Andy Devine

Andy Devine

John Wayne and James Stewart were among those who attended his funeral.

According to an in-depth article by Joe Collura for "Classic Images," Andy was born in Flagstaff, Arizona but moved with his family west to Kingman in Mohave County. While there his father, Thomas, served as the Mohave County treasurer and owned the Hotel Beale. His father later suffered from stomach cancer and traveled to Los Angeles for treatment, where he died during surgery.

Also had a kids TV show on one of the local Los Angeles TV stations called "Andy and Froggy" where his sidekick was a frog puppet.

Andy Devine is reminisced by Jimmy Buffett in Jimmy's hit song, "Pencil Thin Mustache", in 1974. (It is song #10 on Buffett's Greatest Hits Album, "Songs you know by Heart"). It is a song about the entertainment of Jimmy's youth, while growing up in the 1950s. Jimmy pays tribute to Andy in the chorus, "I wish I had a pencil thin mustache, The "Boston Blackie" kind. A two toned Ricky Ricardo jacket and an autographed picture of Andy Devine".

Best known for his sidekick role opposite Guy Madison in the western series "Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" (1951). As Jingles P. Jones, he rode a horse named Joker. The role was originally offered to but turned down by Burl Ives.

Father of Tad Devine and Denny Devine, who played his sons in Canyon Passage (1946).

He was awarded 2 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for radio at 6258 Hollywood Boulevard and for television at 6366 Hollywood Boulevard.

His high-pitched, gravelly voice was the result of a childhood accident. While running with a stick (some accounts say a curtain rod) in his mouth, he tripped and fell, ramming the stick through the roof of his mouth. For almost a year, he was unable to speak at all. When he did get his voice back, at length, it had the wheezing, almost duo-toned quality that would ultimately make him a star. Another account of his throat injury says he was sliding down the banister in his father's hotel and somehow damaged his throat.

John Ford picked him to play Buck, the stagecoach teamster in Stagecoach (1939) because he had actual experience driving a six horse team.

Made his stage debut as Cap'n Andy in Guy Lombardo's 1957 production of "Show Boat" at a theatre in Long Island.

Mentioned in the song Pencil Thin Mustache by Jimmy Buffett.

Played Hap Gorman on the first season of the MGM/NBC TV series "Flipper" (1964).

Played professional football at one point and used the name Jeremiah Schwartz in order to avoid jeopardizing his amateur standing.

The main street of Kingman, Arizona, near Devine's birthplace of Flagstaff, Arizona, is named Andy Devine Boulevard.

Was a licensed amateur (ham) radio operator with the call sign WB6RER. The call is now owned by an amateur radio club in Kingman, AZ, which holds an annual event in memory of their favourite son.

Was an avid pilot and owned a flying school that trained flyers for the government during World War II.

Was once honorary mayor of Van Nuys, California.