Jim Backus

Jim Backus

actor, writer, soundtrack

Jim Backus was born James Gilmore Backus on February 25, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was one of the few actors to do it all: radio, Broadway, movies, television and cartoons. After attending preparatory school in his hometown Cleveland, Backus enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Art, to ply his trade. While waiting for parts, he did radio and became friends with such future notables as Garson Kanin and Keenan Wynn. Backus stuck it out and soon was doing motion pictures in addition to radio. He was typecast in roles as "rich types" but broke the mold when he portrayed James Dean's father in the classic La Fureur de vivre (1955). With his career in full swing, Backus also tackled two roles that he would be best known for, Mr. Magoo in cartoons and Thurston Howell III in L'île aux naufragés (1964). After the series' run ended, he continued doing guest spots on television and movies, before passing away on July 3, 1989.

  • Birthday

    Feb 25, 1913
  • Place of Birth

    Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Known For

Awards

1 wins & 0 nominations

Walk of Fame
1960
Television
Winner - Star on the Walk of Fame

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