Willard Parker

Longtime character actor Willard Parker, who appeared in numerous films during the 1930s and ’40s, died Dec. 4 of heart failure in Rancho Mirage. He was 84.

Parker began his career on the New York stage, and in 1937 made his film debut in “Over the Goal.”

He also appeared in “What a Woman,” “You Gotta Stay Happy,” “Sangaree” and “Kiss Me Kate.”

He later starred in the TV series “Tales of the Texas Rangers” (1955-57).

He is survived by a son, Van; and two grandsons.

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