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Edgar Buchanan

Highest Rated:   100% The Comancheros (1961)
Lowest Rated:   14% Any Number Can Play (1949)
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Birthplace:   Humansville, Missouri, USA
Intending to become a dentist like his father, American actor Edgar Buchanan wound up with grades so bad in college that he was compelled to take an "easy" course to improve his average. Buchanan chose a course in play interpretation, and after listening to a few recitations of Shakespeare he was stagestruck. After completing dental school, Buchanan plied his oral surgery skills in the summertime, devoting the fall, winter and spring months to acting in stock companies and at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. He was given a screen test by Warner Bros. studios in 1940, received several bit roles, then worked himself up to supporting parts upon transferring to Columbia Pictures. Though still comparatively youthful, Buchanan specialized in grizzled old westerners, with a propensity towards villainy or at least larceny. The actor worked at every major studio (and not a few minor ones) over the next few years, still holding onto his dentist's license just in case he needed something to fall back on. Though he preferred movie work to the hurried pace of TV filming, Buchanan was quite busy in television's first decade, costarring with William Boyd on the immensely popular Hopalong Cassidy series, then receiving a starring series of his own, Judge Roy Bean, in 1954. Buchanan became an international success in 1963 thanks to his regular role as the lovably lazy Uncle Joe Carson on the classic sitcom Petticoat Junction, which ran until 1970. After that, the actor experienced a considerably shorter run on the adventure series Cade's County, which starred Buchanan's close friend Glenn Ford. Buchanan's last movie role was in Benji (1974), which reunited him with the titular doggie star, who had first appeared as the family mutt on Petticoat Junction.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
86% Benji
  • Bill
1974
No Score Yet Slay Ride
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Marshal of Madrid
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Yuma
  • Mules McNeil
1971
No Score Yet The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again
  • Jason Fitch
1970
No Score Yet The Over-the-Hill Gang
  • Jason Fitch
1969
No Score Yet Angel in My Pocket
  • Axel Gresham
1969
No Score Yet Something for a Lonely Man
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet Welcome to Hard Times (Killer on a Horse)
  • Brown
1967
No Score Yet Gunpoint
  • Bull
1966
No Score Yet The Man from Button Willow
  • Sorry
1965
No Score Yet The Rounders
  • Vince Moore
1965
No Score Yet Move Over Darling
  • Judge Bryson
1963
67% McLintock!
  • Bunny Dull
1963
No Score Yet A Ticklish Affair
  • Gramps Martin
1963
55% Donovan's Reef
  • Francis X. O'Brien
1963
93% Ride the High Country
  • Judge
1962
100% The Comancheros
  • Judge Bean
1961
No Score Yet Tammy Tell Me True
  • Judge Carver
1961
No Score Yet Cimarron
  • Neal Hefner
1960
No Score Yet Four Fast Guns
  • Dipper
1960
No Score Yet Edge of Eternity
  • Sheriff Edwards
1959
No Score Yet It Started With a Kiss
  • Congressman Tappe
1959
No Score Yet The Sheepman
  • Milt Masters
1958
No Score Yet The Devil's Partner
  • Doc Lucas
1958
No Score Yet Come Next Spring
  • Mr. Canary
1956
100% Wichita
  • Doc Black
1955
No Score Yet The Lonesome Trail
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet The Silver Star
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet Rage at Dawn
  • Judge Hawkins
1955
No Score Yet Destry
  • Mayor Hiram Sellers
1954
No Score Yet Dawn at Socorro
  • Sheriff Cauthen
1954
53% Human Desire
  • Alec Simmons
1954
No Score Yet She Couldn't Say No
  • Ed Meeker
1954
No Score Yet Make Haste to Live
  • Sheriff
1954
97% Shane
  • Lewis
1953
No Score Yet It Happens Every Thursday
  • Jake
1953
No Score Yet Wild Stallion
  • John Wintergreen
1952
No Score Yet The Big Trees
  • Walter 'Yukon' Burns
1952
No Score Yet Cave of Outlaws
  • Dobbs
1951
No Score Yet The Great Missouri Raid
  • Dr. Samuels
1951
No Score Yet Rawhide
  • Sam Todd
1951
No Score Yet Devil's Doorway
  • Zeke Carmody
1950
80% Cheaper by the Dozen
  • Dr. Burton
1950
67% The Big Hangover
  • Uncle Fred Mahoney
1950
No Score Yet Lust for Gold
  • Wiser
1949
No Score Yet The Man from Colorado
  • Doc Merriam
1949
14% Any Number Can Play
  • Ed
1949
No Score Yet Coroner Creek
  • Sheriff O'Hea
1948
No Score Yet The Black Arrow
  • Lawless
1948
No Score Yet Framed
  • Jeff Cunningham
1947
17% The Sea of Grass
  • Jeff
1947
No Score Yet If I'm Lucky
  • Magonnagle
1946
No Score Yet The Bandit Of Sherwood Forest
  • Friar Tuck
1946
No Score Yet The Impatient Years
  • Judge
1944
No Score Yet Buffalo Bill
  • Sgt. Chips McGraw
1944
No Score Yet Destroyer
  • Kansas Jackson
1943
No Score Yet The Desperadoes
  • Willie MacLeod
1943
No Score Yet City Without Men
  • Michael T. Mallory
1943
No Score Yet Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die
  • Curly Bill Brocious
1942
94% The Talk of the Town
  • Sam Yates
1942
No Score Yet You Belong to Me
  • Billings
1941
94% Penny Serenade
  • Applejack Carney
1941
No Score Yet Texas
  • Doc Thorpe
1941
92% The Sea Hawk
  • Ben Rollins
1940
No Score Yet The Doctor Takes a Wife
  • Doorman
1940
No Score Yet Too Many Husbands
  • McDermott
1940
No Score Yet Three Cheers for the Irish
  • Party Guest
1940
No Score Yet When the Daltons Rode
  • Man at Livery Stable
1940
No Score Yet Arizona
  • Judge Bogardus
1940
No Score Yet My Son Is Guilty
  • Dan
1940
No Score Yet Escape to Glory
  • Charles Atterbee
1940

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
1970-1974
  • Judge McElwreath
  • 1972
No Score Yet Cade's County
1971-1972
  • J.J. Jackson
  • 1972
  • 1971
No Score Yet Green Acres
1965-1971
  • Joe Uncle Joe Carson Carson
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1966
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
  • Uncle Joe
  • 1968
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
  • Dan York Dan Witter
  • 1963
  • 1962
No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver
1957-1963
  • Uncle Billy Captain
  • 1963
  • 1960
  • 1957
82% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Doc Bolton
  • 1962
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
  • Coroner Andy Templet Daley
  • 1962
  • 1958
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
  • Henry Wheeler
  • Guest
  • 1961
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
  • Hallelujah Hicks Henry
  • 1961
  • 1960
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
  • Col. Hambleton Jed Christiansen Red Daniels Daddy Forge Sheriff Horace Hadley
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1959
  • 1958
  • 1957
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
  • Pops
  • 1959

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