Jim Backus

Jim Backus
1913 - 1989

Jim Backus  American Actor


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American Actor Jim Backus was born James Gilmore Backus on 25th February, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA and passed away on 3rd Jul 1989 Los Angeles, California, USA aged 76. He is most remembered for Gilligan`s Island, Mr. Magoo. His zodiac sign is Pisces.

Jim Backus was in 3 on-screen matchups, including Ann Doran in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Dorothy Shay in The Brady Bunch (1969) and Natalie Schafer in Gilligan's Island (1964).

Jim Backus is a member of the following lists: Male actors from Cleveland, Las Vegas entertainers and American male screenwriters.


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Married2 46 years, 6 months 24 years, 9 months 3 years
Total2 46 years, 6 months 24 years, 9 months 3 years


First Name Jim
Last Name Backus
Full Name at Birth James Gilmore Backus
Alternative Name Thurston Howell III, James G. Backus
Age 76 (age at death) years
Birthday 25th February, 1913
Birthplace Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died 3rd July, 1989
Place of Death Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of Death Pneumonia
Height 5' 10" (178 cm)
Build Average
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Brown - Dark
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
High School Shaw High School in East Cleveland, Ohio
University American Academy of Dramatic Art, Kentucky Military Institute (expelled)
Occupation Text Actor, Writer, Comedian
Occupation Actor
Claim to Fame Gilligan`s Island, Mr. Magoo
Year(s) Active 1937-1989
Brand Endorsement (1968) television commercial for General Electric Soft White Bulbs (voice)

James Gilmore "Jim" Backus (February 25, 1913 – July 3, 1989) was an American radio, television, film, and voice actor. Among his most famous roles were the voice of nearsighted cartoon character Mr. Magoo, the rich Hubert Updike III on the radio version of The Alan Young Show, Joan Davis's character's husband (a domestic court judge) on TV's I Married Joan, James Dean's character's father in Rebel Without a Cause, and Thurston Howell III, on the 1960s sitcom Gilligan's Island. He also starred in his own show of one season, The Jim Backus Show, also known as Hot Off the Wire.

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Jim Backus76 PiscesActor
Henny Backus93 AriesActress
Betty Kean70 SagittariusActress


Merrie Melodies: Starring Bugs Bunny and Friends1990Smoky the Genie (voice)TV Show
The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show1986Smoky the Genie (voice)TV Show
Prince Jack1985DealyMovie
The Enchanted Journey1984Gamun (voice)Movie
Slapstick (Of Another Kind)1982President of the U.S.Movie
Gilligan's Planet1982Thurston Howell IIITV Show
The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island1981Thurston Howell IIITV Movie
There Goes the Bride1980Mr. PerkinsMovie
Angels' Brigade1979Cmdr. Lindsey MarchMovie
C.H.O.M.P.S1979Mr. GibbsMovie
The Electric Horseman1979Mr. Magoo (voice, uncredited)Movie
The Castaways on Gilligan's Island1979Thurston Howell IIITV Movie
The Rebels1979John HancockTV Movie
$weepstake$1979Major AdamsTV Show
Eischied1979TV Show
Trapper John, M.D.1979GusTV Show
Good Guys Wear Black1978DoormanMovie
Rescue from Gilligan's Island1978Thurston Howell IIITV Movie
Flying High1978ManTV Show
The Gift of the Magi1978TV Movie
Pete's Dragon1977The MayorMovie
The Magic Pony1977The Tsar (voice)Movie
CHiPs1977WeitzmanTV Show
Fantasy Island1977Cap Truman, H.H. MoranTV Show
The Love Boat1977Mr. Landers, Mr. Marvin WatermanTV Show
What's New, Mr. Magoo?1977Mr. MagooTV Show
Never Con a Killer1977Stanley BunchTV Movie
Ark II1976Arnie PoolTV Show
Charlie's Angels1976IggyTV Show
The Feather and Father Gang1976Stanley BunchTV Show
Crazy Mama1975Mr. AlbertsonMovie
Friday Foster1975Enos GriffithMovie
Ellery Queen1975Howard BiggersTV Show
Joe Forrester1975Jake MandelTV Show
The Ghost Busters1975Eric, the RedTV Show
Mobile One1975MacklinTV Show
Cop on the Beat1975Jake MandelTV Movie
Chico and the Man1974Harold EricksonTV Show
Kolchak: The Night Stalker1974Herb BressonTV Show
The New Adventures of Gilligan1974Thurston Howell IIITV Show
Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus (TV Shor1974Narrator, Santa Claus (voice)Movie
Goodnight Jackie1974Mr. LandryMovie
Miracle on 34th Street1973ShellhammerTV Movie
The Girl Most Likely to...1973TilsonTV Movie
Harry O1973ZiggyTV Show
Police Story1973Jake Mandel, PollackTV Show
Now You See Him, Now You Don't1972Timothy ForsytheMovie
Of Thee I Sing1972Senator Robert F. LyonsTV Movie
ABC Afterschool Specials1972Dr. FlamelTV Show
New Zoo Revue1972Traveling SalesmanTV Show
Young Dr. Kildare1972Jake LangleyTV Show
Getting Away from It All1972Mike LorimarTV Movie
Magic Carpet1972George BensonTV Movie
Alias Smith and Jones1971Joseph P. SterlingTV Show
Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County1970StaunchMovie
Myra Breckinridge1970DoctorMovie
Nanny and the Professor1970Dr. Charles WaltersTV Show
Uncle Sam Magoo1970Mr. Magoo (voice)TV Movie
Hello Down There1969T.R. HollisterMovie
Wake Me When the War Is Over1969ColonelTV Movie
Love, American Style1969Jerry (segment "Love and the Understanding"), Jerry Franks (segment "Love and the Marriage Counselor")TV Show
Marcus Welby, M.D.1969BillTV Show
Medical Center1969Dr. DanversTV Show
The Brady Bunch1969Harry Mathews, Zaccariah T. BrownTV Show
Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?1968Tru-Blue LouMovie
Blondie1968J.C. Dithers, Mr. DithersTV Show
The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour1968Smoky the Genie (voice)TV Show
The Good Guys1968Henry ArsdaleTV Show
Mod Squad1968Emile WadeTV Show
Hurry Sundown1967Carter SillensMovie
Damn Yankees!1967Benny Van BurenTV Movie
Accidental Family1967Uncle FredTV Show
Billie1965Howard G. CarolMovie
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!1965Miles WhitepaperMovie
I Dream of Jeannie1965General Charles FitzhughTV Show
I Spy1965Tom MathewsTV Show
The Wild Wild West1965Fabian SwansonTV Show
Advance to the Rear1964Gen. WilloughbyMovie
Daniel Boone1964Will ScatawayTV Show
Gilligan's Island1964Thurston Howell IIITV Show
The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo1964Mr. Magoo, Squinty EyesTV Show
Mr. Magoo in Sherwood Forest1964Mr. Magoo (voice)Movie
Critic's Choice1963Dr. William Von HagedornMovie
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World1963Tyler FitzgeraldMovie
Johnny Cool1963Louis MurphyMovie
My Six Loves1963SheriffMovie
Operation Bikini1963Bosun's Mate Ed FennellyMovie
Sunday in New York1963Chief Pilot DrysdaleMovie
The Wheeler Dealers1963Bullard BearMovie
Burke's Law1963Harold Mason, Herkimer Witt, Pork Pie HanniganTV Show
Arrest and Trial1963Sam ThayerTV Show
Espionage1963McAvoyTV Show
Boys' Night Out1962Peter BowersMovie
The Horizontal Lieutenant1962Cmdr. Jeremiah HammerslagMovie
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm1962The King ('The Dancing Princess')Movie
Zotz!1962Horatio KellgoreMovie
Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol1962Ebenezer Scrooge, Mr. Magoo (voice)TV Movie
The Beverly Hillbillies1962Marty Van RansohoffTV Show
McKeever & the Colonel1962J.C. MedburyTV Show
The Lady and the Stock Exchange1962Fictional CharacterMovie
The Errand Boy1961Mr. Arbutt (voice, uncredited)Movie
Cain's Hundred1961Karl BiggerTV Show
Follow the Sun1961N.N. NelsonTV Show
The Dick Powell Theatre1961MonteTV Show
The DuPont Show of the Week1961Big Boss Buddy FoyTV Show
Ice Palace1960Dave HusackMovie
The Bugs Bunny Show1960Smoky the Genie (voice)TV Show
The Jim Backus Show1960Mike O'TooleTV Show
Mister Magoo1960Mr. MagooTV Show
Inside Magoo1960Himself, Mr. MagooShort Film
I Was a Teenage Magoo1960Mr. Magoo (voice)Movie
1001 Arabian Nights1959Uncle Abdul Azziz Magoo (voice)Movie
Ask Any Girl1959MaxwellMovie
The Wild and the Innocent1959Mr. ForbesMovie
The Untouchables1959William NorbertTV Show
A Private's Affair1959Jim GordonMovie
The Big Operator1959Cliff HeldonMovie
Terror Faces Magoo1959Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Bwana Magoo1959Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Magoo's Homecoming1959Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Magoo's Lodge Brother1959Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Merry Minstrel Magoo1959Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Macabre1958Police Chief Jim TyloeMovie
The High Cost of Loving1958Paul MasonMovie
77 Sunset Strip1958Maury SamuelsTV Show
The Garry Moore Show1958TV Show
The Explosive Mr. Magoo1958Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Gumshoe Magoo1958Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Love Comes to Magoo1958Mr. Magoo (voice)Movie
Magoo's Three-Point Landing1958Air Traffic Controller (voice), Mr. MagooShort Film
Scoutmaster Magoo1958Mr. Magoo (voice)Movie
Magoo's Young Manhood1958Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Man of a Thousand Faces1957Clarence LocanMovie
Top Secret Affair1957Col. Homer W. GoochMovie
The Pied Piper of Hamelin1957King's EmissaryTV Movie
Goodyear Theatre1957Jim CannadayTV Show
Maverick1957Joe WheelwrightTV Show
Eighteen and Anxious1957Harvey GrahamMovie
Magoo Breaks Par1957Mr. Magoo (voice)Movie
Magoo Goes Overboard1957Mr. Magoo (voice)Movie
Magoo Saves the Bank1957Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Magoo's Cruise1957Mr. Magoo (voice)Movie
Magoo's Glorious Fourth1957Mr. Magoo (voice)Movie
Magoo's Masquerade1957Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Magoo's Mouse Hunt1957Mr. Magoo (voice)Movie
Magoo's Private War1957Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Matador Magoo1957Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Rock Hound Magoo1957Mr. Magoo (voice)Movie
Meet Me in Las Vegas1956Tom CuldaneMovie
The Girl He Left Behind1956Sgt. HannaMovie
The Opposite Sex1956PsychiatristMovie
You Can't Run Away from It1956DankerMovie
Playhouse 901956JerryTV Show
The Gale Storm Show: Oh, Susanna!1956Arthur HutchinsTV Show
The Great Man1956Nick CellantanoMovie
The Naked Hills1956Willis HaverMovie
Conflict1956Dandy SummersTV Show
Magoo's Puddle Jumper1956Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Calling Doctor Magoo1956Mr. Magoo (voice)Movie
Magoo Beats the Heat1956Mr. Magoo (voice)Movie
Magoo Goes West1956Mr. Magoo (voice)Movie
Magoo's Canine Mutiny1956Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Magoo's Problem Child1956Mr. Magoo (voice)Movie
Meet Mother Magoo1956Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Trailblazer Magoo1956Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Francis in the Navy1955Cmdr. E.T. HutchMovie
Rebel Without a Cause1955Frank StarkMovie
The Square Jungle1955Pat QuaidMovie
Gunsmoke1955Reverend SimsTV Show
Matinee Theatre1955TV Show
The Millionaire1955Henry BanningTV Show
Warner Brothers Presents1955TV Show
Front Row Center1955Harry CooperTV Show
TV Reader's Digest1955George JohnsonTV Show
Star Stage1955TV Show
Madcap Magoo1955Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Magoo Makes News1955Mr. Magoo (voice)Movie
Magoo's Check Up1955Mr. Magoo (voice)Movie
Stage Door Magoo1955Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Magoo Express1955Mr. Magoo (voice)Movie
Deep in My Heart1954Ben JudsonMovie
Climax!1954Detective HermanTV Show
When Magoo Flew1954Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Destination Magoo1954Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Four Wheels, No Brakes1954New Car Salesman (voice, uncredited), Television QuizmasterShort Film
Kangaroo Courting1954Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Magoo Goes Skiing1954Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Look Who's Driving1954Charlie (voice, uncredited)Movie
I Love Melvin1953MergoMovie
Make Room for Daddy1953Jim FletcherTV Show
The United States Steel Hour1953Michael John McKaneTV Show
Geraldine1953Jason AmbroseMovie
Magoo Slept Here1953Mr. Magoo (voice)Movie
Magoo's Masterpiece1953Mr. Magoo (voice)Movie
Safety Spin1953Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Above and Beyond1952Gen. Curtis E. LeMayMovie
Androcles and the Lion1952CenturionMovie
Angel Face1952District Attorney JudsonMovie
Deadline - U.S.A.1952Jim ClearyMovie
Don't Bother to Knock1952Peter JonesMovie
Here Come the Nelsons1952Joe RandolphMovie
Pat and Mike1952Charles BarryMovie
The Rose Bowl Story1952Michael 'Iron Mike' BurkeMovie
I Married Joan1952Judge Bradley StevensTV Show
Pink and Blue Blues1952Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Captains Outrageous1952Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
The Dog Snatcher1952Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Hotsy Footsy1952Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Pete Hothead1952Short Film
Sloppy Jalopy1952Mr. Magoo (voice)Movie
Bright Victory1951Bill GraysonMovie
Half Angel1951Michael HoganMovie
His Kind of Woman1951Myron WintonMovie
Hollywood Story1951Mitch DavisMovie
I Want You1951Harvey LandrumMovie
I'll See You in My Dreams1951Sam HarrisMovie
Iron Man1951Max WatkinsMovie
M1951The MayorMovie
The Man with a Cloak1951FlahertyMovie
Plutopia1951Milton (voice, uncredited)Short Film
Fuddy Duddy Buddy1951Mr. Magoo (voice, uncredited)Short Film
Barefaced Flatfoot1951Mr. Magoo (voice, uncredited)Movie
Grizzly Golfer1951Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town1950Joseph 'Little Joe' RogersMovie
All Star Revue1950Guest Comedic ActorTV Show
Lux Video Theatre1950HarryTV Show
Robert Montgomery Presents1950Lucus EdgertonTV Show
Customs Agent1950Shanghai Chief Agent Thomas JacobyMovie
Emergency Wedding1950Ed HamleyMovie
The Killer That Stalked New York1950Willie Dennis (uncredited)Movie
The Web1950TV Show
Trouble Indemnity1950Mr. Magoo (voice)Movie
Spellbound Hound1950Mr. Magoo (voice, uncredited)Short Film
Bungled Bungalow1950Mr. Magoo (voice)Short Film
The Miner's Daughter1950John Harvard (voice, uncredited)Short Film
The Popcorn Story1950Tycoon - Narrator (voice, uncredited)Short Film
Edgar Bergen with Charlie McCarthy1950Magistrate BackusTV Movie
Easy Living1949Dr. Franklin (as James Backus)Movie
Father Was a Fullback1949Professor Sullivan (as James G. Backus)Movie
The Great Lover1949HigginsMovie
A Dangerous Profession1949Narrator, Police Lt. Nick FerroneMovie
One Last Fling1949Howard PritchardMovie
Ragtime Bear1949Mr. Magoo (voice, uncredited)Short Film
A-Lad-in His Lamp1948Genie (voice, uncredited)Short Film
Studio One in Hollywood1948Father, Tim McTaggartTV Show
Where Will You Hide?1948NarratorMovie
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