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:

Gabby: Sassafras and shootin' irons! They're rustlin' the herd!


[Breezy and Walrus get the drop on Owens' thugs]
Walrus: Now you fellas reach for a cloud and hang on to it.


Honest John Whittaker: And another thing - all horses must be kept off the sidewalks. And last and most important, saloons is to be kept closed between five and six in the morning. You got to sweep 'em out sometime!


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

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

He hosted a local 15 minute late afternoon show in NYC in the early '50s, aimed at school aged children (WNBT Ch. 4). This show presented Western feature films from the '30s and '40s. Each film would be presented in 5 installments Mon-Fri. The final installment , or "the showdown", on Friday would coincide with the last day of the school week. A double treat for the fans.

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