McDevitt in 1950.
|Born||Ruth Thane Shoecraft
September 13, 1895
Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.
|Died||May 27, 1976
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Ruth Thane McDevitt|
|Spouse(s)||Patrick McDevitt (m. ?–1934)|
Ruth McDevitt (September 13, 1895 – May 27, 1976) was an American stage, film, radio and television actress.
She was born Ruth Thane Shoecraft in Coldwater, Michigan. After attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she married Patrick McDevitt and decided to devote her time to her marriage. After her husband's death in 1934, she returned to acting. She performed on Broadway, in particular understudying and succeeding Josephine Hull in Arsenic and Old Lace and The Solid Gold Cadillac. She also worked as a radio actor.
McDevitt was a familiar face on television during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. She played "Mom Peepers" in the 1950s sitcom Mr. Peepers. She was a regular with Ann Sheridan, Douglas Fowley, and Gary Vinson in CBS's Pistols 'n' Petticoats, a 1966-67 satire of the Old West. The series attracted a good audience, but was cancelled two months after Sheridan's 1967 death from cancer. She was a series regular on Bright Promise from 1974–75, McDevitt also had a regular role as Emily Cowles on Kolchak: the Night Stalker, starring Darren McGavin.
McDevitt guest starred in such series as Suspense, Cosmopolitan Theatre, Decoy, Westinghouse Studio One, The United States Steel Hour, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Andy Griffith Show, The Debbie Reynolds Show, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, Mayberry R.F.D., I Dream of Jeannie, Here's Lucy, Bewitched, My World and Welcome To It, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Love, American Style, That Girl, Room 222, Nanny and the Professor, Mannix, Gunsmoke, Marcus Welby, M.D., Little House On The Prairie, All in the Family, Phyllis, and The Streets of San Francisco. Her many made-for-television films include The Couple Takes a Wife, One of My Wives is Missing, In Search of America, The Cheerleaders, My Father's House, The Abduction of Saint Anne, Skyway to Death, Man on the Outside, and If I Had a Million.
Her film debut was in 1951's The Guy Who Came Back, followed by memorable roles in The Parent Trap (as camp counselor Miss Inch), Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (as Mrs. MacGruder, the pet store saleslady), Love is a Ball, Boys' Night Out, Dear Heart, The Shakiest Gun in the West, Angel in My Pocket, The Love God?, Change of Habit, The War Between Men and Women, Mame, and Mixed Company. Ruth had a co-starring role in the dark horror comedy Homebodies, one of her final films.
|1951||The Guy Who Came Back||Grandma|
|1953||The Long, Long Trailer||Mrs. Vagabond||Uncredited|
|1961||The Parent Trap||Miss Inch|
|1962||Boys Night Out||Beulah Partridge|
|1963||The Birds||Mrs. MacGruder, pet store clerk|
|1964||Dear Heart||Miss Tait|
|1968||The Shakiest Gun in the West||Olive||with film's star Don Knotts|
|1969||Angel in My Pocket||Nadine||with Andy Griffith|
|The Love God?||Miss Keezy||with film's star Don Knotts|
|Change of Habit||Lily|
|1972||The War Between Men and Women||Old woman|
|1974||Mixed Company||Miss Bergquist|
|1949||A Woman to Remember||Bessie Thatcher||Unknown episodes|
|1958||Harbourmaster||Mrs. Markham||1 episode|
|1961||Naked City||Mrs. Abbie Dobbins||1 episode|
|1962||The Nurses||Miss Dillion||1 episode|
|Dr. Kildare||Adele Fromm, RN||1 episode|
|1964||Route 66||Mrs. Harris||1 episode|
|The Doctors||Mrs. McMurtrie||Unknown episodes|
|1966–1967||Pistols 'n' Petticoats||Grandma Effie Hanks||26 episodes|
|1967||Bewitched||The Queen Ticheba||1 episode|
|1968||The Andy Griffith Show||Mrs. Pendleton||2 episodes|
|1969||The Debbie Reynolds Show||Mrs. Patterson||1 episode|
|Bright Promise||Clara Ryan||Unknown episodes|
|1970||The Courtship of Eddie's Father||Miss Bristol||1 episode|
|That Girl||Aunt Belle||1 episode|
|1971||The New Andy Griffith Show||Mrs. Gossage||3 episodes|
|Nanny and the Professor||Mrs. Rumble||1 episode|
|1973||The New Dick Van Dyke Show||Mrs. Ferguson||1 episode|
|The Girl Most Likely to...||Housemistress||made for TV movie|
|1974||Kojak||Mrs. Farenkrug||1 episode|
|1973-1975||All In the Family||Josephine 'Jo' Nelson||3 episodes|
|1974–1975||Kolchak: The Night Stalker||Emily Cowles||12 episodes|
|1975||Phyllis||Miss McDermott||1 episode|
|1975||Ellery Queen||Zelda Van Dyke||1 episode|
|Medical Center||Alice||1 episode|
- Ruth McDevitt at the Internet Broadway Database
- Ruth McDevitt at the Internet Movie Database
- Ruth McDevitt at the University of Wisconsin's Actor Studio audio collection
- Ruth McDevitt at Find a Grave