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Joseph Kearns

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Actor

The Resume

    (February 12, 1907-February 17, 1962)
    Born in Salt Lake City, Utah
    Portrayed Mr. Wilson in the TV series 'Dennis the Menace' (1959-62)
    Appeared in the films 'Hard, Fast and Beautiful' (1951), 'Alice in Wonderland' (voice only, 1951) and 'Anatomy of a Murder' (1959)
    Regular on the radio programs 'The Jack Benny Show,' 'The Mel Blanc Show' and 'Suspense'

Why he might be annoying:

    He joined 'Rising Generation,' an all-child vaudeville troupe, when he was nine.
    He did commercials for Rice Krispies in character as Mr. Wilson.
    Ironically, the last 'Dennis the Menace' episode to air before his death featured Mr. Wilson making out a will and explaining that Dennis will inherit his gold watch when he dies.
    His replacement, Gale Gordon, looked more like the Mr. Wilson of the comics than he did.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He earned his tuition for the University of Utah by teaching a course on theatrical makeup.
    He was one of old-time radio's most versatile and dependable actors.
    He had good chemistry with 'Dennis' star Jay North.
    He built a soundproof house around a 1929 vintage Wurlitzer organ that he restored.

Credit: C. Fishel


Featured in the following Annoying Collections:

Year In Review:

    In 2021, Out of 13 Votes: 53.85% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 4 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 6 Votes: 16.67% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 4 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 29 Votes: 44.83% Annoying