Job Actor
Years active 1902-56
Known for Comic western sidekick; catchphrases "yer durn tootin," "dadgumit," and "young whippersnapper"
Top Roles Farmer's Spokesman, Matt Downing, Taxi Driver, Despirit Dean, Andrew 'Doc' Grunch
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: Some job. I don't mind doin' a gal a favor, but all we do is ride. Burnin' up good energy and saddle leather!
Pat Brady: You been burnin' up her food, too, ain't you? Why, you're gorged to the gills right now.
Bob: All he can hear is the dinner bell. Two helpings of stew he had, and last night I saw him take a whole pie and hide it in the garbage chute.
Gabby: Awww, I never did...
[suddenly realizing]
Gabby: Garbage chute! I thought that was a cooler!


Gabby: Then, ding-bust it, I'm going off by myself. Don't want any part of it.
Roy Rogers: Well, Gabby, I guess we can get along without you.
Gabby: Oh, trying to get rid of me, huh? Well, you ain't. I'm stickin' closer'n a mustard plaster.


Gabby Whittaker: What're you up to, son?
Roy Rogers: I've got a brainstorm, Gabby.
Gabby Whittaker: Oh, I know that. But what're you up to?


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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.

In real life he was the exact opposite of the characters he played on film. He was well read, well-groomed, serious and highly philosophical.

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

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