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Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Place of Death
Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of Death
Claim to Fame
Gilligan`s Island, Mr. Magoo
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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 (1955). With his career in full swing, Backus also tackled two roles that he would be best known for, Mr. Magoo in cartoons and Thurston Howell III, in "Gilligan`s Island" (1964). After the show`s run ended, he continued doing guest spots on television and movies, before passing away on July 3, 1989.
Kentucky Military Institute (Expelled)
American Academy of Dramatic Art
Full Name at Birth
James Gilmore Backus
James Gilmore "Jim" Backus (February 25, 1913 – July 3, 1989) was an American radio, television, film, and voice actor. Among his most famous roles are the voice of nearsighted cartoon character Mr. Magoo, the rich Hubert Updike III on the radio version of The Alan Young 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 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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passed away on 3rd Jul 1989 aged 76. |||
Jim Backus passed away on 3rd Jul 1989 aged 76.
Jim Backus was previously married to Henny Backus (1943 - 1989).
Jim Backus is a 76 year old American Actor. Born James Gilmore Backus on 25th February, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA and educated at Kentucky Military Institute (Expelled), he is famous for Gilligan`s Island, Mr. Magoo in a career that spans 1937-1989. His zodiac sign is Pisces.
Jim Backus was in 2 on-screen matchups, notably with Dorothy Shay in The Brady Bunch (1969) and Natalie Schafer in Gilligan's Island (1964).
Jim Backus is a member of the following lists:
American male screenwriters,
American male radio actors and
Male actors from Cleveland, Ohio.
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