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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 2 April 1917Fairview, Missouri, USA
Date of Death 28 April 2007Pasadena, California, USA  (kidney and heart ailment)
Birth NameRobert William Greer
Nickname Bill
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Dabbs Greer was a very familiar face in films and especially on TV. He was a sort of "everyman" in his roles and played merchants, preachers, businessmen, and other "pillars of the community" types as well as assorted villains. With his plain looking face, wavy hair and mellow, distinctive voice he was a solid supporting actor. He was born on April 2, 1917, in Fairview, Missouri, but reared in Anderson, Missouri. He was the only child of a pharmacist father and a speech therapist mother. His first acting experience was on stage in a children's theatre production when he was eight years old. He attended Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, where he earned a BA and headed the drama department and Little Theatre in Mountain Grove, Missouri, from 1940-43. He then moved on to the famed Pasadena Playhouse in California as actor, instructor and administrator from 1943-50. He made his film debut in Reign of Terror (1949) (aka "The Black Book") in an uncredited bit part and went on to appear in many parts during the next 50 years. He is probably best remembered for his role as Rev. Alden on Little House on the Prairie (1974) but he was also a regular on the TV series Gunsmoke (1955) as a merchant, Mr. Jonas; Hank (1965) as Coach Ossie Weiss and Picket Fences (1992) as Rev. Henry Novotny. He also appeared in made-for-TV movies and guest-starred on such series as Adventures of Superman (1952); The Rifleman (1958); Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958); Trackdown (1957); Perry Mason (1957); Bonanza (1959); The Fugitive (1963) and The Brady Bunch (1969).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: John Macaluso

Greer's last role in a long and successful career, was in the hit movie, The Green Mile. He shared the starring role with Tom Hanks--Hanks as the younger version, Greer as the much older version--of lead character, Paul Edgecomb. Greer's character narrates throughout the entire film. It is from Greer's p.o.v. and memory flashbacks that the entire tale unfolds. He was 82 years old.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: TBone Malone

Trivia (7)

He played the first person saved by Superman in the very first episode of the Adventures of Superman (1952) television series. His role was uncredited. He was brought back to appear in a major role as an innocent man about to go to the electric chair in the first episode of the second season. He appeared for a third time in one of the final episodes of the series.
Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch).
In the 1940s, he was an instructor at the famous Pasadena Playhouse and was also their Dean of Men.
He got his stage name "Dabbs" from his grandmother because that was her maiden name.
Dabbs Greer married two of the most well-known couples on television. He played the army chaplain who married Rob and Laura Petrie. Later, he portrayed the minister who married Mike and Carol Brady.
Twice portrayed characters who worked on death row in "I Want to Live" and in "The Green Mile".
Looks like Capt. Frederick Benteen, who was a member of the 7th Cavalry at the Little Big Horn and who survived the battle with Major Reno.

Personal Quotes (2)

Every character actor, in their own little sphere, is the lead.
I guess sometimes the past just catches up to you, whether you want it to or not.

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