Bill McCutcheon

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Bill McCutcheon
Born James William McCutcheon
(1924-05-23)May 23, 1924
Russell, Kentucky, United States
Died January 9, 2002(2002-01-09) (aged 77)
Ridgewood, New Jersey, United States
Resting place
Cremation
Occupation Actor
Years active 1941-1992
Spouse(s) Anne McCutcheon (1952-2002)

James William McCutcheon (May 23, 1924 - January 9, 2002) was an American character actor known for his roles in film, television, and theatre, several of which won him Emmy and Tony awards.

Early life[edit]

McCutcheon was born in Russell, Kentucky, the son of Florence Louise (née Elam) and Robert Kenna McCutcheon, who was a railroad conductor.[1] McCutcheon's first major role was Leo the Leprechaun on The Howdy Doody Show. He followed this appearance with a recurring role (from 1984 to 1992) as Uncle Wally on the PBS children's television series Sesame Street, for which he won an Emmy.[citation needed] He also had a prominent role in the 1989 movie, Steel Magnolias, in which he played Owen Jenkins, beau of Ouiser Boudreaux (Shirley MacLaine).

Career[edit]

He was also active in film and on the stage. His first film appearance was in 1964's Santa Claus Conquers the Martians; later on, he was seen in movies including Family Business and Steel Magnolias. McCutcheon was a familiar face to young audience in the 1960s when he appeared on several Tootsie Roll television commercials. His theatre credits include a role as Moonface Martin in Anything Goes, which won him a Tony for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical. Other stage appearances include You Can't Take It With You and The Man Who Came to Dinner.

Death[edit]

McCutcheon died in 2002 of natural causes at age seventy-seven. He had three children, Carol, Jay, and Kenna.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bill McCutcheon Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 

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