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Date of Birth 25 July 1908San Leandro, California, USA
Date of Death 30 March 1985Torrance, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameHarrold Jese Pereira de Faria

Mini Bio (1)

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 his trademark giggle. It caught on with the audience and Peary incorporated it in the Gildersleeve character. Peary eventually got his own radio show, The Great Gildersleeve, which debuted on 8-31-41 and ran for 17 years. It was one of the longest-running comedy shows in radio history, leaving the air in 1958. Peary left the Gildersleeve radio show in 1951. He went on to make numerous feature films, four of them based on the Great Gildersleeve radio show. His career in films tapered off by the fifties, but he became busy in television and records in that decade. His last film appearance was in 1964, TV appearances continued into the early 70's.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: dbowman@adcomsys.net

Spouse (3)

Callie J. Lawson (14 February 1964 - 1977) (her death)
Gloria Holliday (24 June 1947 - 26 March 1956) (divorced) (1 child)
Eleanor Virginia "Betty" Jourdaine (14 May 1929 - 20 June 1947) (divorced)

Trivia (8)

Best known for playing Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve on radio in the 1940s.
Peary's radio program, "The Great Gildersleeve," is considered by many to be broadcasting history's first "spin-off," with the character having appeared on "Fibber McGee and Molly" originally.
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
Profiled in "Old-Time Radio Memories" by Mel Simons (BearManor Media).
He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 1639 Vine Street and for Television at 1719 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
He had a son Harold Jose Faria (born March 9, 1947), with his second wife, Gloria. In 1958, when Harold was twelve, he changed his name to Page Peary.
He and his second wife, Gloria, were wed unofficially in a ceremony on July 8, 1946, in Tijuana, Mexico. Their nuptials were in secret and not legal. They've officially tied the knot on June 24, 1947, just four days after the dissolution of his marriage to Betty Jourdaine.
He died from heart attack at the Torrance Memorial Hospital in Torrance, CA.

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