Job Dentist, Actor
Years active 1939-74
Top Roles Judge Bogardus, Dr. Burton, Boston Attorney Francis X. O'Brien, Circuit Court Judge Thaddeus Jackson Breen, Uncle Willie McLeod
Top GenresWestern, Drama, Comedy, Romance, Action, Adventure
Top TopicsBook-Based, Romance (Comic), Ranchers
Top Collaborators (Director), (Director), (Director),
Shares birthday with Carl Reiner, Edmund Goulding, Jack Kruschen  see more..

Edgar Buchanan Overview:

Character actor, Edgar Buchanan, was born William Edgar Buchanan on Mar 20, 1903 in Humansville, MO. Buchanan died at the age of 76 on Apr 4, 1979 in Palm Desert, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills) Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

Edgar Buchanan was thickly built, often bewhiskered American actor. He appeared mainly in westerns, portraying veteran sheriffs, boozy bankers, and crooked judges. Outside of the western, he was often as the hero's sidekick, in films like The Sea Hawk (1940) and Penny Serenade (1941). A former dentist, Buchanan started alternating acting with dentistry in the 1930s before becoming a full-time actor. He would make making close to 100 films, featuring his distinctive growling voice and round "country-boy" features. 

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

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Great character actor who appeared is such films as Penny Serenade (1941), Texas (1941), The Talk of the Town (1942), and Cheaper by the Dozen (1950) to name a few. The younger generation know him as Uncle Jo from the long running TV series Petticoat Junction (1963 - 1970). Happy Birthday Edgar.... Read full article


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Edgar Buchanan Quotes:

[Destry is checking all the saloon patron's guns]
The Honorable Hiram J. Sellers, Mayor: I'm like you, I never carry a gun. I prefer a bow and arrow.


Judge Tolliver: The glory of a good marriage don't come at the beginning. It comes later on.


Uncle Willie McLeod: I'm a lot older than you, Jack. In my time, I've seen a lot of men with itchy trigger fingers like you - and they're all in Boot Hill with dirt in their face. Somebody cured them of that itch.


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His friend of many years, Glenn Ford, once told a story of when Edgar was preparing to do some painful dental work on him. The anesthesia consisted of others passing by and allowing the patient, Glenn, to take swallows of whiskey to help ease the pain of the process. About every third drink Glenn took, Edgar took one as well.

He provided dentistry skills on the set numerous times. One such occasion, he pulled the tooth of his stand-in of 25 years, Jack Henderson.

He appeared in a total of 13 different productions with Glenn Ford.

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