Nedra Volz

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Nedra Volz
Nedra Volz at the 39th Emmy Awards cropped.jpg
Volz at the 39th Emmy Awards
Born Nedra Gordonier
(1908-06-18)June 18, 1908
Montrose, Iowa, U.S.
Died January 20, 2003(2003-01-20) (aged 94)
Mesa, Arizona, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1973–1996
  • Lester Rhode (19??-19??; divorced)
    Oren Volz (1944-1987)

Nedra Volz (née Gordonier, June 18, 1908 – January 20, 2003) was an American film and television actress.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Montrose, Iowa, she began her career in the family tent show, and appeared in vaudeville as a toddler (called "Baby Nedra"). She ended up in the 1970s as a well-recognized supporting character actress, primarily on television and also in feature films. Nedra often played grandmothers or feisty little old ladies. In the early 1930s, Volz was featured vocalist with Cato's Vagabonds, a Des Moines, Iowa, big band that briefly enjoyed national popularity. Cato never made records, but Nedra managed to appear on exactly one 78 side, with Will Osborne's orchestra in 1933.

Her most notable appearances include:

Aside from these regular parts, she often appeared in guest roles. In 1978, Volz appeared in the pilot episode of the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati, where she whacked a turntable with her umbrella in protest of the station's format change. In 1980, she appeared in several Jack in the Box TV spots as they blew up Jack.[1] In 'Mission of Peace', a 1986 episode of The A-Team, she was one of a group of senior citizens forced into asking the team for help. She portrayed the roles of Mrs. Perwinkle and Angelica on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show in 1989. She continued to act well into her eighties. In Moving Violations, director Neil Israel allowed her to do many stunts herself, including being lifted into a window and falling head-first onto the floor. Volz's last acting role was in The Great White Hype in 1996.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Nedra's first husband, Lester Rhode, was a songwriter and director of Cato's Vagabonds orchestra; they later divorced. In 1944, at the age of 36, Nedra married Oren Volz. The marriage produced three children, Edward, Linda, and the late Barbara Lee Volz (1939–1992). Oren Volz died in 1987 after 43 years of marriage. Nedra later lived in Upland, California through the 1980s and 1990s. She was a volunteer Official Celebrity Spokesperson for D.A.R.E. in Ontario, California, before she relocated to Mesa, Arizona.[1]


On January 20, 2003, Volz died of complications from Alzheimer's disease in Mesa, Arizona.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Nedra Volz at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Oliver, Myrna (2003-01-29). "Nedra Volz, 94; TV Actress Played Many 'Old Lady' Roles". Retrieved March 28, 2010. 

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