Dooley Wilson

Dooley Wilson was a drummer and singer who led his own band in the 1920s, touring nightclubs in London and Paris. In the 1930s he took up acting, playing supporting roles onstage on Broadway and in a series of modest films.

His role in Casablanca was by far his most prominent, but his other films included My Favorite Blonde (1942) with Bob Hope, Stormy Weather (1943) with Lena Horne and the Nicholas Brothers, and The Western Passage West (1951)



As Time Goes By

Casablanca – The Original Sam Dooley Wilson song

Wilson was a singer and drummer, but not a pianist.
The piano music for the film was played off-screen and dubbed.

Dooley Wilson and Humphrey Bogart on the set of Casablanca (1942)