1907-02-18

BILLY DE WOLFE, American actor, born (d: 1974); A character actor, he was active in films from the mid-1940s until his death and was a good friend of Doris Day. De Wolfe was different from the other comedians who played harried, effeminate, prissy characters. He had a silly mustache that became his veritable trademark at a time when most men were smooth-faced. His favorite shtick was playing middle-class matrons taking tea, and in full drag, complete with hat and polka-dotted eye-veil. With the mustache a distinctive touch of incongruity, he was really very, very funny, looking as he did like Alice Toklas, in late middle age, only better dressed.