Henry Wilcoxon was given the lead role of Marc Antony in Cecil B. DeMille's "Cleopatra" (1934). It would prove to be the beginning of a long relationship with DeMille he would become a familiar DeMille character actor and DeMille's associate producer in the later years of DeMille's career.
"There was an immediate rapport between us, and our relationship was more than director and star; there was a great friendship, and a great mutual respect. I loved the old buzzard. You either hated him or you loved him, there was no half-way measure at all. He liked me because I never 'yessed' him, and contrary to popular opinion, DeMille hated yes men. There were a lot of people around him who were yes men because he was such a powerful producer-director, but they wouldn't last. He'd always say, 'I don't want 50 little DeMilles running around - it's bad enough to have one!'"
A younger generation will probably remember Wilcoxson better as the Bishop in "Caddyshack" (1980), who, while having his best round of golf ever during a thunderstorm, he misses an easy putt, looks skyward and yells "Rat farts!," and is immediately struck down by a bolt of lightning. The background music in this scene was from DeMille's classic "The Ten Commandments" (1956), in which Wilcoxon played the part of Pentaur. (IMDb)