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Blondie Film Series:
Evolution of Ollie Shaw
See how Ollie Shaw progressed in actor and character!

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Out of the 28 Blondie films made, the character of Ollie Shaw appeared in 19 of them.  There were various incarnations of the Ollie Shaw character and four different actors who portrayed him throughout the series run.  The most famous version of Ollie Shaw was played by Jack Rice.  It was the combination of Rice's look and character's personality that has imbedded his image as Ollie Shaw best in the minds of Blondie movies fans.  He was a conniving, slippery, weasel of a man who was often a turncoat to friend and co-worker Dagwood Bumstead.  His thin mustache, slicked-back hair, and beady eyes shielded behind thick glasses matched his rat-like persona.  Here is a breakdown of the Ollie Shaw character taken in order of film appearance.

Stanley Brown
Stanley Brown

Stanley Brown as "Ollie Shaw"
2. Blondie Meets the Boss (1939)
4. Blondie Brings Up Baby (1939)


THIS is "Ollie Shaw"?  He's a little too good-looking to be the "Ollie Shaw" most of us Blondie fans are familiar with.

Jack Rice, who later became "Ollie Shaw", was also in the film Blondie Meets the Boss, but as a different character.  He was the "Detective With Mason".

Frank Melton
Frank Melton

Frank Melton as "Ollie Shaw"
6. Blondie has Servant Trouble (1940)

As you can clearly see in this film, "Ollie Shaw" put on some weight and lost some hair.

Stanley Brown as "Ollie Shaw"
7. Blondie Plays Cupid (1940)
9. Blondie in Society (1941)
11. Blondie's Blessed Event (1942)
14. Footlight Glamour (1943)


Jack Rice as "Ollie Shaw"
15. Leave it to Blondie (1945)
16. Life with Blondie (1946)
17. Blondie's Lucky Day (1946)
18. Blondie Knows Best (1946)
19. Blondie's Big Moment (1947)
20. Blondie's Holiday (1947)


Norman Phillips, Jr. as "Ollie Shaw"
21. Blondie in the Dough (1947)

Jack Rice as "Ollie Shaw"
22. Blondie's Anniversary (1947)
23. Blondie's Reward (1948) [character called "Ollie Merton" in this film only]
24. Blondie's Secret (1948)
25. Blondie's Big Deal (1949)
28. Beware of Blondie (1950)