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Date of Birth 5 November 1886St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Date of Death 16 September 1971Burbank, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameRalph Roy Moody

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Ralph Moody was born on November 5, 1886 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Ralph Roy Moody, the oldest son of Franklin Jerome Moody and Ida M. Hicklin. His introduction to show business was first as an actor on the stage in pre-radio days and then as a radio personality. His first acting role was in 1900 as the boy, Heinrich, in Rip Van Winkle. At the 1904 World's Fair he sang tenor in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He had a wide following as Uncle Abner on WIBW, CBS Radio, in the 1930's in Topeka, Kansas, USA. As Uncle Abner he was the town's barber, constable, postmaster, and chief source of information. Beginning in the mid-1940's he was a frequent radio cast member on The Roy Rogers Show. When Gunsmoke began its radio show run in 1952, Ralph Moody was one of the regular cast members. He began making film and television appearances at the age of 62. His first television roles were on three 1949-50 Lone Ranger episodes, each time as an Indian chief with a different name. Frequently on TV westerns he had roles as an Indian, but was not type cast. His range of characters included a variety of roles with Jack Webb on Dragnet. Many of his dozen appearances on The Rifleman were as Doc Burrage. He had six appearances on Bonanza, most as an Indian, at the end of his 23 year acting career. He was married to Hazel B. McOwen. He died on September 16, 1971 in Burbank, California, USA.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: SAGE STEPS

Spouse (2)

Hazel B. McOwen (1918 - ?)
Hazel (? - ?) (1 child)

Trivia (21)

Burly American character actor, on screen from 1948. Often seen as gruff old geezers or Native Americans. A favorite of director/producer Jack Webb, who used him on "Dragnet", as well as in films and on radio shows.
The North Brothers Stock Company concluded its season with "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" in July 1916 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Ralph Moody had a small part as Mr. Etterson.
The first radio episode of Have Gun Will Travel in 1958 included Ralph Moody in the cast. He also was in the cast of the fourth episode.
The 1910 U.S. Census for Kewanee, Illinois, USA lists Ralph's occupation as "show troupe." In the 1930 U.S. Census he and his wife Hazel living in Hasting, Nebraska, USA have occupations listed as theatrical. In the 1940 U.S. Census Ralph and Hazel living in Topeka, Kansas, USA are both listed as radio entertainers.
The role of Captain Giovanni Severi was played by Ralph Moody in April 1916 at the Krug Theater's production of "The White Sisiter" in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. According to reviewers his acting took the character to new levels of "subdued serenity and pathos mingled with moments of emotion." This was Mr. Moody's second Krug Theater role.
In the final act of "Quincy Adams Sawyer" at the Krug Theater in Omaha, Nebraska, USA in April 1916 a new leading man, Ralph Moody, sang to the heroine, "I'm Going to Let the Whole World Know I Love you." The play was presented by the North Brothers Stock Company.
Ralph Moody was in the cast of "The Brat" in May 1919 at the Grand Opera House in Canton, Ohio, USA. He was seen as McMillan.
Every Sunday afternoon in 1947 an educational radio program aired called California Caravan. It dramatized major events in state history. The story of the Comstock Lode featured Ralph Moody as "Old Pancake." The California Parent-Teacher Association endorsed the series as one of radio's most entertaining educational programs.
As a comedian playing the Lyric Theater, a Dallas, Texas, USA musical comedy house, Ralph Moody in 1927 featured himself as an imitator of Harold Lloyd.
For three months after arriving in California in 1945 Ralph was unable to find work in radio or films. He finally landed a role as a cowpoke on the radio serial, "Red Ryder.".
On his three 1949-50 Lone Ranger television appearances Ralph was Chief Swift Eagle, Chief White Eagle, and Chief Red Hawk.
Ralph Moody took a leave of absence from his duties at WLW-Radio to "engage in radio and picture work" in Hollywood on September 19, 1945.
While living in North Hollywood, California, USA in 1955, Ralph Moody's wife, Hazel B. McOwen, worked in the office of a Christian Science Reading Room.
Ralph Moody was the leader of the Hazel McOwen Stock Company in 1948. At the time they had been married for thirty years.
Ralph Moody signed a 1946 contract to do radio character roles every Thursday night on the Bob Burns program.
Ralph Moody's twenty years of circle stock, meaning a touring troupe of actors and actors, came to a sudden end in 1939. Four twisters wrecked two of his tents and three of his five tents. He moved from the acting circuit to full-time radio work and moved to WLW-Radio in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
From 1944 to 1954 Ralph Moody was in the cast of 43 Roy Rogers Show radio programs.
Ralph Moody with the MacLean Players arrived for a four week engagement in May 1919 at the Canton, Ohio, USA Grand Opera House after a thirty-five week engagement for the stock company in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA.
Ralph Roy Moody was employed in 1942 by the Crosley Corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
On WIBW, CBS Radio, in Topeka, Kansas, USA, in the 1930's he showed great versatility as Uncle Abner, Daddy Bill Lee, Uncle Ralph, a singer, writer, and announcer. As Uncle Abner, the barber, his OK Barber Shop charged 25 cents for a haircut and 15 cents for a shave. It was a one-chair tonsorial parlor.
As head of the Hazel McOwen Stock Company Ralph Moody's organized a traveling troupe of actors and actors. His wife both acted in or directed many of the productions. In 1922 she directed "Old Settlers Picnic" and "Home Talent" in Davenport, Iowa, USA.

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