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Tom Lester

Born in Jackson, Mississippi. He was brought up on his grandfather's farm, shucking corn, fishing, hunting, and picking cotton. He graduated from the University of Mississippi, majoring in Chemistry. He taught science and biology at a school in Purcell, Oklahoma, before moving to Hollywood. Lester spends his time between Laurel, Mississippi, and ... See full bio »

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Known For

Benji Riley
Green Acres Eb Dawson / Gus, Jr.
Intruder Officer Mathews


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 2014 Campin' Buddies
 2008 Huntin' Buddies (Video)
 2004 Christmas Child
Radio Announcer (voice)
 1995 Gordy
Cousin Jake
 1991 The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend
Pete as adult
 1990 Return to Green Acres (TV Movie)
Eb Dawson
 1989 Intruder
Officer Mathews
 1987 Santa Barbara (TV Series)
2nd Deputy
- Episode #1.833 (1987) ... 2nd Deputy
 1982 Knight Rider (TV Series)
Ted Moore
- Not a Drop to Drink (1982) ... Ted Moore
 1981 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Mr. Wilder
- A Christmas They Never Forgot (1981) ... Mr. Wilder
 1976 Charo and the Sergeant (TV Movie)
Sgt. Hank Palmer
 1974 Benji
 1974 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Will MacAllister
- No Charity for the MacAllisters (1974) ... Will MacAllister
 1974 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Fleetus (segment "Love and the Competitors")
 1965-1971 Green Acres (TV Series)
Eb Dawson / Gus, Jr.
- Lisa the Psychologist (1971) ... Eb Dawson
- The Hole in the Porch (1971) ... Eb Dawson
- The Carpenter's Ball (1971) ... Eb Dawson
- A Girl for Drobny (1971) ... Eb Dawson
- King Oliver I (1971) ... Eb Dawson
 1968 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Eb Dawson
- Christmas in Hooterville (1968) ... Eb Dawson
- The Courtship of Homer Noodleman (1968) ... Eb Dawson
- The Thanksgiving Spirit (1968) ... Eb Dawson
 1966-1967 Petticoat Junction (TV Series)
Eb Dawson
- One Dozen Roses (1967) ... Eb Dawson
- Author! Author! (1967) ... Eb Dawson
- The Santa Claus Special (1966) ... Eb Dawson
- The Runt Strikes Back (1966) ... Eb Dawson
- The All-Night Party (1966) ... Eb Dawson
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[about moving to Los Angeles to become an actor] God never took the time to make a nobody. People go through life wishing they had tried to do something, but they're afraid to try because they're afraid they'll fail. The failure is in not trying. See more »


Often referred to actor Eddie Albert as his "surrogate father". See more »

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