Hunnicutt in Stars in My Crown (1950)
|Born||Arthur Lee Hunnicutt
February 17, 1910
Gravelly, Arkansas, U.S.
|Died||September 26, 1979
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Coop Prairie Cemetery, Mansfield, Arkansas|
Arthur Lee Hunnicutt (February 17, 1910 – September 26, 1979) was an American actor known for his portrayal of wise, grizzled, old rural characters.
Hunnicutt gained early acting experience in stock theater and entertained in traveling shows. An article in the September 22, 1940, issue of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, "There isn't a decent sized medicine show traveling through Kentucky, Illinois, Georgia, Indiana or Mississippi, nor a stock company touring those states, which hasn't had the name of Arthur Hunnicutt on its programs." After eight years of such activity, in 1936 he enrolled in a drama school in Cleveland to study theatrical techniques for a year.
He moved to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, where he joined up with a theatre company. Moving to New York, he worked in the laundry at the Algonquin Hotel for 17 months before landing roles in Broadway productions. While touring as the lead actor in Tobacco Road, he developed the country character he would later be typecast as throughout his career. Hunnicutt often found himself cast as a character much older than himself.
Hunnicutt's first film was Wildcat (1942). He appeared in a number of films in the early 1940s before returning to the stage. In 1949 he moved back to Hollywood and resumed his film career. He played a long string of supporting role characters—sympathetic, wise rural types, as in The Red Badge of Courage (1951), The Lusty Men (1952),The Kettles in the Ozarks (1955), The Last Command (1955, as Davy Crockett), The Tall T (1957), Cat Ballou (1965, as Butch Cassidy), El Dorado (1966) and The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin.
Throughout the '50s, '60s and '70s, Hunnicutt made nearly 40 guest appearances on American television programs. He made two memorable appearances on Perry Mason in 1963: he played orange grower Amos Kennesaw Mountain Keller in "The Case of the Golden Oranges," and prospector Sandy Bowen in "The Case of the Drowsy Mosquito." He also made guest appearances on Bonanza, Cheyenne, Gunsmoke, The Outer Limits, The Rifleman, Wanted: Dead or Alive, The Andy Griffith Show, The Wild Wild West, Adam-12, and The Twilight Zone. In one of his last movies, Moonrunners (1975)—the precursor to The Dukes of Hazzard—he played the original Uncle Jesse.
On September 27, 1979, Hunnicutt died of cancer at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital at age 68. He was buried in the Coop Prairie Cemetery in Mansfield, Arkansas. He was survived by his wife.
|1942||Riding Through Nevada||Arkansas|
|1942||Silver Queen||Newspaper Publisher Brett|
|1942||Fall In||Luke Hatfield|
|1942||Pardon My Gun||Arkansas|
|1943||The Fighting Buckaroo||Arkansas|
|1943||Law of the Northwest||Arkansas|
|1943||Robin Hood of the Range||Arkansas|
|1943||Johnny Come Lately||Second Tramp|
|1943||Hail to the Rangers||Arkansas|
|1943||The Chance of a Lifetime||Elwood 'Tex' Stewart|
|1944||Riding West||Prof. Arkansas Higgins|
|1944||Abroad with Two Yanks||Arkie|
|1949||Border Incident||Clayton Nordell|
|1949||Lust for Gold||Ludi|
|1949||The Great Dan Patch||Chet Williams|
|1950||A Ticket To Tomahawk||Sad Eyes|
|1950||Stars in My Crown||Chloroform Wiggins|
|1950||Broken Arrow||Milt Duffield, Mail Superintendent|
|1950||Two Flags West||Sgt. Pickens|
|1951||The Red Badge of Courage||Bill Porter|
|1952||The Big Sky||Zeb Calloway/Narrator|
|1952||The Lusty Men||Booker Davis|
|1953||Split Second||Asa Tremaine|
|1954||The French Line||'Waco' Mosby|
|1954||She Couldn't Say No||Odie Chalmers|
|1955||The Last Command||Davy Crockett|
|1955||The Kettles in the Ozarks||Sedgewick Kettle|
|1956||Cheyenne: "Death Deals the Hand"||Hoot Hollister|
|1957||The Tall T||Rintoon|
|1960||The Rifleman: "The Grasshopper"||Nathaniel Cameron|
|1960||The Andy Griffith Show: "A Feud Is a Feud"||Jedediah Wakefield|
|1961||The Donna Reed Show: "One of Those Days"||Old Man|
|1962||The Twilight Zone: "The Hunt"||Hyder Simpson|
|1964||The Outer Limits: "Cry of Silence"||Lamont|
|1965||Cat Ballou||Butch Cassidy|
|1966||El Dorado||Bull Harris|
|1967||The Wild Wild West: "The Night of the Colonel's Ghost"||Doc Gavin|
|1971||The Million Dollar Duck||Mr. Purdham|
|1971||Shoot Out||Homer Page (rancher)|
|1974||Harry and Tonto||Wade Carlton|
|1974||The Spikes Gang||Kid White (aka Billy Blanco)|
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- "Hunnicutt Has a Good Job". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. September 22, 1940. p. 46. Retrieved July 2, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- Bridges, Ken (March 5, 2017). "Actor, Arkansas Native Arthur Hunnicutt". El Dorado News-Times. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
- "("Arthur Hunnicutt" search results)". Oscars.org. Retrieved 2 July 2017.[permanent dead link]
- "Arthur Hunnicutt dies of cancer at 68". The San Bernardino County Sun. The San Bernardino County Sun. Associated Press. September 27, 1979. p. 8. Retrieved July 3, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
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