Jim Backus

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James Gilmore Backus was an American radio, television, film, and voice actor. Among his most famous roles was the voice of nearsighted cartoon character Mr. Magoo, the rich Hubert Updike III on the radio version of The Alan Young Show, Joan Davis' character's husband on TV's I Married Joan, James Dean's character's father in Rebel Without a Cause,... read more

James Gilmore Backus was an American radio, television, film, and voice actor. Among his most famous roles was the voice of nearsighted cartoon character Mr. Magoo, the rich Hubert Updike III on the radio version of The Alan Young Show, Joan Davis' character's husband 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.

Birth Name

James Gilmore Backus

Born

Tuesday, 25 February 1913

Died

Monday, 03 July 1989

Actor Filmography

The Gilligan Manifesto Thurston Howell III (archive footage) 2018
The Sixties Thurston Howell III 2013
Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom Pat Quaid (archive footage) 2012
Surviving Gilligan's Island: The Incredibly True Story of the Longest Three Hour Tour in History Himself (archive footage) 2001
E! True Hollywood Story Himself 1996
Prince Jack Dealy 1985
Slapstick of Another Kind President of the U.S. 1982
Tom Cottle: Up Close Himself 1982
Gilligan's Planet Thurston Howell III (voice) 1982
The Enchanted Journey Gamun (voice) 1981
(see additional filmography)

Actor Filmography

The Gilligan Manifesto Thurston Howell III (archive footage) 2018
The Sixties Thurston Howell III 2013
Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom Pat Quaid (archive footage) 2012
Surviving Gilligan's Island: The Incredibly True Story of the Longest Three Hour Tour in History Himself (archive footage) 2001
E! True Hollywood Story Himself 1996
Prince Jack Dealy 1985
Slapstick of Another Kind President of the U.S. 1982
Tom Cottle: Up Close Himself 1982
Gilligan's Planet Thurston Howell III (voice) 1982
The Enchanted Journey Gamun (voice) 1981
The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island Thurston Howell III 1981
Hill Street Blues Mr. Magoo 1981
There Goes the Bride Mr. Perkins 1980
C.H.O.M.P.S. Mr. Gibbs 1979
Trapper John, M.D. Gus 1979
Eischied 1979
The Rebels John Hancock 1979
Angels' Brigade Cmdr. Lindsey March 1979
$weepstake$ Major Adams 1979
Rescue From Gilligan's Island Thurston Howell III 1978
Flying High Man 1978
Good Guys Wear Black Doorman 1978
Pete's Dragon The Mayor 1977
CHiPs Weitzman 1977
What's New, Mr. Magoo? Mr. Magoo 1977
The Love Boat Mr. Landers, Mr. Marvin Waterman 1977
Fantasy Island Cap Truman, H.H. Moran 1977
The Feather and Father Gang Stanley Bunch 1976
Ark II Arnie Pool 1976
Family Feud Himself - Celebrity Contestant 1976
Charlie's Angels Iggy 1976
Friday Foster Enos Griffith 1975
Mobile One Macklin 1975
The Ghost Busters Eric, the Red 1975
Crazy Mama Mr. Albertson 1975
Joe Forrester Jake Mandel 1975
Ellery Queen Howard Biggers 1975
Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus Narrator / Santa Claus (voice) 1974
Chico and the Man Harold Erickson 1974
Kolchak: The Night Stalker Herb Bresson 1974
The New Adventures of Gilligan Thurston Howell III, Thurston Howell III (voice) 1974
Goodnight Jackie Mr. Landry 1974
Tattletales Himself 1974
Miracle on 34th Street Shellhammer 1973
Match Game 73 Himself - Panelist 1973
Police Story Jake Mandel, Pollack 1973
Harry O Ziggy 1973
The Girl Most Likely to... Prof. David Tilson 1973
ABC Afterschool Specials Dr. Flamel 1972
The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters Himself 1972
Joanne Carson's VIPs Himself 1972
Now You See Him, Now You Don't Timothy Forsythe 1972
The Mouse Factory Himself 1972
Getting Away from It All Mike Lorimar 1972
Mooch Goes to Hollywood himself 1971
Stand Up and Cheer Himself 1971
Alias Smith and Jones Joseph P. Sterling 1971
Uncle Sam Magoo Mr. Magoo (voice) 1970
Myra Breckinridge Doctor 1970
Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County Staunch 1970
Can You Top This Himself 1970
Nanny and the Professor Dr. Charles Walters 1970
Wake Me When the War Is Over Colonel 1969
Love, American Style Jerry Franks, Jerry 1969
It's Your Bet Himself 1969
The Brady Bunch Zaccariah T. Brown, Harry Mathews 1969
The David Frost Show Himself 1969
Della Himself 1969
Medical Center Dr. Danvers 1969
Marcus Welby, M.D. Bill 1969
The Storybook Squares Mr. Magoo 1969
Hello Down There T.R. Hollister 1969
It Takes Two Himself (as Jim & Henny) 1968
Blondie J.C. Dithers, Mr. Dithers 1968
The Good Guys Henry Arsdale 1968
Mod Squad Emile Wade 1968
Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? Tru-Blue Lou 1968
Accidental Family Uncle Fred 1967
The Joey Bishop Show Himself 1967
Hurry Sundown Carter Sillens 1967
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour Himself 1967
Continental Showcase Himself - Host 1966
Billie Howard G. Carol 1965
I Dream of Jeannie General Charles Fitzhugh 1965
The Wild Wild West Fabian Swanson 1965
I Spy Tom Mathews 1965
Fluffy Sergeant 1965
The Hollywood Squares (Daytime) Himself - Panelist, Himself - Center Square, Himself 1965
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! Miles Whitepaper 1965
ABC's Nightlife Himself 1964
Gilligan's Island Thurston Howell III, Thurston Howell, III 1964
Daniel Boone Will Scataway 1964
The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo, Mr. Magoo (voice), Mr. Magoo / Squinty Eyes 1964
Advance To The Rear Gen. Willoughby 1964
The Object Is Himself 1963
The Wheeler Dealers Bullard Bear 1963
Sunday In New York Chief Pilot Drysdale 1963
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World Tyler Fitzgerald 1963
Johnny Cool Louis Murphy 1963
Espionage McAvoy 1963
Burke's Law Harold Mason, Herkimer Witt, Pork Pie Hannigan 1963
Arrest and Trial Sam Thayer 1963
Picture This Himself 1963
Critic's Choice Dr. William Von Hagedorn 1963
My Six Loves Sheriff 1963
Operation Bikini Bosun's Mate Ed Fennelly 1963
The Match Game Himself - Team Captain 1962
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol Mr. Magoo 1962
The Merv Griffin Show Himself 1962
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Himself - Guest, Himself 1962
The Beverly Hillbillies Marty Van Ransohoff 1962
McKeever and the Colonel J.C. Medbury 1962
The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm The King ('The Dancing Princess') 1962
Zotz! Horatio Kellgore 1962
Boys' Night Out Peter Bowers 1962
The Horizontal Lieutenant Cmdr. Jeremiah Hammerslag 1962
The Tonight Show Himself - Actor, Himself - Comedian, Himself 1962
The Mike Douglas Show Himself - Actor, Himself - Co-Host, Himself - Comedy Actor, Himself - Comic Actor 1961
The Errand Boy Mr. Arbutt 1961
The Bob Newhart Show Himself 1961
Password Himself 1961
The Dick Powell Theatre Monte 1961
Cain's Hundred Karl Bigger 1961
The DuPont Show of the Week Big Boss Buddy Foy 1961
Follow the Sun N.N. Nelson 1961
Mister Magoo Mr. Magoo 1960
The Jim Backus Show Mike O'Toole 1960
Here's Hollywood Himself 1960
Inside Magoo Mr. Magoo / Himself 1960
Ice Palace Dave Husack 1960
1001 Arabian Nights Uncle Abdul Azziz Magoo (voice) 1959
Ask Any Girl Maxwell 1959
A Private's Affair Jim Gordon 1959
The Big Operator Cliff Heldon 1959
The Wild and the Innocent Mr. Forbes 1959
The Untouchables William Norbert 1959
77 Sunset Strip Maury Samuels 1958
Macabre Police Chief Jim Tyloe 1958
The Garry Moore Show Himself - cameo, Himself 1958
The Chevy Showroom Starring Andy Williams Himself 1958
The High Cost of Loving Paul Mason 1958
The Pied Piper of Hamelin King's Emissary 1957
Eighteen and Anxious Harvey Graham 1957
Man Of A Thousand Faces Clarence Locan 1957
Goodyear Theatre Jim Cannaday 1957
Maverick Joe Wheelwright 1957
The Jack Paar Tonight Show Himself 1957
Magoo's Glorious Fourth Mr. Magoo (voice) 1957
Top Secret Affair Col. Homer W. Gooch 1957
The Great Man Nick Cellantano 1956
You Can't Run Away from It Danker 1956
The Opposite Sex Psychiatrist 1956
The Girl He Left Behind Sgt. Hanna 1956
Playhouse 90 Jerry 1956
The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna Arthur Hutchins 1956
Conflict Dandy Summers 1956
Magoo's Puddle Jumper Mr. Magoo (voice) 1956
The Naked Hills Willis Haver 1956
Meet Me In Las Vegas Tom Culdane 1956
The Lee Phillip Show Himself 1956
Matinee Theatre 1955
Rebel Without a Cause Frank Stark 1955
Stage Door Magoo Mr. Magoo (voice) 1955
Warner Brothers Presents 1955
Gunsmoke Reverend Sims 1955
Star Stage 1955
Francis in the Navy Cmdr. E.T. Hutch 1955
Magoo's Check Up Mr. Magoo (voice) 1955
The Millionaire Henry Banning 1955
TV Reader's Digest George Johnson 1955
The Square Jungle Pat Quaid 1955
Deep In My Heart Ben Judson 1954
Destination Magoo Mr. Magoo (voice) 1954
The Magical World of Disney Timothy Forsythe 1954
Climax! Detective Herman 1954
The George Gobel Show Himself 1954
Kangaroo Courting Mr. Magoo (voice) 1954
Magoo Goes Skiing Mr. Magoo (voice) 1954
Geraldine Jason Ambrose 1954
When Magoo Flew Mr. Magoo (voice) 1954
Magoo Slept Here Mr. Magoo (voice) 1953
The United States Steel Hour Michael John McKane 1953
Person to Person Himself 1953
The Danny Thomas Show Jim Fletcher 1953
Your Chevrolet Showroom Himself 1953
Magoo's Masterpiece Mr. Magoo (voice) 1953
Safety Spin Mr. Magoo (voice) 1953
I Love Melvin Mergo 1953
Androcles And The Lion Centurion 1953
Above And Beyond Gen. Curtis E. LeMay 1953
Angel Face District Attorney Judson 1953
I Married Joan Judge Bradley Stevens 1952
The Rose Bowl Story Michael "Iron Mike" Burke 1952
Pink and Blue Blues Mr. Magoo 1952
Don't Bother To Knock Peter Jones 1952
Pat And Mike Charles Barry 1952
Deadline - U.S.A. Jim Cleary 1952
Here Come the Nelsons Joe Randolph 1952
Sloppy Jalopy Mr. Magoo (voice) 1952
Hallmark Hall of Fame 1951
I Want You Harvey Landrum 1951
Grizzly Golfer Mr. Magoo 1951
I'll See You In My Dreams Sam Harris 1951
The Man with a Cloak Flaherty 1951
Iron Man Max Watkins 1951
His Kind Of Woman Myron Winton 1951
Bright Victory Bill Grayson 1951
Hollywood Story Mitch Davis 1951
Half Angel Michael Hogan 1951
Barefaced Flatfoot Mr. Magoo 1951
M The Mayor 1951
Bungled Bungalow Mr. Magoo 1951
The Killer That Stalked New York Willie Dennis 1950
Emergency Wedding Ed Hamley 1950
All Star Revue Himself, Guest Comedic Actor 1950
Lux Video Theatre Harry 1950
Trouble Indemnity Mr. Magoo (voice) 1950
The Web 1950
Customs Agent Shanghai Chief Agent Thomas Jacoby 1950
Ma And Pa Kettle Go To Town Joseph 'Little Joe' Rogers 1950
Spellbound Hound Mr. Magoo 1950
What's My Line? Himself - Guest Panelist, Himself - Panelist 1950
Robert Montgomery Presents Lucus Edgerton 1950
A Dangerous Profession Narrator 1949
The Great Lover Higgins 1949
Easy Living Dr. Franklin (as James Backus) 1949
Father Was a Fullback Professor Sullivan (as James G. Backus) 1949
One Last Fling Howard Pritchard 1949
Studio One in Hollywood Father, Tim McTaggart 1948
A-Lad-in His Lamp Genie 1948
Stump the Stars Himself - Guest Challenger 1947
Front Row Center Harry Cooper 1955
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