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Jim Backus (James Gilmore Backus)

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Biography

Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Jim Backus was born James Gilmore Backus on February 25, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was one of the few actors to do it all: radio, Broadway, movies, television and cartoons. After attending preparatory school in his hometown 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. Read more...

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Character: Dist. Atty. Judson

Angel Face 1952

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Character: Jim Cleary

Deadline - U.S.A. 1952

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Character: Mergo

I Love Melvin 1953

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Character: Jason Ambrose

Geraldine 1953

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Character: Cmdr. E.T. Hutch

Francis in the Navy 1955

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Character: Himself - Audience Member

The 27th Annual Academy Awards 1955

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Character: Tom Culdane

Meet Me in Las Vegas 1956

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Character: Nick Cellantano

The Great Man 1956

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Character: Willis Haver

The Naked Hills 1956

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Character: King's Emissary

The Pied Piper of Hamelin 1957

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Character: Harvey Graham

Eighteen and Anxious 1957

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Character: Uncle Abdul Azziz Magoo

1001 Arabian Nights 1959

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Character: Dave Husack

Ice Palace 1960

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Character: Ebenezer Scrooge / Mr. Magoo

Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol 1962

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Character: Cmdr. Jeremiah Hammerslag

The Horizontal Lieutenant 1962

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Character: Chief Pilot Drysdale

Sunday in New York 1963

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Character: Bullard Bear

The Wheeler Dealers 1963

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Character: Louis Murphy

Johnny Cool 1963

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Character: Bosun's Mate Ed Fennelly

Operation Bikini 1963

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Character: Miles Whitepaper

John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! 1965

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Character: Howard G. Carol

Billie 1965

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Character: Carter Sillens

Hurry Sundown 1967

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Character: Himself

Don't Make Waves 1967

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Character: T.R. Hollister

Hello Down There 1969

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Character: Timothy Forsythe

Now You See Him, Now You Don't 1972

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Character: Narrator / Santa Claus

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus 1974

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Character: Emile Wade

Mod Squad 1968

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Character: Himself

The Tonight Show 1962

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Character: Tom Mathews

I Spy 1965

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Character: Harold Erickson

Chico and the Man 1974

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Character: William Norbert

The Untouchables 1959

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Character: Michael John McKane

The United States Steel Hour 1953

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Character: Charles Barry

Pat and Mike 1952

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Character: Clarence Locan

Man of a Thousand Faces 1957

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Character: Sam Thayer

Arrest and Trial 1963

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Character: Fabian Swanson

The Wild Wild West 1965

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Character: Gen. Curtis E. LeMay

Above and Beyond 1952

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Character: Himself

The Bob Newhart Show 1961

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Character: Himself

Stump the Stars 1947

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Character: Maury Samuels

77 Sunset Strip 1958

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Character: Himself

Family Feud 1976

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Character: Himself

The George Gobel Show 1954

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Character: Himself

Laugh-In 1967

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Character: Himself

Password All-Stars 1961

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Character: Big Boss Buddy Foy

The DuPont Show of the Week 1961

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Character: Jim Cannaday

Goodyear Theatre 1957

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Character: President of the U.S.

Slapstick (Of Another Kind) 1982

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Character: Dandy Summers

Conflict 1956

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Character: Actor 'Rebel without a Cause'

James Dean: Sense Memories 2005

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