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Jim Backus

Jim Backus' credit from Love American Style.
Born: 25 February 1913
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died: 3 July 1989
Los Angeles, California USA
Occupation: Radio, television, film actor, and voice actor
Net worth: $.5 million
Spouse: Henny Backus

James Gilmore Backus (February 25, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio - July 3, 1989 In Los Angeles, California) was a radio, television, film actor, character actor, and voice actor. Among his most famous roles are the voice of Mr. Magoo, the rich Hubert Updike III of the Alan Young radio show, Joan Davis' husband (a domestic court judge) on TV's I Married Joan, James Dean's father in Rebel Without a Cause, and Thurston J. Howell III on the 1960s hit sitcom Gilligan's Island. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 640 × 480 pixelsFull resolution (640 × 480 pixel, file size: 25 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) From the series Love, American Style This image is a screenshot of a copyrighted television program or station ID. As such, the copyright for it is... Love, American Style is an hour-long television anthology which originally aired between September 1969 and January 1974. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D)  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke while waiting between takes during location filming An actor or actress is a person who acts, or plays a role, in a dramatic production. ... A voice actor (also a voice artist) is a person who provides voices for animated characters (including those in feature films, television series, animated shorts), voice-overs in radio and television commercials, audio dramas, dubbed foreign language films, video games, puppet shows, and amusement rides. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... February 25 is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Cleveland redirects here. ... July 3 is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 181 days remaining. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D)  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke while waiting between takes during location filming An actor or actress is a person who acts, or plays a role, in a dramatic production. ... A character actor is an actor, especially in motion pictures, who predominantly performs in similar roles throughout the course of a career. ... A voice actor (also a voice artist) is a person who provides voices for animated characters (including those in feature films, television series, animated shorts), voice-overs in radio and television commercials, audio dramas, dubbed foreign language films, video games, puppet shows, and amusement rides. ... Mr. ... Alan Young and singer Olga San Juan at the Armed Forces Radio Service in the 1950s. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... I Married Joan was a 1952-1955 sitcom starring Joan Davis and Jim Backus. ... James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) was an American film actor. ... Natalie Wood and James Dean in a screenshot from Rebel Without a Cause. ... Thurston J. Howell III was a character on the CBS television sitcom Gilligans Island, which was in first-run from 1964 to 1967, and has been rerun ever since in syndication. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... For the NES video game, see Gilligans Island (video game). ...

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The "upper-crust" character

Backus had an extensive career and worked steadily in Hollywood over five decades, often portraying characters with an "upper-crust", New England-esque air, such as the aforementioned Mr. Howell. For example, he appeared in Father was a Fullback in 1949, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World back to back in 1962 and 1963, and in Prince Jack in 1984, and provided the voice of Mr. Magoo. ... See also: 1948 in film 1949 1950 in film 1940s in film 1950s in film years in film film Events Top grossing films North America Adams Rib Jolson Sings Again Pinky I Was a Male War Bride, The Snake Pit, Joan of Arc Academy Awards Best Picture: All the... The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962) is a Cinerama film directed by Henry Levin, who had a long career throughout his life with movies such as Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) and the television series Knots Landing in the late 1970s and early 1990s. ... Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is an American motion picture directed by Stanley Kramer about a madcap pursuit of $350,000 by a diverse group of strangers. ... // Events Dr. No launches the James Bond film series, the longest-running motion picture franchise of all time, running more than 40 years. ... // Events January 28 - Filming begins on Dr. Strangelove. ... // Events The Walt Disney Company founds Touchstone Pictures to release movies with subject matter deemed inappropriate for the Disney name. ... Mr. ...


However, in stark contrast to his usual affluent characters, he made a memorable appearance on "The Brady Bunch." He portrayed an old gold prospector who, upon believing the Brady's were after his claim, tricked the entire clan to enter an old jail cell, then locked them in.


Backus was seen in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode Angels Revenge. Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. ... Angels Revenge was a 1979 movie made by Arista. ...


From acting to writing

Backus and his wife, Henny Backus, co-wrote several humorous books, including Only When I Laugh. He also co-wrote the 1971 family film Mooch Goes to Hollywood, about a dog who tries to become a movie star. This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... See also: 1970 in film 1971 1972 in film 1970s in film years in film film // Events February 8 - Bob Dylans hour long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New Yorks Academy of Music. ... Mooch Goes to Hollywood is a 1971 family film about an ambitious dog and her attempts to become a canine star after befriending Zsa Zsa Gabor, who provides the pooch with the skinny on the INs and OUTs of achieving Hollywood fame. ...


In his youth, Backus was a student at the Kentucky Military Institute, but was expelled for riding a horse through the mess hall. In 1952 he had a brief scene in Don't Bother To Knock with Marilyn Monroe. The Kentucky Military Institute (KMI) was a military college, which was located in Lyndon, Kentucky and Venice, Florida. ...


In the late 1950's he had two very funny novelty 45 RPM records, "Delicious" and "Cave Man". They were a zany kind of humor and they did become popular in areas where they were distributed.


T.V. Commercials

Backus did several television commercials, most notably the voice for Western Airlines, saying "the only way to fly". A new restoration of a Convair 240 sports a Western Airlines paint scheme. ...


Death

On July 3, 1989, Backus died in Los Angeles, California from complications of pneumonia, after suffering from Parkinson's disease for many years. July 3 is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 181 days remaining. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D)  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... Pneumonia is an illness of the lungs and respiratory system in which the alveoli (microscopic air-filled sacs of the lung responsible for absorbing oxygen from the atmosphere) become inflamed and flooded with fluid. ...


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  Results from FactBites:
 
Jim Backus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (213 words)
Backus had an extensive career and worked steadily in Hollywood over five decades.
Backus was seen in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode Angels Revenge.
On July 3, 1989, Backus died in Los Angeles, California from complications of pneumonia, after suffering from Parkinson's disease for many years.
Henny Backus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (157 words)
Henny Backus (1911 - 2004) was a Broadway showgirl in the 1920s, where she performed with Earl Carroll's Vanities.
She was also the wife of Jim Backus.
Backus wrote Care for the Caretaker, documenting her husband's battle with Parkinson's Disease and offering practical solutions for those facing such dilemmas.
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