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Buchanan circa 1971
William Edgar Buchanan II
March 20, 1903
Humansville, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||April 4, 1979 76) (aged|
Palm Desert, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Dentist, Actor, Singer|
|Spouse(s)||Mildred Marguerite Spence (1928–1979; his death)|
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 , :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).
An actor is a person who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs "in the flesh" in the traditional medium of the theatre or in modern media such as film, radio, and television. The analogous Greek term is ὑποκριτής (hupokritḗs), literally "one who answers". The actor's interpretation of their role—the art of acting—pertains to the role played, whether based on a real person or fictional character. Interpretation occurs even when the actor is "playing themselves", as in some forms of experimental performance art.
A film, also called a movie, motion picture, moving picture, or photoplay, is a series of still images that, when shown on a screen, create the illusion of moving images. This optical illusion causes the audience to perceive continuous motion between separate objects viewed in rapid succession. The process of filmmaking is both an art and an industry. A film is created by photographing actual scenes with a motion-picture camera, by photographing drawings or miniature models using traditional animation techniques, by means of CGI and computer animation, or by a combination of some or all of these techniques, and other visual effects.
Television (TV), sometimes shortened to tele or telly, is a telecommunication medium used for transmitting moving images in monochrome, or in colour, and in two or three dimensions and sound. The term can refer to a television set, a television program, or the medium of television transmission. Television is a mass medium for advertising, entertainment and news.
The son of Dr. and Mrs. William Edgar Buchanan,he was born in Humansville, Missouri, and moved with his family to Oregon when he was seven. In 1928, he earned a DDS degree from North Pacific College School of Dentistry, which later became Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry. 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". In 1939, they moved from Eugene, Oregon, to Altadena, California, where they moved their dental practice. He joined the Pasadena Playhouse as an actor. 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 and a Freemason.
Humansville is a city in Polk County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,048. It is part of the Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area. Paula Jonson is the current mayor.
There are a number of professional degrees in dentistry offered by dental schools in various countries around the world.
North Pacific College was a private, post-secondary educational institution located in Portland in the U.S. state of Oregon. A professional school, North Pacific had pharmacy, dental, and optometry programs. The dental program was purchased by the state of Oregon and merged into the University of Oregon School of Medicine and now exists as the Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry. The optometry school was merged into Pacific University and still exists as the Pacific University College of Optometry.
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).
Texas is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population, right behind Alaska. Geographically located in the South Central region of the country, Texas shares borders with the U.S. states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the southwest, while the Gulf of Mexico is to the southeast.
William Holden was an American actor who was one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1950s and 1960s. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the film Stalag 17 (1953), and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for the television film The Blue Knight (1973). Holden starred in some of Hollywood's most popular and critically acclaimed films, including Sunset Boulevard, Sabrina, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Wild Bunch, Picnic and Network. He was named one of the "Top 10 Stars of the Year" six times, and appeared as 25th on the American Film Institute's list of 25 greatest male stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema.
Gwyllyn Samuel Newton "Glenn" Ford was a Canadian-American actor whose prolific career lasted more than 50 years. Although he played many different types of roles in many different types of movies, Ford was best known for playing ordinary men in unusual circumstances. He was most prominent during Hollywood's Golden Age. Some of his most significant roles were as the lead or co-lead in Gilda (1946) and The Big Heat (1953), both film noirs, and the high school angst film Blackboard Jungle (1955), although it was only for comedies or westerns which he received acting laurels, including three Golden Globe Nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy movie, winning for Pocketful of Miracles (1961). He also played a supporting role as Clark Kent's adopted father in Superman (1978).
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).,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 .
Cimarron City is an American one hour Western television series, starring George Montgomery as Matt Rockford and John Smith as Lane Temple, that aired on NBC from 1958 to 1959. Cimarron City is a boomtown in Logan County, Oklahoma north of Oklahoma City. Rich in oil and gold, Cimarron City aspires to become the capital of the future state of Oklahoma, to be created in 1907.
The Californians is a half-hour Western television series, set during the San Francisco gold rush of the 1850s, which was broadcast by NBC from September 24, 1957, to May 26, 1959, for 69 episodes.
The Rifleman is an American Western television program starring Chuck Connors as rancher Lucas McCain and Johnny Crawford as his son Mark McCain. It was set in the 1870s and 1880s in the fictional town of North Fork, New Mexico Territory. The show was filmed in black and white, in half-hour episodes. The Rifleman aired on ABC from September 30, 1958, to April 8, 1963, as a production of Four Star Television. It was one of the first prime time series on US television to show a single parent raising a child.
Buchanan's roles as a regular cast member in television programs included Red Connors in the syndicated Western Hopalong Cassidy,and J.J. Jackson in the CBS crime drama Cade's County .
Hopalong Cassidy or Hop-along Cassidy is a fictional cowboy hero created in 1904 by the author Clarence E. Mulford, who wrote a series of popular short stories and many novels based on the character.
Cade's County is a modern-day Western/crime drama which aired Sundays at 9:30 pm (EST) on CBS during the 1971–1972 television season. There were 24 episodes.
In 1956, Buchanan portrayed the lead in the 39-episode syndicated Western television series, Judge Roy Bean ,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. 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 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, 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".
Buchanan died from a stroke complicated by pneumonia in Palm Desert, California,and was interred in the Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.
|1939||My Son Is Guilty||Dan, Bartender|
|1940||Too Many Husbands||Det. Adolph McDermott|
|Three Cheers for the Irish||Party Guest||Uncredited|
|Tear Gas Squad||Cousin Andy, a Policeman|
|Escape to Glory||Charles Atterbee|
|The Seahawk||Ben Rollins||Uncredited|
|When the Daltons Rode||Narrator / Old-timer||Uncredited|
|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|
|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|
|If I'm Lucky||Darius J. Magonnagle|
|1947||The Sea of Grass||Jeff|
|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|
|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 musician||Uncredited|
|It Happens Every Thursday||Jake|
|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|
|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|
|Move Over, Darling||Judge Bryson|
|1965||The Rounders||Vince Moore|
|The Man from Button Willow||Sorry||Voice|
|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 Chris||Episode: "The Sea Captain"|
|1954||Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson||Uncle Harry||Episode: "Uncle Harry"|
|1952–1954||Hopalong Cassidy||Red Connors|
|1955||Ford Theatre||Papa Mumby||Episode: "The Mumbysa"|
|Screen Directors Playhouse||Sub Royal||Episode: "The Bush Roper"|
|1953, 1955||Cavalcade of America||Horace Greeley / Doc Mathew||4 episodes|
|1956||Judge Roy Bean||Judge Roy Bean|
|Strange Stories||Episode: "Con Game"|
|Crossroads||Bart Alden||Episode: "The Lamp of Father Cataldo"|
|1957||Whirlybirds||Burton||Episode: "The Perfect Crime"|
|The Christophers||John Augustus||Episode: "Sentence Deferred"|
|1958||The Adventures of Jim Bowie||Ringtail||Episode: "Deaf Smith"|
|The Restless Gun||Ethan Greenfield / Sheriff Gabe Starns||2 episodes|
|Studio One||Dan Ferris||Episode: "Birthday Present"|
|The Gale Storm Show||Jasper Stokes||Episode: "Hayride Ahoy"|
|26 Men||Episode: "Cross and Doublecross"|
|Cimarron City||Shanty||Episode: "Kid on a Calico Horse"|
|1959||Lawman||Jess Miller||Episode: "The Captives"|
|Trackdown||Tully Saxon||Episode: "The Trick"|
|Wanted Dead or Alive||Pop Michaels / Chester Blake||2 episodes|
|Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Pops||Episode: "Coyote Moon"|
|The Deputy||Isbel||Episode: "Man of Peace"|
|1955–1959||General Electric Theater|
|1958, 1959||The Californians||Dutch / Major||2 episodes|
|1960||Bronco||Pop Owens||Episode: "Winter Kill"|
|Bat Masterson||Cactus Charlie||Episode: "Debt of Honor"|
|Assignment: Underwater||Charlie Noble||Episode: "Charlie Noble's Pearl"|
|Stagecoach West||Lum Jensen||Episode: "Red Sand"|
|Route 66||Jack McConkle||Episode: "The Beryllium Eater"|
|Riverboat||Wingate Pardee||Episode: "Duel on the River"|
|1957, 1960||Wagon Train||The Tramp / Ben Mattox||2 episodes|
|1961||Klondike||Sam Perkins||Episode: "The Golden Burro"|
|National Velvet||Grandpa Harwell||2 episodes|
|The Barbara Stanwyck Show||Judge Franklin||Episode: "A Man's Game"|
|The Tall Man||Archie Keogh||Episode: "The Judas Palm"|
|The New Bob Cummings Show||Episode: "The Oxtail Incident"|
|Bus Stop||Judge Neal||Episode: "The Man from Bootstrap"|
|The Andy Griffith Show||Henry Wheeler||Episode: "Aunt Bee's Brief Encounter"|
|1960, 1961||Bonanza||Hallelujah Hicks / John Henry Hill||2 episodes|
|1957–1961||Tales of Wells Fargo||Bob Dawson / Doc Dawson||6 episodes|
|1958–1961||Maverick||Daddy Forge / Jed / Colonel Hamilton / Red Daniels||5 episodes|
|The Rifleman||Doc Burrage / Grandpa Fogarty|
|1962||The Twilight Zone||Doc Bolton||Episode: "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank"|
|Thriller||Doc O'Connor||Episode: 'Til Death Do Us Part|
|Alcoa Premiere||Crab Holman||Episode: "Flashing Spikes"|
|Stoney Burke||Dawes||Episode: "Fight Night"|
|Have Gun – Will Travel||Cardiff||Episode: "Man in an Hourglass"|
|The Wide Country||Uncle Walt Guthrie||Episode: "Good Old Uncle Walt"|
|Dennis the Menace||Mr. Meekin||Episode: "Dennis and the Hermit"|
|1958, 1962||Perry Mason||Andy Templet / Judge Edward Daley||2 episodes|
|1962-1963||The Lloyd Bridges Show||Doc / Tyree||2 episodes|
|Gunsmoke||Dan Witter / Dan York||2 episodes|
|Dr. Kildare||Steve Devitt / Judge Manning||2 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 Wolenski||TV movie|
|The Beverly Hillbillies||Uncle Joe Carson||3 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||Felson||Episode: "Little Bear Died Running"|
|The Mod Squad||Hargis||Episode: "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 Birdwell||Episode: "The Legacy of Spencer Flats"|
|Yuma||Mules McNeil||TV movie|
|1971–1972||Cade's County||J.J. Jackson|
|1972||The Partridge Family||Judge McElwreath||Episode: "M is for Many Things"|
|1973||Love, American Style||Segment: Love and the Family Hour|
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