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Dabbs Greer (1917- )

Dabbs Greer

Played Mr. Jonus, the Dodge City owner of the general store.


Bless Me Till I Die, April 22, 1961 Written by John Meston Story by Ray Kemper, Directed by Ted Post, Guest Cast: Ronald Foster, Phyllis Love, Vic Perrin, Dabbs Greer

Chester's Dilemma, May 20, 1961 Written by John Meston Script by Vic Perrin, Directed by Ted Post, Guest Cast: Patricia Smith, John Van Dreelen, Dabbs Greer

Old Yellow Boots, October 7, 1961 Written by John Meston, Directed by Ted Post, Guest Cast: Warren Stevens, Joanna Linville, Dean Stanton, Steve Brodie, Bing Russell, Dabbs Greer

The Dreamers, April 28, 1962 Written by John Meston, Directed by Andrew McLaglen, Guest Cast: Liam Redmond, J. Pat O'Malley, Valerie Allen, CeCe Whitney, Gage Clarke, Dabbs Greer, Shug Fisher

Uncle Sunday, December 15, 1962 Written by John Meston, Directed by Joseph Sargent. Assistant Director Robert L. Rosen, Guest Cast: Henry Beckman, Joy ce Bulifant, Ed Nelson, Dabbs Greer, Gage Clarke, Wallace Rooney, Nora Marlowe

Homecoming, March 28th, 1964 Written by Paul Savage, Directed by Harry Harris, Guest Cast: Dabbs Greer, John Dehner, Lane Bradford, Dorothy Green

Byline, April 9, 1966 Written by Les Crutchfield, Directed by Allen Reisner, Guest Cast: Chips Rafferty, Dabbs Greer, Denver Pyle, Ted de Corsia, Stefan Amgrim, Maudie Prickett, Gertrude Flynn

Hill Girl, January 29, 1968 Written by Calvin Clements, Directed by Robert Totten, Guest Cast: Lane Bradbury, Victor French, Anthony James, Dabbs Greer, Ted Jordan, Burt Mustin

Cowtown Hustler, March 11, 1974 Written by Jim Byrnes, Directed by Gunnar Hellstrom, Guest Cast: Jack Albertson, Jonathan Lippe, Nellie Bellflower, John Davis Chandler, Richard O'Brien, Henry Beckman, Dabbs Greer, Lew Brown, Robert Swan, Chuck Hicks

He was a very familiar face in films and especially on TV. He was a sort of "everyman" in his roles and played merchants, preachers, businessmen, and other "pillars of the community" types as well as assorted villains. With his plain looking face, wavy hair and mellow, distinctive voice he was a solid supporting actor. He was born on April 2, 1917 in Fairview, Missouri but reared in Anderson, Missouri. He was the only child of a pharmacist father and a speech therapist mother. His first acting experience was on stage in a Children’s Theatre production when he was 8 years old. He attended Drury College in Springfield, Mo. where he earned a BA and headed the drama department and Little Theatre in Mountain Grove, Mo. from 1940-43. He then moved on to the famed Pasadena Playhouse in California as actor, instructor and administrator from 1943-50. He made his film debut in 1948 in "The Black Book" aka "Reign of Terror" in an uncredited Bit Part. Among his other films are: "The Damned Don't Cry" (1950) as Reporter; "Storm Warning" (1951) as Attendant; "Call Me Mister" (1951) as Aide to Colonel; "Father's Little Dividend" (1951) with Spencer Tracy & Elizabeth Taylor, uncredited as a Taxi Driver; "Monkey Business" (1952) with Cary Grant, in a small role as a Cab Driver but he shone; "Room For One More" (1952) as Scoutmaster; "House of Wax" (1953) with Vincent Price as Sgt. Jim Shane; "Riot in Cell Block 11" (1954) as Schuyler; "The Seven Little Foys" (1955) as Tutor; "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1956) as Mac Lomax; "Shenandoah" (1965) as Abernathy; "Two Moon Junction" (1988) as Kyle; "Con Air" (1997) as Old Man under Truck and "The Green Mile" (1999) as Old Paul. He is probably best remembered for his role as Reverend Alden on "Little House on the Prairie" (1974-82) but he was also a regular on the TV series "Gunsmoke" (1955-60) as merchant, Mr. Jones; "Hank" (1965-66) as Coach Ossie Weiss and "Picket Fences" (1992) as Rev. Henry Novotny." He appeared in made for TV movies and guest starred on such series as: "Adventures of Superman"; "The Rifleman"; "Wanted: Dead or Alive"; "Trackdown"; "Perry Mason"; "Bonanza"; "The Fugitive" and "The Brady Bunch."

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