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Arthur Hunnicutt (1911-1979)

Cleavus, February 15, 1971 Written by Donald Z. Koplowitz & Richard, D. Scott, Directed by Robert Totten, Guest Cast: Robert Totten, Arthur Hunnicutt, William Challee, Robert Cornthwaite, Rocky B. Williams

One of the better Western character actors, Arthur Hunnicutt was born February 17, 1911 in Gravelly, Arkansas and educated at Arkansas State Teachers College. He taught school for a time during the Depression until he was able to afford tuition at Phidela Rice School of Voice in Cleveland. Later he joined summer stock productions and eventually made his debut on the Broadway Stage. His grizzled features and distinct voice with country accent were perfect for Western and historical films. Among his film credits were: "Wildcat" (1942) as Watchfob Jones, his film debut; "Johnny Come Lately" (1943); "Abroad With Two Yanks" (1944) as Arky; "Pinky" (1949) as a Police Chief; "Stars in My Crown" (1950) as Chloroform Wiggins; "Two Flags West" (1950) as Sgt. Pickens; "Broken Arrow" (1950) as Milt Duffield; John Huston's "The Red Badge of Courage" (1951) with Audie Murphy, as Bill Porter; "The Kettles in the Ozarks" (1956) as Sedgewick Kettle (Pa's brother); "The Cardinal" (1963) as Sheriff Dubrow; "Cat Ballou" (1965) as Butch Cassidy; "El Dorado" (1967) as Bull Harris; "The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin" (1967); "The Spikes Gang" (1974) as Kid White; "Harry and Tonto" (1974) as Wade and "Winterhawk" (1976) as McClusky, his last film. The pinnacle of his career came in 1952 with an Academy Award nomination for his wonderful performance in "The Big Sky" (1952) as Zeb. On TV he was a regular on: Disney's "Nine Lives of Elfego Baca" (1958) as Elias; Disney's "Swamp Fox" (1960) and Disney's "Killroy" (1965) as Seth Turner. His guest appearances on TV included roles on: "The Andy Griffith Show"; "The Virginian"; "Perry Mason"; "Bonanza"; "Twilight Zone"; "The Great Adventure"; "Gunsmoke" and "The Wild Wild West." He died of cancer on September 26, 1979 in Woodland Hills, California.

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