Wally Cox

Highest Rated: 86% The Night Strangler (1973)
Lowest Rated: 14% State Fair (1962)
Birthday: Dec 6, 1924
Birthplace: Not Available
American actor Wally Cox looked and played the role of the bespectacled, introverted intellectual both before the cameras and in life. Fascinated with all things scientific and devoted to the study of insects, Cox seemed as unlikely a candidate for major stardom as he was an improbable roommate for Marlon Brando. In fact, he was both. While building his reputation in small clubs as a monologist, Cox shared quarters with Brando, his best friend since childhood. Cox didn't really tell jokes in his club act; he would relate the offbeat exploits of his boyhood pal Dufo or do a dead-on imitation of his humorless, doltish Army drill sergeant; these were characterizations rather than routines, a gentler version of the sort of work done years later by Whoopi Goldberg. Playing occasional small parts on TV (he appeared very briefly as a baker in the 1952 film The Sniper, minus his familiar eyeglasses), Cox was tapped by producer Fred Coe to appear in a 1952 summer-replacement comedy series on NBC, Mr. Peepers, where he played Robinson Peepers, the shy, knowledgeable high school teacher at Jefferson High. Mr. Peepers garnered excellent ratings and won numerous awards, including an Emmy for Cox. As big a star as he would ever be, Cox was rushed into numerous nightclub engagements, which unfortunately fell flat because of inappropriate bookings and because audiences didn't want to see Cox as anyone other than Peepers. A 1955 sitcom, The Adventures of Hiram Holliday, starred Wally as an unlikely globe-trotting adventurer; alas, it was scheduled directly opposite ABC's powerhouse Disneyland. Cox would spend most of the rest of his career playing variations of Peepers on other star's sitcoms and variety series, occasionally breaking the mold by playing a murderer or bon vivant. He also tried his hand as a playwright, a field in which he displayed considerable skill. Once again under contract to NBC in the mid '60s, Cox became a regular on the comedy quiz show Hollywood Squares, where he adopted the image of a bored know-it-all. It is this Wally Cox that most viewers remember, not the brilliant comic actor who convinced his '50s fans that he was Mr. Peepers, not just a man playing a part. Wally Cox died of a sudden heart attack in 1973; he was cremated, and his ashes were discreetly scattered at an undisclosed spot (and in defiance of municipal laws) by his old friend and ex-roommate Marlon Brando.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Seduction of a Nerd Actor 2005
No Score Yet Invasion Force Actor 1990
86% The Night Strangler Actor 1973
83% The Barefoot Executive Mertons 1971
No Score Yet Up Your Teddy Bear Actor 1970
No Score Yet The Boatniks Jason 1970
No Score Yet Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County Bester 1970
No Score Yet The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band Mr. Wampler 1968
57% A Guide for the Married Man Technical Advisor 1967
No Score Yet The Yellow Rolls-Royce Ferguson 1965
67% Morituri Dr. Ambach 1965
86% The Bedford Incident Sonarman, 2nd Class 1965
No Score Yet Fate Is The Hunter Bundy 1964
No Score Yet Underdog Chronicles Actor 1964
No Score Yet Spencer's Mountain Preacher Goodman 1963
14% State Fair Hipplewaite 1962
No Score Yet Babes in Toyland Actor 1954

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
1970-1975
Student
  • 1972
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
1968-1970
Cameo Moses
  • 1970
  • 1968
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
McNulty Phineas
  • 1968
  • 1967
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
  • 1967
No Score Yet Lost in Space
1965-1968
Tiabo
  • 1966
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Terry Targo
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
Casper Biddle Caspar Biddle
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
1961-1966
Lincoln
  • 1966
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
James Elwood
  • 1964
No Score Yet The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet
1952-1966
Patterson
  • 1961
  • 1960
80% Underdog
2017
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