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Ruth McDevitt (1895–1976)

Delightfully daffy and an apple dumpling of a darling, wizened character actress Ruth McDevitt was born Ruth Shoecraft in Michigan but raised in Ohio where her father served as a county sheriff. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Art with designs of becoming an actress but married a Florida widower soon after and put full focus on being... See full bio »

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The Birds
The Birds Mrs. MacGruder - Pet Store Clerk
The Parent Trap
The Parent Trap Miss Inch
Pistols 'n' Petticoats
Pistols 'n' Petticoats Grandma Effie Hanks
The Shakiest Gun in the West
The Shakiest Gun in the West Mrs. Olive Heywood


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 1976 The Cheerleaders (TV Movie)
Grandmother Snow
 1976 One of My Wives Is Missing (TV Movie)
Rebecca Foster
 1975 Medical Center (TV Series)
- One Last Rebellion (1975) ... Alice
 1975 Phyllis (TV Series)
Miss McDermott
- Phyllis Takes Piano Lessons (1975) ... Miss McDermott
 1975 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Zelda Van Dyke
- The Adventure of the 12th Floor Express (1975) ... Zelda Van Dyke
 1973-1975 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Miss Mumford / Maude
- School of Fear (1975) ... Miss Mumford
- Winterkill (1973) ... Maude
 1975 Man on the Outside (TV Movie)
Stella Daniels
 1975 My Father's House (TV Movie)
 1974-1975 Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV Series)
Emily Cowles / Edith Cowels / Elderly Woman
- Chopper (1975) ... Emily Cowles
- Mr. R.I.N.G. (1975) ... Emily Cowles
 1973-1975 All in the Family (TV Series)
Josephine 'Jo' Nelson
- Mike Makes His Move (1975) ... Josephine 'Jo' Nelson
- Archie Feels Left Out (1974) ... Josephine 'Jo' Nelson
- Edith Finds an Old Man (1973) ... Josephine 'Jo' Nelson
 1974-1975 Emergency! (TV Series)
Mrs. Quincy / Mrs. Blaine
- 905-Wild (1975) ... Mrs. Quincy (as Ruth Mc Devitt)
- Gossip (1974) ... Mrs. Blaine
 1975 The Abduction of Saint Anne (TV Movie)
Sister Patrick
 1974 The Rookies (TV Series)
Mrs. Lockett
- Blue Christmas (1974) ... Mrs. Lockett (as Ruth Mc Devitt)
 1970-1974 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Mrs. Davis / Mrs. Emily Pryor
- Child of Silence (1974) ... Mrs. Davis
- Rebel Doctor (1970) ... Mrs. Emily Pryor
 1974 Run, Joe, Run (TV Series)
Antique Dealer
- Little Old Lady Antique Dealer (1974) ... Antique Dealer
 1974 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Gramma Boggs
- The Tarnished Badge (1974) ... Gramma Boggs
 1974 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Maddie Elder
- If I Should Wake Before I Die (1974) ... Maddie Elder
 1974 Mixed Company
Miss Bergquist
 1974 McCloud (TV Series)
- The Gang That Stole Manhattan (1974) ... Landlady
 1974 Homebodies
Mrs. Loomis
 1974 Winter Kill (TV Movie)
Mildred Young
 1974 Mame
Cousin Fan
 1974 Kojak (TV Series)
Mrs. Farenkrug
- Deliver Us Some Evil (1974) ... Mrs. Farenkrug
 1974 Skyway to Death (TV Movie)
Aunt Louise
 1973 If I Had a Million (TV Movie)
 1973 The Girl Most Likely to... (TV Movie)
 1973 The New Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Ferguson
- Mrs. Ferguson (1973) ... Mrs. Ferguson
 1973 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
- A Prowler in the Heart (1973) ... Doreen
 1969-1973 Mannix (TV Series)
Penelope Penhaven / Miss Jean Johnson
- A Matter of Principle (1973) ... Penelope Penhaven
- Merry Go Round for Murder (1969) ... Miss Jean Johnson
 1972 The Couple Takes a Wife (TV Movie)
Mrs. Flanagan
 1972 Room 222 (TV Series)
Miss Brown / Vivian Higgins
- Elizabeth Brown Is Failing (1972) ... Miss Brown
- I Gave My Love (1972) ... Vivian Higgins
 1970-1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Mrs. Benson (segment "Love and the Love Nest") / Margaret (segment "Love and the Heist") / Theresa (segment "Love and Grandma")
- Love and the Heist/Love and the Love Potion/Love and the Teddy Bear (1971) ... Margaret (segment "Love and the Heist")
- Love and the Other Guy/Love and Grandma (1970) ... Theresa (segment "Love and Grandma")
 1972 Man in the Middle (TV Movie)
 1971 In Search of America (TV Movie)
Grandma Rose
 1971 Nanny and the Professor (TV Series)
Mrs. Rumble
- How Many Candles? (1971) ... Mrs. Rumble
 1971 The New Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Gossage
- Big Noise, Small Claims (1971) ... Mrs. Gossage
- Otis Burfoot Is 100 Years Old (1971) ... Mrs. Gossage
- Get Me Glen Campbell (1971) ... Mrs. Gossage
 1967-1970 Bewitched (TV Series)
Millicent / Miss Parsons / Ticheba
- Samantha's Old Man (1970) ... Millicent
- Mrs. Stephens, Where Are You? (1969) ... Miss Parsons (as Ruth Mc Devitt)
- Long Live the Queen (1967) ... Ticheba
 1970 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Mrs. Cornelius Whitmark III
- Lucy the Diamond Cutter (1970) ... Mrs. Cornelius Whitmark III
 1970 That Girl (TV Series)
Aunt Belle
 1970 Ironside (TV Series)
- Eden Is the Place We Leave (1970) ... Landlady
 1970 The Courtship of Eddie's Father (TV Series)
Miss Bristol
 1970 My World and Welcome to It (TV Series)
Aunt Hester
- Darn That Dream (1970) ... Aunt Hester
 1969 Mayberry R.F.D. (TV Series)
Selma Plunkett
- Palm Springs, Here We Come (1969) ... Selma Plunkett
 1969 Change of Habit
 1969 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series)
Mrs. Horlick
- The Blood of Jeannie (1969) ... Mrs. Horlick
 1969 The Debbie Reynolds Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Patterson
- In the Soup (1969) ... Mrs. Patterson
 1969 Bright Promise (TV Series)
Clara Ryan (1969-1970)
 1969 The Love God?
Miss Keezy
 1969 The Outsider (TV Series)
Alice Donner
- Through a Stained Glass Window (1969) ... Alice Donner
 1969 Angel in My Pocket
 1968 The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (TV Series)
Mrs. Rodman
- Love Is a Toothache (1968) ... Mrs. Rodman
 1968 The Shakiest Gun in the West
Mrs. Olive Heywood
 1968 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Pendleton
- Emmett's Anniversary (1968) ... Mrs. Pendleton
- Helen's Past (1968) ... Mrs. Pendleton
 1963-1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Miss Emmy Wright / Mrs. Fister
- The Gentleman Caller (1964) ... Miss Emmy Wright
- The Cadaver (1963) ... Mrs. Fister
 1964 Route 66 (TV Series)
Mrs. Harris
- Who in His Right Mind Needs a Nice Girl (1964) ... Mrs. Harris
 1963 Love Is a Ball
 1963 The Doctors (TV Series)
Mrs. McMurtrie (1964)
 1962 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Nurse Adele Fromm
- Gravida One (1962) ... Nurse Adele Fromm
 1962 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Miss Dillon
- Night Shift (1962) ... Miss Dillon
 1962 Boys' Night Out
Beulah Partridge
 1961 Naked City (TV Series)
Abbie Dobbins
- Bridge Party (1961) ... Abbie Dobbins
 1961 The Parent Trap
Miss Inch (as Ruth Mc Devitt)
 1960 Ben Blue's Brothers (TV Movie)
 1960 The Comedy Spot (TV Series)
 1958-1959 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Sister Augistine / Mrs. Simpkins / Suster Augustine
- One Red Rose for Christmas (1959) ... Sister Augistine
- The Wayward Widow (1959) ... Mrs. Simpkins
- One Red Rose for Christmas (1958) ... Suster Augustine
 1958 Decoy (TV Series)
Mrs. Graff
- First Arrest (1958) ... Mrs. Graff
 1958 Omnibus (TV Series)
- Mrs. McThing (1958) ... Evva
 1958 Harbormaster (TV Series)
Mrs. Markham
- Silent Threat (1958) ... Mrs. Markham
 1956-1958 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- I Want to March (1956)
 1956-1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Mrs. Clark / Mrs. Wilson / Mrs. Hester
- The Weston Strain (1957) ... Mrs. Clark
- A Child Is Waiting (1957) ... Mrs. Wilson
- An Incident of Love (1956) ... Mrs. Hester
 1951-1957 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Mrs. White
- A Slice of Life (1957) ... Mrs. White
 1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1956 Star Tonight (TV Series)
 1954 Once Upon an Eastertime (TV Movie)
 1953 Mister Peepers (TV Series)
Mom Peepers / Ma. Peepers / Mrs. Peepers
- Missing Nancy (1953) ... Ma. Peepers
- The Summer College Course (1953) ... Mom Peepers
- Cousin Luther (1953) ... Mom Peepers
- The Bus Trip (1953) ... Mom Peepers
- The Birthday Party (1953) ... Mrs. Peepers
 1953 Short Short Dramas (TV Series)
- Buried Treasure (1953)
 1951-1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Wheaton / Jane
- Fear (1952) ... Mrs. Wheaton
- Heritage of Wimpole Street (1951) ... Jane
 1951 Cosmopolitan Theatre (TV Series)
- Last Concerto (1951)
 1951 The Guy Who Came Back
 1949-1950 Suspense (TV Series)
Sister of Mercy / Jenny / Mrs. Waters / ...
- Dark Shadows (1950) ... Sister of Mercy
- Wisteria Cottage (1950) ... Jenny
- Summer Storm (1950) ... Mrs. Waters
- Man in the House (1949) ... Mrs. Barret
- Help Wanted (1949) ... Mrs. Griffin
 1949 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
Kathryn March / Frances Arbuthnot / Aunt Martha Brewster
- Little Women (1949) ... Kathryn March
 1949 A Woman to Remember (TV Series)
Bessie Thatcher
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Cast in a very well known television commercial in 1964 for Heinz Pickles. In the commercial the elderly, grandmotherly Ruth McDevitt is a patron of an upscale restaurant sitting at a table anticipating the pickle she has ordered. When the pickle arrives she takes a bite and is disgusted with the apparently inferior cucumber ... See more »

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During blocking rehearsals for an episode of "Here's Lucy", Ruth had trouble standing in the place in which the director wanted her to stand. After several attempts to do this and failing, Lucille Ball went over to Ruth and kicked her foot attempting to move her into place. Ruth fell to the floor screaming with pain.

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