Romantic Movie Features East Texan Dooley Wilson
Said by some to be the most romantic of all movies, Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, released in the United States January 23, 1943. Tickling the ivories and crooning this most famous love song was Dooley Wilson, as Sam, playing As Time Goes By. Wilson was born in Tyler in 1886 and went on to star in many movies, plays and a TV sitcom called Beulah. He died May 30, 1953.
Recently the piano he so famously played in Casablanca sold in a New York auction for $3.4 million. It’s pictured here at left with Wilson and Bogart.