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Hunnicutt in Stars in My Crown (1950)
Arthur Lee Hunnicutt

(1910-02-17)February 17, 1910
DiedSeptember 26, 1979(1979-09-26) (aged 69)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting placeCoop Prairie Cemetery, Mansfield, Arkansas, U.S.
Other namesArthur 'Arkansas' Hunnicutt
Occupation Actor
Years active1941–1975
Pebble Pauline Lile
(m. 1940;his death 1979)

Arthur Lee Hunnicutt (February 17, 1910 September 26, 1979) was an American actor known for his portrayal of wise, grizzled, and old rural characters. He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Big Sky (1952).

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Early years

On February 17, 1910, Hunnicutt was born in Gravelly, Arkansas. He attended the University of Central Arkansas and Arkansas State Teachers College but dropped out when he ran out of money. [1]

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Hunnicutt gained early acting experience in stock theater and entertained in traveling shows. An article in the September 22, 1940, issue of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, "There isn't a decent sized medicine show traveling through Kentucky, Illinois, Georgia, Indiana or Mississippi, nor a stock company touring those states, which hasn't had the name of Arthur Hunnicutt on its programs." [2] After eight years of such activity, in 1936 he enrolled in a drama school in Cleveland to study theatrical techniques for a year. [2]

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He moved to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, where he joined up with a theatre company. Moving to New York City, he worked in the laundry at the Algonquin Hotel for 17 months before landing roles in Broadway productions. [2] While touring as the lead actor in Tobacco Road , he developed the country character he would later be typecast as throughout his career. Hunnicutt often found himself cast as a character much older than himself.

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Hunnicutt's first film was Wildcat (1942). [3] He appeared in a number of films in the early 1940s before returning to the stage. In 1949 he moved back to Hollywood and resumed his film career. He played a long string of supporting role characters—sympathetic, wise rural types, as in The Red Badge of Courage (1951), The Lusty Men (1952), The Kettles in the Ozarks (1955), The Last Command (1955, as Davy Crockett), The Tall T (1957), Cat Ballou (1965, as Butch Cassidy), El Dorado (1966) and The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin .

<i>Wildcat</i> (film) 1942 film by Frank McDonald

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In 1952, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the Howard Hawks film The Big Sky . [4]

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<i>The Big Sky</i> (film) 1952 film by Howard Hawks

The Big Sky is a 1952 American Western film produced and directed by Howard Hawks, based on the novel of the same name. The cast includes Kirk Douglas, Dewey Martin, Elizabeth Threatt and Arthur Hunnicutt, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Though not considered among Hawks's major achievements by most critics, the film was chosen by Jonathan Rosenbaum for his alternative list of the Top 100 American Films.

Throughout the '50s, '60s and '70s, Hunnicutt made nearly 40 guest appearances on American television programs. He made two memorable appearances on Perry Mason in 1963: he played orange grower Amos Kennesaw Mountain Keller in "The Case of the Golden Oranges," and prospector Sandy Bowen in "The Case of the Drowsy Mosquito." He also made guest appearances on Bonanza , Cheyenne , Gunsmoke , The Outer Limits , The Rifleman , Wanted: Dead or Alive , The Andy Griffith Show , The Wild Wild West , Adam-12 , and The Twilight Zone . In one of his last movies, Moonrunners (1975)—the precursor to The Dukes of Hazzard —he played the original Uncle Jesse.

In his later years, Hunnicutt served as honorary mayor of Northridge, California. He developed tongue cancer.


On September 27, 1979, Hunnicutt died of cancer at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital at age 69. [5] He was buried in the Coop Prairie Cemetery in Mansfield, Arkansas. [1]


from Split Second (1953) Arthur Hunnicutt in Split Second trailer.jpg
from Split Second (1953)
1942 Wildcat 'Watchfob' Jones
1942 Riding Through Nevada Arkansas
1942 Silver Queen Newspaper Publisher Brett
1942 Fall In Luke Hatfield
1942 Pardon My Gun Arkansas
1943 The Fighting Buckaroo Arkansas
1943 Law of the Northwest Arkansas
1943 Frontier Fury Arkansas
1943 Robin Hood of the Range Arkansas
1943 Johnny Come Lately Second Tramp
1943 Hail to the Rangers Arkansas
1943 The Chance of a Lifetime Elwood 'Tex' StewartUncredited
1944 Riding West Prof. Arkansas Higgins
1944 Abroad with Two Yanks Arkie
1945 Murder, He Says TownsmanUncredited
1949 Lust for Gold LudiUncredited
1949 The Great Dan Patch Chet Williams
1949 Pinky Police Chief AndersonUncredited
1949 Border Incident Clayton Nordell
1950 Stars in My Crown Chloroform Wiggins
1950 A Ticket To Tomahawk Sad Eyes
1950 Broken Arrow Milt Duffield, Mail Superintendent
1950 The Furies CowhandUncredited
1950 Two Flags West Sgt. Pickens
1951 Sugarfoot Fly-Up-the-Creek Jones
1951 Passage West Pop Brennan
1951 The Red Badge of Courage Bill Porter
1951 Distant Drums Monk
1952 She Couldn't Say No Odie Chalmers
1952 The Big Sky Zeb Calloway / Narrator
1952 The Lusty Men Booker Davis
1953 Split Second Asa Tremaine
1953 Devil's Canyon Frank Taggert
1953 The French Line 'Waco' Mosby
1954 Beautiful but Dangerous Otey
1955 The Last Command Davy Crockett
1956 The Kettles in the Ozarks Sedgewick Kettle
1956 Cheyenne Hoot HollisterEpisode: "Death Deals the Hand"
1957 The Tall T Ed Rintoon
1958 Born Reckless Cool Man
1960 The Rifleman Nathaniel CameronEpisode: "The Grasshopper"
1960 The Andy Griffith Show Jedediah WakefieldEpisode: "A Feud Is a Feud"
1961 My Three Sons George, The Pony Ride CowboyEpisode: "The Horseless Sadle"
1961 The Donna Reed Show Old ManEpisode: "One of Those Days"
1962 The Twilight Zone Hyder SimpsonEpisode: "The Hunt"
1963 The Cardinal Sheriff Dubrow
1963 Bonanza ObieEpisode: "Any Friend of Walter's"
1964 A Tiger Walks Frank Lewis
1964 The Outer Limits LamontEpisode: "Cry of Silence"
1965 Cat Ballou Butch Cassidy
1965 Apache Uprising Bill Gibson
1967 The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin The Referee
1967 The Wild Wild West Doc GavinEpisode: "The Night of the Colonel's Ghost"
1967 El Dorado Bull Harris
1971 The Million Dollar Duck Mr. Purdham
1971 Shoot Out Homer Page (rancher)
1972 The Revengers Free State
1974 Mrs. Sundance Walt Putney
1974 Harry and Tonto Wade Carlton
1974 The Spikes Gang Kid White (aka Billy Blanco)
1975 Moonrunners Uncle Jesse
1975WinterhawkMcClusky(final film role)

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