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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 9 October 1888Springville, Alabama, USA
Date of Death 23 August 1975Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (bronchial pneumonia)
Birth NameElmer Calvin Patterson

Mini Bio (1)

Hank Patterson was born in Springville, Alabama to Green and Mary Newton Patterson. Hank's great-grandfather, James Pearson, was an original settler of St. Clair county, AL as was his mother's great-grandfather, Thomas Newton. Between 1894 & 1897, the family left AL to live in Taylor, Texas where Hank attempted to work as a serious musician only to settle for playing piano in traveling vaudeville shows. He worked his way out to California in the 1920's and here began his film career followed by long runs on two television series Gunsmoke (1955) and Green Acres (1965).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Denis Sherman<stidumsherman@yahoo.com>

Trivia (4)

Great-uncle of Téa Leoni
He was a World War One veteran, in the United States Army, who served as a cavalryman. Like most cavalrymen, he had difficulty hearing for the rest of his life, and was legally deaf by the time he started doing Petticoat Junction (1963). This caused difficulties on the set, so a special teacher, who taught deaf and blind children, was brought in to help cue his lines.
He appeared in two 1950s science fiction films that involved giant spiders: Tarantula (1955) and Earth vs the Spider (1958).
He played the same character (Fred Ziffel) in three different series: The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), Petticoat Junction (1963) and Green Acres (1965).

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