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George 'Gabby' Hayes

Highest Rated:   100% Great Expectations (1947)
Lowest Rated:   89% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
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Birthplace:   Wellsville, New York
Virtually the prototype of all grizzled old-codger western sidekicks, George "Gabby" Hayes professed in real life to hate westerns, complaining that they all looked and sounded alike. For his first few decades in show business, he appeared in everything but westerns, including travelling stock companies, vaudeville, and musical comedy. He began appearing in films in 1928, just in time to benefit from the talkie explosion. In contrast to his later unshaven, toothless screen persona, George Hayes (not yet Gabby) frequently showed up in clean-faced, well groomed articulate characterizations, sometimes as the villain. In 1933 he appeared in several of the Lone Star westerns featuring young John Wayne, alternating between heavies and comedy roles. Wayne is among the many cowboy stars who has credited Hayes with giving them valuable acting tips in their formative days. In 1935, Hayes replaced an ailing Al St. John in a supporting role in the first Hopalong Cassidy film, costarring with William Boyd; Hayes' character died halfway through this film, but audience response was so strong that he was later brought back into the Hoppy series as a regular. It was while sidekicking for Roy Rogers at Republic that Hayes, who by now never appeared in pictures with his store-bought teeth, earned the soubriquet "Gabby", peppering the soundtrack with such slurred epithets as "Why, you goldurned whipersnapper" and "Consarn it!" He would occasionally enjoy an A-picture assignment in films like Dark Command (1940) and Tall in the Saddle (1944), but from the moment he became "Gabby", Hayes was more or less consigned exclusively to "B"s. After making his last film appearance in 1952, Hayes turned his attentions to television, where he starred in the popular Saturday-morning Gabby Hayes Show ("Hullo out thar in televisium land!") and for a while was the corporate spokesman for Popsicles. Retiring after a round of personal appearance tours, Hayes settled down on his Nevada ranch, overseeing his many business holdings until his death at age 83.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Klondike
  • Tom Ross
2014
No Score Yet The Cariboo Trail
  • Oscar 'Grizzly' Winters
1950
No Score Yet Return of the Bad Men
  • John J. Pettit - Bank President
1948
No Score Yet Albuquerque
  • Juke
1948
100% Great Expectations
  • Compeyson
1947
No Score Yet Trail Street
  • Deputy Billy Burns
1947
No Score Yet Wyoming
  • Windy Gibson
1947
No Score Yet Out California Way
  • Actor
1946
No Score Yet Home in Oklahoma
  • Gabby Whitaker
1946
No Score Yet Badman's Territory
  • Honest Jim Badger / The Coyote Kid
1946
No Score Yet Song of Arizona
  • Gabby Whittaker
1946
No Score Yet My Pal Trigger
  • Gabby Kendrick
1946
No Score Yet Under Nevada Skies
  • Gabby Whittaker
1946
No Score Yet Heldorado
  • Gabby
1946
No Score Yet Roll on Texas Moon
  • Gabby Whittaker
1946
No Score Yet Rainbow Over Texas
  • Gabby Whitaker
1946
No Score Yet Sunset in El Dorado
  • Gabby
1945
No Score Yet Along the Navajo Trail
  • Gabby Whittaker
1945
No Score Yet Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Actor
1945
No Score Yet Utah
  • Gabby
1945
No Score Yet Bells of Rosarita
  • Baggy Whittaker
1945
No Score Yet Don't Fence Me In
  • Wildcat Kelly
1945
No Score Yet The Big Bonanza
  • Hap Selby
1944
No Score Yet Lights of Old Santa Fe
  • Gabby
1944
No Score Yet Tall in the Saddle
  • Dave
1944
No Score Yet In Old Oklahoma (War of the Wildcats)
  • Desprit Dan
1943
No Score Yet Calling Wild Bill Elliott
  • Gabby
1943
No Score Yet Ridin' Down the Canyon
  • Gabby
1942
No Score Yet Sunset Serenade
  • Gabby
1942
No Score Yet Sons of the Pioneers
  • Gabby Whittaker
1942
No Score Yet Sunset on the Desert
  • Gabby Whittaker
1942
No Score Yet Man from Cheyenne
  • Gabby
1942
No Score Yet South of Santa Fe
  • Mayor Whittaker
1942
No Score Yet Romance on the Range
  • Gabby
1942
No Score Yet Heart of the Golden West
  • Gabby
1942
No Score Yet Jesse James at Bay
  • Sheriff
1941
No Score Yet Bad Man of Deadwood
  • Prof. Mortimer 'Gabby' Blackstone
1941
No Score Yet Nevada City
  • "Gabby" Chapman
1941
No Score Yet Sheriff of Tombstone
  • Judge Gabby Whittaker
1941
No Score Yet Freedom Radio (A Voice in the Night)
  • Policeman
1941
No Score Yet Robin Hood of the Pecos
  • 'Gabby' Hornaday
1941
No Score Yet In Old Cheyenne
  • Arapahoe Brown
1941
No Score Yet Red River Valley
  • Gabby Whittaker
1941
No Score Yet Young Bill Hickok
  • 'Gabby' Whitaker
1940
No Score Yet Colorado
  • Gabby
1940
No Score Yet The Ranger and the Lady
  • Sgt. Whitaker
1940
No Score Yet The Carson City Kid
  • Gabby
1940
No Score Yet Young Buffalo Bill
  • Gabby Whittaker
1940
No Score Yet The Dark Command
  • Doc Grunch
1940
No Score Yet West of the Badlands
  • Honest John Whittaker
1940
No Score Yet Wagons Westward
  • Hardtack
1940
No Score Yet Melody Ranch
  • Pop
1940
No Score Yet Days of Jesse James
  • Gabby
1939
No Score Yet Come on George
  • Bannerman
1939
No Score Yet The Arizona Kid
  • 'Gabby' Whittaker
1939
No Score Yet Renegade Trail
  • Windy
1939
No Score Yet In Old Caliente
  • Gabby
1939
No Score Yet Man of Conquest
  • Lannie Upchurch
1939
No Score Yet Southward, Ho!
  • Gabby Whitaker
1939
No Score Yet The Night Riders
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet The Case of the Frightened Lady
  • Brooks
1939
No Score Yet Let Freedom Ring
  • `Pop' Wilkie
1939
No Score Yet Saga of Death Valley
  • Gabby
1939
No Score Yet Silver on the Sage
  • Windy Halliday
1939
No Score Yet Wall Street Cowboy
  • Gabby
1939
No Score Yet Come On, Rangers
  • Actor
1938
No Score Yet Gold Is Where You Find It
  • Enoch Howitt
1938
No Score Yet Heart of Arizona
  • Windy
1938
No Score Yet Bar 20 Justice
  • Windy Halliday
1938
No Score Yet Sunset Trail
  • Windy
1938
No Score Yet The Frontiersman
  • Windy
1938
No Score Yet In Old Mexico
  • Windy Halliday
1938
No Score Yet Billy the Kid Returns
  • Actor
1938
No Score Yet Rustler's Valley
  • Windy Halliday
1937
No Score Yet North of the Rio Grande
  • Windy
1937
No Score Yet Texas Trail
  • Windy Halliday
1937
No Score Yet Hills of Old Wyoming
  • Windy
1937
No Score Yet Borderland
  • Windy Halliday
1937
No Score Yet The Plainsman
  • Breezy
1936
No Score Yet Forbidden Music
  • Capt. Strozzi
1936
No Score Yet Valiant Is the Word for Carrie
  • Bearded Man (as George F. Hayes)
1936
No Score Yet The Texas Rangers
  • Judge
1936
89% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
  • Farmers' Spokesman
1936
No Score Yet Heart of the West
  • Windy
1936
No Score Yet The Lawless Nineties
  • Major Carter
1936
No Score Yet Bar 20 Rides Again
  • Windy
1936
No Score Yet Swifty
  • Dan Hughes
1936
No Score Yet Song of the Trail
  • Hobson
1936
No Score Yet Hopalong Cassidy Returns
  • Windy Halliday
1936
No Score Yet Trail Dust
  • 'Windy' Halliday
1936
No Score Yet Three on the Trail
  • Windy
1936
No Score Yet Hearts in Bondage
  • Ezra
1936
No Score Yet Call of the Prairie
  • Shanghai
1936
No Score Yet Hopalong Cassidy Enters
  • Uncle Ben
1935
No Score Yet The Hoosier Schoolmaster
  • Pearson
1935
No Score Yet Rainbow Valley
  • George
1935
No Score Yet Texas Terror
  • Sheriff Ed Williams
1935
No Score Yet Tumbling Tumbleweeds
  • Dr. Parker
1935
No Score Yet Old Roses
  • Simes
1935
No Score Yet 'Neath Arizona Skies
  • Matt Downing
1934
No Score Yet The Lawless Frontier
  • Dusty
1934
No Score Yet In Old Santa Fe
  • Cactus
1934
No Score Yet The Brand of Hate
  • Bill Orkin
1934
No Score Yet The Man from Hell
  • Col. Campbell
1934
No Score Yet The Star Packer (He Wore a Star)
  • Matt Matlock
1934
No Score Yet Randy Rides Alone
  • Matt the Mute/Marvin Black
1934
No Score Yet Monte Carlo Nights
  • Inspector Nick Gunby
1934
No Score Yet The Man from Utah
  • George Higgins
1934
No Score Yet Blue Steel
  • Sheriff Jake
1934
No Score Yet Mystery Liner
  • Watchman
1934
No Score Yet Beggars in Ermine
  • Joe Wilson
1934
No Score Yet Lucky Texan
  • Jake Benson
1934
No Score Yet West of the Divide
  • Dusty Rhodes
1934
No Score Yet The House of Mystery
  • David Fells
1934
No Score Yet Stolen Goods
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet Return of Casey Jones
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet Gold Strike Fever
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet Riders of Destiny
  • Charlie Denton
1933
No Score Yet Galloping Romeo
  • Grizzly
1933
No Score Yet The Sphinx
  • Casey
1933
No Score Yet The Gallant Fool
  • Charles Denton
1933
No Score Yet The Phantom Broadcast
  • Police Lieutenant
1933
No Score Yet Breed of the Border
  • Chuck Wiggins
1933
No Score Yet Fighting Texans
  • Old Man Martin
1933
No Score Yet The Fighting Champ
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Outlaw Tamer
  • Cactus Barnes
1933
No Score Yet The Fugitive
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Texas Buddies
  • Si Haller
1932
No Score Yet Hidden Valley
  • Gavin Henchman (Dark Hat)
1932
No Score Yet Broadway to Cheyenne
  • Walrus
1932
100% Love Me Tonight
  • Grocer
1932
No Score Yet Without Honors
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Dragnet Patrol
  • Private Detective
1932
No Score Yet Riders of the Desert
  • Hashknife
1932
No Score Yet Man from Hell's Edges
  • Shamrock
1932
No Score Yet The Boiling Point
  • Uncle George Duncan
1932
No Score Yet Nevada Buckaroo
  • Cherokee
1931
No Score Yet The Stolen Jools
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet For the Defense
  • Ben, the waiter
1930
No Score Yet Cavalier of the West
  • Actor
1930
No Score Yet Big News
  • Reporter
1929

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