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Jim Backus

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Jim Backus
Jim Backus.jpg
Birth name James Gilmore Backus
Born February 25, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died July 3, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, USA from pneumonia
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes
Awards star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Contents

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
I Married Joan Bradley Stevens 1952–1955 1 2 3
Hot Off the Wire Mike O'Toole 1960 1
The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo (voice) 1964–1965 1
Gilligan's Island Thurston J. Howell III 1964–1967 1 2 3
Blondie (1968) Mr. Dithers 1968–1969 1
The New Adventures of Gilligan Thurston Howell III 1974–1975 1
What's New, Mr. Magoo? Mr. Magoo (voice) 1977 1
Gilligan's Planet Thurston Howell III 1982–1983 1

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Four Star Revue VP of PR Victor Talking Machine Co. - June 7, 1952
The Web (1950) 4x54 - Welcome Home September 26, 1954
TV Reader's Digest George Johnson 2x07 - If I Were Rich November 28, 1955
Front Row Center Harry Cooper 2x08 - Uncle Barney February 26, 1956
Warner Brothers Presents 1x26 - Survival March 13, 1956
Conflict 1x03 - The Magic Brew October 16, 1956
Robert Montgomery Presents 8x24 - Wait for Me February 18, 1957
Climax! Detective Herman 3x24 - The Mad Bomber April 18, 1957
Studio One Father 9x41 - In Love with a Stranger July 22, 1957
The Gale Storm Show Arthur Hutchins 2x02 - Susanna Plays Cupid September 21, 1957
Studio One Tim McTaggart 10x30 - The McTaggart Succession May 5, 1958
This Is Your Life (1952) Himself - Jim Backus November 26, 1958
Playhouse 90 Jerry 3x10 - Free Weekend December 4, 1958
Goodyear Theatre Jim Cannaday 2x10 - Success Story February 16, 1959
The Millionaire Henry Banning 5x28 - Millionaire Henry Banning April 1, 1959
77 Sunset Strip Maury Samuels 2x15 - Collector's Item January 8, 1960
The Untouchables (1959) William Norbert 1x15 - Star Witness January 14, 1960
The Untouchables (1959) William Norbert 1x15 - Star Witness January 21, 1960
Make Room for Daddy 7x28 - The Deerfield Story April 11, 1960
Maverick Joe Wheelwright 5x04 - Three Queen's Full November 12, 1961
Cain's Hundred Karl Bigger 1x11 - Five for One December 5, 1961
Follow the Sun N.N. Nelson 1x26 - The Inhuman Equation March 11, 1962
McKeever and the Colonel J.C. Medbury 1x16 - The Neighbor January 27, 1963
The Dick Powell Show Monte 2x25 - Charlie's Duet March 19, 1963
The Beverly Hillbillies Marty Van Ransohoff 1x31 - The Clampetts Entertain April 24, 1963
The United States Steel Hour Michael John McKane 10x19 - Don't Shake the Family Tree May 15, 1963
Pantomime Quiz Guest Panelist - June 10, 1963
Burke's Law (1963) Harold Mason 1x02 - Who Killed Mr. X? September 27, 1963
Burke's Law (1963) Pork Pie Hannigan 1x20 - Who Killed Carrie Cornell? February 14, 1964
The DuPont Show of the Week Big Boss Buddy Foy 3x12 - Jeremy Rabbitt — The Secret Avenger April 5, 1964
Arrest and Trial (1963) Sam Thayer 1x30 - Birds of a Feather April 19, 1964
Espionage McAvoy 1x24 - A Tiny Drop of Poison May 20, 1964
Burke's Law (1963) Herkimer Witt 2x02 - Who Killed Vaudeville? September 23, 1964
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967) Himself - May 28, 1967
Accidental Family Uncle Fred 1x10 - What Is This - Thanksgiving or a Nightmare? November 24, 1967
Daniel Boone Will Scataway 4x15 - The Scrimshaw Ivory Chart January 4, 1968
I Spy Tom Mathews 3x20 - Happy Birthday... Everybody February 26, 1968
The Wild Wild West Fabian Swanson 4x17 - The Night of the Sabatini Death February 7, 1969
The Good Guys (1968) Henry Arsdale 1x20 - Father Knows Nothing March 19, 1969
The Good Guys (1968) Henry Arsdale 1x23 - Love Comes to Annie Butterworth April 10, 1969
The Good Guys (1968) Henry Arsdale 1x25 - The Prospector April 24, 1969
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Himself 3x21 - Show 61 February 9, 1970
Love, American Style Jerry 1x21 - Love and the Marriage Counselor February 27, 1970
I Dream of Jeannie Gen. Fitzhugh 5x21 - Help, Help a Shark March 3, 1970
Nanny and the Professor Dr. Charles Walters 1x09 - The Tyrannosaurus Tibia March 18, 1970
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Himself 4x09 - Show 75 November 9, 1970
Love, American Style Jerry 2x12 - Love and the Understanding December 11, 1970
The Brady Bunch Zaccariah T. Brown 3x01 - Ghost Town, U.S.A. September 17, 1971
The Brady Bunch Zaccariah T. Brown 3x02 - Grand Canyon or Bust September 24, 1971
This Is Your Life (1971) Himself - Gen. Omar Bradley December 5, 1971
Alias Smith and Jones Joseph P. Sterling 2x19 - The Biggest Game in the West February 3, 1972
The Mod Squad 5x18 - Death in High Places January 25, 1973
Medical Center Dr. Danvers 4x24 - Vortex February 28, 1973
The Brady Bunch Harry Mathews 5x20 - The Hustler March 1, 1974
Marcus Welby, M.D. 6x03 - Last Flight to Babylon September 24, 1974
Chico and the Man Harold Erickson 1x15 - The Beard January 24, 1975
Harry O Ziggy 1x17 - Sound of Trumpets January 30, 1975
Kolchak: The Night Stalker Herb Bresson 1x15 - Chopper January 31, 1975
Gunsmoke Reverend Sims 20x19 - Brides and Grooms February 10, 1975
Police Story Jake Mandel 2x22 - The Return of Joe Forrester May 6, 1975
Joe Forrester Jake Mandel 1x01 - Stake Out September 9, 1975
Mobile One 1x02 - The Pawn September 19, 1975
Ellery Queen Howard Biggers 1x08 - The Adventure of the Mad Tea Party October 30, 1975
The Ghost Busters Eric, the Red 1x13 - The Vikings Have Landed November 29, 1975
Police Story Pollack 3x14 - Odyssey of Death (1) January 9, 1976
Police Story Pollack 3x15 - Odyssey of Death (2) January 16, 1976
ABC Afterschool Specials Dr. Flamel 4x04 - The Amazing Cosmic Awareness of Duffy Moon February 4, 1976
Ark II Arnie Pool 1x07 - The Cryogenic Man October 23, 1976
The Feather and Father Gang 1x06 - Never Con a Killer May 13, 1977
CHiPs 1x01 - Pilot September 15, 1977
Charlie's Angels Iggy 2x03 - Angels on Ice (1) September 21, 1977
Charlie's Angels Iggy 2x04 - Angels on Ice (2) September 21, 1977
CHiPs Weitzman 1x02 - Undertow September 22, 1977
The Love Boat Mr. Waterman 1x19 - The Inspector / A Very Special Girl / Until the Last Goodbye February 11, 1978
Fantasy Island (1978) Cap 1x13 - Reunion / Anniversary April 29, 1978
Eischied 1x04 - Angels of Terror October 19, 1979
Fantasy Island (1978) H.H. Moran 3x23 - The Eagleman / The Children of Menta May 17, 1980
The Love Boat Mr. Landers 5x04 - The Incredible Hunk / Isaac, the Marriage Counselor / Jewels & Jim October 24, 1981
Trapper John, M.D. Gus 4x14 - It Only Hurts When I Love January 16, 1983

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
The Pied Piper of Hamelin King's Emissary November 26, 1957
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge/Mr. Magoo December 18, 1962
Damn Yankees! Benny Van Buren April 8, 1967
The Fabulous Shorts Host October 17, 1968
Wake Me When the War Is Over Colonel October 14, 1969 ABC Movie of the Week
Uncle Sam Magoo Mr. Magoo September 1970
The Max Bygraves Hour January 7, 1970
Mooch Goes to Hollywood Himself 1971
Getting Away from It All Mike Lorimar January 18, 1972 ABC Movie of the Week
Of Thee I Sing Senator Robert F. Lyons October 24, 1972
Magic Carpet George Benson November 6, 1972
The Girl Most Likely to... Prof. David Tilson November 6, 1973 ABC Movie of the Week
Miracle on 34th Street Horace Shellhammer December 14, 1973
Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus Narrator/Santa Claus December 6, 1974
Cop on the Beat Jake Mandel May 6, 1975
Never Con a Killer Stanley Bunch May 13, 1977 The Feather and Father Gang
Have I Got a Christmas for You Kevin Grady December 16, 1977 Hallmark Hall of Fame
The Gift of the Magi 1978
Rescue from Gilligan's Island Thurston Howell III October 14, 1978 Gilligan's Island
The Rebels John Hancock May 1, 1979
The Castaways on Gilligan's Island Thurston Howell III May 3, 1979 Gilligan's Island
The Gossip Columnist March 21, 1980
The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island Thurston Howell III May 15, 1981 Gilligan's Island

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Hollywood Squares (1966) September 10-14, 1973
Match Game 73 November 5-9, 1973
Family Feud Gilligan's Island vs. Hawaiian Eye April 15, 1983
Family Feud Lost in Space vs. Gilligan's Island May 13, 1983