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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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 1986 The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show (TV Series)
Smoky the Genie (voice)
 1985 Prince Jack
Dealy
 1984 The Enchanted Journey
Gamun (voice)
 1983 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Gus
- It Only Hurts When I Love (1983) ... Gus
 1982 Gilligan's Planet (TV Series)
Thurston Howell III (voice)
 1978-1981 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Mr. Landers / Mr. Waterman
 1980 There Goes the Bride
Mr. Perkins
 1978-1980 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
H.H. Moran / Cap
- Eagleman/Children of Mentu (1980) ... H.H. Moran
- Reunion/Anniversary (1978) ... Cap
 1980 The Gossip Columnist (TV Movie)
 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 Angels' Brigade
Cmdr. Lindsey March
 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
 1977 The Magic Pony
The Tsar (voice)
 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 Friday Foster
Enos Griffith
 1975 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Howard Biggers
- The Adventure of the Mad Tea Party (1975) ... Howard Biggers
 1975 Mobile One (TV Series)
- The Pawn (1975)
 1975 Joe Forrester (TV Series)
Jake Mandel
- Stake Out (1975) ... Jake Mandel
 1975 New Zoo Revue (TV Series)
Traveling Salesman
- Episode dated 1 September 1975 (1975) ... Traveling Salesman
 1975 Crazy Mama
Mr. Albertson
 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
 1975 The Ghost Busters (TV Series)
Eric, the Red
- The Vikings Have Landed (1975) ... Eric, the Red
 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 / Harry Mathews
- The Hustler (1974) ... Harry Mathews
- Grand Canyon or Bust (1971) ... Zaccariah
- Ghost Town, U.S.A. (1971) ... Zaccariah
 1974 Goodnight Jackie
Mr. Landry
 1973 Miracle on 34th Street (TV Movie)
Shellhammer
 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 Now You See Him, Now You Don't
Timothy Forsythe
 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 Myra Breckinridge
Doctor
 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 Hello Down There
T.R. Hollister
 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
 1967 Hurry Sundown
Carter Sillens
 1965 Billie
Howard G. Carol
 1965 Fluffy
Sergeant
 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)
 1965 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!
Miles Whitepaper (chief of Middle East division)
 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 Advance to the Rear
Gen. Willoughby
 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 Sunday in New York
Chief Pilot Drysdale
 1963 Johnny Cool
Louis Murphy
 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 Critic's Choice
Dr. William Von Hagedorn
 1963 My Six Loves
Sheriff
 1963 Operation Bikini
Bosun's Mate Ed Fennelly
 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 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 Follow the Sun (TV Series)
N.N. Nelson
- The Inhuman Equation (1962) ... N.N. Nelson
 1962 The Lady and the Stock Exchange (Documentary short)
Fictional Character
 1961 Cain's Hundred (TV Series)
Karl Bigger
- Five for One (1961) ... Karl Bigger
 1961 The Errand Boy
Mr. Arbutt (voice, uncredited)
 1961 Maverick (TV Series)
Joe Wheelwright
- Three Queens Full (1961) ... Joe Wheelwright
 1960-1961 The Jim Backus Show (TV Series)
Mike 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 Ice Palace
Dave Husack
 1960 Inside Magoo (Short)
Mr. Magoo / Himself
 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 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
Maxwell
 1959 Magoo's Lodge Brother (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1959 Merry Minstrel Magoo (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1959 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Henry Banning
- Millionaire Henry Banning (1959) ... Henry Banning
 1959 Magoo's Homecoming (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1959 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Jim Cannaday
- Success Story (1959) ... Jim Cannaday
 1959 Bwana Magoo (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Jerry
- Free Weekend (1958) ... Jerry
 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)
 1957-1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Tim McTaggart / Father
- The McTaggart Succession (1958) ... Tim McTaggart
- In Love with a Stranger (1957) ... Father
 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 The Pied Piper of Hamelin (TV Movie)
King's Emissary
 1957 Eighteen and Anxious
Harvey Graham
 1957 Rock-Hound Magoo (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1957 Magoo Saves the Bank (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1957 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
Arthur Hutchins
- Susanna Plays Cupid (1957) ... Arthur Hutchins
 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)
 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
 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
Psychiatrist
 1956 Magoo's Problem Child (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1956 Conflict (TV Series)
Dandy Summers
- The Magic Brew (1956) ... Dandy Summers
 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 Warner Brothers Presents (TV Series)
- Survival (1956)
 1956 Magoo's Canine Mutiny (Short)
Mr. Magoo (voice)
 1956 Front Row Center (TV Series)
Harry Cooper
- Uncle Barney (1956) ... Harry Cooper
 1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas
Tom Culdane
 1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Harry
- The Star (1956) ... Harry
 1956 Star Stage (TV Series)
- Screen Credit (1956)
 1955 The Square Jungle
Pat Quaid
 1955 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
George Johnson
- If I Were Rich (1955) ... George Johnson
 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 The Web (TV Series)
- Welcome Home (1954)
 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
 1952-1953 All Star Revue (TV Series)
Guest Comedic Actor
- Episode #4.3 (1953) ... Guest Comedic Actor
- Episode #2.39 (1952) ... Guest Comedic Actor
 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
Mergo
 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
Flaherty
 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)
 1950 Edgar Bergen with Charlie McCarthy (TV Movie)
Magistrate Backus
 1949 A Dangerous Profession
Police Lt. Nick Ferrone / Narrator (as James Backus)
 1949 Hollywood House (TV Series)
Hotel Manager
- Episode dated 2 December 1949 (1949) ... Hotel Manager
 1949 The Great Lover
Higgins
 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)
Narrator
Show Show Writer (2 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (51 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (13 credits)

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Other Works:

Unsold pilot: Starred in a sitcom pilot for CBS, "Father of the Bride". NOTE: The pilot was reworked the next year and turned into a series, Father of the Bride (1961). Backus was replaced by Leon Ames. the series finally hit the network in 1961, he was replace by Leon Ames. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | See more »

Alternate Names:

James G. Backus | James Backus

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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

Trivia:

Attended the Kentucky Military Institute. One of his classmates was future fellow actor Victor Mature. See more »

Trademark:

Rich smooth voice See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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