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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 20 March 1903Humansville, Missouri, USA
Date of Death 4 April 1979Palm Desert, California, USA  (stroke complicated by pneumonia)
Birth NameWilliam Edgar Buchanan
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

At the age of seven, he and his family moved to Oregon. After studying at the University of Oregon, he followed in his father's footsteps and became a dentist, graduating from North Pacific Dental College. From 1929 to 1937, he practiced oral surgery in Eugene, Oregon. He then moved his practice to Altadena, CA. There he joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse, eventually giving up dentistry at the age of 36 to become an actor. He made his film debut in 1939. His chubby face and gravelly voice were featured in over 100 films, but he is perhaps best known for TV roles in Judge Roy Bean (1956), Petticoat Junction (1963), and Cade's County (1971).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: James L. Mason

Spouse (1)

Mildred Marguerite Spence (14 April 1928 - 4 April 1979) (his death) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Gravelly Voice

Trivia (11)

Was one of only three co-stars of Petticoat Junction (1963) who remained with the series for its entire seven-year run, the others being Linda Henning and Frank Cady.
Was originally a dentist with his own practice. At age 38, he turned the practice over to his wife and began his acting career.
He appeared in a total of 13 different productions with Glenn Ford.
Member of Theta Chi Fraternity (Alpha Sigma Chapter, University of Oregon)
He provided his dentistry skills on the set numerous times. One such occasion, he pulled the tooth of his stand-in of 25 years, Jack Henderson.
He met his wife at dentistry school in Toronto, where she also studied to become a dentist.
His friend of many years, Glenn Ford, once told a story of when Edgar was preparing to do some painful dental work on him. The anesthesia consisted of others passing by and allowing the patient, Glenn, to take swallows of whiskey to help ease the pain of the process. About every third drink Glenn took, Edgar took one as well.
Edgar Buchanan's grandfather, Bramentus L. Buchanan (1840-1904), was a private in Company A, 6th Missouri Cavalry (Union) as well as the Dade County, MO Home Guard (Union) during the American Civil War (1861-1865).
Father of Buck Buchanan.
He played the same character (Uncle Joe Carson) on three different series: The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), Petticoat Junction (1963) and Green Acres (1965).
His favorite role was Texas (1941).

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