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Harold Peary (1908–1985)

A talented singer as a child, Peary later went into radio in 1925. By 1929, he had his own radio show and got his big break in 1935 when he was cast in the Fibber McGee and Molly Show as Throckmorton Gildersleeve. In 1939, Peary was making a personal appearance in a theatre promoting the Fibber McGee and Mollie Show and casually did what would be ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Great Gildersleeve
The Great Gildersleeve Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve
Gildersleeve's Ghost
Gildersleeve's Ghost Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve / Ghost of Randolph Q. Gildersleeve / Ghost of Jonathan Q. Gildersleeve
Blondie Herb Woodley / Mr. Woodley


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 1979 Buford and the Galloping Ghost (TV Series)
Fenwick Fuddy (voice, as Hal Peary)
 1979 Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (TV Movie)
Big Ben (voice, as Hal Peary)
 1978 Yogi's Space Race (TV Series)
Fenwick Fuddy
- The Borealis Triangle (1978) ... Fenwick Fuddy (voice, as Hal Peary)
- Race Through Oz (1978) ... Fenwick Fuddy (voice, as Hal Peary)
- The Mizar Marathon (1978) ... Fenwick Fuddy (voice, as Hal Peary)
- The Spartikan Spectacular (1978) ... Fenwick Fuddy (voice, as Hal Peary)
- The Pongo Planet (1978) ... Fenwick Fuddy (voice, as Hal Peary)
 1976 Rudolph's Shiny New Year (TV Movie)
Big Ben (voice)
 1973 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Lorimer (segment "Love and the Baby Derby")
- Love and the Baby Derby/Love and the Burglar Joke/Love and the Favorite Family (1973) ... Lorimer (segment "Love and the Baby Derby")
 1973 The Brady Bunch (TV Series)
Mr. Goodbody
- Amateur Nite (1973) ... Mr. Goodbody
 1972 The Roman Holidays (TV Series)
- Hectic Holiday (1972) ... Herman (uncredited)
 1971 The Doris Day Show (TV Series)
Sam Appleton
- The People's Choice (1971) ... Sam Appleton
 1970 Make Room for Granddaddy (TV Series)
- The Arrangement (1970) ... Max
 1970 That Girl (TV Series)
- I Ain't Got Nobody (1970) ... Harvey (as Hal Peary)
 1970 The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (TV Series)
- No Hits, No Runs, No Oysters (1970) ... Smead
 1965-1969 Petticoat Junction (TV Series)
Jack King / Brisbane Snead / Mr. Davis
- The Three Queens (1969) ... Jack King
- Bedloe Gets His Comeuppance (1965) ... Mr. Davis
 1966 Summer Fun (TV Series)
Mayor Abner Bunker
- Pirates of Flounder Bay (1966) ... Mayor Abner Bunker
 1965-1966 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Joe / Otis Finch
- Be My Guest (1965) ... Otis Finch
 1965 The Addams Family (TV Series)
Dr. Brown
- Uncle Fester, Tycoon (1965) ... Dr. Brown
 1965 My Mother the Car (TV Series)
Franklyn Hotchkiss / Willman
- My Son, the Ventriloquist (1965) ... Franklyn Hotchkiss
- TV or Not TV (1965) ... Willman
 1965 The Loner (TV Series)
 1965 O.K. Crackerby! (TV Series)
Chef Bouchard
- No Deposit, No Return (1965) ... Chef Bouchard
 1965 The Patty Duke Show (TV Series)
Howard Record
- Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow (1965) ... Howard Record
 1965 Mona McCluskey (TV Series)
 1965 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Freddy Fell
- The Case of the Lover's Gamble (1965) ... Freddy Fell (as Hal Peary)
 1965 The Baileys of Balboa (TV Series)
Mr. Roberts
- Bailey's Band (1965) ... Mr. Roberts (as Hal Peary)
 1964 The Bill Dana Show (TV Series)
Fred Cooper
- The Essay (1964) ... Fred Cooper (as Hal Peary)
 1963 The Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Uncle Edward
- Who and Where Was Antonio Stradivarius? (1963) ... Uncle Edward (as Hal Peary)
 1962 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (TV Series)
Jim Pike
- The Senator and the Pageboy (1962) ... Jim Pike
 1962 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
R. K. Mountain
- Irish Pride (1962) ... R. K. Mountain
 1960 Tombstone Territory (TV Series)
Douglas Metcalf
- The Siesta Killer (1960) ... Douglas Metcalf
 1959 Fibber McGee and Molly (TV Series)
Mayor LaTrivia
- The Masquerade Party (1959) ... Mayor LaTrivia
- The Big Dance (1959) ... Mayor LaTrivia
- The Shooting Gallery (1959) ... Mayor LaTrivia
- The Trailer (1959) ... Mayor LaTrivia
 1957 Blondie (TV Series)
Herb Woodley / Mr. Woodley
- The Party (1957) ... Herb Woodley (as Hal Peary)
- Follow That Man (1957) ... Herb Woodley (as Hal Peary)
- The Tramp (1957) ... Herb Woodley (as Hal Peary)
- Cupid's Question Column (1957) ... Herb Woodley (as Hal Peary)
 1957 Circus Boy (TV Series)
Al Garson
- Hortense the Hippo (1957) ... Al Garson (as Hal Peary)
 1956 Private Secretary (TV Series)
Franklin Hopper
- Oh Brother! (1956) ... Franklin Hopper
 1956 Star Stage (TV Series)
- Screen Credit (1956)
 1954-1955 Willy (TV Series)
Perry Bannister
- Willy and Hurricane Harvey (1955) ... Perry Bannister
- Willy and Eccentric Henrietta (1955) ... Perry Bannister
- Willy and El Flamenco (1955) ... Perry Bannister
- Franklin's Shoe Business (1955) ... Perry Bannister
- Willy's Painting (1955) ... Perry Bannister
 1955 The Bob Cummings Show (TV Series)
City Council Candidate / Charlie Henley
- Bob Plays Cupid (1955) ... City Council Candidate
- Choosing Miss Coffee Break (1955) ... Charlie Henley
 1954 Public Defender (TV Series)
- Third Floor Rear (1954) ... Ladislaus
 1954 The Spike Jones Show (TV Series)
Movie Producer
- Episode #1.11 (1954) ... Movie Producer
 1953 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1952 Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
- That's My Pop (1952) ... Pop
 1951 Stars Over Hollywood (TV Series)
Show Show Actor: Movie (15 credits)
Show Show Actor: Short (6 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack: Movie (4 credits)
Show Show Self: Short (5 credits)
Show Show Self: TV (4 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (1 credit)

Personal Details

Other Works:

Portrayed Harold Hemp, the starring role for CBS Radio's "Honest Harold, the Homemaker" (1950-1951). The program was also known as "The Harold Peary Show." See more »

Alternate Names:

Harold Peary {The Great Gildersleeve} | Hal Peary

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Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 193 (article "The Great Gildersleeve"). New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387 See more »

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