Edgar Buchanan Overview:

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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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:

Judge Bryson: [To Nick] You mean your own mother charged you with bigamy?
Grace Arden: I certainly did.
Judge Bryson: I hope you remember this on Mothers' Day.


Judge Bryson: Where'd you study law, anyway?
Nicholas Arden: Harvard, sir.
Judge Bryson: I might have known; a Yale man myself.


Dan Mitchell: Now, Bravo, I thought we were old friends.
Sheriff Bravo Trimble: We are, Dan, we are. But you got the idea that you ought to kick up a fuss about things that are going to happen anyway. I don't figure it that way. A man's got to live. Cows get lost, sometimes accidents happen and fellas get killed. Why get hot under the collar about I? And why go hunting for fellas that don't want to be found?


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

Member of Theta Chi Fraternity (Alpha Sigma Chapter, University of Oregon)

He provided dentistry skills on the set numerous times. One such occasion, he pulled the tooth of his stand-in of 25 years, Jack Henderson.

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