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Burl Ives (1909–1995)

Burl Ives was one of six children born to a Scottish-Irish farming family. He first sang in public for a soldiers' reunion when he was age 4. In high school, he learned the banjo and played fullback, intending to become a football coach when he enrolled at Eastern Illinois State Teacher's College in 1927. He dropped out in 1930 and wandered, ... See full bio »

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 1987 Danger Bay (TV Series)
- Old Friends (1987)
 1986 Uphill All the Way
Sheriff John Catledge
 1984 The Ewok Adventure (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1982 White Dog
 1981 Earthbound
Ned Anderson
 1978 The Bermuda Depths (TV Movie)
Dr. Paulis
 1977 Roots (TV Mini-Series)
Sen. Arthur Johnson
- Part XI (1977) ... Sen. Arthur Johnson
 1976 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Sam Shelby
- The Hunters (1976) ... Sam Shelby
 1976 Baker's Hawk
Mr. McGraw
 1976 Captains and the Kings (TV Mini-Series)
Old Syrup
- Chapter V (1976) ... Old Syrup
 1976 The First Easter Rabbit (TV Movie)
Narrator / Older Stuffy (voice)
 1975 Hugo the Hippo
Narrator (voice)
 1972 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Old Man Doubleday
- The Other Way Out (1972) ... Old Man Doubleday
 1971 A City of the King (TV Movie)
 1970 Only Way Out Is Dead (TV Movie)
T.M. Trask
 1970 The McMasters
 1968 Pinocchio (TV Movie)
 1968 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Arthur Jellicoe
- The Taker (1968) ... Arthur Jellicoe
 1968 The Other Side of Bonnie and Clyde
Narrator (voice)
 1968 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Big Pappy Tumbleweed
- Sheriffs Are Bought, Not Made (1968) ... Big Pappy Tumbleweed
 1967 NBC Children's Theatre (TV Series)
- Little Georgie of Rabbit Hill (1967) ... Narrator
 1966 The Daydreamer
Father Neptune (voice)
 1964 I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (Short)
Singer (voice)
 1963 Summer Magic
Osh Popham
 1960 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Jonathan J. Dwire
- The Ox (1960) ... Jonathan J. Dwire
 1960 Let No Man Write My Epitaph
Judge Bruce Mallory Sullivan
 1959 Our Man in Havana
Dr. Hasselbacher
 1956-1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
King David
 1959 Day of the Outlaw
Jack Bruhn
 1958 Wind Across the Everglades
 1957 A Face in the Crowd
Burl Ives (uncredited)
 1957 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Matthew Randolph
- To Die Alone (1957) ... Matthew Randolph
 1956 The Power and the Prize
George Salt
 1950 Sierra
 1948 So Dear to My Heart
Uncle Hiram Douglas
 1948 Station West
Hotel Clerk
 1946 Smoky
Willie (as The Singing Troubadour Burl Ives)
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Stage: Appeared in "Paint Your Wagon" on Broadway. Musical comedy. Based on material by Alan Jay Lerner (also lyrics). Music by Frederick Loewe. Directed by Daniel Mann. Shubert Theatre: 12 Nov 1951-19 Jul 1952 (289 performances). Cast: James Barton (as "Ben Rumson"), Tony Bavaar, James Mitchell, Olga San Juan, Richard Aherne, Tom Aim... See more »

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The Singing Troubadour Burl Ives


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I was fortunate to be born into a family of Masons. Indeed, my older sister Audrey was Grand Matron of the Order of Eastern Star in Illinois. My DeMolay experience came very naturally because of my father and brothers. Thus was my youth enhanced.


A string of Ives' hit records, mostly for American Decca and primarily under the supervision of the legendary Owen Bradley, included such songs as "The Blue-Tail Fly" (his all-time biggest hit), "A Little Bitty Tear," "(It's Just My) Funny Way of Laughin'," "Mr. In Between" , "A Holly Jolly Christmas," and, of course, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.". See more »

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