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Dick Wilson
Dick Wilson
Credits
Roles Mr. Solow
Frank O'Hara
Mr. Potter
Neighbor
Man in Bar
Montague
Harry
Customer
Drunk in Bar
Drunk
Mr. Green (Tabitha)
Biographical Information
Birth Name Riccardo DiGuglielmo
Birthdate July 30, 1916
Birthplace Preston, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Death Date November 19, 2007 (age 91)
Death Place Woodland Hills, California, United States

Dick Wilson played multiple characters in eighteen episodes of Bewitched, mostly drunks (1965-1972). He played Paul Thurston's neighbor Mr. Green (also a drunk) on two episodes of the Tabitha television series (1977-1978).

Biography[]

Born Riccardo DiGuglielmo in Preston, Lancashire, in 1916, he moved with his family to Canada when young and grew up in Hamilton, Ontario. He graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, before landing a job designing scenery for a dance school, following his parents into show business – his Italian father was a vaudeville entertainer and his English mother a singer. Instead of a salary, he accepted dance lessons, which led him into a twenty-year vaudeville career under the name Dick Wilson (his mother's maiden name).

During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He became an American citizen in 1954 and found regular employment on screen, usually in one-off character roles. He was seen in popular series such as Wagon Train (1958), Maverick (1960), Perry Mason (1963) and The Munsters (1965), before a short run as the Italian Dino Baroni (1965-66) in McHale's Navy. Wilson also took five different roles in Hogan's Heroes, as well as appearing in eighteen episodes of Bewitched, often as a drunk.

His films included the Vincent Price picture Diary of a Madman (1963), the romantic comedy What a Way to Go! (1964), the Elvis Presley vehicle Stay Away, Joe (1968) and the sci-fi fantasy The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981).

From 1964 until 1985, he presented the Charmin toilet tissue commercials, making more than five-hundred commercials as Mr. George Whipple, a man consumed with keeping bubbly housewives from fondling toilet paper. The punch line of most spots was that Whipple himself was a closeted squeezer.

Dick Wilson died of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills. He was survived by his wife Meg, son Stuart, and daughters Wendy and Melanie.


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