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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 7 October 1905Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Date of Death 18 February 1977Orange, California, USA  (leukemia)
Birth NameAndrew Vabre Devine
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Rotund comic character actor of American films. Born Andrew Vabre Devine in Flagstaff, Arizona, the later-to-be Rotund comic character actor was raised in nearby Kingman, Arizona, the son of Irish-American hotel operator Thomas Devine and his wife Amy. Devine was an able athlete as a student and actually played semi-pro football under a phony name (Jeremiah Schwartz, often erroneously presumed to be his real name). Devine used the false name in order to remain eligible for college football. A successful football player at St. Mary & St. Benedict College, Arizona State Teacher's College, and Santa Clara University, Devine went to Hollywood with dreams of becoming an actor. After a number of small roles in silent films, he was given a good part in the talkie The Spirit of Notre Dame (1931) in part due to his fine record as a football player. His sound-film career seemed at risk due to his severely raspy voice, the result of a childhood injury. His voice, however, soon became his trademark, and he spent the next forty-five years becoming an increasingly popular and beloved comic figure in a wide variety of films. In the 1950s, his fame grew enormously with his co-starring role as Jingles opposite Guy Madison's Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951), on television and radio simultaneously. In 1955, before the Hickok series ended, Devine took over the hosting job on a children's show retitled Andy's Gang (1955), in which he gained new fans among the very young. He continued active in films until his death in 1977. He was survived by his wife and two sons.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Spouse (1)

Dorothy Devine (28 October 1933 - 18 February 1977) (his death) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

High-pitched raspy voice

Trivia (17)

The main street of Kingman, Arizona, near Devine's birthplace of Flagstaff, Arizona, is named Andy Devine Boulevard.
Was once honorary mayor of Van Nuys, California.
Father of Tad Devine and Denny Devine, who played his sons in Canyon Passage (1946).
Had played Hap Gorman on the first season of the MGM/NBC television series Flipper (1964).
Mentioned in the 1974 song "Pencil Thin Mustache" by Jimmy Buffett.
Was a licensed amateur (ham) radio operator with the call sign WB6RER. The call is now owned by an amateur radio club in Kingman, Arizona, which holds an annual event in memory of their favourite son.
His high-pitched gravelly voice was the result of a childhood accident. While running with a stick (some accounts say a curtain rod) in his mouth, he tripped and fell, ramming the stick through the roof of his mouth. For almost a year, he was unable to speak at all. When he did get his voice back, at length, it had the wheezing, almost duo-toned quality that would ultimately make him a star. Another account of his throat injury says he was sliding down the banister in his father's hotel and somehow damaged his throat.
John Ford picked him to play Buck, the stagecoach teamster in Stagecoach (1939) because he had actual experience driving a six horse team.
He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 6366 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Radio at 6258 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
According to an in-depth article by Joe Collura for "Classic Images", Andy was born in Flagstaff, Arizona but moved with his family west to Kingman in Mohave County. While there his father, Thomas, served as the Mohave County treasurer and owned the Hotel Beale. His father later suffered from stomach cancer and traveled to Los Angeles for treatment, where he died during surgery.
Had played professional football at one point and used the name Jeremiah Schwartz in order to avoid jeopardizing his amateur standing.
Best known for his sidekick role opposite Guy Madison on the Western series Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951). As Jingles P. Jones, he rode a horse named Joker. The role was originally offered to but turned down by Burl Ives.
Made his stage debut as Cap'n Andy Hawks in Guy Lombardo's 1957 production of "Show Boat" at a theatre in Long Island.
Was an avid pilot and owned a flying school that trained flyers for the government during World War II.
John Wayne and James Stewart were among those who attended his funeral.
Also had a children's television show on one of the local Los Angeles television stations called "Andy and Froggy" where his sidekick was a frog puppet.
Andy Devine is reminisced by Jimmy Buffett in his hit song, "Pencil Thin Mustache", in 1974. (It is song #10 on Buffett's Greatest Hits Album, "Songs you know by Heart"). It is a song about the entertainment of Jimmy's youth, while growing up in the 1950s. Jimmy pays tribute to Andy in the chorus, "I wish I had a pencil thin mustache, The "Boston Blackie" kind. A two toned Ricky Ricardo jacket and an autographed picture of Andy Devine".

Salary (1)

Stagecoach (1939) $10,000

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