Edgar Buchanan

Biography: Intending to become a dentist like his father, American actor Edgar Buchanan wound up with grades so bad in college that he was compelled to take an "easy" course to improve his average. Buchanan chose a course in play interpretation, and after listening to a few recitations of Shakespeare he was stagestruck. After completing dental school, Buchanan plied his oral surgery skills in the summertime, devoting the fall, winter and spring months to acting in stock companies and at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. He was given a screen test by Warner Bros. studios in 1940, received several bit roles, then worked himself up to supporting parts upon transferring to Columbia Pictures. Though still comparatively youthful, Buchanan specialized in grizzled old westerners, with a propensity towards villainy or at least larceny. The actor worked at every major studio (and not a few minor ones) over the next few years, still holding onto his dentist's license just in case he neededIntending to become a dentist like his father, American actor Edgar Buchanan wound up with grades so bad in college that he was compelled to take an "easy" course to improve his average. Buchanan chose a course in play interpretation, and after listening to a few recitations of Shakespeare he was stagestruck. After completing dental school, Buchanan plied his oral surgery skills in the summertime, devoting the fall, winter and spring months to acting in stock companies and at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. He was given a screen test by Warner Bros. studios in 1940, received several bit roles, then worked himself up to supporting parts upon transferring to Columbia Pictures. Though still comparatively youthful, Buchanan specialized in grizzled old westerners, with a propensity towards villainy or at least larceny. The actor worked at every major studio (and not a few minor ones) over the next few years, still holding onto his dentist's license just in case he needed something to fall back on. Though he preferred movie work to the hurried pace of TV filming, Buchanan was quite busy in television's first decade, costarring with William Boyd on the immensely popular Hopalong Cassidy series, then receiving a starring series of his own, Judge Roy Bean, in 1954. Buchanan became an international success in 1963 thanks to his regular role as the lovably lazy Uncle Joe Carson on the classic sitcom Petticoat Junction, which ran until 1970. After that, the actor experienced a considerably shorter run on the adventure series Cade's County, which starred Buchanan's close friend Glenn Ford. Buchanan's last movie role was in Benji (1974), which reunited him with the titular doggie star, who had first appeared as the family mutt on Petticoat Junction. Expand

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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Petticoat Junction: Season 7 Sep 27, 1969 Joseph P. "Uncle Joe" Carson / Joseph P. `Uncle Joe' Carson tbd
tbd Green Acres: Season 5 Sep 27, 1969 Uncle Joe Carson / Carson tbd
tbd Petticoat Junction: Season 6 Sep 28, 1968 Joseph P. "Uncle Joe" Carson / Joseph P. `Uncle Joe' Carson tbd
tbd Green Acres: Season 4 Sep 25, 1968 Uncle Joe Carson / Carson / Joe tbd
tbd The Beverly Hillbillies: Season 7 Sep 25, 1968 Uncle Joe tbd
tbd Petticoat Junction: Season 5 Sep 9, 1967 Joseph P. "Uncle Joe" Carson / Joseph P. `Uncle Joe' Carson tbd
tbd Green Acres: Season 3 Sep 6, 1967 Uncle Joe Carson (In Flashback Clip ) tbd
tbd Petticoat Junction: Season 4 Sep 13, 1966 Joseph P. "Uncle Joe" Carson / Joseph P. `Uncle Joe' Carson tbd
tbd Green Acres: Season 1 Sep 15, 1965 Uncle Joe Carson / Joe / Uncle Joe Carson tbd
tbd Petticoat Junction: Season 3 Sep 14, 1965 Joseph P. "Uncle Joe" Carson / Joseph P. `Uncle Joe' Carson tbd
tbd Petticoat Junction: Season 2 Sep 22, 1964 Joseph P. "Uncle Joe" Carson / Joseph P. `Uncle Joe' Carson tbd
tbd Petticoat Junction: Season 1 Sep 24, 1963 Joseph P. "Uncle Joe" Carson / Joseph P. `Uncle Joe' Carson tbd
tbd Perry Mason: Season 6 Sep 27, 1962 Daley tbd
tbd Leave It to Beaver: Season 6 Sep 27, 1962 Uncle Billy tbd
tbd Route 66: Season 3 Sep 21, 1962 Abe tbd
tbd Gunsmoke: Season 8 Sep 15, 1962 Dan York tbd
tbd The Andy Griffith Show: Season 2 Oct 2, 1961 Henry Wheeler / Guest tbd
tbd Gunsmoke: Season 7 Sep 30, 1961 Dan Witter tbd
tbd The Twilight Zone: Season 3 Sep 15, 1961 Doc Bolton / Doc Bolton 9.8
tbd Route 66: Season 1 Oct 7, 1960 Jack McConkie tbd
tbd Leave It to Beaver: Season 4 Oct 1, 1960 Uncle Billy tbd
tbd Bonanza: Season 2 Sep 10, 1960 Hallelujah Hicks / Henry tbd
tbd Perry Mason: Season 2 Sep 20, 1958 Coroner Andy Templet tbd
tbd Wanted: Dead or Alive: Season 1 Sep 6, 1958 Chester / Pop tbd
tbd Leave It to Beaver: Season 1 Oct 4, 1957 Captain tbd