Dabbs Greer

Dabbs Greer

  • Highest Rated: 100% Shenandoah (1965)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Two Moon Junction (1988)
  • Birthday: Apr 2, 1917
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • One of the most prolific of the "Who IS that?"school of character actors, Dabbs Greer has been playing small-town doctors, bankers, merchants, druggists, mayors and ministers since at least 1950. His purse-lipped countenance and Midwestern twang was equally effective in taciturn villainous roles. Essentially a bit player in films of the 1950s (Diplomatic Courier, Deadline USA, Living It Up), Greer was given more screen time than usual as a New York detective in House of Wax (1953), while his surface normality served as excellent contrast to the extraterrestrial goings-on in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) and It! The Terror from Beyond Space. A television actor since the dawn of the cathode-tube era, Greer has shown up in hundreds of TV supporting roles, including the "origin" episode of the original Superman series, in which he played the dangling dirigible worker rescued in mid-air by the Man of Steel. Greer also played the recurring roles of storekeeper Mr. Jones on Gunsmoke (1955-60) and Reverend Robert Alden on Little House on the Prairie (1974-83). Showing no signs of slowing down, Dabbs Greer continued accepting roles in such films as Two Moon Junction (1988) and Pacific Heights (1990) into the '90s. He died following a battle with kidney and heart disease, on April 28, 2007, not quite a month after his 90th birthday.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

79% The Green Mile Old Paul 1999
55% Con Air Old Man Under Truck 1997
36% Little Giants Wilbur 1994
No Score Yet Runaway Daughters Gary 1994
No Score Yet House IV (House 4: The Repossession) (House IV: Home Deadly Home) Dad 1991
46% Pacific Heights Mr. Thayer 1990
No Score Yet Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat Actor 1990
0% Two Moon Junction Kyle 1988
No Score Yet Evil Town Actor 1987
No Score Yet Chu Chu and the Philly Flash Wally 1981
No Score Yet The Winds Of Kitty Hawk Ace Hutchin 1978
No Score Yet The Greatest Gift Actor 1974
83% White Lightning Pa McKlusky 1973
No Score Yet Rage Dr. Thompson 1972
No Score Yet The Cheyenne Social Club Willowby 1970
100% Shenandoah Abernathy 1965
56% Roustabout Arthur Nielsen 1964
No Score Yet Cash McCall Bronson - Austen's Business Manager (uncredited) 1960
No Score Yet Edge of Eternity Gas Station Attendant 1959
No Score Yet Day of the Outlaw Doc Langer 1959
83% Last Train from Gun Hill Andy 1959
69% It! The Terror From Beyond Space Eric Royce 1958
92% I Want to Live! San Quentin Captain 1958
No Score Yet My Man Godfrey Lt. O'Connor 1957
No Score Yet Pawnee (Pale Arrow) John Brewster 1957
85% The Spirit of St. Louis Goldsborough 1957
No Score Yet Chain of Evidence Dr. Ainsley 1957
No Score Yet The Vampire Dr. Will Beaumont 1957
No Score Yet Mark Of The Vampire Actor 1957
No Score Yet Baby Face Nelson Bonner 1957
No Score Yet D-Day: The Sixth of June Arkinson 1956
98% Invasion of the Body Snatchers Mac 1956
No Score Yet Hot Rod Girl Henry 1956
No Score Yet The Seven Little Foys Tutor 1955
No Score Yet The Scarlet Coat Capt. Brewster 1955
No Score Yet The McConnell Story Pilot Instructor 1955
No Score Yet Private Hell 36 Bartender 1954
No Score Yet Living It Up Head Ranger 1954
100% Riot in Cell Block 11 Schuyler 1954
No Score Yet She Couldn't Say No Dick Jordan 1954
No Score Yet Rose Marie Committeeman 1954
No Score Yet Affair With a Stranger Happy Murray 1953
95% House of Wax Sgt. Jim Shane 1953
No Score Yet Trouble Along the Way Father Mahoney 1953
96% The Bad and the Beautiful Studio Lighting Technician 1953
No Score Yet Dream Wife Elevator Boy 1953
No Score Yet Mr. Scoutmaster Fireman 1953
No Score Yet Above and Beyond Haddock 1952
88% Monkey Business Cab Driver 1952
No Score Yet We're Not Married Man at Miss Mississippi Contest 1952
No Score Yet Diplomatic Courier Intelligence clerk 1952
No Score Yet Room for One More Scoutmaster 1952
No Score Yet The Unknown Man Driver 1951
No Score Yet Storm Warning Attendant 1951
No Score Yet Call Me Mister Aide to Colonel 1951
100% Father's Little Dividend Taxi Driver 1951
No Score Yet The Damned Don't Cry Reporter 1950
No Score Yet Try and Get Me Mike 1950

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

100% Lizzie McGuire
2001-2004
Moe
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder
1993-2001
Old Danny
  • 2001
No Score Yet Family Law
1999-2002
Frank Gordon
  • 2001
66% Spin City
1996-2002
Dr. Laughlin
  • 2000
61% Ally McBeal
1997-2002
Vincent Robbins
  • 1998
82% Picket Fences
1992-1996
Rev. Novotny Novotny Minister Novotny Minister
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Empty Nest
1988-1995
Mr. Sobel
  • 1991
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
Joe
  • 1989
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
Rev. Robert Alden Reverend Alden Dr. Baker Rev Alden Rev. Alden Reverend Robert Alden Dr. Hiram Baker Rev. ALden
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
Bluford
  • 1981
No Score Yet The Incredible Hulk
1978-1982
Dr. Malone
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Preli
  • 1976
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Joe Bean Mr. Jonas Mr. Jonus Mr. Jones Jonas Chester's Uncle
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1959
  • 1958
  • 1957
  • 1956
  • 1955
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Thomas Gibbs Carew Librarian
  • 1973
  • 1970
  • 1969
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Prosecuting Attorney Hub Dawes Cass Doc Tasker Dunkatt Mercantile Owner Leon Sam Judge
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1969
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1963
  • 1961
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
Buckley Butler
  • 1968
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Thomas Jensen Sheriff Fletcher Det. Fairfield Mayor Duncan
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1963
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Hal Kirkwood Larsen Charles Knudsen Buzz Farrell Jack Tabor Kirby Cotton Dodson
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1958
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
1961-1966
Mr. Brumley Chaplain Mr. Berger Writer
  • 1965
  • 1962
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Naylor Dobbs Harry Sims Hardware Clerk
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1962
  • 1961
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Haddlebird
  • 1963
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Scanlon Evans
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1960
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
1952-1958
Mr. Pebbles Joe Winters Man Rescue by Superman
  • 1958
  • 1956
  • 1953
  • 1952
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Sheriff Milkman
  • 1956
No Score Yet Father Knows Best
1954-1960
Mrs. Collins
  • 1955
No Score Yet Charles in Charge
1984-1990
Buzz Powell

QUOTES FROM Dabbs Greer CHARACTERS

Paul Edgecomb (elderly)
And I think about all of us walking our own green mile... ...each in our own time.
Paul Edgecomb (elderly)
We each owe a Death,There are no exceptions, But Oh God, Sometimes, the green mile seems so long.
Paul Edgecomb (elderly)
We each owe a Death. There are no exceptions, but oh god, sometimes, the green mile seems so long.
Paul Edgecomb (elderly)
We each owe a death - there are no exceptions - but, oh God, sometimes the Green Mile seems so long.
Paul Edgecomb (elderly)
We each owe a death, there are no exceptions, but oh God, sometimes the Green Mile seems so long.