Edgar Buchanan

Edgar Buchanan

Highest Rated: 100% The Comancheros (1961)

Lowest Rated: 14% Any Number Can Play (1949)

Birthday: Mar 20, 1903

Birthplace: Humansville, Missouri, USA

Intending to become a dentist like his father, American actor Edgar Buchanan wound up with grades so bad in college that he was compelled to take an "easy" course to improve his average. Buchanan chose a course in play interpretation, and after listening to a few recitations of Shakespeare he was stagestruck. After completing dental school, Buchanan plied his oral surgery skills in the summertime, devoting the fall, winter and spring months to acting in stock companies and at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. He was given a screen test by Warner Bros. studios in 1940, received several bit roles, then worked himself up to supporting parts upon transferring to Columbia Pictures. Though still comparatively youthful, Buchanan specialized in grizzled old westerners, with a propensity towards villainy or at least larceny. The actor worked at every major studio (and not a few minor ones) over the next few years, still holding onto his dentist's license just in case he needed something to fall back on. Though he preferred movie work to the hurried pace of TV filming, Buchanan was quite busy in television's first decade, costarring with William Boyd on the immensely popular Hopalong Cassidy series, then receiving a starring series of his own, Judge Roy Bean, in 1954. Buchanan became an international success in 1963 thanks to his regular role as the lovably lazy Uncle Joe Carson on the classic sitcom Petticoat Junction, which ran until 1970. After that, the actor experienced a considerably shorter run on the adventure series Cade's County, which starred Buchanan's close friend Glenn Ford. Buchanan's last movie role was in Benji (1974), which reunited him with the titular doggie star, who had first appeared as the family mutt on Petticoat Junction.

Highest Rated Movies



86% Benji Bill 1974
No Score Yet Slay Ride Actor 1972
No Score Yet Marshal of Madrid Actor 1972
No Score Yet Yuma Mules McNeil 1971
No Score Yet The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again Jason Fitch 1970
No Score Yet The Over-the-Hill Gang Jason Fitch 1969
No Score Yet Angel in My Pocket Axel Gresham 1969
No Score Yet Something for a Lonely Man Actor 1968
No Score Yet Welcome to Hard Times (Killer on a Horse) Brown 1967
No Score Yet Gunpoint Bull 1966
No Score Yet The Man from Button Willow Sorry 1965
No Score Yet The Rounders Vince Moore 1965
No Score Yet Move Over Darling Judge Bryson 1963
67% McLintock! Bunny Dull 1963
No Score Yet A Ticklish Affair Gramps Martin 1963
55% Donovan's Reef Francis X. O'Brien 1963
93% Ride the High Country Judge 1962
100% The Comancheros Judge Bean 1961
No Score Yet Tammy Tell Me True Judge Carver 1961
No Score Yet Cimarron Neal Hefner 1960
No Score Yet Four Fast Guns Dipper 1960
No Score Yet Edge of Eternity Sheriff Edwards 1959
No Score Yet It Started With a Kiss Congressman Tappe 1959
No Score Yet The Sheepman Milt Masters 1958
No Score Yet The Devil's Partner Doc Lucas 1958
No Score Yet Come Next Spring Mr. Canary 1956
100% Wichita Doc Black 1955
No Score Yet The Lonesome Trail Actor 1955
No Score Yet The Silver Star Actor 1955
No Score Yet Rage at Dawn Judge Hawkins 1955
No Score Yet Destry Mayor Hiram Sellers 1954
No Score Yet Dawn at Socorro Sheriff Cauthen 1954
53% Human Desire Alec Simmons 1954
No Score Yet She Couldn't Say No Ed Meeker 1954
No Score Yet Make Haste to Live Sheriff 1954
97% Shane Lewis 1953
No Score Yet It Happens Every Thursday Jake 1953
No Score Yet Wild Stallion John Wintergreen 1952
No Score Yet The Big Trees Walter 'Yukon' Burns 1952
No Score Yet Cave of Outlaws Dobbs 1951
No Score Yet The Great Missouri Raid Dr. Samuels 1951
No Score Yet Rawhide Sam Todd 1951
No Score Yet Devil's Doorway Zeke Carmody 1950
80% Cheaper by the Dozen Dr. Burton 1950
67% The Big Hangover Uncle Fred Mahoney 1950
No Score Yet Lust for Gold Wiser 1949
No Score Yet The Man from Colorado Doc Merriam 1949
14% Any Number Can Play Ed 1949
No Score Yet Coroner Creek Sheriff O'Hea 1948
No Score Yet The Black Arrow Lawless 1948
No Score Yet Framed Jeff Cunningham 1947
17% The Sea of Grass Jeff 1947
No Score Yet If I'm Lucky Magonnagle 1946
No Score Yet The Bandit Of Sherwood Forest Friar Tuck 1946
No Score Yet The Impatient Years Judge 1944
No Score Yet Buffalo Bill Sgt. Chips McGraw 1944
No Score Yet Destroyer Kansas Jackson 1943
No Score Yet The Desperadoes Willie MacLeod 1943
No Score Yet City Without Men Michael T. Mallory 1943
No Score Yet Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die Curly Bill Brocious 1942
93% The Talk of the Town Sam Yates 1942
No Score Yet You Belong to Me Billings 1941
94% Penny Serenade Applejack Carney 1941
No Score Yet Texas Doc Thorpe 1941
100% The Sea Hawk Ben Rollins 1940
No Score Yet The Doctor Takes a Wife Doorman 1940
No Score Yet Too Many Husbands McDermott 1940
No Score Yet Three Cheers for the Irish Party Guest 1940
No Score Yet When the Daltons Rode Man at Livery Stable 1940
No Score Yet Arizona Judge Bogardus 1940
No Score Yet My Son Is Guilty Dan 1940
No Score Yet Escape to Glory Charles Atterbee 1940


No Score Yet The Partridge Family
Judge McElwreath 1972
No Score Yet Green Acres
Joe Uncle Joe Carson Carson 1969
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
Uncle Joe 1968
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Dan York Dan Witter 1963
No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver
Uncle Billy Captain 1963
80% The Twilight Zone
Doc Bolton 1962
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Coroner Andy Templet Daley 1962
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
Guest Henry Wheeler 1961
No Score Yet Bonanza
Hallelujah Hicks Henry 1961
No Score Yet Maverick
Col. Hambleton Jed Christiansen Red Daniels Daddy Forge Sheriff Horace Hadley 1961
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Pops 1959


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