Job Dentist, Actor
Years active 1939-74
Top Roles Circuit Court Judge Thaddeus Jackson Breen, Uncle Willie McLeod, Applejack Carney, Judge Neal Hefner, Bunny Dull
Top GenresWestern, Drama, Comedy, Romance, Action, Adventure
Top TopicsBook-Based, Romance (Comic), Ranchers
Top Collaborators (Director), (Director), (Director),
Shares birthday with Carl Reiner, Edmund Goulding, Jack Kruschen  see more..

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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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: By the power invested in me, I appoint you Deputy Sheriff. I hope you don't live to regret it.


Sheriff Cauthen: Let's have your gun.
Jimmy Rapp: I'm naked without it!
Sheriff Cauthen: It's all right. I won't arrest you for being naked.


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.


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

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

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.

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