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.

MINI BIO:

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).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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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: If you ain't the mother and father of all liars!


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.


Osh Popham: That's my daughter, Lallie Joy. She'd be more like me, only her ma won't let her.
Peter Carey: [climbing a tree] Look at me, Mother, look at me! Whee!
Osh Popham: That must be the rickety baby.
Nancy Carey: Oh, Mr. Popham, about that letter. I wrote it, and - oh, I don't know how to begin.
Osh Popham: Well, Nancy, the way I figure it is this world's the only one we got till we move on to the next one, and there ain't nothin' wrong with tellin' somethin' that's a might off from the truth to make it more interestin'.


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Burl Ives Facts
Burl Ives was the voice of Sam the Eagle, the narrator of the classic Disneyland attraction "American Sings" (1974-1988) in Tomorrowland.

Adopted son Alexander with first wife Helen. When they separated in 1960, she got custody.

Frequent benefits for Indian reservations, peace academies, Boy Scouts, environmental groups, arts foundations, children's medicine

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