Biography

American character actor, the most famous of Western-movie sidekicks of the 1930s and 1940s. He was born May 7, 1885, the third of seven children, in the Hayes Hotel (owned by his father) in the tiny hamlet of Stannards, New York, on the outskirts of Wellsville, New York. Hayes was the son of hotelier and oil-production manager Clark Hayes, and grew up in Stannards. As a young man, George Hayes worked in a circus and played semi-pro baseball while a teenager. He ran away from home at 17, in 1902, and joined a touring stock company. He married Olive Ireland in 1914 and the pair became quite successful on the vaudeville circuit. Retired in his 40s, he lost much of his money in the 1929 stock market crash and was forced to return to work. Although he had made his film debut in a single appearance prior to the crash, it was not until his wife convinced him to move to California and he met producer Trem Carr that he began working steadily in the medium. He played scores of roles in Westerns and non-Westerns alike, finally in the mid-1930s settling in to an almost exclusively Western career. He gained fame as Hopalong Cassidy's sidekick Windy Halliday in many films between 1936-39. Leaving the Cassidy films in a salary dispute, he was legally precluded from using the "Windy" nickname, and so took on the sobriquet "Gabby", and was so billed from about 1940. One of the few sidekicks to land on the annual list of Top Ten Western Boxoffice Stars, he did so repeatedly. In his early films, he alternated between whiskered comic-relief sidekicks and clean-shaven bad guys, but by the later 1930s, he worked almost exclusively as a Western sidekick to stars such as John Wayne, Roy Rogers, and Randolph Scott. After his last film, in 1950, he starred as the host of a network television show devoted to stories of the Old West for children, The Gabby Hayes Show (1950). Offstage an elegant and well-appointed connoisseur and man-about-town, Hayes devoted the final years of his life to his investments. He died of cardiovascular disease in Burbank, California, on February 9, 1969.

American character actor, the most famous of Western-movie sidekicks of the 1930s and 1940s. He was born May 7, 1885, the third of seven children, in the Hayes Hotel (owned by his father) in the tiny hamlet of Stannards, New York, on the outskirts of Wellsville, New York. Hayes was the son of hotelier and oil-production manager Clark Hayes, and grew up in Stannards. As a young man, George Hayes worked in a circus and played semi-pro baseball while a teenager. He ran away from home at 17, in 1902, and joined a touring stock company. He married Olive Ireland in 1914 and the pair became quite successful on the vaudeville circuit. Retired in his 40s, he lost much of his money in the 1929 stock market crash and was forced to return to work. Although he had made his film debut in a single appearance prior to the crash, it was not until his wife convinced him to move to California and he met producer Trem Carr that he began working steadily in the medium. He played scores of roles in Westerns and non-Westerns alike, finally in the mid-1930s settling in to an almost exclusively Western career. He gained fame as Hopalong Cassidy's sidekick Windy Halliday in many films between 1936-39. Leaving the Cassidy films in a salary dispute, he was legally precluded from using the "Windy" nickname, and so took on the sobriquet "Gabby", and was so billed from about 1940. One of the few sidekicks to land on the annual list of Top Ten Western Boxoffice Stars, he did so repeatedly. In his early films, he alternated between whiskered comic-relief sidekicks and clean-shaven bad guys, but by the later 1930s, he worked almost exclusively as a Western sidekick to stars such as John Wayne, Roy Rogers, and Randolph Scott. After his last film, in 1950, he starred as the host of a network television show devoted to stories of the Old West for children, The Gabby Hayes Show (1950). Offstage an elegant and well-appointed connoisseur and man-about-town, Hayes devoted the final years of his life to his investments. He died of cardiovascular disease in Burbank, California, on February 9, 1969.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 164

Birthday 1885-05-07

Day of Death 1969-02-09

Place of Birth Wellsville, New York, U.S.

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Also Known As

  • George Francis Hayes
  • George Hayes

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1976 Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch as (archive footage)
1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? as (archive footage)
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show(1 episode)
1950 The Gabby Hayes Show(2 episodes) as Himself
1950 The Cariboo Trail as Grizzly
1949 El Paso as Sheriff La Farge
1948 The Untamed Breed as Windy Lucas
1948 Return of the Bad Men as John Pettit (as George 'Gabby' Hayes)
1948 Albuquerque as Juke
1947 Wyoming as Windy Gibson
1947 Trail Street as Deputy Billy Burns
1946 Heldorado as Gabby Whittaker
1946 Home in Oklahoma as Gabby Whittaker
1946 Roll on Texas Moon as Gabby Whittaker
1946 Under Nevada Skies as Gabby Whittaker
1946 My Pal Trigger as Gabby Kendrick
1946 Rainbow Over Texas as Sheriff 'Gabby' Whittaker
1946 Song of Arizona as Gabby Whittaker
1946 Badman's Territory as Honest Jim Badger / The Coyote Kid
1945 Don't Fence Me In as Gabby Whittaker, aka Wildcat Kelly
1945 Sunset in El Dorado as Gabby
1945 Along the Navajo Trail as Gabby Whittaker
1945 Man from Oklahoma as Gabby Whittaker
1945 Bells of Rosarita as 'Gabby' Whittake
1945 Utah as Gabby Wittaker
1944 The Big Bonanza as Hap Selby
1944 Lights of Old Santa Fe as Gabby Whittaker
1944 Tall in the Saddle as Dave
1944 Marshal of Reno as Gabby
1944 Tucson Raiders as 'Gabby' Hopkins
1944 Hidden Valley Outlaws as Gabby Hayes
1944 Mojave Firebrand as Gabby Hayes
1943 War of the Wildcats as Despirit Dean (stage driver)
1943 Death Valley Manhunt as Gabby Hayes
1943 Overland Mail Robbery as Gabby
1943 Wagon Tracks West as Gabby
1943 Bordertown Gun Fighters as Gabby Hayes
1943 The Man from Thunder River as Gabby Whittaker
1943 Calling Wild Bill Elliott as Gabby Hayes
1942 Ridin' Down the Canyon as Gabby
1942 Heart of the Golden West as Gabby
1942 Sunset Serenade as Gabby
1942 Sons of the Pioneers as Gabby Whittaker
1942 Romance on the Range as Gabby
1942 Sunset on the Desert as Gabby Whittaker
1942 South of Santa Fe as Gabby Whittaker
1942 Man from Cheyenne as Gabby Whittaker
1941 Red River Valley as Gabby Whittaker
1941 Jesse James at Bay as Sheriff Gabby Whitaker
1941 Bad Man of Deadwood as Prof. Mortimer 'Gabby' Blackstone
1941 Nevada City as Gabby Chapman
1941 Sheriff of Tombstone as Gabby
1941 In Old Cheyenne as Arapaho Brown
1941 Robin Hood of the Pecos as Gabriel Gabby Hornaday
1940 The Border Legion as Honest John Whittaker
1940 Young Bill Hickok as 'Gabby' Whitaker
1940 Melody Ranch as Pop Laramie
1940 Colorado as Gabby
1940 The Ranger and the Lady as Texas Ranger Sergeant Gabby Whittaker
1940 The Carson City Kid as Gabby
1940 Wagons Westward as Hardtack
1940 Dark Command as Andrew 'Doc' Grunch
1940 Young Buffalo Bill as Gabby Whittaker
1939 Days of Jesse James as Gabby
1939 Saga of Death Valley as Gabby
1939 The Arizona Kid as Gabby Whittaker
1939 In Old Monterey as Gabby Whittaker
1939 Wall Street Cowboy as Gabby
1939 Renegade Trail as Marshal 'Windy'Halliday (as George Hayes)
1939 In Old Caliente as Gabby
1939 Man of Conquest as Lannie Upchurch
1939 Silver on the Sage as Windy Halliday (as George Hayes)
1939 Southward Ho as Gabby Whitaker
1939 Let Freedom Ring as 'Pop' Wilkie (as George F. Hayes)
1939 Sunset Trail as Windy Halliday (as George Hayes)
1939 Fighting Thoroughbreds as 'Gramps' Montrose (as George Hayes)
1938 The Frontiersmen as 'Windy' Halliday (as George Hayes)
1938 In Old Mexico as 'Windy' Halliday (as George Hayes)
1938 Pride of the West as Windy Halliday (as George Hayes)
1938 Bar 20 Justice as Windy Halliday (as George Hayes)
1938 Heart of Arizona as 'Windy' Halliday (as George Hayes)
1938 Gold Is Where You Find It as Enoch
1937 Texas Trail as 'Windy' Halliday (as George Hayes)
1937 Hopalong Rides Again as 'Windy' Halliday (as George Hayes)
1937 Rustlers' Valley as 'Windy' Halliday (as George Hayes)
1937 North of the Rio Grande as 'Windy' Halliday (as George Hayes)
1937 Hills of Old Wyoming as Windy (as George Hayes)
1937 Borderland as Windy Halliday (as George Hayes)
1936 Trail Dust as 'Windy' Halliday (as George Hayes)
1936 The Plainsman as Breezy
1936 Hopalong Cassidy Returns as Windy Halliday (as George Hayes)
1936 Valiant Is the Word for Carrie as Bearded Man
1936 The Texas Rangers as Judge Snow
1936 Three on the Trail as 'Windy' Halliday (as George Hayes)
1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town as Farmer's Spokesman (uncredited)
1936 Song of the Trail as Dan Hobson
1936 Call of the Prairie as Charlie 'Shanghai' McHenry
1936 Heart of the West as Windy Jenkins (as George Hayes)
1936 The Lawless Nineties as Major Carter
1936 Valley of the Lawless as Grandpaw Jenkins (as George Hayes)
1936 I Married a Doctor as Train Station Agent
1935 Swifty
1935 Bar 20 Rides Again as Windy (as George Hayes)
1935 The Eagle's Brood as Bartender Spike (as George Hayes)
1935 1,000 Dollars a Minute as New Deal Watson
1935 Texas Terror as Sheriff Ed Williams
1935 Thunder Mountain as Foley (as George F. Hayes)
1935 Tumbling Tumbleweeds as Dr. Parker (as George Hayes)
1935 Hop-a-long Cassidy as Uncle Ben (as George Hayes)
1935 Honeymoon Limited as Pinkham
1935 Ladies Crave Excitement as McCloskey
1935 Tombstone Terror as Soupy Baxter
1935 Smokey Smith as Blaze Bart
1935 The Outlaw Tamer
1935 Rainbow Valley as George Hale
1935 The Lost City as Butterfield
1935 Death Flies East as Wotkyns
1934 The Lawless Frontier as Dusty
1934 In Old Santa Fe as Cactus
1934 The Brand of Hate as Bill Larkins
1934 The Man from Hell as Banker Colonel Campbell
1934 The Star Packer as Matt Matlock
1934 Randy Rides Alone as - Marvin Black aka Mat Mathews/Matt the Mute
1934 Monte Carlo Nights as Inspector Nick Gunby
1934 The Man From Utah as Marshal George Higgins
1934 Blue Steel as Sheriff Jake Withers
1934 City Limits as Charlie Carter
1934 House of Mystery as David Fells (as George Hayes)
1934 Mystery Liner as Joe, the Watchman
1934 West of the Divide as 'Dusty'
1934 The Lucky Texan as Jake 'Grandy' Benson
1933 Riders of Destiny as Charlie Denton
1933 Ship of Wanted Men as Crewman (as George Hayes)
1933 Skyway as George Taylor
1933 Ranger's Code
1933 Galloping Romeo as Grizzly
1933 The Sphinx as Detective Casey
1933 The Gallant Fool as Dad Denton (as George Hayes)
1933 The Return of Casey Jones as Timothy Shine
1933 Trailing North
1933 Breed of the Border as Chuck Wiggins
1932 The Fighting Champ as Pete (as George Hayes)
1932 Wild Horse Mesa as Slack
1932 Texas Buddies as Si Haller
1932 Klondike as Tom Ross (as George Hayes)
1932 The Night Rider as Altoonie
1932 Love Me Tonight as Grocer (uncredited)
1932 A Slip at the Switch as Deputy Smoot
1932 Winner Take All as Interne at Rosario Ranch (uncredited)
1932 The Man from Hell's Edges as Shamrock Cassidy
1932 Riders of the Desert as Hashknife Brooks
1932 Play Girl as Dance Hall Tobacconist (uncredited)
1932 Sally of the Subway as Police Lieutenant Paxton
1931 Dragnet Patrol as Private Detective
1931 Cavalier of the West as Sheriff Bill Ryan
1931 The Nevada Buckaroo as Cherokee
1931 Big Business Girl as Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
1931 The Stolen Jools as Projectionist
1931 Dirigible as Parade Official (uncredited)
1930 Top Speed as Western Union Clerk
1930 For the Defense as Ben (the waiter)
1930 She Who Gets Slapped as Poker Player
1930 Playing Around as Railroad Ticket-Seller
1929 Big News as Reporter Hoffman (as George Hayes)

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