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Noah Beery Sr.

  • Highest Rated: 90% She Done Him Wrong (1933)
  • Lowest Rated: 57% Noah's Ark (1928)
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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.

Highest Rated Movies

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No Score Yet Gentle Annie Hansen 1945
No Score Yet Barbary Coast Gent Pete Hannibal 1944
No Score Yet Million Dollar Kid Capt. Matthews 1944
No Score Yet Clancy Street Boys Pete Monahan 1943
No Score Yet Tennessee Johnson Sheriff Cass 1942
No Score Yet A Little Bit of Heaven Uncle Sherm 1940
No Score Yet Mexicali Rose Valdes 1939
No Score Yet The Girl of the Golden West General 1938
No Score Yet Panamint's Bad Man Gorman 1938
No Score Yet Bad Man of Brimstone Ambrose Crocker 1938
No Score Yet Zorro Rides Again J. A. Marsden 1937
No Score Yet The Avenging Hand Lee Barwell 1936
No Score Yet King of the Damned Mooche 1936
No Score Yet Sweet Adeline Sultan 1935
No Score Yet Kentucky Kernels Col. Wakefield 1934
No Score Yet The Trail Beyond George Newsome 1934
No Score Yet Cockeyed Cavaliers Baron 1934
No Score Yet Mystery Liner Capt. Holling 1934
No Score Yet Caravan Innkeeper 1934
No Score Yet To the Last Man Jed Colby 1933
No Score Yet Laughing at Life Hauseman 1933
90% She Done Him Wrong Gus Jordan 1933
No Score Yet The Flaming Signal Otto von Krantz 1933
No Score Yet Man of the Forest Clint Beasley 1933
No Score Yet Buffalo Stampede Randall Jett 1933
No Score Yet The Kid from Spain Alonzo Gomez 1932
No Score Yet The Devil Horse Canfield 1932
No Score Yet The Big Stampede Sam Crew 1932
No Score Yet Cornered Actor 1932
No Score Yet The Stoker Santini 1932
No Score Yet The Drifter John McNary 1932
No Score Yet Stranger in Town Hilliker 1931
No Score Yet The Millionaire Peterson 1931
No Score Yet A Soldier's Plaything Capt. Plover 1930
No Score Yet Feet First Shoe Store Bit 1930
No Score Yet Golden Dawn Shep Keyes 1930
No Score Yet The Godless Girl The Brute 1929
57% Noah's Ark Nickoloff/King Nephilim 1928
No Score Yet The Rough Riders Hell's Bells 1927
No Score Yet The Dove Don Jose Sandoval 1927
No Score Yet The Coming of Amos Rarnon Garcia 1925
No Score Yet The Vanishing American Booker 1925
No Score Yet Flesh and Blood Li Fang 1922
88% The Mark of Zorro Sgt. Gonzalez 1920
No Score Yet Johnny Get Your Gun Town Marshall 1919
No Score Yet The Whispering Chorus Longshoreman 1918
No Score Yet A Mormon Maid Darius Burr 1917

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