Willie Howard

Active - 1935 - 1937  |   Born - Apr 13, 1886   |   Died - Jan 14, 1949   |   Genres - Musical, Comedy, Western

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Biography by Hans J. Wollstein

Dialect comedian Willie Howard, the skinny member of vaudeville's Eugene and Howard, played a Jewish-accented cowboy (singing Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin's "I Got a Girl in Cal-i-for-ni-ay") in the 1935 version of David Belasco's ancient operetta Rose of the Rancho (1936). It was a screen highlight of sorts for a comedian otherwise mainly seen in early Vitaphone shorts and Al Christie comedy two-reelers.