Burl Ives

Highest Rated: 100% The Big Country (1958)
Birthday: Jun 14, 1909
Birthplace: Not Available
After attending Charleston (Illinois) Teachers College and New York University, bearded, burly Burl Ives played pro football, then traversed the country as an itinerant handyman. His gifts as a guitarist and balladeer enabled Ives to secure radio work in the 1940s: one of his earliest series was titled, appropriately enough, The Wayfaring Stranger. A natural-born actor, Ives made his screen debut in 1946's Smoky. Throughout the rest of his career, there were two Burl Ives. The twinkly-eyed, grandfatherly Ives was the fellow who provided comedy relief in such films as Summer Magic (1963) and The Brass Bottle (1964), who starred in the easygoing culture-clash TV sitcom OK Crackerby (1965) who played the gruff-but-avuncular senior attorney on the weekly series The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (1969), and who recorded such song hits as "Itty Bitty Tear," "My Funny Way of Laughing" and that inescapable Holiday perennial, "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas." Then there was the "other" Burl Ives: the shark-eyed, intimidating, domineering patriarch who portrayed Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) and Ephraim Cabot in Desire Under the Elms (1959) and who won an Academy Award for his chilling portrayal of a mean-for-the-hell-of-it land baron in The Big Country (1958).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
0% Two Moon Junction Sheriff Earl Hawkins 1988
No Score Yet Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story F.W. Woolworth 1987
No Score Yet Baker's Hawk Mr. McGraw 1987
No Score Yet Uphill All the Way Sheriff John Catledge 1986
No Score Yet Bonnie and Clyde: Myth or Madness Actor 1985
25% The Ewok Adventure Special Guest Narrator Narrator 1984
92% White Dog Carruthers 1982
No Score Yet The First Easter Rabbit Actor 1982
No Score Yet Just You and Me, Kid Max 1979
No Score Yet Glacier Fox Narrator 1979
No Score Yet The New Adventures of Heidi Grandfather 1978
No Score Yet The Bermuda Depths (It Came Up from the Depths) Paulis 1978
No Score Yet Captains and the Kings "Old Syrup" 1976
No Score Yet Hugó, a víziló (Hugo the Hippo) Actor 1976
No Score Yet The McMasters Neal 1970
No Score Yet Those Fantastic Flying Fools (Rocket to the Moon) Phineas T. Barnum 1967
No Score Yet The Daydreamer Father Neptune 1966
No Score Yet Ensign Pulver Captain 1964
95% Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Sam the Snowman 1964
No Score Yet The Brass Bottle Fakrash 1964
No Score Yet Summer Magic Osh Popham 1963
No Score Yet The Spiral Road Dr. Brits Jansen 1962
No Score Yet Day of the Outlaw Jack Bruhn 1959
93% Our Man in Havana Dr. Cart Hasselbacher 1959
97% Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Big Daddy Pollitt 1958
No Score Yet Wind Across the Everglades Cottonmouth 1958
No Score Yet Desire Under the Elms Ephraim Cabot 1958
100% The Big Country Rufus Hannassey 1958
93% A Face in the Crowd Himself 1957
No Score Yet The Power and the Prize George Salt 1956
86% East of Eden Sam 1955
No Score Yet Sierra Lonesome 1950
No Score Yet Station West Hotel Clerk 1948
No Score Yet Green Grass of Wyoming Gus 1948
No Score Yet So Dear to My Heart Uncle Hiram Douglas 1948
No Score Yet Smoky Bill 1946
No Score Yet Flying Clipper - Traumreise unter weissen Segeln (Mediterranean Holiday) Actor

TV

CREDIT
86% Roots
1977
Justin
  • 1977
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
Sam Shelby
  • 1976
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Avenger
  • 1972
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1970

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