Dabbs Greer - Rotten Tomatoes

Dabbs Greer

Highest Rated:   100% I Want to Live! (1958)
Lowest Rated:   0% Two Moon Junction (1988)
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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
80% The Green Mile
  • Old Paul
1999
56% Con Air
  • Old Man Under Truck
1997
40% 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
43% 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
No Score Yet Shenandoah
  • Abernathy
1965
63% 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
80% Last Train from Gun Hill
  • Andy
1959
69% It! The Terror From Beyond Space
  • Eric Royce
1958
100% 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
84% 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 Mr. Scoutmaster
  • Fireman
1953
No Score Yet Dream Wife
  • Elevator Boy
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
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
No Score Yet Spin City
1996-2002
  • Dr. Laughlin
  • 2000
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Vincent Robbins
  • 1998
No Score Yet Roseanne
1988-1997
  • 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 The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Scanlon Evans
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1960

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