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|Edgar Buchanan, DDS|
Buchanan circa 1971
|Born||William Edgar Buchanan II
March 20, 1903
Humansville, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||April 4, 1979
Palm Desert, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Dentist, Actor, Singer|
|Spouse(s)||Mildred Marguerite Spence (1928–1979) (his death)|
|Children||William Edgar Buchanan III "Buck" adopted son (1946–2005)|
|Parent(s)||Dr. and Mrs. W.E. Buchanan|
Edgar Buchanan (March 20, 1903 – April 4, 1979) was an American actor with a long career in both film and television, most familiar today as Uncle Joe Carson from the Petticoat Junction,:828 Green Acres, and The Beverly Hillbillies television sitcoms of the 1960s. On Petticoat Junction, he took over as proprietor of the Shady Rest Hotel following the 1968 death of show star Bea Benaderet, who had played Kate Bradley. In 1969, in the episode "Kathy Jo's First Birthday Party", he appeared with his real-life son, Buck (who had a cameo as an ice cream vendor).
The son of Dr. and Mrs. W.E. Buchanan, he was born in Humansville, Missouri, and moved with his family to Oregon when he was seven. In 1928, he earned a DDS degree from North Pacific College School of Dentistry, which later became Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry. His wife Mildred (1907–1987) and he, classmates in dental school, were married in 1928, the year he graduated. They had one child, a son named Buck. In 1939, they moved from Eugene, Oregon, to Altadena, California, where they moved their dental practice. He joined the Pasadena Playhouse as an actor. He appeared in his first film in 1939, at the age of 36, after which he turned his dentistry practice over to his wife. He was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity and a Freemason.
Buchanan appeared in more than 100 films, including Texas (1941) where he played a dentist and starred with William Holden and Glenn Ford and later in Penny Serenade (1941) with Cary Grant, Tombstone, the Town Too Tough to Die (1942), The Talk of the Town (1942) with Ronald Colman and Jean Arthur, The Man from Colorado (1948), Cheaper by the Dozen (1950), She Couldn't Say No (1954), Ride the High Country (1962) with Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea, McLintock! (1963) with John Wayne, Move Over, Darling (1963) with Doris Day and James Garner, and Benji (1974).
Among the many television series in which he was cast as a guest star were Cimarron City, The Californians, The Rifleman Edgar appeared in six episodes of The Rifleman, playing Grandpa Fogerty in “The Long Goodbye” (Episode 119) and Doc Burrage in the other five: “The Pet” (episode 15), “The Second Witness” (episode 23), “The Trade” (episode 24), “The Deadly Wait” (episode 26), and “The Angry Man” (episode 31)., the episode "Duel at Sundown" of Maverick with James Garner and Clint Eastwood, Leave It to Beaver (as both "Uncle Billy" and "Captain Jack"), The Twilight Zone, Riverboat (as Wingate Pardee in the 1960 episode, "Duel on the River"), Gunsmoke, Route 66, Bringing Up Buddy, Bus Stop, and The Lloyd Bridges Show.
In 1956, Buchanan portrayed the lead in the 39-episode syndicated Western television series, Judge Roy Bean, set in Langtry, Texas, and filmed in color in California. Only loosely based on the career of the legendary storekeeper, bartender, and justice of the peace, Roy Bean, the series had supporting roles for Jack Buetel, Jackie Loughery, and Russell Hayden as a Texas Ranger. The series popularized Bean's claim to having been "The Only Law West of the Pecos", a reference to the Pecos River in Val Verde County in southwestern Texas. From 1960 to 1962, he appeared four times on the NBC Western series Laramie, Buchanan made two guest appearances on Perry Mason: in 1958 as a small-town coroner in "The Case of the Perjured Parrot" and in 1962 as a small-town judge in "The Case of the Lurid Letter".
Buchanan appeared as Uncle Joe Carson in all 222 episodes of Petticoat Junction, the only actor from the show to do so, as well as in 17 episodes of Green Acres,:416 and three episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies. Another star from Petticoat Junction and he appeared together in the 1974 movie Benji; the other "star" was Higgins the dog, which portrayed the title character.
|1973||Love, American Style||Segment: Love and the Family Hour|
|1972||The Partridge Family||Episode: "M is for Many Things"|
|1971–1972||Cade's County||J.J. Jackson|
|The Virginian||Teddy Birdwell||Episode: "The Legacy of Spencer Flats"|
|1963–1970||Petticoat Junction||Joseph P. "Uncle Joe" Carson|
|1970||The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again||Jason Fitch|
|The Mod Squad||Hargis||Episode: "Welcome to the Human Race, Levi Frazee!"|
|The Name of the Game||Felson||Episode: "Little Bear Died Running"|
|1965–1969||Green Acres||Uncle Joe Carson||There were many crossovers from Petticoat Junction castmembers in the series|
|1969||The Over-the-Hill Gang||Jason Fitch|
|1968||The Beverly Hillbillies||Uncle Joe Carson||3 episodes|
|Something for a Lonely Man||Old Man Wolenski|
|1965||Luke and the Tenderfoot||Luke Herkimer|
|1957–1963||Leave It to Beaver||Captain Jack / William 'Uncle Billy' Cleaver||3 episodes|
|1962, 1963||Dr. Kildare||Steve Devitt / Judge Manning||2 episodes|
|Gunsmoke||Dan Witter / Dan York||2 episodes|
|The Lloyd Bridges Show||Doc / Tyree||2 episodes|
|1958, 1962||Perry Mason||Andy Templet / Judge Edward Daley||2 episodes|
|1962||Dennis the Menace||Mr. Meekin||Episode: "Dennis and the Hermit"|
|The Wide Country||Uncle Walt Guthrie||Episode: "Good Old Uncle Walt"|
|Have Gun – Will Travel||Cardiff||Episode: "Man in an Hourglass"|
|Stoney Burke||Dawes||Episode: "Fight Night"|
|Alcoa Premiere||Crab Holman||Episode: "Flashing Spikes"|
|Thriller||Doc O'Connor||Episode: 'Til Death Do Us Part|
|The Twilight Zone||Doc Bolton||Episode: "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank"|
|1958–1961||The Rifleman||Doc Burrage / Grandpa Fogarty|
|Maverick||Daddy Forge / Jed / Colonel Hamilton / Red Daniels||5 episodes|
|1957–1961||Tales of Wells Fargo||Bob Dawson / Doc Dawson||6 episodes|
|1960, 1961||Bonanza||Hallelujah Hicks / John Henry Hill||2 episodes|
|1961||The Andy Griffith Show||Henry Wheeler||Episode: "Aunt Bee's Brief Encounter"|
|Bus Stop||Judge Neal||Episode: "The Man from Bootstrap"|
|The New Bob Cummings Show||Episode: "The Oxtail Incident"|
|The Tall Man||Archie Keogh||Episode: "The Judas Palm"|
|The Barbara Stanwyck Show||Judge Franklin||Episode: "A Man's Game"|
|National Velvet||Grandpa Harwell||2 episodes|
|Klondike||Sam Perkins||Episode: "The Golden Burro"|
|1957, 1960||Wagon Train||The Tramp / Ben Mattox||2 episodes|
|1960||Riverboat||Wingate Pardee||Episode: "Duel on the River"|
|Route 66||Jack McConkle||Episode: "The Beryllium Eater"|
|Stagecoach West||Lum Jensen||Episode: "Red Sand"|
|Assignment: Underwater||Charlie Noble||Episode: "Charlie Noble's Pearl"|
|Bat Masterson||Cactus Charlie||Episode: "Debt of Honor"|
|Bronco||Pop Owens||Episode: "Winter Kill"|
|1958, 1959||The Californians||Dutch / Major||2 episodes|
|1955–1959||General Electric Theater|
|1959||The Deputy||Isbel||Episode: "Man of Peace"|
|Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Pops||Episode: "Coyote Moon"|
|Wanted Dead or Alive||Pop Michaels / Chester Blake||2 episodes|
|Trackdown||Tully Saxon||Episode: "The Trick"|
|Lawman||Jess Miller||Episode: "The Captives"|
|1958||Cimarron City||Shanty||Episode: "Kid on a Calico Horse"|
|26 Men||Episode: "Cross and Doublecross"|
|The Gale Storm Show||Jasper Stokes||Episode: "Hayride Ahoy"|
|Studio One||Dan Ferris||Episode: "Birthday Present"|
|The Restless Gun||Ethan Greenfield / Sheriff Gabe Starns||2 episodes|
|The Adventures of Jim Bowie||Ringtail||Episode: "Deaf Smith"|
|The Christophers||John Augustus||Episode: "Sentence Deferred"|
|Whirlybirds||Burton||Episode: "The Perfect Crime"|
|1956||Crossroads||Bart Alden||Episode: "The Lamp of Father Cataldo"|
|Strange Stories||Episode: "Con Game"|
|Judge Roy Bean||Judge Roy Bean|
|1953, 1955||Cavalcade of America||Horace Greeley / Doc Mathew||4 episodes|
|1955||Screen Directors Playhouse||Sub Royal||Episode: "The Bush Roper"|
|Ford Theatre||Papa Mumby||Episode: "The Mumbysa"|
|1952–1954||Hopalong Cassidy||Red Connors|
|1954||Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson||Uncle Harry||Episode: "Uncle Harry"|
|1953||Make Room for Daddy||Captain Chris||Episode: "The Sea Captain"|
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