Malcolm Atterbury

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Malcolm Atterbury
Born (1907-02-20)February 20, 1907
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died August 16, 1992(1992-08-16) (aged 85)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation Stage, film, television actor
Years active 1954-1979
Spouse(s) Ellen Atterbury (1937-1992) (his death) 3 children

Malcolm Atterbury (February 20, 1907 – August 16, 1992) was an American stage, vaudeville, film, and television actor.


A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Atterbury is perhaps best known for his uncredited role in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959), as the rural man who exclaims, "That plane's dustin' crops where there ain't no crops!" He further appeared in such films as The Birds, I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Crime of Passion, Blue Denim, Wild River, Advise and Consent, and Hawaii. His last film was Emperor of the North Pole (1973).

Atterbury made frequent appearances on television. He was cast in five episodes of CBS's Perry Mason during the late 1950s and early 1960s, playing the role of murderer in three of the episodes such as Sam Burris in the 1957 episode, "The Case of the Angry Mourner." He also had guest-starring roles on Gunsmoke, The Twilight Zone (in the episodes "Mr. Denton on Doomsday", and "No Time Like the Past"), Window on Main Street, The Asphalt Jungle, Straightaway, Bonanza, Hazel (in the episode "Hazel Sits It Out"), The Odd Couple, Sheriff of Cochise, The Fugitive, State Trooper, Rescue 8, Fury, The Man from Blackhawk, Happy, route 66 - Love is a Skinny Kid - April 1962) The Tall Man, Kentucky Jones, and The Andy Griffith Show. Atterbury had a regular role as Grandfather Aldon in the 1974-1975 CBS television family drama, Apple's Way.

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