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Percy Helton (1894-1971)

Thick'n'Thin, December 26, 1959 Written by John Meston, Story by Les Crutchfield, Directed by Stuart Heisler, Guest Cast: Robert Emhardt, Percy Helton, Tina Menard

The Summons, April 21, 1962 Written by Kathleen Hite, Story by Marian Clark, Directed by Andrew McLaglen, Guest Cast: Bethel Leslie, John Crawford, Cal Bolder, Robert J. Stevenson, Myron Healey, Shug Fisher, Percy Helton, Tom Hennesey, Joyce Jameson

Another of those unmistakable character actor voices belonged to Percy Helton. It was a cross between a squeak toy and a raspy gasp. He was born January 31, 1894 in New York City into a theatrical family, he began acting at age 2. He had a lucrative career as a child actor on stage and in vaudeville. He served in World War I and returned to resume his acting career. On Broadway he appeared in "Young America"; "The Five Million" and "One Sunday Afternoon." In films and on TV he often played weasely, sneaky, mistrustful type characters. His film career included: "The Fairy and the Waif" (1915) a silent and his film debut; "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) uncredited as Drunken Santa; "Larceny" (1947) as Charlie Jordan; "Call Northside 777" (1948) uncredited as William Decker; "My Friend Irma" (1949) as Mr. Clyde, with Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis; "Fancy Pants" (1950) as Mayor Fogarty, with Bob Hope; "Cyrano de Bergerac" (1950) as Bellerose; "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953) as Benton; "White Christmas" (1954) as Conductor on train; "The Music Man" (1962) uncredited as Train Conductor; "The Sons of Katie Elder" (1965) as Storekeeper Peevey; "Funny Girl" (1968); "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969) uncredited as Sweetface and "Day of the Wolves" (1973) as Man in House, his last film. On TV he appeared on "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1968-71) as Homer Cratchit and guest starred on many other series including: "My Three Sons"; "Green Acres"; "Petticoat Junction"; "Gunsmoke"; "Perry Mason"; "Twilight Zone" and "Mission: Impossible." He died on September 11, 1971 in Hollywood, California at age 77 of natural causes.

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