Burl Ives

Burl Ives

Highest Rated: 100% The Big Country (1958)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Jun 14, 1909

Birthplace: Hunt, Illinois, USA

Described by one writer as "a character long before he became an actor," Burl Ives went from humble origins to become one of the world's most beloved folk singers as well as a widely respected film, stage, radio and television performer. Ives was able to captivate audiences with his incredible voice, vast repertoire of traditional ballads - more than 3,400, according to the Library of Congress - and a gentlemanly, homespun persona. After establishing himself on radio as the "Wayfarin' Stranger" and on Broadway in hits like "Sing Out, Sweet Land" (1944-45), Ives became a much-in-demand character actor via such major movies as "East of Eden" (1955), "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1958) and "The Big Country" (1958), winning a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for the latter. In between ongoing film, stage, and radio work, Ives continued to rack up a truly impressive array of best-selling songs, including "Blue Tail Fly," "Big Rock Candy Mountain" and "A Little Bitty Tear." He also garnered two more hits via his participation in Rankin-Bass' beloved "Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer" (NBC, 1964), which would become a part of the TV Yuletide lineup every year since its original airing. During a professional career lasting more than five decades, Ives entertained audiences all over the world, made several hundred recordings heard on over 90 records, and more than earned himself the oft cited title of America's greatest folk singer.

Highest rated movies

Day of the Outlaw
The Big Country
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Our Man in Havana
White Dog
Rock Hudson's Home Movies
East of Eden




88% 40% Rock Hudson's Home Movies Dr. Brits Jansen (Character) - 1992
0% 49% Two Moon Junction Sheriff Earl Hawkins (Character) $1.5M 1988
No Score Yet 84% Poor Little Rich Girl F.W. Woolworth (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 11% Uphill All the Way Sheriff John Catledge (Character) - 1985
94% 73% White Dog Carruthers (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 33% The First Easter Rabbit Unknown (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Earthbound Ned Anderson (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 43% Just You and Me, Kid Max (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 25% The New Adventures of Heidi Grandfather (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 41% The Bermuda Depths Dr. Paulis (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 50% Baker's Hawk Mr. McGraw (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 100% Hugo the Hippo Narrator - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The McMasters McMasters (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Who Wanted to Live Forever T.M. Trask (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Only Way Out Is Dead T.M. Trask (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Whole World Is Watching Walter Nicholls (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Other Side of Bonnie and Clyde Narrator - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Taker Arthur Jellicoe (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sound of Anger Walter Nichols (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 7% Those Fantastic Flying Fools Phineas T. Barnum (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 40% The Daydreamer Father Neptune (Voice) - 1966
40% 41% The Brass Bottle Fakrash (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 48% Ensign Pulver Captain Morton (Character) - 1964
95% 76% Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Sam the Snowman (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 76% Summer Magic Osh Popham (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 27% The Spiral Road Dr. Brits Jansen (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mediterranean Holiday Narrator - 1962
95% 77% Our Man in Havana Dr. Hasselbacher (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Let No Man Write My Epitaph Judge Bruce Mallory Sullivan (Character) - 1960
100% 72% Day of the Outlaw Jack Bruhn (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 55% Wind Across the Everglades Cottonmouth (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 59% Desire Under the Elms Ephriam Cabot (Character) - 1958
100% 90% The Big Country Rufus Hannassey (Character) - 1958
97% 92% Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Harvey "Big Daddy" Pollitt (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Voice of the Big Country Unknown (Character) - 1958
88% 94% A Face in the Crowd Self - 1957
No Score Yet 56% The Power and the Prize George Salt (Character) - 1956
86% 90% East of Eden Sam the Sheriff (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 40% Sierra Lonesome (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 51% So Dear to My Heart Uncle Hiram Douglas (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 44% Station West Hotel Clerk (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Green Grass of Wyoming Gus (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 58% Smoky Willie (Character) - 1946


No Score Yet No Score Yet Danger Bay Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
76% 71% Roots Senator Arthur J. Justin (Character) 1977
No Score Yet 92% Little House on the Prairie Sam Shelby (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bobby Darin Show Guest 1973
No Score Yet 100% Night Gallery Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alias Smith and Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1971-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1955 1959 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bold Ones: The Lawyers Walter Nichols (Character) 1969-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daniel Boone Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Danny Kaye Show Guest 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1960