George 'Gabby' Hayes (1885–1969)

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American character actor, the most famous of Western-movie sidekicks of the 1930s and 1940s. He was born May 7, 1885, the third of seven children, in the Hayes Hotel (owned by his father) in the tiny hamlet of Stannards, New York, on the outskirts of Wellsville, New York. Hayes was the son of hotelier and oil-production manager Clark Hayes, and ... See full bio »

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Known For

Randy Rides Alone Marvin Black aka Matt the Mute
Call of the Prairie Shanghai McHenry
Sons of the Pioneers Gabby Whittaker
In Old Caliente Gabby Whitaker


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 1954 The Howdy Doody Show (TV Series)
Gabby Hayes
- Howdy Doody Shows 8th Birthday (1954) ... Gabby Hayes
 1950 The Cariboo Trail
Oscar aka Grizzly
 1949 El Paso
Pesky Tees
 1948 The Untamed Breed
Windy Lucas
 1948 Return of the Bad Men
John J. Pettit
 1948 Albuquerque
 1947 Wyoming
Windy Gibson
 1947 Trail Street
Billy Jones
 1946 Heldorado
 1946 Home in Oklahoma
Gabby Whittaker
 1946 Roll on Texas Moon
Gabby Whittaker
 1946 Under Nevada Skies
Gabby Whittaker
 1946 My Pal Trigger
Gabby Kendrick
 1946 Rainbow Over Texas
Gabby Whittaker
 1946 Badman's Territory
 1946 Song of Arizona
Gabby Whittaker
 1945 Don't Fence Me In
Gabby Whittake - aka Wildcat Kelly
 1945 Sunset in El Dorado
 1945/I Along the Navajo Trail
Gabby Whittaker
 1945 Man from Oklahoma
Gabby Whittaker
 1945 Bells of Rosarita
Gabby Whittaker
 1945 Utah
Gabby Wittaker
 1944 The Big Bonanza
Hap Selby
 1944 Lights of Old Santa Fe
Gabby Whittaker
 1944 Tall in the Saddle
 1944 Marshal of Reno
 1944 Tucson Raiders
Gabby Hopkins
 1944 Hidden Valley Outlaws
Gabby Hayes
 1944 Mojave Firebrand
Gabby Whitaker
 1943 In Old Oklahoma
Despirit Dean
 1943 Death Valley Manhunt
Gabby Hayes
 1943 Overland Mail Robbery
Gabby Whittaker
 1943 Wagon Tracks West
Gabby Whittaker
 1943 Bordertown Gun Fighters
Gabby Hayes
 1943 The Man from Thunder River
Gabby Whittaker
 1943 Calling Wild Bill Elliott
Gabby Hayes
 1942 Ridin' Down the Canyon
Gabby Whittaker
 1942 Heart of the Golden West
Gabby Whitaker
 1942 Sunset Serenade
 1942 Sons of the Pioneers
Gabby Whittaker
 1942 Romance on the Range
 1942 Sunset on the Desert
Gabby Whittaker
 1942 South of Santa Fe
Gabby Whittaker
 1942 Man from Cheyenne
Gabby Whittaker
 1941 Red River Valley
Gabby Whittaker
 1941 Jesse James at Bay
Sheriff Gabby Whitaker
 1941 Bad Man of Deadwood
Professor Gabby Blackstone
 1941 Nevada City
Gabby Chapman
 1941 Sheriff of Tombstone
Judge Gabby Whittaker
 1941 In Old Cheyenne
Arapahoe Brown
 1941 Robin Hood of the Pecos
Gabriel 'Gabby' Hornaday
 1940 The Border Legion
Honest John Whittaker
 1940 Melody Ranch
Pop Laramie
 1940 Young Bill Hickok
Gabby Whitaker
 1940 Colorado
 1940 The Ranger and the Lady
Texas Ranger Sergeant Gabby
 1940 The Carson City Kid
Marshal Gabby Whittaker
 1940 Wagons Westward
 1940 Young Buffalo Bill
Gabby Whittaker
 1940 Dark Command
Doc Grunch (as George Hayes)
 1939 Days of Jesse James
Gabby Whittaker
 1939 Saga of Death Valley
Gabby Whittaker
 1939 The Arizona Kid
Gabby Whittaker
 1939 In Old Monterey
Gabby Whittaker
 1939 Wall Street Cowboy
 1939 Renegade Trail
Marshal Windy Haliday (as George Hayes)
 1939 In Old Caliente
Gabby Whitaker
 1939 Man of Conquest
Lannie Upchurch (as George Hayes)
 1939 Silver on the Sage
Windy Haliday (as George Hayes)
 1939 Southward Ho!
Gabby Whittaker
 1939 Let Freedom Ring
'Pop' Wilkie (as George F. Hayes)
 1939 Fighting Thoroughbreds
'Gramps' Montrose (as George Hayes)
 1938 The Frontiersmen
Windy Haliday (as George Hayes)
 1938 In Old Mexico
Windy Haliday (as George Hayes)
 1938 Sunset Trail
Windy Haliday (as George Hayes)
 1938 Pride of the West
Windy Haliday (as George Hayes)
 1938 Bar 20 Justice
Windy Haliday (as George Hayes)
 1938 Heart of Arizona
Windy Haliday (as George Hayes)
 1938 Gold Is Where You Find It
Enoch (as George Hayes)
 1937 Texas Trail
Windy Haliday (as George Hayes)
 1937 Hopalong Rides Again
Windy Haliday (as George Hayes)
 1937 Rustlers' Valley
Windy Haliday (as George Hayes)
 1937 North of the Rio Grande
WindyHaliday (as George Hayes)
 1937 Mountain Music
Granpappy Burnside (as George Hayes)
 1937 Hills of Old Wyoming
Windy Haliday (as George Hayes)
 1937 Borderland
Windy Haliday (as George Hayes)
 1936 Trail Dust
Windy Halliday (as George Hayes)
 1936 The Plainsman
Breezy (as George Hayes)
 1936 Hopalong Cassidy Returns
Windy Haliday (as George Hayes)
 1936 Valiant Is the Word for Carrie
Bearded Man (as George F. Hayes)
 1936 The Texas Rangers
Judge Snow (as George Hayes)
 1936 Hearts in Bondage
Ezra (as George Hayes)
 1936 I Married a Doctor
Train Station Agent (uncredited)
 1936 Three on the Trail
Windy Haliday (as George Hayes)
 1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Farmer's Spokesman (uncredited)
 1936 Song of the Trail
Dan Hobson (as George Hayes)
 1936 Call of the Prairie
Shanghai McHenry (as George Hayes)
 1936 Heart of the West
Windy Jenkins (as George Hayes)
 1936 The Lawless Nineties
Major Carter (as George Hayes)
 1936 Silver Spurs
Drag Harlan (as George Hayes)
 1936 Valley of the Lawless
Grandpaw Jenkins (as George Hayes)
 1935 Hitch Hike Lady
Miner (as George Hayes)
 1935 Swifty
Sheriff Dan Hughes (as George F. Hayes)
 1935 Bar 20 Rides Again
Windy (as George Hayes)
 1935 The Eagle's Brood
Spike - (as George Hayes)
 1935 1, 000 Dollars a Minute
'New Deal' Watson (as George Hayes)
 1935 The Throwback
Ford Cruze (as George Hayes)
 1935 Thunder Mountain
Foley (as George F. Hayes)
 1935 Tumbling Tumbleweeds
Dr. Parker (as George Hayes)
 1935 Welcome Home
Charles Rogers (uncredited)
 1935 The Farmer Takes a Wife
Lucas (uncredited)
 1935 Hop-a-Long Cassidy
Uncle Ben (as George Hayes)
 1935 Honeymoon Limited
Jasper Pinkham (as George Hayes)
 1935 Ladies Crave Excitement
Dan McCloskey (as George Hayes)
 1935 Justice of the Range
John Coffin, known as Pegleg Sanderson (as George F. Hayes)
 1935 The Headline Woman
Police Desk Sgt. Duffy (as George Hayes)
 1935 The Hoosier Schoolmaster
Pearson (as George Hayes)
 1935 Tombstone Terror
Soupy Baxter (as George Hayes)
 1935 Smokey Smith
Blaze Bart (as George Hayes)
 1935 Rainbow Valley
George Hale (as George Hayes)
 1935 The Outlaw Tamer
Cactus Barnes (as Geo. S. Hayes)
 1935/I The Lost City
Butterfield (as George Hayes)
 1935 Death Flies East
Wotkyns (as George Hayes)
 1935 Texas Terror
Sheriff Ed Williams (as George Hayes)
 1934 'Neath the Arizona Skies
Matt Downing (as George Hayes)
 1934 The Lawless Frontier
Dusty (as George Hayes)
 1934 In Old Santa Fe
Cactus (as George Hayes)
 1934 The Brand of Hate
Bill Larkins (as George Hayes)
 1934 The Man from Hell
Colonel Campbell (as George Hayes)
 1934 The Star Packer
Matt Matlock (as George Hayes)
 1934 Randy Rides Alone
Marvin Black aka Matt the Mute (as George Hayes)
 1934 Monte Carlo Nights
Inspector Nick Gunby (as George Hayes)
 1934 The Man from Utah
Marshal George Higgins (as George Hayes)
 1934 Blue Steel
Sheriff Jake Withers (as George Hayes)
 1934 City Limits
Charlie Carter (as George Hayes)
 1934 Bedlam of Beards (Short) (as George Hays)
 1934 The House of Mystery
David Fells (as George Hayes)
 1934/I The Lost Jungle
Doctor - Dirigible Passenger [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
 1934 Mystery Liner
Joe, the watchman (as George Hayes)
 1934 Beggars in Ermine
Joe Wilson (as George Hayes)
 1934 West of the Divide
Dusty Rhodes (as George Hayes)
 1934 The Lucky Texan
Jake Benson (as George Hayes)
 1933 Riders of Destiny
Charlie Denton (as George Hayes)
 1933 Ship of Wanted Men
Crewman (as George Hayes)
 1933 The Devil's Mate
Collins (as George Hayes)
 1933 Ranger's Code
Baxter (as George Hayes)
 1933 Skyway
George Taylor (as George Hayes)
 1933 Galloping Romeo
Grizzly (as George Hayes)
 1933 The Fugitive
Judge Tyler (as George Hayes)
 1933 Fighting Texans
Pop Martin (as George Hayes)
 1933 The Sphinx
Det. Casey (uncredited)
 1933 The Gallant Fool
Dad Denton (as George Hayes)
 1933 The Return of Casey Jones
Timothy Shine (as George F. Hayes)
 1933 Trailing North
Flash Ryan (as George Hayes)
 1933 The Phantom Broadcast
Police Lieutenant (as George Hayes)
 1933 Breed of the Border
Chuck Wiggins (as George Hayes)
 1932 A Slip at the Switch (Short)
 1932 Crashin' Broadway
J. Talbot Thorndyke / John Griswold (as George Hayes)
 1932 Self Defense
Jury Foreman (as George Hayes)
 1932 The Fighting Champ
Pete (as George Hayes)
 1932 Wild Horse Mesa
Slack (as George Hayes)
 1932 Texas Buddies
Si Haller (as George Hayes)
 1932 Hidden Valley
Gavin Henchman - Dark Hat (as George Hayes)
 1932 Broadway to Cheyenne
Walrus (as George Hays)
 1932 Klondike
Tom Ross (as George Hayes)
 1932 The Night Rider
Altoonie (as George F. Hayes)
 1932 Love Me Tonight
Grocer (uncredited)
 1932 The Boiling Point
George Duncan (as George Hays)
 1932 Winner Take All
Interne at Rosario Ranch (uncredited)
 1932 Ghost Valley
Dave (uncredited)
 1932 The Man from Hell's Edges
Shamrock Cassidy (as George Hayes)
 1932 Riders of the Desert
Hashknife Brooks (as George Hayes)
 1932 Border Devils
Squint Sanders (as George F. Hayes)
 1932 Play Girl
Dance Hall Tobacconist (uncredited)
 1932 Sally of the Subway
Police Lieutenant Paxton (uncredited)
 1931 Dragnet Patrol
Private Detective (as George Hayes)
 1931 The Devil Plays
Doctor (uncredited)
 1931 Cavalier of the West
Sheriff Bill Ryan (as Geo. F. Hayes)
 1931 Freighters of Destiny
Jim (uncredited)
 1931 Oklahoma Jim
Crooked Gambler (uncredited)
 1931 The Nevada Buckaroo
Cherokee Williams (as George Hayes)
 1931 Pleasure
Motorcycle Cop (as George Hayes)
 1931 Big Business Girl
Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
 1931 God's Country and the Man
Stingaree Kelly (as George Hayes)
 1931 The Stolen Jools (Short)
 1931 Dirigible
Parade Official (uncredited)
 1930 Top Speed
Western Union Clerk (uncredited)
 1930 For the Defense
Ben--Waiter (uncredited)
 1930 She Who Gets Slapped (Short)
Poker Player (uncredited)
 1930 Playing Around
Railroad Ticket-Seller (uncredited)
 1929 Big News
Hoffman - Reporter (as George Hayes)
 1929 Smiling Irish Eyes
Taxi Driver (as George Hayes)
 1929 The Rainbow Man
Bill (as George Hayes)
 1923 Why Women Remarry
Tuck McKinnon (as George Hayes)
 1919 The House Without Children
Archibald Ponsonby (as George Hayes)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1950-51) TV commercials: Quaker Oats.

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 3 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

'Gabby' Hayes | Gabby Hayes | Geo. F. Hayes | Geo. S. Hayes | George F. Hayes | George Hayes | George Hays


Olive E. Ireland  (her death)

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[on westerns] I hate 'em. Really can't stand 'em. They always are the same. You have so few plots--the stagecoach holdup, the rustlers, the mortgage gag, the mine setting and the retired gunslinger. See more »


Although his characters were typically portrayed as inept and comical, he was an accomplished gun handler. He displayed these talents often in many of his films, casually performing skilled pistol tricks such as twirling in different directions, both vertical and horizontal twirling, tossing and catching the pistol, and holstering his gun mid-twirl. See more »


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