Byron Foulger

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4 April 1899 Ogden, Utah, USA
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Highly recognizable character actor Foulger, who began performing with stock and repertory companies after graduating from the University of Utah, met his future wife, character actress Dorothy Adams, in one of these companies. After Broadway work, they moved to Hollywood in the 1930s to try to stake a claim in films, and both succeeded, appearing in hundreds of films, both together and apart, albeit in small, often unbilled, bits. A man of meek, edgy countenance, his short stature and squinty stare could be used for playing both humble and shady fellows. Although predominantly employed as an owlish storekeeper, mortician, professor, or bank teller, his better parts had darker intentions -- exceptional as weaselly, mealy-mouthed, whining henchmen who would inevitably show their yellow streak by the film's end. He moved on into TV in the 1950s and '60s, displaying a comedy side in many folksy, rural sitcoms. He died of heart problems on April 4, 1970.