Joe Conley

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Joe Conley
Joe Conley.jpg
Conley at The Waltons 40th Anniversary in 2012
Born(1928-03-03)March 3, 1928
DiedJuly 7, 2013(2013-07-07) (aged 85)
Years active1950–2002
Spouse(s)Jacqueline Stakes (about 1962) Louise Ann Teechen (1969 – 2013; his death)[1][2]
ChildrenKevin (b. 1960)
Julie (b. 1961)
Erin Elizabeth (b. 1971)
Jana Lynne (b. 1974)

Joe Conley (March 3, 1928 – July 7, 2013) was an American actor who played many small roles on television and is most remembered for his role as the storekeeper Ike Godsey in The Waltons.[3][4]

Personal and career[edit]

Joe Conley was born in Buffalo, New York. He started acting after returning from military service in Korea, and was running three real-estate agencies in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles by the early 1970s after beginning this second career in 1961. While acting, he continued to work in real estate and, as a result, became wealthy.[5]

By the early 1970s, his career as an actor was in limbo. After twenty years of small parts in mainly television shows, he had only been in two bit parts in as many years before he was cast as storekeeper Ike Godsey in The Waltons. Conley was paired with Ronnie Claire Edwards, who portrayed his bossy wife Corabeth Walton Godsey; their characters married in the show during 1975. In 2009, Conley published his autobiography, Ike Godsey of Walton's Mountain.[6]

He was married and divorced to Jacqueline Stakes, with whom he had two children. He married Louise Teecher in 1969 and had two children with her.


Conley died on July 7, 2013, at a care facility in Newbury Park, California of complications from dementia. He was 85 and is survived by his wife, three daughters and son.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1955 Big Town Honest Cop
1955 The People's Choice Ernie Socks new Secretary
1956 The Scarlet Hour Car Salesman uncredited
1956 The Adventures of Jim Bowie Raino Tante The Ghost of Jean Battoo
1957 The Silent Service The Seahorse Story
1957 House of Numbers
1957 Crime of Passion Deliveryman
1957 The Danny Thomas Show,
also known as Make Room For Daddy
Earl the Elevator Operator Honesty is the Best Policy
1957 Casey Jones Conductor Addrel The Old Timer
1957 &
Dragnet The Big Yak
& The Big Malcolm
1957 Lassie Deliveryman Lassie's Day
1958 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Insurance Agent Disappearing Trick
1958 A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed Benjy uncredited
1958 Juvenile Jungle Duke
1958 Boots and Saddles Private Spanner The Superstition
1958 Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1958 Flight Chopper Four
1959 The D.A.'s Man Smiley The Pushter's
1959 M Squad Jack Moreno Mama's Boy
1959 Wanted: Dead or Alive Henry Jackson The Hostage
1960 The Best of the Post Elevator boy The Little Terror
1960 Richard Diamond, Private Detective The Mouse
1960 Stagecoach West Henry The Saga of Jeremy Boone
1961 All Hands on Deck sailor uncredited
1961 Blueprint for Robbery Jock Mcgee
1962 Patty Johnny
1962 The Dick Powell Theater Tom Special Assignment
1962 Dennis the Menace Nelson Calling all Bird Lovers
& 1965
Mister Ed various characters 6 episodes
1964 Kraft Suspense Theater Dom Charlie, he couldn't kill a fly
1964 Gunsmoke Carl Help me Kitty
1966 Green Acres policeman The Deputy
1967 Felony Squad Cabbie Time of Trial
1967 The Beverly Hillbillies Sergeant The Army Game
1969 80 Steps to Jonah Jenkins
1969 Bracken's World Alvin Stone Closed Set
and Fade In
1970 The Brady Bunch Delivery man The Hero
The Waltons Ike Godsey 172 episodes
1972 The Longest Night salesman
1982 A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain Ike Godsey Thanksgiving TV movie
1982 Mother's Day on Walton's Mountain Ike Godsey TV movie
1982 A Wedding on Walton's Mountain Ike Godsey TV movie
1983 Knight Rider Manager Short Notice
1985 Impure Thoughts Father Minnelli
1993 A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion Ike Godsey TV movie
1995 A Walton Wedding Ike Godsey TV movie
1996 Night Stand with Dick Dietrick Claude Dick Goes Home
1999 Whatever it Takes Frank
2000 Cast Away Joe Wally
2001 Blind Obsession


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  3. ^ Scott, Vernon (1 July 1977). "Waltons' storekeeper juggles four careers". Boca Raton News. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  4. ^ Pearson, Howard (27 February 1978). "T. V. star set for S. L. show". Deseret News. p. C5. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  5. ^ Anthony Hayward "Joe Conley: Actor best known as Ike Godsey in The Waltons", The Independent (London), 25 July 2013
  6. ^ "Actor Joe Conley, who played Ike Godsey on 'The Waltons,' dies at 85". NBC Today. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  7. ^ "TV'S 'Walton's Storekeeper Joe Conley Dies at 85". AP. Retrieved 10 July 2013.


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