Malcolm Atterbury

Highest Rated: 100% Wild River (1960)
Lowest Rated: 33% From the Terrace (1960)
Birthday: Feb 20, 1907
Birthplace: Not Available
American actor Malcolm Atterbury may have been allowed more versatility on stage, but so far as TV was concerned he was the quintessential grouchy grandfather and/or frontier snake-oil peddler. Atterbury was in fact cast in the latter capacity twice by that haven of middle-aged character players The Twilight Zone. He was the purveyor of an elixir which induced invulnerability in 1959's "Mr. Denton on Doomsday" and a 19th century huckster who nearly sets a town on fire in "No Time Like the Past" (1963). Atterbury enjoyed steadier work as the supposedly dying owner of a pickle factory in the 1973 sitcom Thicker Than Water, and as Ronny Cox's grandfather on the 1974 Waltons clone Apple's Way. Malcolm Atterbury's best-known film role was one for which he received no screen credit: he was the friendly stranger who pointed out the crop-duster to Cary Grant in North By Northwest (1959), observing ominously that the plane was "dustin' where they're aren't any crops."

Highest Rated Movies



71% The Towering Inferno Jeweler 1974
81% The Longest Yard Actor 1974
80% Emperor of the North Pole (Emperor of the North) Hogger 1973
73% The Learning Tree Silas 1969
67% Hawaii Gideon Hale 1966
83% The Chase Mr. Reeves 1966
95% Seven Days in May White House Physician 1964
96% The Birds Deputy 1963
82% Advise and Consent Sen. Tom August 1962
No Score Yet Summer and Smoke Rev. Winemiller 1961
100% Wild River Sy Moore 1960
No Score Yet Hell Bent for Leather Gambie 1960
33% From the Terrace George Fry 1960
99% North by Northwest Man on Road 1959
100% Rio Bravo Jake 1959
No Score Yet High School Big Shot Mr. Grant 1959
No Score Yet How to Make a Monster Richards 1958
No Score Yet From Hell to Texas Hotel Clerk 1958
No Score Yet No Time for Sergeants Man with Applications 1958
No Score Yet The Dalton Girls Mr. Sewell, the Bank Manager 1958
No Score Yet Blood of Dracula Lt. Dunlap 1957
No Score Yet Valerie Actor 1957
40% I Was a Teenage Werewolf Charles 1957
No Score Yet Fury At Showdown Norris 1957
No Score Yet Crime of Passion Officer Spitz 1957
No Score Yet Reprisal Luther Creel 1956
No Score Yet Toward the Unknown Hank 1956
No Score Yet Storm Center Frank 1956
No Score Yet Dakota Incident Bartender/Desk Clerk 1956
No Score Yet The Rawhide Years Paymaster 1956
No Score Yet Dragnet Lee Reinhard 1956
No Score Yet Crime in the Streets Mr. McAllister 1956
No Score Yet Man Without a Star Fancy Joe Toole 1955


No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
Brewster Davenport
  • 1980
  • 1979
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
Mr. Arbogast
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
Pop Abernathy
  • 1973
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Duggan Glover Cob Eliot
  • 1971
  • 1964
  • 1962
  • 1961
No Score Yet The Fugitive
  • 1966
  • 1964
No Score Yet Bonanza
Ol' Dixie Walker
  • 1966
  • 1959
80% The Twilight Zone
Professor Eliot Henry J. Fate
  • 1963
  • 1959
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
Luke Jensen
  • 1962
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
  • 1956