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Burl Ives



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
92% 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
86% 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
92% A Face in the Crowd
  • Himself
1957
No Score Yet The Power and the Prize
  • George Salt
1956
88% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Sam Shelby

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