Inspector Willoughby

First appearance

Salmon Yeggs (1958)

Created by

Walter Lantz

Voiced by

Dallas McKennon Daws Butler (1958-1960)

Inspector Willoughby is a cartoon character created by Walter Lantz, and named after the Hollywood avenue which runs alongside the building where Lantz's office was housed (at 861 Seward Street). In Mississippi Slow Boat (1961) the character is addressed as Inspector Seward Willoughby. His cartoons were often shown on The Woody Woodpecker Show alongside Woody Woodpecker, Chilly Willy, and Andy Panda.


Inspector Willoughby (AKA Secret Agent 6 7/8) was a secret agent with droopy eyes, a bushy mustache, and laconic voice. He solved mysteries and fought crime. He was very similar to Tex Avery's Droopy in voice and stature. When on the job, he always goes after any villains which ends with them behind bars. Despite his diminutive height, he is able to physically restrain and use impressive judo moves on men twice his size.

Inspector Willoughby also had other jobs outside of his secret agent work, such as a truant officer, male nurse, and park ranger. It has been speculated that he has relatives in those jobs. The first appearance of a Willougby-esque character was a cannery security guard in Salmon Yeggs (1958). Although small bald men have also been seen in The Clip Joint, Billion Dollar Boner and Hunger Strife, they were not "true" Willoughbies.

Other mediaEdit

Inspector Willoughby was featured in an episode of The New Woody Woodpecker Show and was voiced by Maurice LaMarche.