Jim Backus

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James Gilmore "Jim" Backus (February 25, 1913 – July 3, 1989) was an American radio, television, film, and voice actor. Among his most famous roles are the voice of nearsighted cartoon character Mr. Magoo, the rich Hubert Updike III on the radio version of The Alan Young Show, Joan Davis's character's husband (a domestic court judge) on TV's I Married Joan, James Dean's character's father in Rebel Without a Cause and Thurston Howell, III on the 1960s sitcom Gilligan's Island. He also starred in his own show of one season, The Jim Backus Show, also known as Hot off the Wire.

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Selected Jim Backus film and TV show credits.

Acting Credits

1990
Merrie Melodies: Starring Bugs Bunny and Friends (TV Show)
Smoky the Genie

1986
Smoky the Genie

1985
Dealy

1982
President of the U.S.

1982
Gilligan's Planet (TV Show)
Thurston Howell III

1981
Thurston Howell III

1980
Mr. Perkins

1980
-

1979
Cmdr. Lindsey March

1979
Mr. Gibbs

1979
The Castaways on Gilligan's Island (TV Movie)
Thurston Howell III

1979
The Rebels (TV Movie)
John Hancock

1979
$weepstake$ (TV Show)
Major Adams

1979
Eischied (TV Show)
-

1979
Trapper John, M.D. (TV Show)
Gus

1978
Doorman

1978
Rescue from Gilligan's Island (TV Movie)
Thurston Howell III

1978
Flying High (TV Show)
Man

1978
The Gift of the Magi (TV Movie)
-

1977
The Mayor

1977
The Magic Pony
The Tsar

1977
CHiPs (TV Show)
Weitzman

1977
Fantasy Island (TV Show)
H.H. Moran, Cap

1977
The Love Boat (TV Show)
Mr. Landers, Mr. Waterman

1977
What's New, Mr. Magoo? (TV Show)

1977
Never Con a Killer (TV Movie)
Stanley Bunch

1976
Ark II (TV Show)
Arnie Pool

1976
Charlie's Angels (TV Show)
Iggy

1976
Stanley Bunch

1975
Mr. Albertson

1975
Enos Griffith

1975
Ellery Queen (TV Show)
Howard Biggers

1975
Joe Forrester (TV Show)
Jake Mandel

1975
The Ghost Busters (TV Show)
Eric, the Red

1975
Mobile One (TV Show)
-

1975
Cop on the Beat (TV Movie)
Jake Mandel

1974
Chico and the Man (TV Show)
Harold Erickson

1974
Herb Bresson

1974
Thurston Howell III

1974
Mr. Landry

1973
Shellhammer

1973
Tilson

1973
Harry O (TV Show)
Ziggy

1973
Police Story (TV Show)
Pollack, Jake Mandel

1972
Timothy Forsythe

1972
Of Thee I Sing (TV Movie)
Senator Robert F. Lyons

1972
Dr. Flamel

1972
New Zoo Revue (TV Show)
Traveling Salesman

1972
Young Dr. Kildare (TV Show)
Jake Langley

1972
Mike Lorimar

1972
Magic Carpet (TV Movie)
George Benson

1971
Joseph P. Sterling

1970
Doctor

1970
Dr. Charles Walters

1970
Uncle Sam Magoo (TV Movie)

1969
T.R. Hollister

1969
Colonel

1969
Jerry , Jerry Franks

1969
Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Show)
Bill

1969
Medical Center (TV Show)
Dr. Danvers

1969
The Brady Bunch (TV Show)
Zaccariah, Harry Mathews

1968
Blondie (TV Show)
Mr. Dithers

1968
The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour (TV Show)
Smoky the Genie

1968
The Good Guys (TV Show)
Henry Arsdale

1968
Mod Squad (TV Show)
Emile Wade

1968
Fabulous Shorts, The (TV Movie)
Host

1967
Carter Sillens

1967
Damn Yankees! (TV Movie)
Benny Van Buren

1967
Accidental Family (TV Show)
Uncle Fred

1965
Howard G. Carol

1965
Sergeant

1965
Miles Whitepaper

1965
I Dream of Jeannie (TV Show)
General Fitzhugh

1965
I Spy (TV Show)
Tom Mathews

1965
The Wild Wild West (TV Show)
Fabian Swanson

1964
Gen. Willoughby

1964
Daniel Boone (TV Show)
Will Scataway

1964
Gilligan's Island (TV Show)
Thurston Howell III

1964
Mr. Magoo, Squinty Eyes

1963
Dr. William Von Hagedorn

1963
Tyler Fitzgerald

1963
Louis Murphy

1963
Sheriff

1963
Bosun's Mate Ed Fennelly

1963
Chief Pilot Drysdale

1963
Bullard Bear

1963
Burke's Law (TV Show)
Herkimer Witt, Pork Pie Hannigan, Harold Mason

1963
Arrest and Trial (TV Show)
Sam Thayer

1963
Espionage (TV Show)
McAvoy

1962
Peter Bowers

1962
Cmdr. Jeremiah Hammerslag

1962
Prof. Horatio Kellgore

1962
Marty Van Ransohoff

1962
J.C. Medbury

1962
The Lady and the Stock Exchange
Fictional Character

1961
Mr. Arbutt

1961
Cain's Hundred (TV Show)
Karl Bigger

1961
Follow the Sun (TV Show)
N.N. Nelson

1961
Monte

1961
Big Boss Buddy Foy

1960
Dave Husack

1960
Smoky the Genie

1960
Mike O'Toole

1960
Mister Magoo (TV Show)

1960
Inside Magoo (Short Film)
Mr. Magoo, Himself

1959
Maxwell

1959
Mr. Forbes

1959
The Untouchables (TV Show)
William Norbert

1959
Jim Gordon

1959
Cliff Heldon

1959
Terror Faces Magoo (Short Film)

1959
Bwana Magoo (Short Film)

1959
Magoo's Homecoming (Short Film)

1959
Magoo's Lodge Brother (Short Film)

1959
Merry Minstrel Magoo (Short Film)

1958
Police Chief Jim Tyloe

1958
Paul Mason

1958
77 Sunset Strip (TV Show)
Maury Samuels

1958
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1958
The Explosive Mr. Magoo (Short Film)

1958
Gumshoe Magoo (Short Film)

1958
Love Comes to Magoo

1958
Magoo's Three-Point Landing (Short Film)
Mr. Magoo, Air Traffic Controller

1958
Scoutmaster Magoo

1958
Magoo's Young Manhood (Short Film)

1957
Clarence Locan

1957
Col. Homer W. Gooch

1957
The Pied Piper of Hamelin (TV Movie)
King's Emissary

1957
Goodyear Theatre (TV Show)
Jim Cannaday

1957
Maverick (TV Show)
Joe Wheelwright

1957
Harvey Graham

1957
Magoo Breaks Par

1957
Magoo Goes Overboard

1957
Magoo Saves the Bank (Short Film)

1957
Magoo's Cruise

1957
Magoo's Glorious Fourth

1957
Magoo's Masquerade (Short Film)

1957
Magoo's Mouse Hunt

1957
Magoo's Private War (Short Film)

1957
Matador Magoo (Short Film)

1957
Rock Hound Magoo

1956
Tom Culdane

1956
Sgt. Hanna

1956
Psychiatrist

1956
Playhouse 90 (TV Show)
Jerry

1956
Arthur Hutchins

1956
Nick Cellantano

1956
Willis Haver

1956
Conflict (TV Show)
Dandy Summers

1956
Magoo's Puddle Jumper (Short Film)

1956
Calling Doctor Magoo

1956
Magoo Beats the Heat

1956
Magoo Goes West

1956
Magoo's Canine Mutiny (Short Film)

1956
Magoo's Problem Child

1956
Meet Mother Magoo (Short Film)

1956
Trailblazer Magoo (Short Film)

1955
Cmdr. E.T. Hutch

1955
Frank Stark

1955
Pat Quaid

1955
Gunsmoke (TV Show)
Reverend Sims

1955
Matinee Theatre (TV Show)
-

1955
The Millionaire (TV Show)
Henry Banning

1955
-

1955
Front Row Center (TV Show)
Harry Cooper

1955
TV Reader's Digest (TV Show)
George Johnson

1955
Star Stage (TV Show)
-

1955
Madcap Magoo (Short Film)

1955
Magoo Makes News

1955
Magoo's Check Up (Short Film)

1955
Stage Door Magoo (Short Film)

1955
Magoo Express (Short Film)

1954
Ben Judson

1954
Climax! (TV Show)
Detective Herman

1954
When Magoo Flew (Short Film)

1954
Destination Magoo (Short Film)

1954
Four Wheels, No Brakes (Short Film)
Television Quizmaster, New Car Salesman

1954
Kangaroo Courting (Short Film)

1954
Magoo Goes Skiing (Short Film)

1953
Mergo

1953
Jim Fletcher

1953
Michael John McKane

1953
Jason Ambrose

1953
Magoo Slept Here

1953
Magoo's Masterpiece (Short Film)

1953
Safety Spin (Short Film)

1952
Gen. Curtis E. LeMay

1952
Centurion

1952
Dist. Atty. Judson

1952
Jim Cleary

1952
Peter Jones

1952
Joe Randolph

1952
Charles Barry

1952
Michael 'Iron Mike' Burke

1952
I Married Joan (TV Show)
Judge Bradley Stevens

1952
Pink and Blue Blues (Short Film)

1952
Captains Outrageous (Short Film)

1952
The Dog Snatcher (Short Film)

1952
Hotsy Footsy (Short Film)

1952
Pete Hothead (Short Film)
-

1952
Sloppy Jalopy (Short Film)

1951
Bill Grayson

1951
Michael Hogan

1951
Myron Winton

1951
Mitch Davis

1951
Harvey Landrum

1951
Sam Harris

1951
Max Watkins

1951
M
The Mayor

1951
Flaherty

1951
Plutopia (Short Film)
Milton

1951
Fuddy Duddy Buddy (Short Film)

1951
Barefaced Flatfoot

1951
Grizzly Golfer (Short Film)

1950
Joseph 'Little Joe' Rogers

1950
All Star Revue (TV Show)
Guest Comedic Actor

1950
Lux Video Theatre (TV Show)
Harry

1950
Lucus Edgerton

1950
Shanghai Chief Agent Thomas Jacoby

1950
Ed Hamley

1950
The Web (TV Show)
-

1950
Trouble Indemnity (Short Film)

1950
Spellbound Hound (Short Film)

1950
Bungled Bungalow (Short Film)

1950
Edgar Bergen with Charlie McCarthy (TV Movie)
Magistrate Backus

1949
Dr. Franklin

1949
Professor Sullivan

1949
Higgins

1949
Police Lt. Nick Ferrone, Narrator

1949
Howard Pritchard

1949
Ragtime Bear (Short Film)

1948
A-Lad-in His Lamp (Short Film)

1948
Tim McTaggart, Father

1948
Where Will You Hide?
Narrator

Soundtrack Credits

1962
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Writer Credits

1971
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1954
Destination Magoo (Short Film)
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