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Percy Helton (1894–1971)

One of the most familiar faces and voices in Hollywood films of the 1950s. Percy Helton acted almost from infancy, appearing in his father's vaudeville act. The famed Broadway producer David Belasco cast Helton in a succession of child roles over several years, giving the boy an invaluable grounding in the technique and spirit of the theatre. ... See full bio »

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 1971 Nanny and the Professor (TV Series)
Mr. Rumble
- How Many Candles? (1971) ... Mr. Rumble
 1971 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Dailey
- The Missile (1971) ... Dailey
 1971 The Day of the Wolves
The Farmer
 1970 Medical Center (TV Series)
Old Man
- The Professional (1970) ... Old Man
 1965-1970 Petticoat Junction (TV Series)
Mr. Benton / Hinky Mittenfloss
- Last Train to Pixley (1970) ... Mr. Benton
- The Chicken Killer (1965) ... Hinky Mittenfloss
 1970 Julia (TV Series)
Messenger
- Charlie's Chance (1970) ... Messenger
 1970 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Wharton (segment "Love and Those Poor Crusaders' Wives")
- Love and the Big Night/Love and Those Poor Crusaders' Wives/Love and the V.I.P. Restaurant (1970) ... Wharton (segment "Love and Those Poor Crusaders' Wives")
 1969 The Good Guys (TV Series)
Sierra Jake
- Is This Trip Necessary (1969) ... Sierra Jake
 1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Sweetface (uncredited)
 1966-1969 Green Acres (TV Series)
Luke Needlinger / Ira Hatch / Willie
- The Milk Maker (1969) ... Luke Needlinger
- No Trespassing (1967) ... Ira Hatch
- Water, Water Everywhere (1966) ... Willie
 1968-1969 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Homer Cratchit / Bookkeeper
- The Happy Bank (1969) ... Homer Cratchit
- The Hired Gun (1969) ... Homer Cratchit
- Jed Clampett Enterprises (1969) ... Homer Cratchit
- Drysdale and Friend (1969) ... Homer Cratchit
- Christmas in Hooterville (1968) ... Bookkeeper
 1969 The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV Series)
Bartender
- Jim Sonnett's Lady (1969) ... Bartender
 1968 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Proprietor
- The Night of Miguelito's Revenge (1968) ... Proprietor
 1968 Head
Heraldic Messenger
 1968 Land of the Giants (TV Series)
Akman
- Ghost Town (1968) ... Akman
 1968 Get Smart (TV Series)
A.J. Pfister
- Spy, Spy, Birdie (1968) ... A.J. Pfister
 1968 Batman (TV Series)
Gus
- Louie's Lethal Lilac Time (1968) ... Gus
 1966-1968 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Jud / Mr. Stubbs
- The Scrimshaw Ivory Chart (1968) ... Jud
- Grizzly (1966) ... Mr. Stubbs
 1967 The Virginian (TV Series)
Storekeeper
- Execution at Triste (1967) ... Storekeeper
 1967 The Mothers-In-Law (TV Series)
Dean Roberts
- How Do You Moonlight a Meatball? (1967) ... Dean Roberts
 1967 Cimarron Strip (TV Series)
Ezra Jones
- The Legend of Jud Starr (1967) ... Ezra Jones
 1967 The Big Mouth
Sanitation Man (uncredited)
 1967 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Mesquite Swede
- The Furnace Flats Affair (1967) ... Mesquite Swede
 1967 The Green Hornet (TV Series)
Gus
- Ace in the Hole (1967) ... Gus
 1959-1967 Bonanza (TV Series)
Bleeker / Pete / Lafe / ...
- The Unseen Wound (1967) ... Bleeker
- The Legacy (1963) ... Pete
- The Hayburner (1963) ... Lafe
- Enter Mark Twain (1959) ... Blurry Jones
 1966 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Man
- Fly Away Home (1966) ... Man
 1966 A Big Hand for the Little Lady
Kevin McKenzie (uncredited)
 1966 Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title
Diner Customer (uncredited)
 1959-1966 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Mr. Early / Arbuckle / Duffer / ...
- The Raid: Part 2 (1966) ... Mr. Early
- The Raid: Part 1 (1966) ... Mr. Early
- Trip West (1964) ... Arbuckle
- The Summons (1962) ... Duffer
- Thick 'N' Thin (1959) ... Otie
 1966 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Bum
- The Sacrifice (1966) ... Bum
 1965 Honey West (TV Series)
Wiley - Engraver
- A Million Bucks in Anybody's Language (1965) ... Wiley - Engraver
 1965 My Brother the Angel (TV Series)
Mort
- You're Only Old Once (1965) ... Mort
 1962-1965 Mister Ed (TV Series)
Zoo Attendant / Dr. Evans
- Anybody Got a Zebra? (1965) ... Zoo Attendant
- Bald Horse (1962) ... Dr. Evans
 1965 The Sons of Katie Elder
Mr. Peevey
 1965 Zebra in the Kitchen
Mr. Richardson
 1965 The Farmer's Daughter (TV Series)
Justice of the Peace
- Why Wait Till November (1965) ... Justice of the Peace
 1961-1965 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Hotel Desk Clerk / Asa Cooperman / Pawnbroker
- The Case of the Careless Kitten (1965) ... Hotel Desk Clerk
- The Case of the Torrid Tapestry (1961) ... Pawnbroker
 1965 Dear Brigitte
Kraft, Man at Computer Lab (uncredited)
 1964 Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Funeral Director
 1964 The Baileys of Balboa (TV Series)
Bromley
- My Son, the Dreamer (1964) ... Bromley
 1964 Get Yourself a College Girl
Senator's Chauffeur (uncredited)
 1964 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
 1963-1964 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Lapham / Tom Poulter
- Mr. Garrity and the Graves (1964) ... Lapham
- Mute (1963) ... Tom Poulter
 1964 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Hobo
 1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Hudkins
- Who Killed Carrie Cornell? (1964) ... Hudkins
 1964 Temple Houston (TV Series)
 1963 4 for Texas
Jonas Ansel
 1963 The Wheeler Dealers
Deke (uncredited)
 1963 The Bill Dana Show (TV Series)
 1960-1963 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Mr. Perkins / Mailman / Customer
- Up to Their Ears in Corn (1963) ... Mr. Perkins
- Pepino's Inheritance (1962) ... Mr. Perkins
- Double Date (1962) ... Mailman
- The Talk of the Town (1960) ... Customer
 1961-1963 Laramie (TV Series)
Opie / Clemson Frazer / Wes Snyder - Auctioneer
- The Renegade Brand (1963) ... Opie
- Siege at Jubilee (1961) ... Clemson Frazer
- Run of the Hunted (1961) ... Wes Snyder - Auctioneer
 1963 Hazel (TV Series)
Cyrano
- Hazel's Day Off (1963) ... Cyrano
 1963 The Dakotas (TV Series)
Doctor
- Crisis at High Banjo (1963) ... Doctor
 1963 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (TV Series)
Mayor Tuttle
- Miss Ida's Star (1963) ... Mayor Tuttle
 1962 Ride the High Country
Luther Sampson (uncredited)
 1962 The Music Man
Train Conductor (uncredited)
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Janitor
- No Strings Attached (1962) ... Janitor
 1962 Bus Stop (TV Series)
Watchman
- I Kiss Your Shadow (1962) ... Watchman
 1962 Outlaws (TV Series)
Wilken
- A Day to Kill (1962) ... Wilken
 1955-1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Cyrus Rutherford / Morton / Newspaperman / ...
- Services Rendered (1961) ... Cyrus Rutherford
- The Horse Player (1961) ... Morton
- Disappearing Trick (1958) ... Newspaperman
- Nightmare in 4-D (1957) ... Building super
- The Creeper (1956) ... George the Janitor
 1961 The Bob Cummings Show (TV Series)
 1961 Everglades (TV Series)
 1961 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Matthew Beasely
- Retaliation (1961) ... Matthew Beasely
 1959-1961 Lawman (TV Series)
Thatcher / Ellery Purvy / Oren
- The Cold One (1961) ... Thatcher
- Dilemma (1960) ... Ellery Purvy
- Shadow Witness (1959) ... Oren
 1961 Rawhide (TV Series)
Bartender
- Incident of the Wager on Payday (1961) ... Bartender
 1961 Miami Undercover (TV Series)
Willie
- Cukie Dog (1961) ... Willie
 1961 Lock Up (TV Series)
J.Q.
- The Case of Willie Betterley (1961) ... J.Q.
 1961 Checkmate (TV Series)
Steam Room Attendant
- The Deadly Silence (1961) ... Steam Room Attendant
 1961 The Brothers Brannagan (TV Series)
Fowler
- Advantage: Death (1961) ... Fowler
 1960-1961 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
McTavish / Doc Lever
- Angel (1961) ... McTavish
- Funeral at Forty Mile (1960) ... Doc Lever
 1960 Where the Boys Are
Fairview Motel Manager (uncredited)
 1960 Michael Shayne (TV Series)
Motel Manager
- Murder and the Wanton Bride (1960) ... Motel Manager
 1957-1960 Maverick (TV Series)
Bradley / Mr. Venner
- Bolt from the Blue (1960) ... Bradley
- Comstock Conspiracy (1957) ... Mr. Venner
 1960 Let No Man Write My Epitaph
Baldy (uncredited)
 1960 Thriller (TV Series)
 1960 Colt .45 (TV Series)
Wes Mason
- Martial Law (1960) ... Wes Mason
 1960 The Texan (TV Series)
Munson
- The Guilty and the Innocent (1960) ... Munson
 1960 Bourbon Street Beat (TV Series)
Mayor
- Neon Nightmare (1960) ... Mayor
 1960 Mr. Lucky (TV Series)
Pop Markel
- Big Squeeze (1960) ... Pop Markel
 1960 Law of the Plainsman (TV Series)
Del Martin
- Dangerous Barriers (1960) ... Del Martin
 1960 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Jocko Monaghan / Mr. Meyer
- The Unhired Assassin: Part 2 (1960) ... Jocko Monaghan
- The St. Louis Story (1960) ... Mr. Meyer
 1960 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Old Man
- Tolliver Bender (1960) ... Old Man (uncredited)
 1959 Lassie (TV Series)
Jason Blalock
- In Case of Emergency (1959) ... Jason Blalock
 1959 The Man from Blackhawk (TV Series)
Constable Critton
- The Gypsy Story (1959) ... Constable Critton
 1959 Johnny Ringo (TV Series)
Purdom
- Cully (1959) ... Purdom
 1959 Ask Any Girl
Janitor in Meg Wheeler's Building (uncredited)
 1959 The Lineup (TV Series)
 1959 Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond (TV Series)
Ed Matthews
- Premonition (1959) ... Ed Matthews
 1957-1959 The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV Series)
Ichabod Pillajohn / Ichabod Pillijohn / Conductor
- Pillajohn's Progress (1959) ... Ichabod Pillajohn
- Wind-Wagon McClanahan (1958) ... Ichabod Pillijohn
- Higgins' Last Stand (1957) ... Conductor
 1958 Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!
Waldo Pike, the Plumber (uncredited)
 1958 Fury (TV Series)
Birdwatcher
- The Ornithologists (1958) ... Birdwatcher
 1953-1958 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Oscar
- Big Liz (1958)
- Little Oscar's Millions (1953) ... Oscar
 1958 M Squad (TV Series)
Harry Kreble
- The Trap (1958) ... Harry Kreble
 1958 The Proud Rebel
Photographer (uncredited)
 1958 The Sheepman
Station Master (uncredited)
 1956-1958 Broken Arrow (TV Series)
Higgins / Stage Passenger
- The Sisters (1958) ... Higgins
- Passage Deferred (1956) ... Stage Passenger (uncredited)
 1958 Casey Jones (TV Series)
Passenger
- The Silk Train (1958) ... Passenger
 1958 Man Without a Gun (TV Series)
Gromes
- High Iron (1958) ... Gromes
 1957-1958 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Clerk
- The Bargain (1958) ... Clerk
- Emergency (1957)
 1958 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV Series)
Exchange Editor Asbury
- The Close Shave (1958) ... Exchange Editor Asbury
 1958 The Gray Ghost (TV Series)
Eberhart
- Secret and Urgent (1958) ... Eberhart
 1957 The Thin Man (TV Series)
- Fatal Cliche (1957)
 1957 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
Waldo
- The Phantom Valise (1957) ... Waldo
 1957 Jailhouse Rock
Sam Brewster (uncredited)
 1957 The Last Stagecoach West
Telegrapher (uncredited)
 1957 Spook Chasers
Mike Clancy
 1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Judge / Barber
- Man of the Law (1957) ... Judge (uncredited)
- End of a Gun (1957) ... Barber (uncredited)
 1957 This Could Be the Night
Charlie (uncredited)
 1957 The Vintage
Voice Dub for Berger (uncredited)
 1957 The Phantom Stagecoach
Mr. Wiggins
 1957 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
Desk Clerk
- Trip to Hillsborough (1957) ... Desk Clerk
 1956-1957 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Mr. Fuller
- Are Trees People? (1957) ... Mr. Fuller
- Wild April (1956)
 1957 Science Fiction Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. John Hustead
- Gravity Zero (1957) ... Dr. John Hustead
 1955-1957 Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal (TV Series)
Titus Thorpe
- Two for the Money (1957) ... Titus Thorpe
- Involuntary Donor (1955) ... Titus Thorpe
 1956 Circus Boy (TV Series)
Toomis Flager
- The Good Samaritans (1956) ... Toomis Flager
 1956 Crossroads (TV Series)
Ezra Perry
- Our First Christmas Tree (1956) ... Ezra Perry
 1956 Shake, Rattle & Rock!
Hiram, the funeral director
 1956 The Boss
Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
 1956 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
Eli
- Girl on the Run (1956) ... Eli
 1956 Terror at Midnight
Speegie
 1956 Fury at Gunsight Pass
Peter Boggs
 1956 Diane
Court Jester (uncredited)
 1956 Sheriffs of the USA (TV Series)
Salesman
 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Barney - Bartender
- The Silent Partner (1955) ... Barney - Bartender
 1955 December Bride (TV Series)
Harry
- Skid Row (1955) ... Harry
 1955 No Man's Woman
Otto Peterson
 1955 Trial
Youval (uncredited)
 1955 Jail Busters
Warden B.W. Oswald
 1955 The Donald O'Connor Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.17 (1955)
 1955 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Robert P. Chesley - Uncle Robby
- The Uncle Robby Story (1955) ... Robert P. Chesley - Uncle Robby
 1955 Kiss Me Deadly
Doc Kennedy
 1953-1955 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Too Many Nelsons (1955)
- Lost and Found (1953)
 1953-1955 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Dooley
- Sunday Mourn (1955) ... Dooley
 1955 The Whistler (TV Series)
Florist
- Windfall (1955) ... Florist
 1955 Crashout
Doctor Louis Barnes
 1955 Flash Gordon (TV Series)
1954
- The Sound Gun (1955) ... 1954 (uncredited)
 1955 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Pete Travis
- Dan Reid's Sacrifice (1955) ... Pete Travis
 1955 Waterfront (TV Series)
Jeff Simpson / Tailor
- The Seal (1955) ... Jeff Simpson
- The Reluctant Guest ... Tailor
 1954 20000 Leagues Under the Sea
Coach Driver
 1954 Public Defender (TV Series)
Socrates
- Socrates (1954) ... Socrates
 1954 Adventures of the Falcon (TV Series)
Dr. Hunnicutt
- Invisible Destroyer (1954) ... Dr. Hunnicutt
 1954 White Christmas
Train Conductor (uncredited)
 1954 The Adventures of Hajji Baba
Kerbelai, Hajji's Barber Father (uncredited)
 1954 A Star Is Born
William Gregory (uncredited)
 1954 About Mrs. Leslie
Mr. Hackley
 1954 Lucky Me
Brown (uncredited)
 1952-1954 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Hotel Desk Clerk / Pan Handler
- Meet McGraw (1954) ... Hotel Desk Clerk
- Backstage (1952) ... Pan Handler (as Percy Hilton)
 1954 Hopalong Cassidy (TV Series)
Bummer Lowe
- Grubstake (1954) ... Bummer Lowe
 1953 The Life of Riley (TV Series)
Mr. Cox
- Riley the Worrier (1953) ... Mr. Cox
- Riley's Burning Ambition (1953) ... Mr. Cox
 1953 Geraldine
Pop (uncredited)
 1953 Wicked Woman
Charlie Borg
 1953 Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Hamlet
- The Face and the Voice (1953) ... Hamlet
 1953 How to Marry a Millionaire
Mr. Benton (uncredited)
 1953 The Robe
Caleb - Wine Merchant (uncredited)
 1953 City of Bad Men
Old-Timer at Training Camp (uncredited)
 1953 The Affairs of Dobie Gillis
Mr. Hammersmith, Book Seller (uncredited)
 1953 Down Laredo Way
Judge Sully
 1953 Vice Squad
Mr. Jenner (uncredited)
 1953 Ride, Vaquero!
Storekeeper (uncredited)
 1953 Mr. & Mrs. North (TV Series)
Needles / George Tuttle
- Salt in His Blood (1953) ... Needles
- Dying to Live (1953) ... George Tuttle
 1953 Ambush at Tomahawk Gap
Marlowe
 1953 Scared Stiff
Man in Hotel Hallway (uncredited)
 1953 Call Me Madam
Sen. Wilkins
 1951-1953 Racket Squad (TV Series)
Dad Miller
- Antique Racket (1953)
- The Salted Mine (1951) ... Dad Miller
 1953 She's Back on Broadway
News Vendor (scenes deleted)
 1953 I'm the Law (TV Series)
Dick Murphy
- The Cowboy and the Blind Man Story (1953) ... Dick Murphy
 1953 The Abbott and Costello Show (TV Series)
Hap
- Car Trouble (1953) ... Hap
 1952 The Stooge
Sam Robertson (uncredited)
 1952 Gang Busters (TV Series)
The Reader
- Homer Van Meter (1952) ... The Reader
 1952 Three for Bedroom C
Alcoholic Train Passenger (uncredited)
 1952 I Dream of Jeanie
Mr. Horker
 1952 Dangerous Assignment (TV Series)
Max
- The Red Queen Story (1952) ... Max
 1952 The Belle of New York
Presents Angela with Flowers (uncredited)
 1952 A Girl in Every Port
Drive-In Manager
 1951 The Barefoot Mailman
Dewey Durgan (uncredited)
 1951 The Family Secret
Charlie (uncredited)
 1951 Chain of Circumstance
Fogel
 1951 The Tall Target
Beamish - Passenger in Club Car (uncredited)
 1951 Darling, How Could You!
Cabbie (uncredited)
 1951 Never Trust a Gambler
Sunbeam Liquor Store Clerk (uncredited)
 1951 Night Into Morning
Drunk (uncredited)
 1951 Inside Straight
Lawyer Anderson (uncredited)
 1951 Three Guys Named Mike
Mr. Hawkins, Hotel Manager
 1951 Front Page Detective (TV Series)
Otis Crumpler
- Gold Venom (1951) ... Otis Crumpler
 1950 Under Mexicali Stars
Nap Wellington
 1950 The Sun Sets at Dawn
Reporter, Feature Syndicate
 1950 Copper Canyon
'Scamper' Joad
 1950 A Life of Her Own
Hamburger Proprietor (uncredited)
 1950 Fancy Pants
Mayor Fogarty (uncredited)
 1950 Riding High
Pawnbroker (uncredited)
 1950 Wabash Avenue
Ship Captain (uncredited)
 1950 Harbor of Missing Men
'Rummy' Davis
 1950 Tyrant of the Sea
Crewman (uncredited)
 1950 The Secret Fury
Justice of the Peace Roy T. Palmer (uncredited)
 -1950 Dick Tracy (TV Series)
Jewel Smuggler
- Junior and the Sapphire Mystery (1950) ... Jewel Smuggler
 1949 Free for All
Joe Hershey
 1949 Thieves' Highway
Roadside Bar Manager (uncredited)
 1949 Red, Hot and Blue
Mr. Perkins, Stage manager
 1949 Criss Cross
Frank
 1949 Lust for Gold
Barber (uncredited)
 1949 The Crooked Way
Petey
 1949 The Set-Up
Red
 1949 Alias Nick Beal
Lawyer (uncredited)
 1949 Chicken Every Sunday
Mr. Sawyer (uncredited)
 1948 That Wonderful Urge
Monroe Township Jail Drunk (uncredited)
 1948 Larceny
Charlie Jordan
 1948 Hazard
Beady Robbins (as Percey Helton)
 1948 Let's Live Again
Mr. President
 1948 Call Northside 777
William Decker - Mailman (uncredited)
 1947 Miracle on 34th Street
Drunken Santa Claus (uncredited)
 1939 At Home (Short)
Man from the Gas Company (uncredited)
 1938 The Prisoner of Swing (Short)
Messenger
 1937 Du Barry Did All Right (Short)
Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
 1936 Frankie and Johnnie
Undetermined role (uncredited)
 1922 The Offenders
 1922 Insinuation
Jimmie
 1922 Silver Wings
John (play)
 1920 The Master Mind
Younger brother
 1916 The Flower of Faith
Tom Judson
 1915 The Fairy and the Waif
The Waif
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Stage: Appeared in "Naughty Naught '00" on Broadway. Musical drama. See more »

Alternate Names:

Percey Helton | Percy Hilton
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One of his last appearances was in a Japanese TV commercial with Charles Bronson.

Trademark:

Hoarse, raspy voice and breathy delivery

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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