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Jim Backus (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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 1985 Prince Jack
 1984 The Enchanted Journey
Gamun (voice)
 1980 There Goes the Bride
Mr. Perkins
 1979 Angels' Brigade
Cmdr. Lindsey March
 1977 The Magic Pony
The Tsar (voice)
 1975 Friday Foster
Enos Griffith
 1975 Crazy Mama
Mr. Albertson
 1974 Goodnight Jackie
Mr. Landry
 1972 Now You See Him, Now You Don't
Timothy Forsythe
 1970 Myra Breckinridge
 1969 Hello Down There
T.R. Hollister
 1967 Hurry Sundown
Carter Sillens
 1965 Billie
Howard G. Carol
 1965 Fluffy
 1965 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!
Miles Whitepaper (chief of Middle East division)
 1964 Advance to the Rear
Gen. Willoughby
 1964 Mr. Magoo in Sherwood Forest
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1963 Sunday in New York
Chief Pilot Drysdale
 1963 Johnny Cool
Louis Murphy
 1963 Critic's Choice
Dr. William Von Hagedorn
 1963 My Six Loves
 1963 Operation Bikini
Bosun's Mate Ed Fennelly
 1962 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
The King ('The Dancing Princess')
 1962 Zotz!
Prof. Horatio Kellgore
 1962 Boys' Night Out
Peter Bowers
 1962 The Horizontal Lieutenant
Cmdr. Jeremiah Hammerslag
 1962 The Lady and the Stock Exchange (Documentary short)
Fictional Character
 1961 The Errand Boy
Mr. Arbutt (voice, uncredited)
 1960 Ice Palace
Dave Husack
 1960 Inside Magoo (Short)
Mr. Magoo / Himself
 1959 A Private's Affair
Jim Gordon
 1959 The Big Operator
Cliff Heldon
 1959 Terror Faces Magoo (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1959 The Wild and the Innocent
Mr. Forbes
 1959 Ask Any Girl
 1959 Magoo's Lodge Brother (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1959 Merry Minstrel Magoo (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1959 Magoo's Homecoming (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1959 Bwana Magoo (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1958 Gumshoe Magoo (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1958 Love Comes to Magoo (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1958 Macabre
Police Chief Jim Tyloe
 1958 Magoo's Three-Point Landing (Short)
Mr. Magoo / Air Traffic Controller (voice)
 1958 The High Cost of Loving
Paul Mason
 1958 The Explosive Mr. Magoo (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1958 Scoutmaster Magoo (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1958 Magoo's Young Manhood (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1957 Magoo's Private War (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1957 Magoo's Moose Hunt (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1957 Eighteen and Anxious
Harvey Graham
 1957 Rock-Hound Magoo (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1957 Magoo Saves the Bank (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1957 Magoo's Cruise (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1957 Magoo's Masquerade (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1957 Man of a Thousand Faces
Clarence Locan
 1957 Magoo's Glorious Fourth (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1957 Magoo Breaks Par (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1957 Matador Magoo (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1957 Magoo Goes Overboard (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1957 Top Secret Affair
Col. Homer W. Gooch
 1956 Meet Mother Magoo (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1956 The Great Man
Nick Cellantano
 1956 The Girl He Left Behind
Sgt. Hanna
 1956 The Opposite Sex
 1956 Magoo's Problem Child (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1956 Trailblazer Magoo (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1956 Magoo's Puddle Jumper (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1956 Magoo Beats the Heat (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1956 The Naked Hills
Willis Haver
 1956 Calling Doctor Magoo (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1956 Magoo Goes West (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1956 Magoo's Canine Mutiny (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas
Tom Culdane
 1955 The Square Jungle
Pat Quaid
 1955 Magoo Makes News (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1955 Stage Door Magoo (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1955 Francis in the Navy
Cmdr. E.T. Hutch
 1955 Madcap Magoo (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1955 Magoo Express (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1955 Magoo's Check Up (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1954 Destination Magoo (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1954 Deep in My Heart
Ben Judson
 1954 Kangaroo Courting (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1954 Four Wheels, No Brakes (Short)
Television Quizmaster / New Car Salesman (voice, uncredited)
 1954 Magoo Goes Skiing (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1954 When Magoo Flew (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1953 Geraldine
Jason Ambrose
 1953 Magoo Slept Here (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1953 Magoo's Masterpiece (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1953 Safety Spin (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1953 I Love Melvin
 1952 Above and Beyond
Gen. Curtis E. LeMay
 1952 Captains Outrageous (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1952 Angel Face
Dist. Atty. Judson
 1952 Hotsy Footsy (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1952 Pete Hothead (Short) (voice, uncredited)
 1952 The Rose Bowl Story
Michael 'Iron Mike' Burke
 1952 Pink and Blue Blues (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1952 Don't Bother to Knock
Peter Jones
 1952 The Dog Snatcher (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1952 Deadline - U.S.A.
Jim Cleary
 1952 Sloppy Jalopy (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1951 I Want You
Harvey Landrum
 1951 Grizzly Golfer (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1951 I'll See You in My Dreams
Sam Harris
 1951 The Man with a Cloak
 1951 Fuddy Duddy Buddy (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice, uncredited)
 1951 His Kind of Woman
Myron Winton
 1951 Iron Man
Max Watkins
 1951 Bright Victory
Bill Grayson
 1951 Hollywood Story
Mitch Davis
 1951 Plutopia (Short)
Milton (voice, uncredited)
 1951 Half Angel
Michael Hogan
 1951 Barefaced Flatfoot (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice, uncredited)
 1951 M
The Mayor
 1951 Bungled Bungalow (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1950 The Killer That Stalked New York
Willie Dennis (uncredited)
 1950 Emergency Wedding
Ed Hamley
 1950 Trouble Indemnity (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1950 Customs Agent
Shanghai Chief Agent Thomas Jacoby
 1950 Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town
Joseph 'Little Joe' Rogers
 1950 Spellbound Hound (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice, uncredited)
 1949 A Dangerous Profession
Police Lt. Nick Ferrone / Narrator (as James Backus)
 1949 The Great Lover
 1949 Easy Living
Dr. Franklin (as James Backus)
 1949 Father Was a Fullback
Professor Sullivan (as James G. Backus)
 1949 Ragtime Bear (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice, uncredited)
 1949 One Last Fling
Howard Pritchard
 1948 A-Lad-in His Lamp (Short)
Genie (voice, uncredited)
 1948 Where Will You Hide? (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Album: Provided the voice of God on the double-LP soundtrack album of the Christian rock opera "Truth Of Truths" (Oak Records) See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | See more »

Alternate Names:

James G. Backus | James Backus


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Personal Quote:

Many a man owes his success to his first wife and his second wife to his success.


Had played the same character (Thurston Howell III) on three different series: Gilligan's Island (1964), The New Adventures of Gilligan (1974) and Gilligan's Planet (1982). See more »


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