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Job Actor
Years active 1902-56
Known for Comic western sidekick; catchphrases "yer durn tootin," "dadgumit," and "young whippersnapper"
Top Roles Farmer's Spokesman, Taxi Driver, Despirit Dean, Andrew 'Doc' Grunch, Matt Downing
Top GenresWestern, Action, Romance, Drama, Adventure, Musical
Top TopicsOutlaws, Wild West, Civil War
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Shares birthday with Gary Cooper, Anne Baxter, Irving Reis  see more..

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).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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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:

Marshal Gabby Whitaker: I bet your head feels bigger than an overgrown pumpkin.
Scott 'Arizona' Warren: Oh, it does.
Marshal Gabby Whitaker: I got just the cure for it - an injun remedy. Chief Sitting Bull himself gave me the recipe for learning him how to follow a trail. It cures aches, pains, bunions, calluses, galloping consumption and the seven year itch.


[when Gabby shoots a henchman off a rooftop, he falls spectacularly to the street below]
Gabby Hayes: Brother, when I hit 'em, they stay hit.


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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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.

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..

He was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6427 Hollywood Boulevard and for Television at 1724 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

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