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Ernest Truex (1889–1973)

The ultimate milquetoast and ineffectual boss in comedy outings, meek character actor Ernest Truex was a small (5'3"), adenoidal, very well-dressed fellow, a popular avuncular type in later years who enjoyed a seven-decade-long career. He was born September 19, 1889, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of a physician. Raised in Rich Hill, Missouri, ... See full bio »

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 1965-1966 Petticoat Junction (TV Series)
Tony Allison / Oliver Fenton
- Young Love (1966) ... Tony Allison
- Billie Jo's First Job (1965) ... Oliver Fenton
 1965 Hazel (TV Series)
Robert Dunlap
- Who's in Charge Here? (1965) ... Robert Dunlap
 1965 Fluffy
Claridge
 1964 Bonanza (TV Series)
Samuel T. Washburn
- Square Deal Sam (1964) ... Samuel T. Washburn
 1964 Grindl (TV Series)
Luther Pontifex
- Everything's Coming Up Roses (1964) ... Luther Pontifex
 1963 The Farmer's Daughter (TV Series)
Homer Johnson
- One Rainy Night (1963) ... Homer Johnson
 1961-1962 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Wilkens / Howard Rutherford
- The Matched Pearl (1962) ... Wilkens
- The Pearl Necklace (1961) ... Howard Rutherford
 1959-1962 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Charles Whitley / Pedott
- What You Need (1959) ... Pedott
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Davids
- A Time to Die (1962) ... Dr. Davids
 1961 Pete and Gladys (TV Series)
Pop
- Mannequin Story (1961) ... Pop
- Pop's Girlfriend (1961) ... Pop
- A Study in Gray (1961) ... Pop
- Secretary for a Day (1961) ... Pop
- The Orchid Story (1961) ... Pop
 1960 Dennis the Menace (TV Series)
Mr. McGuire
- The Christmas Horse (1960) ... Mr. McGuire
 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Daniel - Security Guard
- Silent Panic (1960) ... Daniel - Security Guard
 1960 The Tom Ewell Show (TV Series)
Mr. Steckel
- The Friendly Man (1960) ... Mr. Steckel
 1958-1959 The Ann Sothern Show (TV Series)
Jason McCauley
- The O'Connors Stick Together (1959) ... Jason McCauley
- Hurrah for the Irish (1959) ... Jason McCauley
- Five Year Itch (1959) ... Jason McCauley
- East Side Story (1958) ... Jason McCauley
- The Boss's Son (1958) ... Jason McCauley
 1958 Twilight for the Gods
Rev. Butterfield
 1958 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Andrew Sterling
- The Andrew Sterling Story (1958) ... Andrew Sterling
 1956-1958 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- The Middle Son (1956)
 1957 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
Grampa
- Grandpa Retires (1957) ... Grampa
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Uncle John
- If You Knew Elizabeth (1957) ... Uncle John
 1957 All Mine to Give
Doctor Delbert
 1955-1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Aloysius P. McKeever / Father
- It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1957) ... Aloysius P. McKeever
- Make Way for Tomorrow (1955) ... Father
 1956 The Leather Saint
Father Ritchie
 1954-1956 Justice (TV Series)
- Eyewitness (1956)
- Call Me Guilty (1954)
 1955 Star Tonight (TV Series)
Fred Cotton
- Have Faith in Your Agent (1955) ... Fred Cotton
 1955 Climax! (TV Series)
Uncle William
- House of Shadows (1955) ... Uncle William
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Dr. Gibbs
- Our Town (1955) ... Dr. Gibbs
 1955 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Martin Bristol
- The Spongers (1955) ... Martin Bristol
 1955 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
Pop
- Midsummer Melody (1955) ... Pop
 1953-1955 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Hudlin / Party Guest / Computer Owner / ...
- Crack-Up (1955)
- The Fatal Trap (1955)
- Fred Allen's Sketchbook (1954) ... Hudlin / Party Guest / Computer Owner
- The Anchorage (1953) ... Capt. Elijah Whittaker
 1955 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Dan
- Man in the Corner (1955) ... Dan
 1954-1955 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
 1953-1954 Jamie (TV Series)
Grandpa McHummer
- Camp (1954) ... Grandpa McHummer
- Jamie and the Pet Shop (1954) ... Grandpa McHummer
- Jamie Has Teacher Trouble (1954) ... Grandpa McHummer
- Bicycle Built for Jamie (1954) ... Grandpa McHummer
- Television Comes to Jamie (1954) ... Grandpa McHummer
 1952-1954 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
White Knight
- The Rainy Day (1953)
- The Mollusc (1952)
 1954 Inner Sanctum (TV Series)
Pomeroy
- The Yellow Parakeet (1954) ... Pomeroy
 1952-1953 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- Hollywood Tandem (1953)
 1953 The Plymouth Playhouse (TV Series)
Grandpa
- Jamie (1953) ... Grandpa
 1952-1953 Broadway Television Theatre (TV Series)
George / Tom Prior / E.M. Burke / ...
- George and Margaret (1953) ... George
- Outward Bound (1952) ... Tom Prior
- Nothing But the Truth (1952) ... E.M. Burke
- Angel in the Pawnshop (1952) ... Timothy Spangle
 1953 The Doctor (TV Series)
- Googan (1953)
 1952-1953 Mister Peepers (TV Series)
Mr. Remington
- Episode #1.23 (1953) ... Mr. Remington
- Episode #1.21 (1953) ... Mr. Remington
- Episode #1.12 (1952) ... Mr. Remington
- Episode #1.11 (1952) ... Mr. Remington
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Now's the Time (1952)
 1950-1952 Cameo Theatre (TV Series)
 1952 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Anton Krug
- Reunion in Vienna (1952) ... Dr. Anton Krug
 1951 Danger (TV Series)
- Final Rejection (1951)
 1950-1951 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
Dan Dorgan / Father Malachy
- The Ghost Patrol (1951) ... Dan Dorgan
- The Ghost Patrol (1951) ... Dan Dorgan
- Father Malachy's Miracle (1950) ... Father Malachy
 1950 Starlight Theatre (TV Series)
- The Philanderer (1950)
 1949 Program Playhouse (TV Series)
Caspar Milquetoast (in premiere broadcast, 'The Timid Soul')
 1949 Suspense (TV Series)
George Thomas
- Suspicion (1949) ... George Thomas
 1948-1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
Otto
- Home Life of a Buffalo (1948) ... Otto
 1949 Straw Hat Cinderella (Short)
Ernest Truex
 1948 The Girl from Manhattan
Homer Purdy
 1948 On an Island with You
Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
 1947 Always Together
Mr. Timothy J. Bull, Attorney
 1946 Night in Paradise
Scribe
 1945 Life with Blondie
Theodore Glassby, Apex Advertising
 1945 Club Havana
Willy Kingston
 1945 Men in Her Diary
Vernon Williams
 1945 Pan-Americana
Uncle Rudy
 1944 Her Primitive Man
Uncle Hubert
 1944 Chip Off the Old Block
Henry McHugh
 1943 True to Life
Oscar Elkins
 1943 Sleepy Lagoon
Dudley Joyner
 1943 Fired Wife
Willie Wilson
 1943 This Is the Army
Soldier's Father (uncredited)
 1943 Rhythm of the Islands
Mr. Holton
 1943 The Crystal Ball
Mr. Martin (uncredited)
 1942 The Affairs of Martha
Llewellyn Castle
 1942 Private Buckaroo
Col. Elias Weatherford
 1942 You're Telling Me
Charles Handley
 1942 Twin Beds
Larky
 1942 Don't Get Personal
Jules Kinsey
 1941 Unexpected Uncle
Wilkins, Johnny's Valet
 1941 We Go Fast
Harold Bruggins
 1941 Tillie the Toiler
George Winkler
 1941 The Gay Vagabond
A.J. Wilber
 1940 Christmas in July
Mr. J.B. Baxter
 1940 Calling All Husbands
Homer Trippe
 1940 Dance, Girl, Dance
Bailey #1
 1940 Lillian Russell
Charles K. Leonard
 1940 Little Orvie
Frank Stone
 1940 Adventure in Diamonds
Toutasche
 1939 Slightly Honorable
P. Hemingway Collins
 1939 Little Accident
Tabby Morgan
 1939 The Under-Pup
Mr. Binns
 1939 These Glamour Girls
Alumnus
 1939 Island of Lost Men
Frobenius
 1939 Bachelor Mother
Investigator
 1939 It's a Wonderful World
Willie Heyward
 1939 Sales Slips (Short)
The Husband
 1939 Ambush
Mr. Gibbs
 1938 Swing, Sister, Swing
Prof. L. Orlando Beebee
 1938 Swing That Cheer
Professor Peabody
 1938 Freshman Year
Professor Lucius Peabody
 1938 The Adventures of Marco Polo
Binguccio
 1938 Start Cheering
Blodgett
 1937 Mama Runs Wild
Ernest Summers
 1936 Everybody Dance
Wilbur Spurgeon
 1936 Triple Trouble (Short)
The Bridegroom
 1935 Ladies Love Hats (Short)
 1935 The Amateur Husband (Short)
The Husband
 1935 The Light Fantastic (Short)
 1935 Friendly Spirits (Short)
 1935 Only the Brave (Short)
Chester
 1935 Object Not Matrimony (Short)
 1934 Gentlemen of the Bar (Short)
 1934 Dog-gone Babies (Short)
Father
 1933 Get That Venus
Tom Wilson
 1933 The Warrior's Husband
Sapiens
 1923 Six Cylinder Love
Gilbert Sterling
 1922 The Bashful Lover (Short)
Ernest Biggs
 1921 Little, But Oh My! (Short)
'Shrimp' Biggs
 1920 Stick Around (Short)
Ernie Biggs
 1920 The Night of the Dub (Short)
 1919 Too Good to Be True (Short)
 1918 Good-Bye, Bill
Teddy Swift
 1918 Come on In
Ernest Short
 1916 Artie, the Millionaire Kid
Artie Hamilton
 1914 The Bomb Boy (Short)
Jimmie - the Messenger Boy
 1914 The Quest of the Sacred Jewel (Short)
The Office Boy / Sleuth
 1914 Dope
Jimmy Binkley
 1914 A Good Little Devil
Charles MacLance - a Good Little Devil
 1914 An American Citizen
Mercury
 1913 Caprice
Wally Henderson
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "John Gabriel Borkman" on Broadway. See more »

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Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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Trivia:

Father of actor Barry Truex; step-father of actress Sally Moffet. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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