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Dick Wessel

Dick Wessel
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Birth nameRichard M. Wessel
Birth dateApril 20, 1913
Place of birthWisconsin, U.S.
Date of deathApril 20, 1965(age 52)
Death placeStudio City, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Dick Wessel (April 20, 1913 - April 20, 1965) was an American film actor. Born in Wisconsin, Wessel appeared in over 270 films between 1935 and 1966. He is best remembered for his chilling portrayal of the ruthless strangler Harry "Cueball" Lake in Dick Tracy vs. Cueball.

Modern viewers will remember Wessel for his appearances in the Three Stooges short subjects Punchy Cowpunchers and as Chopper Kane in Fright Night and its remake, Fling in the Ring. In 1959, he appeared as police captain Bob Rattigan in the episode "Rattigan and the Cat" of the syndicated Border Patrol television series, starring Richard Webb.

Wessel died of a sudden heart attack at his home on his 52nd birthday. He had just finished his role as Eddie the garbage man in the Disney film The Ugly Dachshund. Voice artist Paul Frees dubbed Wessel's voice in during post-production.

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