Percy Helton

Percy Helton

Highest Rated: 89% 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Lowest Rated: 30% Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958)

Birthday: Jan 31, 1894

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Born into show business, raspy-voiced actor Percy Helton was short in stature, but a giant among those consummate featured players of Hollywood's Golden Age. With a well-timed double-take or a deftly delivered line, he could seize the spotlight from a Fonda, Redford, or Bacall. Remembered for brief but memorable roles in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "How to Marry a Millionaire," among many other films, Helton, the son of a vaudeville performer, first hit the professional stage in his native New York City when he was barely a toddler. A seasoned Broadway veteran before he could vote, Helton enlisted in the Army at the dawn of World War I, serving in Europe with the American Expeditionary Forces before resuming his busy stage career. Broadway success led to Hollywood and eventually to a notable role in his first talking picture, "Miracle on 34th Street"; he played a soused store Santa who's replaced by the "real" Kris Kringle at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Throughout the next four decades, Helton assayed a rogues' gallery of other onscreen drunks, punks, sidekicks and oddballs, in everything from lush, Oscar-winning musicals ("The Music Man") to gritty postwar thrillers ("Kiss Me Deadly"), from B-movie Westerns to Martin & Lewis slapstick comedies. Though he had perhaps his most substantial film role in director Robert Wise's dour 1949 boxing drama "The Set-Up," Helton never wasted a moment of screen time. Whether in a bit part on "Bonanza" or in his recurring role on "The Beverly Hillbillies" as put-upon bank clerk Homer Cratchit, his face and voice were every bit as welcome as they were ubiquitous.

Highest rated movies

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Criss Cross
The Set-Up
White Christmas
Cyrano de Bergerac
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 50% The Wheeler Dealers Deke (Character) - 1963
30% 49% Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! Waldo Pike (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spook Chasers Mike Clancy (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shake, Rattle and Rock Hiram (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fury at Gunsight Pass Peter Boggs (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jail Busters Warden B.W. Oswald (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 12% Lucky Me Brown (uncredited) (Character) - 1954
89% 74% 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Coach Driver (Character) - 1954
77% 88% White Christmas Train Conductor (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 58% Wicked Woman Charlie Borg (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 33% She's Back on Broadway Unknown (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 32% The Belle of New York Presents Angela with Flowers (uncredited) (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 6% A Girl in Every Port Drive-In Manager (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 20% Copper Canyon "Scamper" Joad (Character) - 1950
75% 81% Cyrano de Bergerac Bellerose (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 64% My Friend Irma Mr. Clyde (Character) - 1949
82% 89% The Set-Up Red (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 42% The Crooked Way Petey (Character) - 1949
85% 80% Criss Cross Frank (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 0% Larceny Charlie Jordan (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Prisoner of Swing Messenger (Character) - 1938

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Petticoat Junction Unknown (Guest Star) 1965 1970
67% 87% The Good Guys Sierra Jake (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Green Acres Unknown (Guest Star) 1966-1967 1969
No Score Yet 100% The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown (Guest Star) 1968-1969
No Score Yet 50% Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mothers-in-Law Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cimarron Strip Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown (Character) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet 100% The Green Hornet Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1959 1963 1967
No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Mr. Early (Guest Star) 1959 1962 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Smothers Brothers Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Farmer's Daughter Justice of the Peace (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Pawnbroker (Guest Star) 1961 1965
82% 95% The Twilight Zone Lapham (Character) 1963-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Hobo (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Clemson Frazer (Guest Star) 1961 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hazel Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet 90% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1955-1958 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lock Up Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sugarfoot Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Lucky Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marshal Dillon Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Timmy & Lassie Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Jason Blalock (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Step Beyond Unknown (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Alex Grant (Character) 1953 1955 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Thin Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet 100% Father Knows Best Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Circus Boy Unknown (Guest Star) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hopalong Cassidy Unknown (Guest Star) 1954
No Score Yet 100% Superman Unknown (Guest Star) 1953