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