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Jim Backus (I) (1913–1989)


Jim Backus was born James Gilmore Backus on February 25, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was one of the few actors to do it all: radio, Broadway, movies, television and cartoons. After attending preparatory school in his hometown Cleveland, Backus enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Art, to ply his trade. While waiting for parts, he did radio... See full bio »

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Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island Thurston Howell III
(1964-1992)
I Married Joan
I Married Joan Judge Bradley Stevens
(1952-1955)
Rebel Without a Cause
Rebel Without a Cause Frank Stark
(1955)
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge / Mr. Magoo
(1962)

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 1986 The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show (TV Series)
Smoky the Genie (voice)
 1983 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Gus
- It Only Hurts When I Love (1983) ... Gus
 1978-1981 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Mr. Landers / Mr. Marvin Waterman
 1978-1980 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
H.H. Moran / Cap Truman
- Eagleman/Children of Mentu (1980) ... H.H. Moran
- Reunion/Anniversary (1978) ... Cap Truman
 1979 Eischied (TV Series)
- Angels of Terror (1979)
 1979 The Rebels (TV Movie)
John Hancock
 1979 $weepstake$ (TV Series)
Major Adams
- Episode #1.4 (1979) ... Major Adams
 1979 Flying High (TV Series)
Man
- Fun Flight (1979) ... Man
 1978 The Gift of the Magi (TV Movie)
 1977 Have I Got a Christmas for You (TV Movie)
Kevin Grady
 1977 CHiPs (TV Series)
Weitzman
- Undertow (1977) ... Weitzman
 1977 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Iggy
- Angels on Ice (1977) ... Iggy
 1977 Never Con a Killer (TV Movie)
Stanley Bunch
 1977 The Feather and Father Gang (TV Series)
Stanley Bunch
- Never Con a Killer (1977) ... Stanley Bunch
 1976 Ark II (TV Series)
Arnie Pool
- The Cryogenic Man (1976) ... Arnie Pool
 1976 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Dr. Flamel
 1975-1976 Police Story (TV Series)
Pollack / Jake Mandel
- Odyssey of Death: Part 1 (1976) ... Pollack
- The Return of Joe Forrester (1975) ... Jake Mandel
 1975 The Ghost Busters (TV Series)
Eric, the Red
- The Vikings Have Landed (1975) ... Eric, the Red
 1975 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Howard Biggers
- The Adventure of the Mad Tea Party (1975) ... Howard Biggers
 1975 Mobile One (TV Series)
Macklin
- The Pawn (1975) ... Macklin
 1975 Joe Forrester (TV Series)
Jake Mandel
- Stake Out (1975) ... Jake Mandel
- The Return of Joe Forrester (1975) ... Jake Mandel
 1975 New Zoo Revue (TV Series)
Traveling Salesman
- Episode dated 1 September 1975 (1975) ... Traveling Salesman
 1975 Cop on the Beat (TV Movie)
Jake Mandel
 1975 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Reverend Sims
- Brides and Grooms (1975) ... Reverend Sims
 1975 Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV Series)
Herb Bresson
- Chopper (1975) ... Herb Bresson
 1975 Harry O (TV Series)
Ziggy
- Sound of Trumpets (1975) ... Ziggy
 1975 Chico and the Man (TV Series)
Harold Erickson
- The Beard (1975) ... Harold Erickson
 1974 Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus (TV Short)
Narrator / Santa Claus (voice)
 1974 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Bill
- Last Flight to Babylon (1974) ... Bill
 1971-1974 The Brady Bunch (TV Series)
Zaccariah T. Brown / Harry Mathews
- The Hustler (1974) ... Harry Mathews
- Grand Canyon or Bust (1971) ... Zaccariah T. Brown
- Ghost Town, U.S.A. (1971) ... Zaccariah T. Brown
 1973 The Girl Most Likely to... (TV Movie)
Tilson
 1973 Medical Center (TV Series)
Dr. Danvers
- Vortex (1973) ... Dr. Danvers
 1973 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Emile Wade
- Death in High Places (1973) ... Emile Wade
 1972 Magic Carpet (TV Movie)
George Benson
 1972 Of Thee I Sing (TV Movie)
Senator Robert F. Lyons
 1972 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
Joseph P. Sterling
- The Biggest Game in the West (1972) ... Joseph P. Sterling
 1972 Getting Away from It All (TV Movie)
Mike Lorimar
 1972 Young Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Jake Langley
- The Exile (1972) ... Jake Langley
 1970 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Jerry (segment "Love and the Understanding") / Jerry Franks (segment "Love and the Marriage Counselor")
- Love and the Happy Couple/Love and the Understanding (1970) ... Jerry (segment "Love and the Understanding")
- Love and Las Vegas/Love and the Good Samaritan/Love and the Marriage Counselor (1970) ... Jerry Franks (segment "Love and the Marriage Counselor")
 1970 Uncle Sam Magoo (TV Movie)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1970 Nanny and the Professor (TV Series)
Dr. Charles Walters
- The Tyrannosaurus Tibia (1970) ... Dr. Charles Walters
 1970 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series)
General Fitzhugh
- Help, Help, a Shark (1970) ... General Fitzhugh
 1969 Wake Me When the War Is Over (TV Movie)
Colonel
 1969 The Good Guys (TV Series)
Henry Arsdale
- The Prospector (1969) ... Henry Arsdale
- Love Comes to Annie Butterworth (1969) ... Henry Arsdale
- Father Knows Nothing (1969) ... Henry Arsdale
 1969 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Fabian Swanson
- The Night of the Sabatini Death (1969) ... Fabian Swanson
 1968 I Spy (TV Series)
Tom Mathews
- Happy Birthday Everybody (1968) ... Tom Mathews
 1968 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Will Scataway
- The Scrimshaw Ivory Chart (1968) ... Will Scataway
 1967 Accidental Family (TV Series)
Uncle Fred
 1967 Damn Yankees! (TV Movie)
Benny Van Buren
 1964-1965 The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo (TV Series)
Mr. Magoo / Squinty Eyes
- Mr. Magoo's Paul Revere (1965) ... Mr. Magoo (voice)
- Mr. Magoo's King Arthur (1965) ... Mr. Magoo (voice)
- Mr. Magoo's Sherlock Holmes (1965) ... Mr. Magoo (voice)
- Mr. Magoo's Noah's Ark (1965) ... Mr. Magoo (voice)
- Mr. Magoo's Captain Kidd (1965) ... Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1963-1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Herkimer Witt / Pork Pie Hannigan / Harold Mason
- Who Killed Vaudeville? (1964) ... Herkimer Witt
- Who Killed Carrie Cornell? (1964) ... Pork Pie Hannigan
- Who Killed Mr. X? (1963) ... Harold Mason
 1964 Espionage (TV Series)
McAvoy
- A Tiny Drop of Poison (1964) ... McAvoy
 1964 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Sam Thayer
- Birds of a Feather (1964) ... Sam Thayer
 1964 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Big Boss Buddy Foy
- Jeremy Rabbitt - The Secret Avenger (1964) ... Big Boss Buddy Foy
 1963 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Michael John McKane
- Don't Shake the Family Tree (1963) ... Michael John McKane
 1963 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Marty Van Ransohoff
- The Clampetts Entertain (1963) ... Marty Van Ransohoff
 1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Monte
- Charlie's Duet (1963) ... Monte
 1963 McKeever & the Colonel (TV Series)
J.C. Medbury
- The Neighbor (1963) ... J.C. Medbury
 1962 Follow the Sun (TV Series)
N.N. Nelson
- The Inhuman Equation (1962) ... N.N. Nelson
 1961 Cain's Hundred (TV Series)
Karl Bigger
- Five for One (1961) ... Karl Bigger
 1961 Maverick (TV Series)
Joe Wheelwright
- Three Queens Full (1961) ... Joe Wheelwright
 1960-1961 The Jim Backus Show (TV Series)
Mike O'Toole / John Michael O'Toole
- O'Toole and Son (1961) ... Mike O'Toole
- Farewell to Dora (1961) ... Mike O'Toole
- Gift for Grandma (1961) ... Mike O'Toole
- The Texas Tycoon (1961) ... Mike O'Toole
- Dora's Vacation (1961) ... Mike O'Toole
 1960 The Bugs Bunny Show (TV Series)
Smoky the Genie (voice)
 1960 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
Jim Fletcher
- The Deerfield Story (1960) ... Jim Fletcher
 1960 The Untouchables (TV Series)
William Norbert
- Star Witness (1960) ... William Norbert
 1960 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Maury Samuels
- Collector's Item (1960) ... Maury Samuels
 1960 Mister Magoo (TV Series)
Mr. Magoo
- Who's Zoo Magoo? (1960) ... Mr. Magoo (voice, uncredited)
- Skipper Magoo (1960) ... Mr. Magoo (voice, uncredited)
- Private Eye Magoo (1960) ... Mr. Magoo (voice, uncredited)
- Muscles Magoo (1960) ... Mr. Magoo (voice, uncredited)
- Digger Magoo (1960) ... Mr. Magoo (voice, uncredited)
 1959 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Henry Banning
- Millionaire Henry Banning (1959) ... Henry Banning
 1959 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Jim Cannaday
- Success Story (1959) ... Jim Cannaday
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Jerry
- Free Weekend (1958) ... Jerry
 1957-1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Tim McTaggart / Father
- The McTaggart Succession (1958) ... Tim McTaggart
- In Love with a Stranger (1957) ... Father
 1957 The Pied Piper of Hamelin (TV Movie)
King's Emissary
 1957 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
Arthur Hutchins
- Susanna Plays Cupid (1957) ... Arthur Hutchins
 1956-1957 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- A Family Affair (1956)
 1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Detective Herman
- The Mad Bomber (1957) ... Detective Herman
 1957 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Lucus Edgerton
- Reclining Figure (1957) ... Lucus Edgerton
 1956 Conflict (TV Series)
Dandy Summers
- The Magic Brew (1956) ... Dandy Summers
 1956 Warner Brothers Presents (TV Series)
- The Magic Brew (1956)
- Survival (1956)
 1956 Front Row Center (TV Series)
Harry Cooper
- Uncle Barney (1956) ... Harry Cooper
 1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Harry
- The Star (1956) ... Harry
 1956 Star Stage (TV Series)
- Screen Credit (1956)
 1955 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
George Johnson
- If I Were Rich (1955) ... George Johnson
 1954 The Web (TV Series)
- Welcome Home (1954)
 1953 All Star Revue (TV Series)
Guest Comedic Actor
- Episode #4.3 (1953) ... Guest Comedic Actor
 1950 Edgar Bergen with Charlie McCarthy (TV Movie)
Magistrate Backus
 1949 Hollywood House (TV Series)
Hotel Manager
- Episode dated 2 December 1949 (1949) ... Hotel Manager
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Alternate Names:

James G. Backus | James Backus | Jim & Henny

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Many a man owes his success to his first wife and his second wife to his success. See more »

Trivia:

Was an avid golfer. See more »

Trademark:

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Star Sign:

Pisces

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