Job Actor
Years active 1902-56
Known for Comic western sidekick; catchphrases "yer durn tootin," "dadgumit," and "young whippersnapper"
Top Roles Farmer's Spokesman, Gabby Whittaker, Judge Gabby Whittaker, Major Carter, Despirit Dean
Top GenresWestern, Action, Romance, Drama, Adventure, Musical
Top TopicsOutlaws, Wild West, Civil War
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George 'Gabby' Hayes Overview:

Legendary character actor, George 'Gabby' Hayes, was born George Francis Hayes on May 7, 1885 in Wellsville, NY. Hayes died at the age of 83 on Feb 9, 1969 in Burbank, CA .

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Many western heroes had comic sidekicks in the 1930's and 1940s, but George 'Gabby' Hayes was not only about the most popular, but perhaps the only one who was also a star in the public eye. A vaudevillian of long experience, he joined films with the coming of sound, and soon assumed the all-round white whiskers and flapped-back stetson hat, together with such expressions as "Dadgumit!" or "You're durn tootin". He died from a heart ailment.

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

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He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Television and Radio. Hayes was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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George 'Gabby' Hayes Quotes:

Gabby: Look out, there. Don't try any tricks or I'll salivate you.


Gabby Whittaker: Jumpin' jackrabbits. What kind of jigity you call that?
Marjorie Brooks: That's a ballet of wood nymphs.
Gabby Whittaker: They ain't wearin' enough clothes to flag a handcar.


Brett Starr: [thinking he is Shotgun Cassidy, Mayor Keeler has appointed Brett as Sheriff of Tombstone] Keeler says the surviving Carsons are a pack of cutthroats.
Judge Gabby Whittaker: No!
Brett Starr: Yeah.
Judge Gabby Whittaker: What are you gettin' all prettied up for?
Brett Starr: I'm goin' callin' on the Carsons.
Judge Gabby Whittaker: Ain't that a mite dangerous?
Brett Starr: From Keeler's description, it'll be downright perilous.
Judge Gabby Whittaker: Hmm. Gives me the shivers to think of it.
Brett Starr: The leader is a killer of the worst kind. Stands five foot tall, over 70, white hair and wears a little bonnet on top of it.
Judge Gabby Whittaker: I'm goin' along... just for the shivers.


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Western sidekicks Gabby Hayes and Smiley Burnette were so popular with audiences that they consistently placed in "top 10" box-office cowboy star polls alongside Gene Autry and Roy Rogers..

Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 2000.

He hosted a local 15 minute late afternoon show in NYC in the early '50s, aimed at school aged children (WNBT Ch. 4). This show presented Western feature films from the '30s and '40s. Each film would be presented in 5 installments Mon-Fri. The final installment , or "the showdown", on Friday would coincide with the last day of the school week. A double treat for the fans.

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