Noah Beery Jr.

Noah Beery Jr.

Highest Rated: 100% Jubal (1956)

Lowest Rated: 33% Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970)

Birthday: Aug 10, 1913

Birthplace: Not Available

Born in New York City while his father Noah Beery Sr. was appearing on-stage, Noah Beery Jr. was given his lifelong nickname, "Pidge," by Josie Cohan, sister of George M. Cohan "I was born in the business," Pidge Beery observed some 63 years later. "I couldn't have gotten out of it if I wanted to." In 1920, the younger Beery made his first screen appearance in Douglas Fairbanks' The Mark of Zorro (1920), which co-starred dad Noah as Sergeant Garcia. Thanks to a zoning mistake, Pidge attended the Hollywood School for Girls (his fellow "girls" included Doug Fairbanks Jr. and Jesse Lasky Jr.), then relocated with his family to a ranch in the San Fernando Valley, miles from Tinseltown. While some kids might have chafed at such isolation, Pidge loved the wide open spaces, and upon attaining manhood emulated his father by living as far away from Hollywood as possible. After attending military school, Pidge pursued film acting in earnest, appearing mostly in serials and Westerns, sometimes as the hero, but usually as the hero's bucolic sidekick. His more notable screen credits of the 1930s and '40s include Of Mice and Men (1939), Only Angels Have Wings (again 1939, this time as the obligatory doomed-from-the-start airplane pilot), Sergeant York (1941), We've Never Been Licked (1943), and Red River (1948). He also starred in a group of rustic 45-minute comedies produced by Hal Roach in the early '40s, and was featured in several popular B-Western series; one of these starred Buck Jones, whose daughter Maxine became Pidge's first wife. Perhaps out of a sense of self-preservation, Beery appeared with his camera-hogging uncle Wallace Beery only once, in 1940's 20 Mule Team. Children of the 1950s will remember Pidge as Joey the Clown on the weekly TV series Circus Boy (1956), while the more TV-addicted may recall Beery's obscure syndicated travelogue series, co-starring himself and his sons. The 1960s found Pidge featured in such A-list films as Inherit the Wind (1960) and as a regular on the series Riverboat and Hondo. He kicked off the 1970s in the role of Michael J. Pollard's dad (there was a resemblance) in Little Fauss and Big Halsey. Though Beery was first choice for the part of James Garner's father on the TV detective series The Rockford Files, Pidge was committed to the 1973 James Franciscus starrer Doc Elliot, so the Rockford producers went with actor Robert Donley in the pilot episode. By the time The Rockford Files was picked up on a weekly basis, Doc Elliot had tanked, thus Donley was dropped in favor of Beery, who stayed with the role until the series' cancellation in 1978. Pidge's weekly-TV manifest in the 1980s included Quest (1981) and The Yellow Rose (1983). After a brief illness, Noah Beery Jr. died at his Tehachapi, CA, ranch at the age of 81.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Bad Lands Chick Lyman 2015
56% The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Edsel 1982
No Score Yet Beyond Witch Mountain Actor 1982
No Score Yet Waltz Across Texas Joe 1982
No Score Yet The Capture of Grizzly Adams Sheriff Hawkins 1982
No Score Yet Great American Traffic Jam Actor 1980
No Score Yet The Story of Esther Actor 1979
No Score Yet Francis Gary Powers: Story of the U-2 Spy Incident Oliver Powers 1976
No Score Yet Part 2 Walking Tall Carl Pusser 1975
No Score Yet Savages Actor 1975
No Score Yet The Spikes Gang Jack Bassett 1974
No Score Yet 43: The Petty Story Actor 1974
75% Walking Tall Grandpa 1973
33% Little Fauss and Big Halsy Seally Fauss 1970
No Score Yet Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County Eddie 1970
No Score Yet Heaven with a Gun Garvey 1969
No Score Yet Journey to Shiloh Sgt. Mercer Barnes 1968
No Score Yet Hondo and the Apaches Actor 1967
No Score Yet Incident at Phantom Hill O'Rourke 1966
83% Seven Faces of Dr. Lao Tim Mitchell 1964
92% Inherit the Wind Stebbins 1960
No Score Yet Guns of the Timberland Blackie 1960
No Score Yet Escort West Jamison 1959
No Score Yet Riverboat Actor 1959
No Score Yet Decision at Sundown Sam 1957
No Score Yet The Fastest Gun Alive Dink Wells 1956
100% Jubal Sam 1956
No Score Yet White Feather Lt. Ferguson 1955
No Score Yet The Yellow Tomahawk Tonio 1954
No Score Yet The Black Dakotas 'Gimpy' Joe Woods 1954
No Score Yet War Arrow Sgt. Augustus Wilks 1953
60% The Cimarron Kid Bob Dalton 1952
No Score Yet The Story of Will Rogers Wiley Post 1952
No Score Yet The Texas Rangers Buff Smith 1951
No Score Yet The Last Outpost Sgt. Calhoun 1951
No Score Yet Two Flags West Cy Davis 1950
No Score Yet Rocketship X-M Maj. William Corrigan 1950
No Score Yet Davy Crockett, Indian Scout Tex 1950
No Score Yet The Doolins of Oklahoma Little Bill 1949
No Score Yet Corvette K-225 Stone 1948
100% Red River Buster McGee 1948
No Score Yet Desert Command Actor 1946
No Score Yet Follow the Boys Himself 1944
No Score Yet Gung Ho! Kurt Richter 1943
No Score Yet 'Neath Brooklyn Bridge Butch 1942
86% Sergeant York Lipscomb 1941
No Score Yet Tanks a Million Charlie 1941
No Score Yet All-American Co-Ed Slinky 1941
No Score Yet All-American Co-Ed Actor 1941
No Score Yet The Carson City Kid Warren 1940
No Score Yet Light of Western Stars Poco - Stewart's Sidekick 1940
100% Of Mice and Men Whit 1939
100% Only Angels Have Wings Joe Souther 1939
No Score Yet Forbidden Valley Ring 1938
No Score Yet The Road Back Wessling 1937
No Score Yet Squadron of Doom Actor 1936
No Score Yet Ace Drummond Actor 1936
No Score Yet Call of the Savage Actor 1935
No Score Yet The Trail Beyond Wabi 1934
No Score Yet Rustlers' Roundup Actor 1933
No Score Yet Savage Fury Actor 1933
No Score Yet The House That Shadows Built Actor 1932
No Score Yet The Devil Horse Actor 1932


No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Doc Wallace 1985
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
Joseph `Rocky' Rockford Rocky 1978
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
Jensen 1974
No Score Yet The High Chaparral
Hannibal 1970
No Score Yet Bonanza
Lothario Larkin Johnny Mule 1968
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Two-Bears Guthrie 1966
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Tolliver Claus 1965
No Score Yet Rawhide
Arkansas 1959


No quotes approved yet.