Parley Baer

Parley Baer

88 (passed away Nov. 22nd, 2002)
Aug. 5th, 1914
Born in
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Parley Baer's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Laredo TV Show
The Pruitts of Southampton TV Show
The Pruitts of Southampton
True Colors TV Show
True Colors
Three for the Road TV Show
Three for the Road
Mickey TV Show
Room For One More TV Show
Room For One More
Temperatures Rising TV Show
Temperatures Rising
The Double Life Of Henry Phyfe TV Show
The Double Life Of Henry Phyfe
The Queen and I TV Show
The Queen and I
The San Pedro Beach Bums TV Show
The San Pedro Beach Bums
One Big Family TV Show
One Big Family

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


  • Served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theatre in WW II, earning seven Battle Stars and a Presidential Citation. Attained rank of Captain.
  • Wrote publicity for Al. G. Barnes Circus, in winters. Announcer at Salt Lake City radio station, SLM.
  • With 'Ralph Edwards (I)' (qv), co-founded Pioneer Pacific Broadcasters.
  • Once worked an act of seven tigers, at Jungleland, Thousand Oaks, California.
  • During his struggling years, he served as a circus ringmaster for Circus Vargas and Barnum & Bailey. Later he would serve on the board of the community L.A. Circus, and was a docent at the Los Angeles Zoo.
  • He played the part of "Chester" on Gunsmoke on radio. The part on TV was played by 'Dennis Weaver (I)' (qv).
  • Created and toured his own circuses, doubling as Ringmaster and Performance Director, roles he filled as well on other circus titles.
  • Hefty, balding character actor of mostly comedy hijinks who, during his six-decade career, proved a durable, hot-headed foil for TV's top sitcom stars such as 'Lucille Ball' (qv), 'Ozzie Nelson' (qv) and 'Andy Griffith (I)' (qv).

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