Ruth McDevitt

Highest Rated: 96% The Birds (1963)
Lowest Rated: 10% Change of Habit (1969)
Birthday: Sep 13, 1895
Birthplace: Not Available
Ruth Shoecraft was born in Michigan and raised in Ohio, where her father served as a county sheriff. At 20, Shoecraft attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, but put her theatrical aspirations on the back burner when she married a Florida widower named Patrick John McDevitt. When her husband died in 1934, Shoecraft returned to the stage asRuth McDevitt, first in community theatre, then on Broadway and in radio. She made her first film in 1951, but for the most part steered clear of Hollywood, preferring to appear in such Manhattan-based plays as The Solid Gold Cadillac, Picnic, The Best Man and Absence of a Cello. McDevitt's entree into weekly television was on the classic early-1950s Wally Cox sitcom Mr. Peepers, in which she played Wally's mom. Her next series stint was as rifle-wielding Grandma Hanks in the short-lived 1967 western comedy Pistols and Petticoats. During the 1960s, she returned to films, usually playing a dotty little old lady with more on the ball than people suspected. Still going strong in the early 1970s, Shoecraft played recurring roles on the TV series All in the Family and Kolchak. Ruth McDevitt made her last appearance at age 80 in the made-for-TV feature One of My Wives is Missing (1976).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet My Father's House Actor 1975
No Score Yet One of My Wives Is Missing Mrs. Foster 1975
No Score Yet The Abduction of Saint Anne Sister Patrick 1975
No Score Yet Mixed Company Miss Bergquist 1974
No Score Yet Homebodies Mrs. Loomis 1974
No Score Yet Kolchak: The Night Stalker Director Actor 1974
29% Mame Cousin Fan 1974
No Score Yet The War Between Men and Women Elderly Woman 1972
No Score Yet In Search of America Actor 1971
10% Change of Habit Lily 1969
No Score Yet The Love God? Miss Keezy 1969
No Score Yet Angel in My Pocket Nadine 1969
No Score Yet The Shakiest Gun in the West Olive 1968
No Score Yet Dear Heart Miss Tait 1964
No Score Yet Love Is a Ball Mathilda 1963
96% The Birds Mrs. MacGruder 1963
No Score Yet Boys' Night Out Beulah Partridge 1962
90% The Parent Trap Miss Inch 1961


No Score Yet Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Emily Cowles
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet All in the Family
Jo Jo Nelson
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
Maddie Elder
  • 1974
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
  • 1974
No Score Yet Kojak
Mrs. Farinkrug
  • 1974
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
Mrs. Pryor Mrs. Davis
  • 1974
  • 1970
No Score Yet Ironside
  • 1970
No Score Yet Bewitched
Ticheba Millicent
  • 1970
  • 1967
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
Mrs. Horlick
  • 1969
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
Ethel Pendleton
  • 1968


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