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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Olin Ross Howland (February 10, 1886 – September 20, 1959) was an American film and theatre actor. Howland was born in Denver, Colorado, to Joby A. Howland, one of the youngest enlisted participants in the Civil War, and Mary C. Bunting. His older sister was the famous stage actress Jobyna Howland. From 1909 to 1927, Howland appeared on Broadway in musicals, occasionally performing in silent films. The musicals include Leave It to Jane (1917), Two Little Girls in Blue (1921) and Wildflower (1923). He was in the film Janice Meredith (1924) with Marion Davies. With the advent of sound films, his theatre background proved an asset, and he concentrated mostly on films thereafter, appearing in nearly two hundred movies between 1918 and 1958. Howland often played eccentric and rural roles in Hollywood. His parts were often small and uncredited, and he never got a leading role. He was a personal favorite of David O. Selznick, who cast him in his movies Nothing Sacred (1937) as a strange luggage man, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938, as the teacher Mr. Dobbins) and Gone with the Wind (1939) as a carpetbagger businessman. He also played in numerous westerns from Republic Pictures, including the John Wayne films In Old California (1942) and Angel and the Badman (1947). As a young man, Howland learned to fly at the Wright Flying School and soloed on a Wright Model B. This lent special sentiment in his scenes with James Stewart in the film The Spirit of St. Louis (1957), as Stewart was also a pilot in real life. The Spirit of St. Louis and Them (1954),where he played a drunken old man, and The Blob (1958) were his last films. He also played in telelevision shows during the 1950s. In 1958 and 1959, he was cast as Charley Perkins in five episodes of ABC's sitcom The Real McCoys, starring Walter Brennan. Howland never married and had no children. He worked until his death in Hollywood, California, at the age of 73.
February 10, 1886, Denver, Colorado, USA
September 20, 1959
1933 Little WomenMr. Davis (uncredited) 1936 Satan Met a LadyDetective Dunhill 1937 Nothing SacredBaggage Man 1938 Merrily We LiveJed Smith 1939 Gone with the WindA Carpetbagger Businessman 1939 The Return of Doctor XUndertaker 1939 Made for Each OtherFarmer 1942 This Gun for HireBlair Fletcher (as Olin Howlin) 1943 The Falcon Strikes BackSheriff 1945 Fallen AngelJoe Ellis (uncredited) 1947 Angel and the BadmanBradley (as Olin Howlin) 1947 I Walk AloneEd the Watchman (uncredited) 1948 The PalefaceJonathan Sloane, undertaker 1954 Them!Jensen 1958 The BlobThe Old ManLimited to the 15 most popular items