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Character actor, Edgar Buchanan, was born William Edgar Buchanan on Mar 20, 1903 in Humansville, MO. Buchanan died at the age of 76 on Apr 4, 1979 in Palm Desert, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills) Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

Edgar Buchanan was thickly built, often bewhiskered American actor. He appeared mainly in westerns, portraying veteran sheriffs, boozy bankers, and crooked judges. Outside of the western, he was often as the hero's sidekick, in films like The Sea Hawk (1940) and Penny Serenade (1941). A former dentist, Buchanan started alternating acting with dentistry in the 1930s before becoming a full-time actor. He would make making close to 100 films, featuring his distinctive growling voice and round "country-boy" features. 

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

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By monty on Mar 20, 2011 From Noir and Chick Flicks

Great character actor who appeared is such films as Penny Serenade (1941), Texas (1941), The Talk of the Town (1942), and Cheaper by the Dozen (1950) to name a few. The younger generation know him as Uncle Jo from the long running TV series Petticoat Junction (1963 - 1970). Happy Birthday Edgar.... Read full article


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Edgar Buchanan Quotes:

Uncle Willie McLeod: I'm a lot older than you, Jack. In my time, I've seen a lot of men with itchy trigger fingers like you - and they're all in Boot Hill with dirt in their face. Somebody cured them of that itch.


Circuit Court Judge Thaddeus Jackson Breen: Major here has told me what your troubles are. I've been thinking it over and in light of my forty years experience in legal jurisprudence, I have come to the positive conclusion that there ain't no way to do this legal and honest... but being good sensible Texans, we'll do it illegal and dishonest! Now all the boys here in the room have agreed to sign a paper I have prepared. They all are going to commit perjury. That's legal language for just a plain, dumb blasted lie.


Tom Destry: Everytime I start asking questions, the people kind of look vague and sort of drift away.
The Honorable Hiram J. Sellers, Mayor: What kind of questions?
Tom Destry: Oh, just ordinary things. Like what really happened to Sheriff Bailey?
The Honorable Hiram J. Sellers, Mayor: I knew a fella once who made himself real unpopular asking questions. It got so nobody talked to him. He died lonely. You might keep that in mind.


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His friend of many years, Glenn Ford, once told a story of when Edgar was preparing to do some painful dental work on him. The anesthesia consisted of others passing by and allowing the patient, Glenn, to take swallows of whiskey to help ease the pain of the process. About every third drink Glenn took, Edgar took one as well.

Was one of only three co-stars of "Petticoat Junction" (1963) who remained with the series for its entire seven-year run, the others being Linda Henning and Frank Cady.

He appeared in a total of 13 different productions with Glenn Ford.

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