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Burt Mustin (1882-1977)

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

Uncle Finney, October 14, 1968 Written by Calvin Clements, Directed by Bernard McEveety, Guest Cast: Burt Mustin, Victor French, Anthony James, Lane Bradbury, Pete Kellett, John Dolan, Steve Raines, Monte Hale

Anyone who ever saw Burt Mustin at work definitely remembers him. He had the look of a baby bird just hatched out of its egg. He was born Burton H. Mustin in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 8, 1882 and when he was younger enjoyed acting in community theatre productions where he was rarely, if ever, paid for his work. He worked as a radio announcer in Pittsburgh on station KDKA and later as a car salesman. It wasn't until he was 67 years old, in the 1950s, that he began his professional acting career and it was an active one. He appeared on more than 350 television shows and in more than 85 films always as a lovable old coot! Among his screen credits were: "The Detective Story" (1951) uncredited as a Janitor, his film debut; "The Lusty Men" (1952) as Jeremiah; "Cattle Queen of Montana" (1954) uncredited as Dan; "The Desperate Hours" (1955) with Humphrey Bogart & Frederick March; "Bus Stop" (1956) with Marilyn Monroe; "The Big Country" (1958) with Gregory Peck & Jean Simmons; "Son of Flubber" (1963) as First Bailiff; "The Thrill of it All" (1963) as Butler; "The Killers" (1964) as Elderly Man; "Cat Ballou" (1965) as an Accuser; "The Cincinnati Kid" (1965) uncredited as Old Man; "A Time for Dying" (1971) as Ed; "The Skin Game" (1971); "Mame" (1974) as Uncle Jeff and "Train Ride to Hollywood" (1978) his final theatrical film. On TV he was a regular on "Leave It to Beaver" (1957-58) as Gus the fireman; "Ichabod and Me" (1961-62) as Olaf; "The Andy Griffith Show" (1961-66) as Jud Crowley; "All in the Family" (1973-76) as Justin Quigley and "Phyllis" as Arthur Lanson who married Mother Dexter (Judith Lowry). He was also a frequent guest on "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson." He died on January 28, 1977 in Glendale, California of natural causes.

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