Peter Palmer (actor)

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Peter Palmer
Li'l Abner Broadway play Edie Adams 1956.JPG
Palmer as Li'l Abner and Edie Adams as Daisy Mae, 1956.
Born Peter Webster Palmer
(1931-09-20) September 20, 1931 (age 85)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1956–1990s
Spouse(s) Jackie Palmer (1954-64; divorced); 5 children
Aniko Farrell (19??-2011; her death); 1 child

Peter Webster Palmer (born September 20, 1931, Milwaukee) is an American actor best known for his portrayal of Li'l Abner, both on Broadway and on film.

Life and career[edit]

Peter Palmer was offered scholarships to a number of universities; however, he chose the University of Illinois to study voice under Bruce Foote. He was the first music major to letter in football at the university. While at Illinois his team won the Big Ten championships in 1951 and 1953 and the Rose Bowl in 1952. Palmer sang the national anthem at every home game in 1953 before taking the field. In 1954 Palmer married his first wife, Jackie; they had five children, and were divorced in 1964.[1] In 1956, Palmer was cast in the title role of the musical Li'l Abner, for which he won a Theatre World Award.[2]

In 1959, he was cast in the same role in the movie version. His Li'l Abner role brought him a guest appearance on NBC's The Ford Show (starring Tennessee Ernie Ford). In 1967, Palmer had a recurring role as Sergeant James Bustos, a former Confederate States of America soldier, in the short-lived ABC military-western series Custer, with Wayne Maunder in the starring role as Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer. Throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, Palmer appeared on numerous television episodes, including a small part on Dallas . He appeared on Broadway with Carol Channing in Lorelei in 1974. In 1977, he had a regular role as part of the cast on the short-lived situation comedy The Kallikaks, playing Oscar Heinz.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He was married, secondly, to 1964 Miss Dominion of Canada and actress Aniko Farrell until her death in October 2011; they had one child, a daughter, Farrell Beth. The couple loved theatre and spent much of their time at the Masque Community Theatre of Temple Terrace in Temple Terrace, Florida, where the couple resided until Aniko's death in 2011.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Dogpatch Image Stalks Palmer", Milwaukee Journal, July 18, 1975.
  2. ^ Theatre World Awards Recipients,; accessed January 15, 2017.
  3. ^ Peter Palmer at the Internet Movie Database

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