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Noah Beery Jr.

Highest Rated:   100% Seven Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
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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.

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MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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 Mysterious Two
  • Actor
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 The Bastard
  • Actor
1978
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 Revenge of Red Chief
  • Actor
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
20% 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
100% Seven Faces of Dr. Lao
  • Tim Mitchell
1964
91% 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
No Score Yet 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 Million Dollar Kid
  • Actor
1944
No Score Yet Gung Ho!
  • Kurt Richter
1943
No Score Yet Clancy Street Boys
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet 'Neath Brooklyn Bridge
  • Butch
1942
No Score Yet Hay Foot
  • Actor
1942
85% Sergeant York
  • Lipscomb
1941
No Score Yet Tanks a Million
  • Charlie
1941
No Score Yet Riders of Death Valley
  • Smokey
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 Zorro Rides Again
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet The Road Back
  • Wessling
1937
No Score Yet Ace Drummond
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Squadron of Doom
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Call of the Savage
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet The Trail Beyond
  • Wabi
1934
No Score Yet Laughing at Life
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet The Three Musketeers
  • Stubbs
1933
No Score Yet Rustlers' Roundup
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Savage Fury
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet The Devil Horse
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet The House That Shadows Built
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet The Stoker
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Penrod
  • Actor
1922

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