Jim Backus

1913 - 1989

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James Gilmore Backus (February 25, 1913 – July 3, 1989) was an American actor. Among his most famous roles were Thurston Howell III on the 1960s sitcom Gilligan's Island, the father of James Dean's character in Rebel Without a Cause, the voice of nearsighted cartoon character Mr. Magoo, the rich Hubert Updike III on the radio version of The Alan Young Show, and Joan Davis' character's husband (a domestic court judge) on TV's I Married Joan. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jim Backus has received more than 2,421,804 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Jim Backus is the 5,454th most popular actor (down from 4,844th in 2019), the 8,473rd most popular biography from United States (down from 7,241st in 2019) and the 2,740th most popular American Actor.

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Among actors, Jim Backus ranks 5,454 out of 10,030Before him are Anke Engelke, Denis Lawson, Kim Delaney, Marion Leonard, Helge Schneider, and Edie Adams. After him are James Sikking, Will Poulter, Brad Garrett, Abigail Spencer, Arjun Kapoor, and Robert Sheehan.

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Among people born in 1913, Jim Backus ranks 274Before him are François Bourbotte, Sammy Cahn, Red Skelton, Maria Kwaśniewska, Barbara Pym, and Tony Martin. After him are Julie Gibson, Gardnar Mulloy, Jimmy Van Heusen, Adrian Quist, Emmanuil Kazakevich, and Alice Marble. Among people deceased in 1989, Jim Backus ranks 207Before him are C. L. R. James, Ewan MacColl, Ödön Zombori, Virgil Thomson, Marshall Harvey Stone, and Jimmy Murphy. After him are Hassler Whitney, Fernando Martín Espina, Brian Naylor, Chris Gueffroy, May Allison, and Lennox Berkeley.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Jim Backus ranks 8,473 out of 15,968Before him are Marion Leonard (1881), Francis George (1937), Joseph Lamb (1887), Edie Adams (1927), Keith Andrews (1920), and Steve Kloves (1960). After him are James Sikking (1934), Leona Woods (1919), Brad Garrett (1960), Calvin Smith (1961), Abigail Spencer (1981), and George Read (1733).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Jim Backus ranks 2,740Before him are Scott Brady (1924), Debby Ryan (1993), Tony Martin (1913), Kim Delaney (1961), Marion Leonard (1881), and Edie Adams (1927). After him are James Sikking (1934), Brad Garrett (1960), Abigail Spencer (1981), Allan Arbus (1918), Zach Roerig (1985), and Kevin Dillon (1965).

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