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

[repeated lines]
Wild Bill Elliott: Gabby, I thought you hated all women.
Gabby Hayes: Nope, just the uppity ones.


[Gabby and Pat have crashed Gabby's car]
Pat: Why, you misplaced son of a half-witted hurricane, you've killed me!
Gabby: Awww, shucks, you ain't hurt none. A little shakin'-up's good for your liver. Well, what are you going to do about my car now that you've wrecked it?
Pat: What am I gonna to do about it? I'm gonna sue you for everything you've got!
Gabby: [gesturing toward his car] Well, that's all I got! Sue me.


[Shanghai forces Johnny to dig his own grave]
Charlie 'Shanghai' McHenry: I know this is your grave, son, but if I was you, I'd make it a little longer.


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"The Gabby Hayes Show" (1950)_(NBC TV ) featured weekly live "Western teleplays" with a different cast each week. Unique even to this day.

Married one time, to Olive E. Ireland, from 1914-1957. Olive Ireland performed in vaudeville under the name Dorothy Earle and thus is often mistaken for film actress/writer Dorothy Earle, and that Earle is often mistakenly listed as one of George 'Gabby' Hayes's wives. Dorothy Earle was never married to George 'Gabby' Hayes.

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

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