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Andy Devine

from the film A Star Is Born (1937).
Birth name Andrew Vabre Devine
Born October 7, 1905
Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Died February 18, 1977
Orange, California, USA

Andrew Vabre "Andy" Devine (October 7, 1905 - February 18, 1977) was a rotund, raspy-voiced American character actor and comic cowboy sidekick. Image File history File links Andy_Devine_in_A_Star_is_Born. ... DVD cover showing stars Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. ... October 7 is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1905 (MCMV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar). ... Nickname: City of Seven Wonders Location in Coconino County the state of Arizona Coordinates: Country United States State Arizona County Coconino County Mayor Joseph C. Donaldson Area    - City 63. ... Official language(s) English Capital Phoenix Largest city Phoenix Area  Ranked 6th  - Total 113,998 sq mi (295,254 km²)  - Width 310 miles (500 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 0. ... February 18 is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Nickname: Plaza City Motto: A Slice of Old Town Charm Location of Orange within Orange County, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Andy Devine is an English actor well known for his part in ITVs Emmerdale as Shadrach Dingle. ... October 7 is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1905 (MCMV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar). ... February 18 is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... A character actor is an actor who predominantly performs supporting parts, often in similar roles throughout the course of a career. ... Don Quixote and Sancho Panza unsuccessfully confront windmills. ...

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Life and work

He was born in Flagstaff, Arizona, and grew up in Kingman, Arizona, where his family moved when he was a year old. Nickname: City of Seven Wonders Location in Coconino County the state of Arizona Coordinates: Country United States State Arizona County Coconino County Mayor Joseph C. Donaldson Area    - City 63. ... Kingman RR station Kingman is a city in Mohave County, Arizona, United States. ...


He was not named Jeremiah Schwartz at birth, as it is often reported. However, he did use this name as a pseudonym during his college football years. A pseudonym (Greek pseudo + -onym: false name) is an artificial, fictitious name, also known as an alias, used by an individual as an alternative to a persons true name. ...


He was a star football player at Ball State University, which led to his first film role in the silent film The Fighting Football Cardinals. United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Ball State University is a state-run university located in Muncie, Indiana. ... A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ...


Although it was at first thought that his peculiar voice would prevent him from moving to the talkies, it became his trademark and strongest selling point. Devine's speech was the result of a childhood accident. He had been running with a curtain rod in his mouth and fell, the instrument piercing the roof of his mouth. The accident left him mute for close to a year, and when he was finally able to speak, he had the wheezing, duo-tone voice that would make him famous as an actor.


He appeared in more than 400 films and shared with Walter Brennan, another character actor, the rare ability to move with ease from "B" Westerns to "A" pictures. Walter Brennan (July 25, 1894 – September 21, 1974) was a three time Academy Award winning American actor. ... The term B-movie originally referred to a film designed to be distributed as the lower half of a double feature, often a genre film featuring cowboys, gangsters or vampires. ... Broncho Billy Anderson, from The Great Train Robbery The Western movie is one of the classic American film genres. ...


His notable roles included ten films as sidekick, "Cookie", to Roy Rogers, a role in Romeo and Juliet (1937), and "Danny" in A Star Is Born (1937). He also made several appearances in films with John Wayne, including Stagecoach (1939), Island in the Sky (1953), and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1959). He also played "The Cheerful Soldier" in The Red Badge of Courage. While most of his characters were reluctant to get involved in the action, he played the hero in Island in the Sky, as an expert pilot who leads his fellow aviators through the arduous search for a missing airplane. Dale Evans & Roy Rogers Leonard Franklin Slye (November 5, 1911 – July 6, 1998), became famous as Roy Rogers, a singer and cowboy actor. ... DVD cover showing stars Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. ... Stagecoach is a 1939 western film, starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne in his breakthrough role. ... Island in The Sky is a 1953 disaster film released through Warner Brothers. ... The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a classic Western movie made in 1962, starring James Stewart, John Wayne and Lee Marvin, and directed by John Ford. ... The Red Badge of Courage (1895) is a novel by Stephen Crane about the meaning of courage, as it is discovered by Henry Fleming, a recruit in the American Civil War; it was filmed in 1951 and again in 1974, and is one of the most influential American war stories...


Devine also worked in radio. He is well-remembered for his role as "Jingles", Guy Madison's sidekick. He often appeared on Jack Benny's radio show, sometimes appearing in Benny's semi-regular western series of sketches "Buck Benny Rides Again". Guy Madison Guy Madison (January 19, 1922 - February 6, 1996) was an American film and television actor. ... Jack Benny caricatured by Sam Berman for 1947 NBC promotion book Jack Benny (February 14, 1894, Chicago, Illinois – December 26, 1974, Beverly Hills, California), born Benjamin Kubelsky, was an American comedian, vaudeville performer, and radio, television, and film actor. ...


Devine also worked in television. He played "Hap" on the TV series Flipper and hosted a children's TV show, Andy's Gang. He starred in a Twilight Zone episode as "Frisby", a talkative braggart faced with an alien invasion called "Hocus-Pocus and Frisby". He also had a role in the TV series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951). He was also a frequent guest star in many television shows throughout the 1950s and 1960s. The Twilight Zone is a television series created by Rod Serling. ... “Hocus-Pocus and Frisby” is an episode of the television series The Twilight Zone. ... The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok was a television series which ran from 1951 through 1958. ...


In addition, Devine performed voice parts in animated films, including "Friar Tuck" in Disney's Robin Hood. Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... Friar Tuck is a fictional character, a companion of Robin Hood, and one of his Merry Men. Although a common character in the modern Robin Hood legend, Tuck does not appear in the earliest surviving Robin Hood ballads, and only has one major appearance in the ballad tradition, a late... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Robin Hood is an animated film produced by the Walt Disney Studios, first released in the United States on November 8, 1973. ...


His film appearances in his later years included movies such as Over-the-Hill Gang, and 'Coyote Bill' in Myra Breckinridge. Myra Breckinridge was filmed in 1970 by Michael Sarne, with Raquel Welch in the title role. ...


Devine died of leukemia on February 18, 1977, aged 71, in Orange, California. The main street of his home town of Kingman, Arizona was renamed "Andy Devine Boulevard" in his honor. Leukemia or leukaemia (see spelling differences) is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow and is characterized by an abnormal proliferation (production by multiplication) of blood cells, usually white blood cells (leukocytes). ...


Trivia

  • He is mentioned in a Jimmy Buffett song, "Pencil Thin Mustache" from Buffet's 1974 album, Living & Dying in 3/4 Time. The singer wishes for "an autographed picture of Andy Devine", which along with the mustache and other attributes, will make him cooler.
  • He is mentioned in a Frank Zappa song, "Andy," from the album One Size Fits All. The lyric is opaque:
Andy Devine
Had a thong rind
It was sublime
But the wrong kind
  • His amateur radio callsign, WB6RER, is now registered to an amateur radio club in Kingman, Arizona, which holds annual events in his honor.

Jimmy Buffett (born James William Buffett on December 25, 1946 in Pascagoula, Mississippi) is a singer, songwriter, and recently a film producer best known for his island escapism lifestyle and music including hits such as Margaritaville (No. ... Frank Vincent Zappa[1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, guitarist, singer, film director, and satirist. ... Cover of One Size Fits All (1975) One Size Fits All is a 1975 rock album from Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. ... Ham radio station with modern solid-state transceiver featuring LCD display and DSP capabilities Ham radio station with vintage vacuum tube gear featuring separate transmitter, receiver and power supply Amateur radio, often called Ham radio, is a hobby and public service enjoyed by about 6 million people throughout the world. ...

Quotation

  • When asked if he had strange nodes on his vocal chords, Devine replied, "I've got the same nodes as Bing Crosby, but his are in tune."

Harry Lillis Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ...

See also

Notable figures in Western style motion pictures and/or television series, some of whom have been voted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. ... Froggy the Gremlin was a character on the Smilin Eds Gang radio and TV show and later Andys Gang TV show in the 1940s and 1950s. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Andy Devine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (356 words)
Andy Devine (born Jeremiah Schwartz) (October 7, 1905 - February 18, 1977) was a rotund, raspy-voiced American character actor and comic cowboy sidekick.
Devine's speech was the result of a childhood accident.
Devine is well-remembered for his role as "Jingles", Guy Madison's sidekick in the US radio and TV series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951).
Andy Devine - Mohave Museum (2230 words)
Andy said he was terrified that the dynamite would blow up the house, but the cat ran out from under the house and into the woodshed.
Andy Devine was a small town boy, and he retained all his life those qualities which we associate with growing up in a small town.
Andy's first picture was a silent film and, as a bit player, he made several such films in the mid-to-late 1920's.
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