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Buchanan circa 1971
William Edgar Buchanan II

(1903-03-20)March 20, 1903
DiedApril 4, 1979(1979-04-04) (aged 76)
OccupationDentist, Actor, Singer
Years active1939–74
Spouse(s)Mildred Marguerite Spence (1928–1979; his death)
A "crossover" episode: Irene Ryan as "Granny" from The Beverly Hillbillies and Edgar Buchanan as "Uncle Joe" on Petticoat Junction (1968) Irene Ryan Edgar Buchanan 1968.JPG
A "crossover" episode: Irene Ryan as "Granny" from The Beverly Hillbillies and Edgar Buchanan as "Uncle Joe" on Petticoat Junction (1968)

William Edgar Buchanan II (March 20, 1903 – April 4, 1979) was an American actor with a long career in both film and television, most familiar today as Uncle Joe Carson from the Petticoat Junction , [1] :828 Green Acres , and The Beverly Hillbillies television sitcoms of the 1960s. On Petticoat Junction, he took over as proprietor of the Shady Rest Hotel following the 1968 death of show star Bea Benaderet, who had played Kate Bradley. In 1969, in the episode "Kathy Jo's First Birthday Party", he appeared with his real-life son, Buck (who had a cameo as an ice cream vendor).

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Early life

The son of Dr. and Mrs. William Edgar Buchanan, [2] he was born in Humansville, Missouri, and moved with his family to Oregon when he was seven. [3] In 1928, he earned a DDS degree from North Pacific College School of Dentistry, which later became Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry. [4] His wife Mildred (1907–1987) and he, classmates in dental school, were married in 1928, the year he graduated. They had one child, an adopted son named William Edgar Buchanan III (1946-2005), affectionately known as "Buck". [5] In 1939, they moved from Eugene, Oregon, to Altadena, California, where they moved their dental practice. He joined the Pasadena Playhouse as an actor. [6] He appeared in his first film in 1939, at the age of 36, after which he turned his dentistry practice over to his wife. He was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity [7] and a Freemason. [8]

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Buchanan appeared in more than 100 films, including Texas (1941) where he played a dentist and starred with William Holden and Glenn Ford and later in Penny Serenade (1941) with Cary Grant, Tombstone, the Town Too Tough to Die (1942), The Talk of the Town (1942) with Ronald Colman and Jean Arthur, The Man from Colorado (1948), Cheaper by the Dozen (1950), She Couldn't Say No (1954), Ride the High Country (1962) with Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea, McLintock! (1963) with John Wayne, Move Over, Darling (1963) with Doris Day and James Garner, and Benji (1974).

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Among the many television series in which he was cast as a guest star were Cimarron City , The Californians , The Rifleman Edgar appeared in six episodes of The Rifleman, playing Grandpa Fogerty in “The Long Goodbye” (Episode 119) and Doc Burrage in the other five: “The Pet” (episode 15), “The Second Witness” (episode 23), “The Trade” (episode 24), “The Deadly Wait” (episode 26), and “The Angry Man” (episode 31)., [9] the episode "Duel at Sundown" of Maverick with James Garner and Clint Eastwood, Leave It to Beaver (as both "Uncle Billy" and "Captain Jack"), The Twilight Zone , Riverboat (as Wingate Pardee in the 1960 episode, "Duel on the River"), Gunsmoke , Route 66 , Bringing Up Buddy , Bus Stop , and The Lloyd Bridges Show .

<i>Cimarron City</i> (TV series) television series

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<i>The Rifleman</i> American Western television program

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Buchanan's roles as a regular cast member in television programs included Red Connors in the syndicated Western Hopalong Cassidy, [10] and J.J. Jackson in the CBS crime drama Cade's County . [1]

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In 1956, Buchanan portrayed the lead in the 39-episode syndicated Western television series, Judge Roy Bean , [10] set in Langtry, Texas, and filmed in color in California. Only loosely based on the career of the legendary storekeeper, bartender, and justice of the peace, Roy Bean, the series had supporting roles for Jack Buetel, Jackie Loughery, and Russell Hayden as a Texas Ranger. The series popularized Bean's claim to having been "The Only Law West of the Pecos", a reference to the Pecos River in Val Verde County in southwestern Texas. [11] From 1960 to 1962, he appeared four times on the NBC Western series Laramie , Buchanan made two guest appearances on Perry Mason : in 1958 as a small-town coroner in "The Case of the Perjured Parrot" and in 1962 as a small-town judge in "The Case of the Lurid Letter".

Broadcasting syndication is the license to broadcast television programs and radio programs by multiple television stations and radio stations, without going through a broadcast network. It is common in the United States where broadcast programming is scheduled by television networks with local independent affiliates. Syndication is less of a practice in the rest of the world, as most countries have centralized networks or television stations without local affiliates; although less common, shows can be syndicated internationally. The three main types of syndication are "first-run syndication", which is programming that is broadcast for the first time as a syndicated show and is made specifically to sell directly into syndication; "off-network syndication", which is the licensing of a program that was originally run on network TV or in some cases, first-run syndication ; and "public broadcasting syndication".

Judge Roy Bean is a syndicated American western television series starring Edgar Buchanan as the legendary Kentucky-born Judge Roy Bean, a Texas justice of the peace known as "The Law West of the Pecos".

Langtry, Texas Unincorporated community in Texas, United States

Langtry is an unincorporated community in Val Verde County, Texas, United States. The community is notable as the place where Judge Roy Bean, the "Law West of the Pecos", had his saloon and practiced law.

Buchanan appeared as Uncle Joe Carson in all 222 episodes of Petticoat Junction, the only actor from the show to do so, as well as in 17 episodes of Green Acres, [1] :416 and three episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies. Another star from Petticoat Junction and he appeared together in the 1974 movie Benji ; the other "star" was Higgins the dog, which portrayed the title character.

In 1967, Dot Records released "Phantom 309" (Dot #17047), a narration by Buchanan. The 45 rpm single was backed with "Cotton Picker". [12]


Buchanan died from a stroke complicated by pneumonia in Palm Desert, California, [12] and was interred in the Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles. [13]


1939 My Son Is Guilty Dan, Bartender
1940 Too Many Husbands Det. Adolph McDermott
Three Cheers for the Irish Party GuestUncredited
Tear Gas Squad Cousin Andy, a Policeman
Escape to Glory Charles Atterbee
The Seahawk Ben RollinsUncredited
When the Daltons Rode Narrator / Old-timerUncredited
Arizona Judge Bogardus
1941 Penny Serenade Applejack Carney
Her First Beau Elmer Tuttle
The Richest Man in Town Pete Martin
Texas Buford "Doc" Thorpe
You Belong to Me Billings, Groundskeeper
1942 Tombstone, the Town Too Tough to Die Curly Bill Brocious
The Talk of the Town Sam Yates
1943 City Without Men Michael T. Mallory
The Desperadoes Uncle Willie McLeod
Good Luck, Mr. Yates Jonesey Jones
Destroyer Kansas Jackson
1944 Buffalo Bill Sergeant Chips McGraw
Bride by Mistake Jonathan Connors
The Impatient Years Judge
Strange Affair Lt. Washburn
1946 The Fighting Guardsman Pepe, bandit-valet
Abilene Town Sheriff 'Bravo' Trimble
The Bandit of Sherwood Forest Friar Tuck
Perilous Holiday George Richards
The Walls Came Tumbling Down Rev. George Bradford
Renegades Kirk Dembrow
If I'm Lucky Darius J. Magonnagle
1947 The Sea of Grass Jeff
Framed Jeff Cunningham
1948 The Swordsman Angus MacArden
The Wreck of the Hesperus George Lockhart
The Black Arrow Lawless
Adventures in Silverado Dr. Hendersonn, aka The Monk
Best Man Wins Jim Smiley
Coroner Creek Sheriff O'Hea
The Man from Colorado Doc Merriam
The Untamed Breed John Rambeau
1949 The Walking Hills Old Willy
Red Canyon Jonah Johnson
Lust for Gold Wiser
Any Number Can Play Ed
1950 Cheaper by the Dozen Dr. Burton
Cargo to Capetown Sam Bennett
The Big Hangover Uncle Fred Mahoney
Devil's Doorway Zeke Carmody
1951 The Great Missouri Raid Dr. Samuels
Rawhide Sam Todd
Cave of Outlaws Dobbs
Silver City Dutch Surrency
1952 The Big Trees Walter 'Yukon' Burns
Flaming Feather Sgt. O'Rourke
Wild Stallion John Wintergreen
Toughest Man in Arizona Jim Hadlock
She Couldn't Say No Ed Meeker
1953 The War of the Worlds Square dance musicianUncredited
It Happens Every Thursday Jake
Shane Fred Lewis
1954 Make Haste to Live Sheriff Lafe
Human Desire Alec Simmons
Dawn at Socorro Sheriff Cauthen
Destry The Honorable Hiram J. Sellers, Mayor
1955 Rage at Dawn Judge
The Silver Star Will "Bill" Dowdy
The Lonesome Trail Dan Wells
Wichita Doc Black
1956 Come Next Spring Mr. Canary
1957 Spoilers of the Forest Tom Duncan
1958 Day of the Bad Man Sam Wyckoff
The Sheepman Milt Masters
1959 King of the Wild Stallions Idaho
It Started with a Kiss Congressman Richard Tappe
Edge of Eternity Sheriff Edwards
Hound-Dog Man Doc Cole
Stump Run Buck Gaskin
1960 Four Fast Guns Dipper
Cimarron Judge Neal Hefner
Chartroose Caboose Woody Watts
1961 Tammy Tell Me True Judge Carver
Devil's Partner Don Lucas
The Comancheros Judge Thaddeus Jackson Breen
1962 Ride the High Country Judge Tolliver
1963 Donovan's Reef Boston Attorney Francis X. O'Brien
A Ticklish Affair Captain Martin
McLintock! Bunny Dull
Move Over, Darling Judge Bryson
1965 The Rounders Vince Moore
The Man from Button Willow SorryVoice
1966 Gunpoint Bull
1967 Welcome to Hard Times Brown
1969 Angel in My Pocket Axel Gresham
1974 Benji Bill(final film role)


1953 Make Room for Daddy Captain ChrisEpisode: "The Sea Captain"
1954 Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson Uncle HarryEpisode: "Uncle Harry"
1952–1954 Hopalong Cassidy Red Connors
1955 Ford Theatre Papa MumbyEpisode: "The Mumbysa"
Screen Directors Playhouse Sub RoyalEpisode: "The Bush Roper"
1953, 1955 Cavalcade of America Horace Greeley / Doc Mathew4 episodes
1956 Judge Roy Bean Judge Roy Bean
Strange Stories Episode: "Con Game"
Crossroads Bart AldenEpisode: "The Lamp of Father Cataldo"
1957 Whirlybirds BurtonEpisode: "The Perfect Crime"
The Christophers John AugustusEpisode: "Sentence Deferred"
Climax! Spencer2 episodes
1958 The Adventures of Jim Bowie RingtailEpisode: "Deaf Smith"
The Restless Gun Ethan Greenfield / Sheriff Gabe Starns2 episodes
Studio One Dan FerrisEpisode: "Birthday Present"
The Gale Storm Show Jasper StokesEpisode: "Hayride Ahoy"
26 Men Episode: "Cross and Doublecross"
Cimarron City ShantyEpisode: "Kid on a Calico Horse"
1959 Lawman Jess MillerEpisode: "The Captives"
Trackdown Tully SaxonEpisode: "The Trick"
Wanted Dead or Alive Pop Michaels / Chester Blake2 episodes
Alfred Hitchcock Presents PopsEpisode: "Coyote Moon"
The Deputy IsbelEpisode: "Man of Peace"
1955–1959 General Electric Theater
1958, 1959 The Californians Dutch / Major2 episodes
1960 Bronco Pop OwensEpisode: "Winter Kill"
Bat Masterson Cactus CharlieEpisode: "Debt of Honor"
Assignment: Underwater Charlie NobleEpisode: "Charlie Noble's Pearl"
Stagecoach West Lum JensenEpisode: "Red Sand"
Outlaws Nulty2 episodes
Route 66 Jack McConkleEpisode: "The Beryllium Eater"
Riverboat Wingate PardeeEpisode: "Duel on the River"
1957, 1960 Wagon Train The Tramp / Ben Mattox2 episodes
1961 Klondike Sam PerkinsEpisode: "The Golden Burro"
National Velvet Grandpa Harwell2 episodes
The Barbara Stanwyck Show Judge FranklinEpisode: "A Man's Game"
The Tall Man Archie KeoghEpisode: "The Judas Palm"
The New Bob Cummings Show Episode: "The Oxtail Incident"
Bus Stop Judge NealEpisode: "The Man from Bootstrap"
The Andy Griffith Show Henry WheelerEpisode: "Aunt Bee's Brief Encounter"
1960, 1961 Bonanza Hallelujah Hicks / John Henry Hill2 episodes
1957–1961 Tales of Wells Fargo Bob Dawson / Doc Dawson6 episodes
1958–1961 Maverick Daddy Forge / Jed / Colonel Hamilton / Red Daniels5 episodes
The Rifleman Doc Burrage / Grandpa Fogarty
1962 The Twilight Zone Doc BoltonEpisode: "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank"
Thriller Doc O'ConnorEpisode: 'Til Death Do Us Part
Alcoa Premiere Crab HolmanEpisode: "Flashing Spikes"
Stoney Burke DawesEpisode: "Fight Night"
Have Gun – Will Travel CardiffEpisode: "Man in an Hourglass"
The Wide Country Uncle Walt GuthrieEpisode: "Good Old Uncle Walt"
Dennis the Menace Mr. MeekinEpisode: "Dennis and the Hermit"
1958, 1962 Perry Mason Andy Templet / Judge Edward Daley2 episodes
1960–1962 Laramie Tully Casper
Cletus McBain
4 episodes
1962-1963 The Lloyd Bridges Show Doc / Tyree2 episodes
Gunsmoke Dan Witter / Dan York2 episodes
Dr. Kildare Steve Devitt / Judge Manning2 episodes
1957–1963 Leave It to Beaver Captain Jack / William 'Uncle Billy' Cleaver 3 episodes
1965 Luke and the Tenderfoot Luke Herkimer
1968 Something for a Lonely Man Old Man WolenskiTV movie
The Beverly Hillbillies Uncle Joe Carson3 episodes
1969 The Over-the-Hill Gang Jason Fitch TV movie
1965–1969 Green Acres Uncle Joe Carson There were many crossovers from Petticoat Junction cast members in the series
1970 The Name of the Game FelsonEpisode: "Little Bear Died Running"
The Mod Squad HargisEpisode: "Welcome to the Human Race, Levi Frazee!"
The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again Jason Fitch TV movie
1963–1970 Petticoat Junction Joseph P. "Uncle Joe" Carson
1971 The Virginian Teddy BirdwellEpisode: "The Legacy of Spencer Flats"
Yuma Mules McNeilTV movie
1971–1972 Cade's County J.J. Jackson
1972 The Partridge Family Judge McElwreathEpisode: "M is for Many Things"
1973 Love, American Style Segment: Love and the Family Hour

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