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William Ruhl
Ruhl in Star Reporter (1939)
William Harris Ruhl

(1901-10-25)October 25, 1901
DiedMarch 12, 1956(1956-03-12) (aged 54)
Resting placePierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park
Years active1934–1952
SpouseLu Miller

William Harris Ruhl (October 25, 1901 – March 12, 1956) was an American character actor of the 1930s, 1940s, and early 1950s.

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Early life

Born on October 25, 1901, in Colfax, Washington, Ruhl entered films in the small role of a shopper in 1934's The Man Who Reclaimed His Head, starring Claude Rains and Joan Bennett.[1] During his career, he appeared in over 150 films and television shows, including over 125 feature films.[2] During the 1940s, he was used frequently by Monogram Studios, appearing in several of their series, including Charlie Chan, The Bowery Boys, and Joe Palooka.


Notable films in which he appeared include: Pittsburgh (1942), starring John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich, and Randolph Scott;[3] Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur, also in 1942;[4] Hit the Ice (1943), starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello;[5] Michael Curtiz's 1945 drama, Mildred Pierce, for which Joan Crawford won the Academy Award for Best Actress;[6] Life With Father (1947), starring William Powell, Irene Dunne, and Elizabeth Taylor;[7] and Cecil B. DeMille's epic, The Greatest Show on Earth in 1952.[8] Ruhl's final film appearance was in 1953's Above and Beyond, which starred Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker.[9] In addition to his film work, Ruhl would also make appearances on several television shows, including The Lone Ranger, Hopalong Cassidy, and The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok.


Ruhl died on March 12, 1956, in Hollywood, California, at the age of 54. He was buried in Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood, California.[10]

Filmography (feature films)

(Per AFI database)[2][11]


  1. ^ "The Man Who Reclaimed His Head: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "William Ruhl". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  3. ^ "Pittsburgh: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  4. ^ "Saboteur: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  5. ^ "Hit the Ice: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  6. ^ "Mildred Pierce: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  7. ^ "Life With Father: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  8. ^ "The Greatest Show on Earth: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  9. ^ "Above and Beyond: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  10. ^ Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. (2 volume set). McFarland. pp. 204–205. ISBN 9780786479924. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  11. ^ "William Ruhl". Retrieved April 29, 2015.

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