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Jim Backus

Mostly Credited As: Jim Backus
Sometimes Credited As: James G. Backus
James Backus

Birth Name: James Gilmore Backus
Date Of Birth: February 25, 1913 (Age 76)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio
Date Of Death: July 03, 1989
Cause Of Death: Pneumonia (Los Angeles)
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)

Jim Backus


Jim Backus was one of the few actors to do it all, radio, Broadway, movies, television and cartoons. After attending prep school in his native Cleveland, Backus enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Art, to ply his trade. While waiting for parts, he did radio and became friends with such future notables as Garson Kanin and Keenan Wynn. Backus stuck it out and soon was doing motion pictures in addition to radio. He was typecast in roles as "rich types" but broke the mold when he portrayed James Dean's father in the classic "Rebel Without a Cause." With his career in full swing, he also tackled two roles that he would be best known for, Mr. Magoo in cartoons and Thurston Howell III, in "Gilligan's Island." After the show's run ended, he continued doing guest spots on television and movies, before passing away on July 3, 1989.

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TV Appearances

Main cast 
The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show (1986)As: Smoky the Genie -- [Voice]
Gilligan's Planet (1982)As: Mr. Howell -- [Voice]
What's New, Mr. Magoo? (1977)As: Quincy Magoo -- [Voice]
The New Adventures of Gilligan (1974)As: Mr Thuston Howell III -- [Voice]
Blondie (1968) (1968)As: J.C. Dithers
The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo (1964)As: Mr. Magoo / Additional characters -- [Voice]
Gilligan's Island (1964)As: Thurston Howell III
The Jim Backus Show (1960)As: John Michael "Mike" O'Toole
Mr. Magoo (1960)As: Quincy Magoo -- [Voice]
I Married Joan (1952)As: Judge Bradley Stevens
Hollywood House (1949)As: Himself (Regular)
Episode Cast Credits 

Fantasy Island (1977) (1978) 
  Eagleman/Children of Mentu 03x23: (May/17/1980) As H.H. Moran 
  Reunion/Anniversary 01x11: (Apr/29/1978) As Cap 

Eischied (1979) 
  Angels of Terror 01x04: (Oct/19/1979) As Unknown 

Sweepstakes (1979) 
  Episode 4 01x04: (Feb/16/1979) As Major Adams 

The Love Boat (1977) 
  The Inspector/A Very Special Girl/Until the Last Goodbye 01x19: (Feb/11/1978) As Mr. Waterman 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  Have I Got A Christmas For You 27x03: (Dec/16/1977) As Kevin Grady 

CHiPs (1977) 
  Undertow 01x02: (Sep/22/1977) As Weitzman 

Charlie's Angels (1976) (1976) 
  Angels on Ice (2) 02x04: (Sep/21/1977) As Iggy 
  Angels on Ice (1) 02x03: (Sep/21/1977) As Iggy 

The ABC Afterschool Special (1972) 
  The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon 04x04: (Feb/04/1976) As Dr. Flamel, [Special Guest Stars]

Police Story (1973) (1973) 
  Odyssey of Death (2) 03x15: (Jan/16/1976) As Pollack 
  Odyssey of Death (1) 03x14: (Jan/09/1976) As Pollack 
  The Return of Joe Forrester 02x22: (May/06/1975) As Jake Mandel 

Ellery Queen (1975) 
  The Adventure of the Mad Tea Party 01x08: (Oct/30/1975) As Howard Biggers 

Mobile One (1975) 
  The Pawn 01x03: (Sep/19/1975) As Macklin 

Joe Forrester (1975) 
  Stake Out 01x01: (Sep/09/1975) As Mandel 

Gunsmoke (1955) 
  Brides and Grooms 20x19: (Feb/10/1975) As Reverend Sims 

Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974) 
  Chopper 01x15: (Jan/31/1975) As Herb Bresson, [Special Guest Stars]

Harry O (1974) 
  Sound of Trumpets 01x17: (Jan/30/1975) As Ziggy 

Chico and the Man (1974) 
  The Beard 01x15: (Jan/24/1975) As Harold Ericson 

The Brady Bunch (1969) 
  The Hustler 05x21: (Mar/01/1974) As Harry Matthews 
  Grand Canyon or Bust 03x02: (Sep/24/1971) As Zaccariah T. Brown 
  Ghost Town, U.S.A. 03x01: (Sep/17/1971) As Zaccariah T. Brown 

Medical Center (US) (1969) 
  Vortex 04x24: (Mar/07/1973) As Dr. Danvers 

The Mod Squad (1968) 
  Death in High Places 05x19: (Jan/25/1973) As Unknown 

Alias Smith and Jones (1971) 
  The Biggest Game in the West 02x19: (Feb/03/1972) As J.P. Sterling 

This Is Your Life (1971) (1971) 
  Gen. Omar Bradley 01x17: (Dec/05/1971) As Himself 

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968) 
  Episode #75 04x09: (Nov/09/1970) As Himself 
  Episode #61 03x21: (Feb/09/1970) As Himself 

Nanny and the Professor (1970) 
  The Tyrannosaurus Tibia 01x09: (Mar/18/1970) As Dr. Charles Walters 

The Barbara McNair Show (1969) 
  Jackie Kahane / Jim Backus / Lionel Hampton / The Spiral Starecase / Vicki Lawrence 01x11: (Nov/30/1969) As Himself 

The Good Guys (1968) (1968) 
  The Bluebook Blues 01x25: (Mar/26/1969) As Henry Arsdale 
  Love Comes to Annie Butterworth 01x23: (Mar/12/1969) As Henry Arsdale 
  Father Knows Nothing 01x20: (Feb/19/1969) As Henry Arsdale 

The Wild Wild West (1965) 
  The Night of the Sabatini Death 04x17: (Feb/07/1969) As Swanson (Fabian Swanson), [Special Guest Stars]

I Spy (US) (1965) 
  Happy Birthday... Everybody 03x20: (Feb/26/1968) As Tom Mathews 

Daniel Boone (1964) (1964) 
  The Scrimshaw Ivory Chart 04x15: (Jan/04/1968) As Will Scataway, [Special Guest Stars]

Accidental Family (1967) 
  What is This-Thanksgiving or a Nightmare? 01x10: (Nov/24/1967) As Fred 

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967) (1967) 
  Show #16 01x16: (May/20/1967) As Himself 

Password (1961) 
  (PT) EPISODE #174 04x40: (Jul/01/1965) As Panelist 

The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo (1964) 
  Mr. Magoo's Little Snow White Part 2 01x15: (Jan/09/1965) Voiced  Dwarves 

Burke's Law (1963) (1963) 
  Who Killed Vaudeville? 02x02: (Sep/23/1964) As Herkimer Witt 
  Who Killed Carrie Cornell? 01x20: (Feb/14/1964) As "Pork Pie" Hannigan 
  Who Killed Mr. X? 01x02: (Sep/27/1963) As Harold Mason 

Arrest and Trial (1963) 
  Birds of a Feather 01x30: (Apr/19/1964) As Sam Thayer 

The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) 
  The Clampetts Entertain 01x31: (Apr/24/1963) As Marty Van Ransohoff 

The Dick Powell Show (1961) 
  Charlie's Duet 02x25: (Mar/19/1963) As Monte 

The Bob Newhart Show (1961) (1961) 
  Jim Backus / The Chad Mitchell Trio 01x22: (Mar/21/1962) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

Cain's Hundred (1961) 
  Five for One 01x11: (Dec/05/1961) As Karl Biggers 

Maverick (1957) 
  Three Queens Full 05x04: (Nov/12/1961) As Big Joe Wheelwright 

The Untouchables (1959) (1959) 
  Star Witness 01x15: (Jan/14/1960) As William Norbert, [Special Guest Stars]

77 Sunset Strip (1958) 
  Collector's Item 02x15: (Jan/08/1960) As Maury Samuels 

The Millionaire (1955) 
  Millionaire Henry Banning 05x28: (Apr/01/1959) As Henry Banning 

Playhouse 90 (1956) 
  Free Weekend 03x10: (Dec/04/1958) As Jerry 

This Is Your Life (1952) (1952) 
  Jim Backus 06x07: (Nov/26/1958) As Himself 

Studio One (1948) 
  The McTaggert Succession 10x30: (May/05/1958) As Tim McTaggart 
  In Love with a Stranger 09x41: (Jul/22/1957) As Father 

Climax! (1954) 
  Mad Bomber 03x28: (Apr/18/1957) As Detective Herman 

Robert Montgomery Presents Your Lucky Strike Theatre (1950) 
  Reclining Figure 08x24: (Feb/25/1957) As Lucas Edgerton 

Matinee Theater (1955) 
  A Family Affair 01x138: (May/14/1956) As guest star 

Flying High (1978) 
  Fun Flight 01x18: (Unaired) As Man 
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