Edgar Buchanan

Edgar Buchanan

76 (passed away Apr. 4th, 1979)
Mar. 20th, 1903
Born in
Humansville, Missouri, USA
5' 11"

Edgar Buchanan's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Green Acres TV Show
Green Acres
The Rifleman TV Show
The Rifleman
Petticoat Junction TV Show
Petticoat Junction
Tales of Wells Fargo TV Show
Tales of Wells Fargo
Hopalong Cassidy TV Show
Hopalong Cassidy
Cade's County TV Show
Cade's County
Cavalcade of America TV Show
Cavalcade of America
Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson TV Show
Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson
National Velvet TV Show
National Velvet

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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At the age of seven, he and his family moved to Oregon. After studying at the University of Oregon, he followed in his father's footsteps and became a dentist, graduating from North Pacific Dental College. From 1929 to 1937 he was the practiced oral surgery in Eugene, Oregon. He then moved his practice to Altadena, CA. There he joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse, eventually giving up dentistry at the age of 36 to become an actor. He made his film debut in 1939. His chubby face and gravelly voice were featured in over 100 films, but he is perhaps best known for TV roles in "Judge Roy Bean" (1956), "Petticoat Junction" (1963), and "Cade's County" (1971).

  • Was originally a dentist with his own practice. At age 38, he turned the practice over to his wife and began his acting career.
  • He met his wife at dentistry school in Toronto, where she also studied to become a dentist.
  • He appeared in a total of 13 different productions with 'Glenn Ford (I)' (qv).
  • Member of Theta Chi Fraternity (Alpha Sigma Chapter, University of Oregon)
  • Was one of only three co-stars of _"Petticoat Junction" (1963)_ (qv) who remained with the series for its entire seven-year run, the others being 'Linda Henning' (qv) and 'Frank Cady' (qv).
  • 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.

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