Richard LeGrand

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Richard LeGrand (August 29, 1882 - June 29, 1963) was an American actor who was best known for his comedy characters on radio.

Born in Portland, Oregon, LeGrand was backstage working the artificial snow when he made his stage debut to substitute for a missing actor. He continued in theater, doing dramas, musical comedies, tent shows and vaudeville. LeGrand appeared as a variety of dialect characters.[1]

On radio he was a comedy favorite as Peavey the Druggist on The Great Gildersleeve. His signature line to end any conversation was "Well now, I wouldn't say that!" As a member of the mens' social group "The Jolly Boys", he would try to get the fellows to start singing "there was a tavern in the town, in the town" to no success. He later was a regular on Fibber McGee and Molly as Ole, the Elk's Club janitor, beginning February 15, 1949 just as that show began its decline, and appeared as Phil Harris' father on the Phil Harris Alice Faye Show (using the Peavy voice) from March of 1954 until the end of that series in May of that year.

He also performed roles on One Man's Family and the Hollywood version of I Love a Mystery. LeGrand also portrayed Peavey in three of the Great Gildersleeve movies. His largest part, almost a co-star role, was in Gildersleeve on Broadway in 1943.[1]