quick Gun (1964)

Movie
Willetts
Noose for a Gunman

Noose for a Gunman (1960)

Movie
Mack Bryant - Dept. of Immigration (uncredited)
The Return of Dracula

The Return of Dracula (1958)

Movie
4
Marcia Linnekar's Attorney (uncredited)
Touch of Evil

Touch of Evil (1958)

Movie
5.24
The Tijuana Story

The Tijuana Story (1957)

Movie
Frank - Studio Guard / Police Sergeant
Perry Mason

Perry Mason (1957)

TV Show
4.33
Celia's Supervisor (uncredited)
A Hatful of Rain

A Hatful of Rain (1957)

Movie
Larkin - Man Stealing Guns (uncredited)
Gun Duel In Durango

Gun Duel In Durango (1957)

Movie
Keenan
Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo (1957)

TV Show
Paul Revere
Hey, Jeannie!

Hey, Jeannie! (1956)

TV Show
President Jackson's Aide (uncredited)
The First Texan

The First Texan (1956)

Movie
Dee Havalik
Blackjack Ketchum Desperado

Blackjack Ketchum Desperado (1956)

Movie
Nels Comstock
Devil Goddess

Devil Goddess (1955)

Movie
Logan / Rustler
The Adventures of Champion

The Adventures of Champion (1955)

TV Show
John Hirschbeck / Townsman
Gunsmoke

Gunsmoke (1955)

TV Show
6
Deputy Hal Norton / Gyp Clements
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp

The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955)

TV Show
Devon
Dial Red O

Dial Red O (1955)

Movie
O'Connor
Sitting Bull

Sitting Bull (1954)

Movie
Dave Rudabaugh
The Law vs. Billy the Kid

The Law vs. Billy the Kid (1954)

Movie
Steve Castle (as Bill Tannen)
Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl

Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl (1954)

Movie
Emmett Dalton
Jesse James vs. the Daltons

Jesse James vs. the Daltons (1954)

Movie
Sergeant Reed
The Golden Idol

The Golden Idol (1954)

Movie
Henchman Joe
El Paso Stampede

El Paso Stampede (1953)

Movie
Director
99 River Street

99 River Street (1953)

Movie
I, the Jury

I, the Jury (1953)

Movie
Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Dangerous Crossing

Dangerous Crossing (1953)

Movie
Jeff Roper
Eyes of the Jungle

Eyes of the Jungle (1953)

Movie
Ramon
Raiders of the Seven Seas

Raiders of the Seven Seas (1953)

Movie
Stranger (uncredited)
Law and Order

Law and Order (1953)

Movie
Carl Hasick / Jeff Roper / Jeff Sharp
Ramar of the Jungle

Ramar of the Jungle (1953)

TV Show
Spargo
Jack McCall Desperado

Jack McCall Desperado (1953)

Movie
Reporter (uncredited)
The Bad and the Beautiful

The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Movie
7
Commander (uncredited)
Flat Top

Flat Top (1952)

Movie
Driggs
Talk About a Stranger

Talk About a Stranger (1952)

Movie
6.91
Toll Gate Guard
Road Agent

Road Agent (1952)

Movie
'Doc' Edwards
Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land

Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land (1952)

Movie
Dangerous Assignment

Dangerous Assignment (1952)

TV Show
The Adventures of Kit Carson

The Adventures of Kit Carson (1951)

TV Show
Bill - Adjutant (uncredited)
Best of the Badmen

Best of the Badmen (1951)

Movie
Ed Gannon
Roaring City

Roaring City (1951)

Movie
American Captain (uncredited)
I Was an American Spy

I Was an American Spy (1951)

Movie
1st Hood
Insurance Investigator

Insurance Investigator (1951)

Movie
Lt. Lewis
A Yank in Korea

A Yank in Korea (1951)

Movie
Sparks
Blue Blood

Blue Blood (1951)

Movie
Lieutenant
The Flying Missile

The Flying Missile (1950)

Movie
Kruger
Pygmy Island

Pygmy Island (1950)

Movie
Harry Cleaver
Chain Gang

Chain Gang (1950)

Movie
Bobby Lynch (uncredited)
Three Secrets

Three Secrets (1950)

Movie
6
John Kimball (as William J. Tannen)
Sunset in the West

Sunset in the West (1950)

Movie
Actor
Pal, Canine Detective

Pal, Canine Detective (1950)

Movie
Prison Guard (uncredited)
Convicted

Convicted (1950)

Movie
Officer Johnson (uncredited)
Armored Car Robbery

Armored Car Robbery (1950)

Movie
Barker (uncredited)
Annie Get Your Gun

Annie Get Your Gun (1950)

Movie
5.5
Trump Dixon
Riders of the Range

Riders of the Range (1950)

Movie
Man in City Bar (Uncredited)
All the King's Men

All the King's Men (1949)

Movie
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Abandoned

Abandoned (1949)

Movie
Bart Barton
The Mysterious Desperado

The Mysterious Desperado (1949)

Movie
Dajek
Alaska Patrol

Alaska Patrol (1949)

Movie
Traveler (uncredited)
The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers (1948)

Movie
Gaylord
An Innocent Affair

An Innocent Affair (1948)

Movie
FBI Chemist
Walk a Crooked Mile

Walk a Crooked Mile (1948)

Movie
Dingle Clerk (Uncredited)
Cynthia

Cynthia (1947)

Movie
Officer Donahue (uncredited)
Our Old Car

Our Old Car (1946)

Movie
Casting Director / Dr. Caswell Snide (uncredited)
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945)

Movie
Photographer (uncredited)
Week-End at the Waldorf

Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)

Movie
Police Lab Technician Wilson (uncredited)
A Gun in His Hand

A Gun in His Hand (1945)

Movie
Officer Donohue (archive footage) (uncredited)
The Great Morgan

The Great Morgan (1945)

Movie
McKay's Assistant (uncredited)
Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows (1944)

Movie
Lead Man (Uncredited)
Maisie Goes to Reno

Maisie Goes to Reno (1944)

Movie
Jordan
The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost (1944)

Movie
Department of Transportation Representative (uncredited)
Main Street Today

Main Street Today (1944)

Movie
Captain
For God and Country

For God and Country (1943)

Movie
Eugene Shepherd
Presenting Lily Mars

Presenting Lily Mars (1943)

Movie
Joseph
Air Raid Wardens

Air Raid Wardens (1943)

Movie
7
Flag Lt. Dudley
Stand by for Action

Stand by for Action (1942)

Movie
France Soldier-Driver (uncredited)
For Me and My Gal

For Me and My Gal (1942)

Movie
Mechanic (uncredited)
The Affairs of Martha

The Affairs of Martha (1942)

Movie
Army Stage Manager (Uncredited)
Maisie Gets Her Man

Maisie Gets Her Man (1942)

Movie
Jasper Dean
Pacific Rendezvous

Pacific Rendezvous (1942)

Movie
Second Railroad Yardman (uncredited)
Grand Central Murder

Grand Central Murder (1942)

Movie
Mike, an Airport Clerk (uncredited)
Tarzan's New York Adventure

Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942)

Movie
4.2
Devlan
Fingers at the Window

Fingers at the Window (1942)

Movie
Agent Flammer
Ship Ahoy

Ship Ahoy (1942)

Movie
Frank R. Stockton
The Lady or the Tiger?

The Lady or the Tiger? (1942)

Movie
Ludwig
Nazi Agent

Nazi Agent (1942)

Movie
Ellis
Woman of the Year

Woman of the Year (1942)

Movie
Eddie
Joe Smith, American

Joe Smith, American (1942)

Movie
Missing Couple-Skier Searcher (uncredited)
Two-Faced Woman

Two-Faced Woman (1941)

Movie
One of Lucien's Men (Uncredited)
The Corsican Brothers

The Corsican Brothers (1941)

Movie
Intern Fenwick
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

Movie
Robert Graves
Whistling in the Dark

Whistling in the Dark (1941)

Movie
Matt Herman
Down in San Diego

Down in San Diego (1941)

Movie
Fred Sutton
The Big Store

The Big Store (1941)

Movie
3.5
Sanitarium Attendant (uncredited)
Love Crazy

Love Crazy (1941)

Movie
Driver
I'll Wait for You

I'll Wait for You (1941)

Movie
Cafe Patron (uncredited)
Men of the Timberland

Men of the Timberland (1941)

Movie
Lieut. Freddy Townsend
Flight Command

Flight Command (1940)

Movie
Spath, a Gangster (uncredited)
Gallant Sons

Gallant Sons (1940)

Movie
Gus
Sky Murder

Sky Murder (1940)

Movie
Sgt. Reynolds
Wyoming

Wyoming (1940)

Movie
Hotel Desk Clerk #1 (uncredited)
Boom Town

Boom Town (1940)

Movie
Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
I Love You Again

I Love You Again (1940)

Movie
6
Ted Milner
Sporting Blood

Sporting Blood (1940)

Movie
Mr. Franklin (voice) (uncredited)
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante

Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)

Movie
Pierre
New Moon

New Moon (1940)

Movie
Nazi Clerk
The Mortal Storm

The Mortal Storm (1940)

Movie
Sailor
Phantom Raiders

Phantom Raiders (1940)

Movie
Sergeant
Florian

Florian (1940)

Movie
Harmon (uncredited)
Broadway Melody of 1940

Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)

Movie
Bates - Intern (uncredited)
The Secret of Dr. Kildare

The Secret of Dr. Kildare (1939)

Movie
6
State Trooper (uncredited)
Another Thin Man

Another Thin Man (1939)

Movie
5.6
Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Fast and Furious

Fast and Furious (1939)

Movie
Spectator in Theatre Box
Miracles for Sale

Miracles for Sale (1939)

Movie
Actor as 'Soldier' (uncredited)
It's a Wonderful World

It's a Wonderful World (1939)

Movie
Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
The Hardys Ride High

The Hardys Ride High (1939)

Movie
Assistant Stage Manager (uncredited)
Broadway Serenade

Broadway Serenade (1939)

Movie
Sarah's Sweetheart (uncredited)
The Story of Dr. Jenner

The Story of Dr. Jenner (1939)

Movie
Green's Clerk
Within the Law

Within the Law (1939)

Movie
Assistant Doorman (Uncredited)
The Ice Follies of 1939

The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939)

Movie
Doctor at Accident
Four Girls in White

Four Girls in White (1939)

Movie
Lewis, Arnold's Henchman
Stand Up and Fight

Stand Up and Fight (1939)

Movie
Drunk Who Trips in Las Palmas Club (uncredited)
The Mad Miss Manton

The Mad Miss Manton (1938)

Movie
Norman Crocker
When Love Is Young

When Love Is Young (1937)

Movie
Tony
Crash Donovan

Crash Donovan (1936)

Movie
Reporter
Women Are Trouble

Women Are Trouble (1936)

Movie
Governor's Aide (uncredited)
Fury

Fury (1936)

Movie
3.67
Intern Attending Terry
Speed

Speed (1936)

Movie
MGM Crime Reporter Jim (uncredited)
The Perfect Set-Up

The Perfect Set-Up (1936)

Movie
Kent (uncredited)
Exclusive Story

Exclusive Story (1936)

Movie
MGM Reporter
A Thrill for Thelma

A Thrill for Thelma (1935)

Movie
Cesar
She Couldn't Take It

She Couldn't Take It (1935)

Movie
Pee Wee Adams (Uncredited)
Murder in the Fleet

Murder in the Fleet (1935)

Movie
Rosy Rosenberg
The Bands Plays On

The Bands Plays On (1934)

Movie
Ronny Belvedere
My Grandfather's Clock

My Grandfather's Clock (1934)

Movie
The Grand Duke as Seen thru the Magic Spectacle
The Spectacle Maker

The Spectacle Maker (1934)

Movie

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William TannenWilliam Tannen

Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1911-11-17

Deathday
1976-12-02 (65 years old)

Place of birth
New York City, United States of America

Father
Julius Tannen

Siblings
Charles Tannen

Citizenships
United States of America

Also known as
Bill Tannan, Billy Tannen, Bill Tannen, William J. Tannen, Bill Tanmen


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