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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:

The Honorable Hiram J. Sellers, Mayor: Deliver the prisoner at ten o'clock - Decker's Saloon. It's the only place in town big enough to hold a trial.


Sheriff Cauthen: If you're in town by sundown tomorrow, I'm going to throw you in jail.
Jimmy Rapp: On what charge?
Sheriff Cauthen: Disturbin' my peace of mind.


Sen. Frederici: Well, that's it! That's my letter you telling you I was coming. I mailed it a week before I left.
Sgt. Chips: That's nothing. Private Mulligan didn't get the letter with his reprieve until days after they hung him. Come to think of it, he never did get it.


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Edgar Buchanan Facts
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.

Was originally a dentist with his own practice. At age 38, he turned the practice over to his wife and began his acting career.

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.

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