Percy Helton

Lowest Rated: 11% Four for Texas (1963)
Birthday: Jan 31, 1894
Birthplace: Not Available
The son of actors, Percy Helton began his own career at age two in a Tony Pastor revue in which his parents were performing. The undersized Helton was a valuable juvenile player for producer David Belasco, making his film debut in a 1915 Belasco production, The Fairy and the Waif. Helton matured into adult roles under the stern guidance of George M. Cohan. After serving in the Army during World War I, Helton established himself on Broadway, appearing in such productions as Young America, One Sunday Afternoon and The Fabulous Invalid. He made his talkie debut in 1947's Miracle on 34th Street, playing the inebriated Macy's Santa Claus whom Edmund Gwenn replaces. Perhaps the quintessential "who is that?" actor, Helton popped up, often uncredited, in over one hundred succinct screen characterizations. Forever hunched over and eternally short of breath, he played many an obnoxious clerk, nosey mailman, irascible bartender, officious train conductor and tremulous stool pigeon. His credits include Fancy Pants (1950), The Robe (1953), White Christmas (1954), Rally Round the Flag Boys (1959), The Music Man (1962) and Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (1965), as well as two appearances as sweetshop proprietor Mike Clancy in the Bowery Boys series. Thanks to his trademarked squeaky voice, and because he showed up in so many "cult" films (Wicked Woman, Kiss Me Deadly, Sons of Katie Elder), Helton became something of a high-camp icon in his last years. In this vein, Percy Helton was cast as the "Heraldic Messenger" in the bizarre Monkees vehicle Head (he showed up at the Monkees' doorstep with a beautiful blonde manacled to his wrist!), the treacherous Sweetieface in the satirical western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), and the bedraggled bank clerk Cratchit on the TV series The Beverly Hillbillies.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Legend of the Northwest Actor 1978
75% Head Heraldic Messenger 1968
No Score Yet A Big Hand for the Little Lady Arthur's Father 1966
No Score Yet Don't Worry, We'll Think of a Title Fat Man 1966
100% The Sons of Katie Elder Storekeeper Peevey 1965
No Score Yet Zebra in the Kitchen Mr. Richardson 1965
81% Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte Funeral Director 1964
11% Four for Texas Ansel 1963
No Score Yet The Wheeler Dealers the Whipple 1963
94% The Music Man Conductor 1962
93% Ride the High Country Luther Sampson (uncredited) 1962
88% Where the Boys Are Motel Operator 1960
25% Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! Waldo Pike 1958
79% Jailhouse Rock Sam Brewster 1957
No Score Yet This Could Be the Night Charlie 1957
No Score Yet Shake, Rattle and Rock! Hiram 1957
No Score Yet Trial Youval 1955
97% Kiss Me Deadly Morgue Doctor 1955
No Score Yet Crashout Dr. Barnes 1955
No Score Yet Diane Court Jester 1955
No Score Yet No Man's Woman Otto Peterson 1955
97% A Star Is Born Drunk 1954
No Score Yet About Mrs. Leslie Hackley 1954
No Score Yet Lucky Me Brown 1954
76% White Christmas Conductor 1954
89% 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Diver 1954
No Score Yet Wicked Woman Charlie Borg 1953
33% The Robe Caleb 1953
No Score Yet Ambush at Tomahawk Gap Marlowe 1953
83% How to Marry a Millionaire Benton 1953
No Score Yet She's Back on Broadway News Vendor 1953
80% Call Me Madam Sen. Wilkins 1953
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeanie Mr. Horker 1952
No Score Yet A Girl in Every Port Drive-In Manager 1952
No Score Yet The Belle of New York Bowery Bum 1952
No Score Yet Night Into Morning (People in Love) Drunk 1951
No Score Yet Three Guys Named Mike Hawkins 1951
No Score Yet The Sun Sets at Dawn Feature Syndicate 1951
No Score Yet Darling, How Could You! Cabby 1951
83% Cyrano de Bergerac Bellerose 1950
No Score Yet Copper Canyon Scamper 1950
No Score Yet Riding High Pawnbroker 1950
No Score Yet A Life of Her Own Hamburger Proprietor 1950
No Score Yet Fancy Pants Maj. Fogarty 1950
No Score Yet My Friend Irma Mr. Clyde 1949
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff Abernathy 1949
No Score Yet Lust for Gold Barber 1949
No Score Yet Chicken Every Sunday Mr. Sawyer 1949
100% Criss Cross Frank 1949
86% The Set-Up Red 1949
100% Thieves' Highway Proprietor 1949
No Score Yet The Crooked Way Petey 1949
No Score Yet That Wonderful Urge Drunk 1948
73% Call Northside 777 Mailman 1948
No Score Yet Hazard Actor 1948
96% Miracle on 34th Street Santa Claus 1947

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Dailey
  • 1971
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
Homer Cratchit Bookkeeper Cratchit
  • 1971
  • 1969
  • 1968
No Score Yet Green Acres
1965-1971
Willie Neddlinger Hatch
  • 1969
  • 1967
  • 1966
93% Batman
1966-1968
Gus
  • 1968
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Pfister
  • 1968
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Lafe Pete Blurry Jones Bleeker
  • 1967
  • 1963
  • 1959
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Mr. Early Perkins Duffer Arbuckle
  • 1966
  • 1964
  • 1962
  • 1959
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Hobo
  • 1965
  • 1964
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Lapham Tom Poulter
  • 1964
  • 1963
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Rutherford George Sexton Janitor Brucie Gerald Eaton Lawyer
  • 1961
  • 1958
  • 1957
  • 1956
  • 1955
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
Bradley Mr. Vincent
  • 1960
  • 1957
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
1952-1958
Hamlet
  • 1953

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