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Joe Besser

Highest Rated:   67% Let's Make Love (1960)
Lowest Rated:   44% The Errand Boy (1961)
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After a stint as a delivery boy, roly-poly Joe Besser worked his way up the show business ladder as a song plugger and magician's assistant. A vaudeville headliner in his mid-twenties, the bilious, balding Besser usually appeared as a member of a team. On his own, he contributed to the general merriment of Olsen and Johnson's Sons O' Fun, playing his patented stage character as a whining, overweight sissy. Besser's trademarked "I'll HAAAARM you" and "Oh, you NAAAASTY, you!" could be heard throughout the 1940s in such radio shows as The Jack Benny Program and such Columbia feature films as Hey, Rookie! A close friend of comedian Lou Costello, Besser was amusingly cast as an effete gunman in Abbott & Costello's Africa Screams (1949) and as the bratty little boy (!) Stinky in TV's The Abbott and Costello Show (1951-1952). He also starred in his own series of Columbia two-reelers, usually playing a misfit G.I., and from 1956 to 1958 he was a member of the Three Stooges. Flourishing into the 1960s and 1970s, Besser was a regular on The Joey Bishop Show (1962-1965), played supporting roles (sometimes surprisingly dramatic in nature) in films and on TV, and provided voice-overs for such cartoon series as Jeannie (1972) and Yogi's Space Race (1977). One of Joe Besser's last public appearances came about when the Three Stooges at long last received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Which Way to the Front?
  • Dock Master
1970
No Score Yet Savage Intruder
  • Actor
1968
44% The Errand Boy
  • Man Watching Rushes
1961
67% Let's Make Love
  • Lamont
1960
No Score Yet The Story on Page One
  • Gallagher
1959
No Score Yet The Rookie
  • Medic
1959
No Score Yet Say One for Me
  • Joe Greb
1959
No Score Yet Two-Gun Lady
  • Doc M'Ginnis
1955
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops
  • Hunter
1955
No Score Yet Sins of Jezebel
  • Yonkel
1954
No Score Yet Woman in Hiding
  • Fat Salesman
1950
60% Africa Screams
  • Harry
1949
No Score Yet Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin'
  • Sharkey Dolan
1948
No Score Yet Eadie Was a Lady
  • Professor Diogenes Dingle
1945
No Score Yet Hey, Rookie
  • Pendelton (Pudge) Pfeiffer
1944

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Collector
  • 1966

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