From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Irving Pichel (June 24, 1891 – July 13, 1954) was an American actor and film director. He married Violette Wilson, daughter of Jackson Stitt Wilson, a Methodist minister and Socialist mayor of Berkeley, California. Her sister was actress Viola Barry. The Pichels had three sons, Pichel Wilson, Julian Irving, and Marlowe Agnew. Description above from the Wikipedia article Irving Pichel, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.