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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Van Nuys, California, USA  (struck by car in hit-and-run accident)
Birth NameWalter J. Vernon

Mini Bio (1)

Both a great dancer and a hilarious comedian, in show business since the age of three, Wally Vernon could have had a more significant screen career than he had. Not in terms of quantity since he appeared in no fewer than ninety-five movies or TV episodes but in terms of quality. Indeed besides Henry King and his delightful Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938), no major director gave him a key role in a major picture. It is a pity, for Vernon was an excellent (eccentric) dancer à la Donald O'Connor who would have graced many a great musical with his dizzying presence. On the other hand his ability to deliver Runyon-esque dialogue would have been welcome in screwball comedy masterpieces by Frank Capra, George Cukor or Howard Hawks. Instead he served as a comical sidekick to Don 'Red' Barry in a series of low grade westerns or as a stooge to Eddie Quillan in a score of mildly amusing Columbia shorts. Television finally did justice to Vernon's special talents by making him a regular of the series "Damon Runyon Theater".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Guy Bellinger

Trivia (2)

Was a wonderfully eccentric dancer. Unfortunately, the only opportunity he got to demonstrate this was in two numbers in Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938).
On March 7, 1970, he and his wife were out walking near their home in Van Nuys, CA, when they were both struck by a hit-and-run driver. His wife survived, but he died of his injuries.

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