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James Gilmore "Jim" Backus (February 25, 1913 – July 3, 1989) was a radio, television, film, and voice actor. Among his most famous roles are the voice of Mr. Magoo, the rich Hubert Updike, III on the Alan Young radio 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.

An avid golfer, Backus actually made the 36-hole cut at the 1964 Bing Crosby Pro-Am tournament.

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James Gilmore "Jim" Backus (February 25, 1913 – July 3, 1989) was a radio, television, film, and voice actor. Among his most famous roles are the voice of Mr. Magoo, the rich Hubert Updike, III on the Alan Young radio 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.

An avid golfer, Backus actually made the 36-hole cut at the 1964 Bing Crosby Pro-Am tournament.

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Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 155

Birthday 1913-02-25

Day of Death 1989-07-03

Place of Birth Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2012 Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom
2001 Surviving Gilligan's Island as Himself (archive footage)
1986 The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show(261 episodes)
1985 Prince Jack as Dealy
1982 Slapstick (Of Another Kind) as President of the U.S.
1982 Gilligan's Planet(13 episodes)
1981 The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island as Thurston Howell III
1980 There Goes The Bride as Mr. Perkins
1979 C.H.O.M.P.S. as Mr. Gibbs
1979 Eischied(1 episode)
1979 The Rebels as John Hancock
1979 The Castaways on Gilligan's Island as Thurston Howell III
1979 Sweepstakes(1 episode)
1979 Angels' Brigade as Cmdr. Lindsey March
1978 Rescue From Gilligan's Island as Thurston Howell III
1978 Flying High(1 episode)
1978 Good Guys Wear Black as Albert, the Doorman
1977 Pete's Dragon as The Mayor
1977 The Love Boat(1 episode)
1977 CHiPs(1 episode)
1977 What's New, Mr. Magoo?(17 episodes)
1976 Charlie's Angels(2 episodes)
1975 Friday Foster as Enos Griffith
1975 Mobile One(1 episode)
1975 Ellery Queen(1 episode)
1975 Joe Forrester(1 episode)
1975 Crazy Mama as Mr. Albertson
1974 Chico and the Man(1 episode)
1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker(1 episode)
1974 Harry O(1 episode)
1974 The New Adventures of Gilligan(31 episodes)
1974 Goodnight Jackie as Mr. Landry
1973 Miracle on 34th Street as Shellhammer
1973 Police Story(3 episodes)
1973 The Girl Most Likely to... as Prof. David Tilson
1972 Now You See Him, Now You Don't as Timothy Forsythe
1972 Getting Away from It All as Mike Lorimar
1971 Mooch Goes to Hollywood as himself
1971 Alias Smith and Jones(1 episode)
1970 Myra Breckinridge as Doctor
1970 The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County as Staunch
1970 Nanny and the Professor(1 episode)
1969 The Brady Bunch(3 episodes)
1969 Medical Center(1 episode)
1969 The Barbara McNair Show(1 episode)
1969 Hello Down There as T.R. Hollister
1968 Blondie(14 episodes)
1968 The Good Guys(3 episodes)
1968 The Mod Squad(1 episode)
1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In(2 episodes)
1968 Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? as Tru-Blue Lou
1967 Accidental Family(1 episode)
1967 Hurry Sundown as Carter Sillens
1965 Billie as Howard G. Carol
1965 The Wild Wild West(1 episode)
1965 Fluffy as Sergeant
1965 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! as Miles Whitepaper (chief of Middle East division)
1964 Gilligan's Island(1 episode)
1964 Gilligan's Island(111 episodes) as Thurston Howell, III
1964 Daniel Boone(1 episode)
1964 Mr. Magoo(132 episodes)
1964 The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo(1 episode)
1964 The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo(28 episodes) as Mr. Magoo (voice)
1964 Advance To The Rear as Gen. Willoughby
1963 Sunday in New York as Chief Pilot Drysdale
1963 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World as Tyler Fitzgerald
1963 Johnny Cool as Louis Murphy
1963 Burke's Law(3 episodes)
1963 Arrest and Trial(1 episode)
1963 Critic's Choice as Dr. William Von Hagedorn
1963 My Six Loves as Sheriff
1963 Operation Bikini as Bosun's Mate Ed Fennelly
1963 The Wheeler Dealers as Bullard Bear
1962 Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol as Ebenezer Scrooge / Mr. Magoo (voice)
1962 Zotz! as Prof. Horatio Kellgore
1962 The Beverly Hillbillies(1 episode)
1962 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm as The King ('The Dancing Princess')
1962 Boys' Night Out as Peter Bowers
1962 The Horizontal Lieutenant as Cmdr. Jeremiah Hammerslag
1961 The Dick Powell Show(1 episode)
1961 Cain's Hundred(1 episode)
1961 Magoo Meets Frankenstein as Mr. Magoo
1960 The Jim Backus Show(34 episodes)
1960 Ice Palace as Dave Husack
1960 Tom, Dick and Harriet as James
1959 1001 Arabian Nights as Uncle Abdul Azziz Magoo (voice)
1959 Ask Any Girl as Maxwell
1959 A Private's Affair as Jim Gordon
1959 The Big Operator as Cliff Heldon
1959 Terror Faces Magoo as Mr. Magoo
1959 The Wild and the Innocent as Mr. Forbes
1958 77 Sunset Strip(1 episode)
1958 Macabre as Jim Tyloe
1958 The High Cost of Loving as Paul Mason
1957 Eighteen and Anxious as Harvey Graham
1957 Man of a Thousand Faces as Clarence Locan
1957 Maverick(1 episode)
1957 Top Secret Affair as Col. Homer W. Gooch
1956 The Great Man as Nick Cellantano
1956 You Can't Run Away from It as Danker
1956 The Girl He Left Behind as Sgt. Hanna
1956 The Opposite Sex as Psychiatrist
1956 The Naked Hills as Willis Haver
1956 Calling Doctor Magoo as Mr. Magoo (voice)
1956 Magoo Goes West as Mr. Magoo (voice)
1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas as Tom Culdane
1955 Magoo Makes News as Mr. Magoo
1955 Matinee Theater(1 episode)
1955 Rebel Without a Cause as Frank Stark
1955 Gunsmoke(1 episode)
1955 Francis in the Navy as Cmdr. E.T. Hutch
1955 Madcap Magoo as Mr. Magoo
1955 Magoo Express as Mr. Magoo
1955 The Millionaire(1 episode)
1955 The Square Jungle as Pat Quaid
1954 Deep in My Heart as Ben Judson
1954 Destination Magoo as Mr. Magoo (voice)
1954 Climax!(1 episode)
1954 When Magoo Flew as Mr. Magoo (voice)
1953 I Love Melvin as Mergo
1952 Above and Beyond as Gen. Curtis E. LeMay
1952 Angel Face as Dist. Atty. Judson
1952 Androcles and the Lion as Centurion
1952 Hotsy Footsy as Mr. Magoo (voice)
1952 I Married Joan(98 episodes) as Judge Bradley Stevens
1952 This Is Your Life(1 episode)
1952 The Rose Bowl Story as Michael "Iron Mike" Burke
1952 Don't Bother to Knock as Peter Jones
1952 Deadline - U.S.A. as Jim Cleary
1952 Here Come the Nelsons as Joe Randolph
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame(1 episode)
1951 I Want You as Harvey Landrum
1951 Grizzly Golfer as Mr. Magoo
1951 I'll See You in My Dreams as Sam Harris
1951 The Man with a Cloak as Flaherty
1951 Fuddy Duddy Buddy as Mr. Magoo (voice)
1951 His Kind of Woman as Myron Winton
1951 Iron Man as Max Watkins
1951 Bright Victory as Bill Grayson
1951 Hollywood Story as Mitch Davis
1951 Plutopia as Milton the Cat
1951 Half Angel as Michael Hogan
1951 Barefaced Flatfoot as Mr. Magoo
1951 M as The Mayor
1951 Bungled Bungalow as Mr. Magoo
1950 The Killer That Stalked New York as Willie Dennis
1950 Emergency Wedding as Ed Hamley
1950 Customs Agent as Shanghai Chief Agent Thomas Jacoby
1950 Spellbound Hound as Mr. Magoo
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents(1 episode)
1950 Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town as Joseph 'Little Joe' Rogers
1949 A Dangerous Profession as Police Lt. Nick Ferrone / Narrator (as James Backus)
1949 Father Was a Fullback as Professor Sullivan
1949 Ragtime Bear as Mr. Magoo (voice)
1949 One Last Fling as Howard Pritchard
1948 Westinghouse Studio One(2 episodes)
1900 Hollywood House(0 episodes)

Writing

1954 Destination MagooStory

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