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  • Jim Backus
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  • Jim Backus (1913-1989) was an American actor. He had a long career in films and television, and was known for his upper-class New England accent. Backus played James Dean's character's wealthy father in the acclaimed 1955 film Rebel Without A Cause (with Dennis Hopper), and provided the voice for the nearsighted cartoon character Mr. Magoo in various animated projects. Backus is perhaps best-known for playing the millionaire Thurston Howell III on the TV series "Gilligan's Island" and its various spin-offs along with Alan Hale Jr. and Russell Johnson.
  • He provided the voice of Smokey The Genie in A-Lad-In His Lamp.
  • James Gilmore "Jim" Backus (February 25, 1913 – July 3, 1989) was an American radio, television, film, and voice actor. He's mostly known for his role as Thusrton Howell III in CBS's sitcom Gilligan's Island. His Disney roles include Milton in the animated short Plutopia, The Mayor in Pete's Dragon and Timothy Forsythe in Now You See Him, Now You Don't. He also hosted the Mouse Factory episodes "Homeowners", "Paul Bunyan" and "Homes" and his acknowledgement of being the original voice of Mr. Magoo appeared in the 1997 live-action film adaptation of Mr. Magoo.
  • Jim Backus was one of the few actors to do it all: radio, Broadway, movies, television and cartoons. After attending preparatory school in his hometown of Cleveland, Backus enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Art, to ply his trade. While waiting for parts, Backus worked in radio and became friends with such future notables as Garson Kanin and Keenan Wynn. Backus stuck it out and soon was working in 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 (1955).
  • In April 1962 (over two years before Gilligan), Backus was part of the ensemble cast playing international correspondents in the comedy/variety show pilot Mad Mad World, co-starring Jim Henson's Muppets. Years later, he was also on the list of actors considered for the part of editor Mike Tarkanian in The Great Muppet Caper (1981), which went to first-choice Jack Warden.
  • James Gilmore "Jim" Backus (February 25, 1913 – July 3, 1989) was a radio, television, film, and voice actor. Among his most famous roles are the voice of Mr. Magoo, the rich Hubert Updike, III on the Alan Young radio show, Joan Davis's character's husband (a domestic court judge) on TV's I Married Joan, James Dean's character's father in Rebel Without a Cause and Thurston Howell, III on the 1960s hit sitcom Gilligan's Island. He also starred in his own show of one season, The Jim Backus Show, also known as Hot off the Wire.
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Birth Date
  • 1913-02-25
death place
  • , U.S.
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Name
  • Backus, Jim
  • Jim Backus
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Alternative Names
  • Backus, James Gilmore
Years Active
  • 1937
Date of Death
  • 1989-07-03
Birth Place
  • , U.S.
Cause of Death
Titles
  • Voice Actor
death date
  • 1989-07-03
Place of Birth
  • Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Place of death
  • Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died
  • 1989-07-03
  • Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation(s)
  • Actor
Occupation
  • Actor
Gender
  • Male
Born
  • 1913-02-25
  • Cleveland, Ohio, United States
  • James Gilmore Backus
Date of Birth
  • 1913-02-25
Short Description
  • Actor
Birth name
  • James Gilmore Backus
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  • __NOEDITSECTION__ Image:Information-silk.png|Character Template rect 0 0 20 20 Staff Template desc none Jim Backus Real Name Unknown Job Titles Voice Actor Gender First publication Unknown
  • Jim Backus (1913-1989) was an American actor. He had a long career in films and television, and was known for his upper-class New England accent. Backus played James Dean's character's wealthy father in the acclaimed 1955 film Rebel Without A Cause (with Dennis Hopper), and provided the voice for the nearsighted cartoon character Mr. Magoo in various animated projects. Backus is perhaps best-known for playing the millionaire Thurston Howell III on the TV series "Gilligan's Island" and its various spin-offs along with Alan Hale Jr. and Russell Johnson.
  • James Gilmore "Jim" Backus (February 25, 1913 – July 3, 1989) was a radio, television, film, and voice actor. Among his most famous roles are the voice of Mr. Magoo, the rich Hubert Updike, III on the Alan Young radio show, Joan Davis's character's husband (a domestic court judge) on TV's I Married Joan, James Dean's character's father in Rebel Without a Cause and Thurston Howell, III on the 1960s hit sitcom Gilligan's Island. He also starred in his own show of one season, The Jim Backus Show, also known as Hot off the Wire. An avid golfer, Backus actually made the 36-hole cut at the 1964 Bing Crosby Pro-Am tournament.
  • He provided the voice of Smokey The Genie in A-Lad-In His Lamp.
  • Jim Backus was one of the few actors to do it all: radio, Broadway, movies, television and cartoons. After attending preparatory school in his hometown of Cleveland, Backus enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Art, to ply his trade. While waiting for parts, Backus worked in radio and became friends with such future notables as Garson Kanin and Keenan Wynn. Backus stuck it out and soon was working in 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 (1955). With his career in full swing, Backus also tackled his two most famous roles, Mr. Magoo in animated cartoons and Thurston Howell III in Gilligan's Island (1964). After the series' run ended, he continued doing guest spots on television and movies, before passing away on July 3, 1989.
  • James Gilmore "Jim" Backus (February 25, 1913 – July 3, 1989) was an American radio, television, film, and voice actor. He's mostly known for his role as Thusrton Howell III in CBS's sitcom Gilligan's Island. His Disney roles include Milton in the animated short Plutopia, The Mayor in Pete's Dragon and Timothy Forsythe in Now You See Him, Now You Don't. He also hosted the Mouse Factory episodes "Homeowners", "Paul Bunyan" and "Homes" and his acknowledgement of being the original voice of Mr. Magoo appeared in the 1997 live-action film adaptation of Mr. Magoo.
  • In April 1962 (over two years before Gilligan), Backus was part of the ensemble cast playing international correspondents in the comedy/variety show pilot Mad Mad World, co-starring Jim Henson's Muppets. Years later, he was also on the list of actors considered for the part of editor Mike Tarkanian in The Great Muppet Caper (1981), which went to first-choice Jack Warden. Backus began his acting career on the legitimate stage (even appearing on Broadway), but soon drifted to radio, starting in New York in the late 1930s. He played bit parts on many dramatic series (including The Shadow) and appeared on soap operas (playing son-in-law Dick Grosvenor on Stella Dallas). Gradually, Backus began appearing more often in comedy (including bits on The Jack Benny Program), and increasingly using a voice he first used at parties. This was a snobbish, rich man characterization, used in a string of short-lived mid-1940s series before finally finding a real home and a name: on The Alan Young Show beginning in 1944 and through 1949, as Alan's friend/rival Hubert Updyke III. Hubert soon became a national sensation, and the sitcom was transferred to Hollywood in 1946 (and Backus with it). Backus reprised Hubert Updyke in guest spots on Bob Hope's series and Command Performance, and played similar types on the shows of Danny Kaye, Eddie Cantor, Mel Blanc, and on The Great Gildersleeve (replacing Gale Gordon as pompous neighbor Rumson Bullard). He very briefly headlined his own series as Updyke, The Jim Backus Show, in 1947 (co-written by wife Henny). He was also heard on the dramatic series Suspense and Richard Diamond, Private Eye, among others. During his radio years, Backus gradually began playing supporting film roles, but first really gained notice as a voice actor in theatrical cartoons, including the 1948 Bugs Bunny short A-Lad-in-His-Lamp (as the genie, ala Updyke). UPA hired him, and while he was heard in many of their shorts, he starred as Mr. Magoo beginning in Ragtime Bear (1949) and would reprise the role into television as late as the 1970s. His movie roles included turns in Universal's Ma and Pa Kettle and Francis the Talking Mule series, and he entered TV (co-starring as Judge Bradley Stevens, the "I" in I Married Joan from 1952 until 1955). Also in 1955, Backus played his best dramatic part, ineffectual father Frank Stark opposite James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. While Backus remained in demand as a supporting actor in movies, increasingly larger guest spots, and headlined his own self-named series again (1960-1961), his next biggest break came in 1964, with a series created by Alan Young Show writer Sherwood Schwartz: Gilligan's Island. Backus again dusted off the Hubert Updyke III characterization, but he was now rechristened Thurston Howell III, the millionaire, forever overshadowing the former and guaranteeing that most future guest roles would have "Special Guest Star" billing attached. After the series ended in 1967, when not reprising Howell (in reunion movies and two Filmation animated series, through 1982) or Magoo, he mostly remained active through guest spots (including The Brady Bunch, Gunsmoke, and The Love Boat) and occasional film turns (including Disney's Pete's Dragon) until slowed down by Parkinson's Disease.
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