Paul Gilbert (actor)
Gilbert circa 1954.
December 27, 1918
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||February 13, 1975
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Paul Gilbert (born Ed MacMahon; December 27, 1918 – February 13, 1975) was an American film and television actor. Born in New York City, Gilbert played various roles and appeared as himself from The Spike Jones Show in 1954 through Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In in 1973. He played the role of murder victim Harrison Boring in the 1964 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Blonde Bonanza." Gilbert also appeared in other early television shows such as The NBC Comedy Hour, The Colgate Comedy Hour, Lux Video Theatre, and The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Gilbert and his fourth wife Barbara Crane adopted Melissa Gilbert who played Laura Ingalls Wilder and Jonathan Gilbert who played Willie Oleson on the NBC TV series Little House on the Prairie. When Melissa was 8, they divorced. His ex-wife and children remained in San Fernando. He moved to nearby Encino but stayed an active father to Melissa and Jonathan, joining the family for holidays.
Gilbert died suddenly of a stroke on February 13, 1975. He was 56 years old.
- Prairie Tales, by Melissa Gilbert, 2009.
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