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Overview (3)

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (complications from a stroke)
Birth NameParley Edward Baer

Mini Bio (1)

Parley Baer was born on August 5, 1914 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA as Parley Edward Baer. He was an actor, known for Dave (1993), The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952) and Gypsy (1962). He was married to Ernestine Clarke. He died on November 22, 2002 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Ernestine Clarke (9 April 1946 - 5 August 2000) (her death) (2 children)

Trivia (12)

The voice of Ernie Keebler on the Keebler cookies commercials.
In addition to the role of Chester on the Gunsmoke radio series which ran from 1952 to 1961 (the part was played by Dennis Weaver in the long-running television series), Baer was frequently heard on the Lux Radio Theater, Escape and Suspense radio programs, among others.
During his struggling years, he served as a ringmaster for Circus Vargas and Barnum & Bailey. He would later serve on the board of the community L.A. Circus, and as a docent at the Los Angeles Zoo. Wrote publicity for Al. G. Barnes Circus, in winters. Announcer at Salt Lake City radio station, KSL.
Hefty, balding character actor of mostly comedy hijinks who, during his six-decade career, proved a durable, hot-headed foil for TV's top sitcom stars such as Lucille Ball, Ozzie Nelson and Andy Griffith.
In 1946, he met and married circus aerialist and bareback rider Ernestine Clarke. They were together for 54 years until her death, producing two daughters, Kim and Dale.
Studied drama at the University of Utah.
Once worked an act of seven tigers at the long-defunct Jungleland in Thousand Oaks, California.
With Ralph Edwards, co-founded Pioneer Pacific Broadcasters.
Created and toured with his own circuses, doubling as ringmaster and performance director, roles he filled with other circuses as well.
Served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific theater in WWII, earning seven battle stars and a presidential citation. Attained rank of captain.
His wife Ernestine was born October 17, 1921 in New York. Her birth name was Elizabeth Laura Clarke. Ernestine picked up the nickname Ernestine after her father. She died August 5, 2000 in Tarzana California, approximately three months before her husband Parley.
Ernestine's father (Ernie Clark) was the first person to complete the triple somersault on the "flying trapeze".

Personal Quotes (1)

Radio is the most nearly perfect medium for an actor. If you have an audience of 5 million people listening to you, you're giving 5 million performances.

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