Job Actor, voice over actor, folk singer, writer, author
Years active 1935-93
Top Roles Sam the Sheriff, Ephriam Cabot, Big Daddy Pollitt, Osh Popham, Dr. Hasselbacher
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Film Adaptation, Western, Family, Romance
Top TopicsBook-Based, Disney, Romance (Drama)
Top Collaborators (Director), , (Producer),
Shares birthday with Dorothy McGuire, Cliff Edwards, Gene Barry  see more..

Burl Ives Overview:

Legendary actor, Burl Ives, was born Burle Icle Ivanhoe Ives on Jun 14, 1909 in Hunt City, IL. Ives died at the age of 85 on Apr 14, 1995 in Anacortes, WA and was laid to rest in Mound Cemetery in Hunt City, Jasper County, IL.


Genial, jovial American folk singer with tufty dark hair and goatee beard. He won a reputation as a musical storyteller, then made a few appearances in outdoor adventure tales in the 1940s before unexpectedly becoming a dramatic heavyweight, in both senses, in the following decade. Singing remained his first love, but he continued to pop up occasionally in films, mostly as elderly characters as cantankerous as his early portraits had been good-humored. Oscar (best supporting actor) for The Big Country. Suffered a degenerative bone disease in later years. Died from mouth cancer.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).



Burl Ives was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Supporting Actor for The Big Country (as Rufus Hannassey) in 1958.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1958Best Supporting ActorThe Big Country (1958)Rufus HannasseyWon

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Burl Ives Quotes:

Rufus Hannassey: I'm a law-abiding man. That is, if there's any law to abide by.

Rufus Hannassey: The Hannasseys will have no peace until the bones of Henry Terrill is bleaching in Blanco Canyon. Now he started this blood-spilling, and I aim to finish it.

Fakrash: My patience is exhausted! Small minds deserve small bodies to *match*.

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Burl Ives Facts
Three step-children, Kevin Murphy, Rob Grossman, and Barbara Vaughn.

His wife and three step-children were with him when he died.

Was a licensed amateur (ham) radio with the call sign KA6HVA. When he passed away, he became, in ham radio parlance, a "silent key."

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