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Jean Willes
Born Jean Donahue
April 15, 1923(1923-04-15)
Los Angeles, California
Died January 3, 1989 (aged 65)
Van Nuys, California
Years active 1934-1972
Spouse(s) Gerard Cowhig
(?-1989) (her death) 1 child

Jean Willes (April 15, 1923 – January 3, 1989) was an American film actress. She appeared in approximately 65 films between 1934 and 1972.



Willes is familiar to modern viewers for her roles in several Three Stooges short subjects, such as Monkey Businessmen, A Snitch in Time and Gypped in the Penthouse. She was a favorite of director Edward Bernds, who cast her in many shorts and features. She also appeared on several popular television shows in the 1960s and 1970s, such as The Twilight Zone, Bonanza, Meet McGraw with Frank Lovejoy, The Munsters, The Beverly Hillbillies and Kojak.[1] She portrayed Belle Starr opposite James Garner in a 1959 episode of Maverick in which Joel Grey played Billy the Kid.

In 1947, she changed her billing to her married name, Jean Willes.[2]

Willes died of liver cancer on January 3, 1989.


Willes's second husband was NFL football player Gerard Cowhig. They had one son, Gerry.

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