Arthur Hunnicutt

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Arthur Hunnicutt
Arthur Hunnicutt in Stars in My Crown trailer.jpg
Hunnicutt in Stars in My Crown (1950)
BornArthur Lee Hunnicutt
(1910-02-17)February 17, 1910
Gravelly, Arkansas, U.S.
DiedSeptember 26, 1979(1979-09-26) (aged 69)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1942-1975
Spouse(s)Pauline Lile
 
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Arthur Hunnicutt
Arthur Hunnicutt in Stars in My Crown trailer.jpg
Hunnicutt in Stars in My Crown (1950)
BornArthur Lee Hunnicutt
(1910-02-17)February 17, 1910
Gravelly, Arkansas, U.S.
DiedSeptember 26, 1979(1979-09-26) (aged 69)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1942-1975
Spouse(s)Pauline Lile

Arthur Lee Hunnicutt (February 17, 1910 – September 26, 1979) was an American actor known for his portrayal of wise, grizzled, old rural characters.

Biography[edit]

A native of Gravelly, Arkansas, Hunnicutt attended Arkansas State Teachers College but dropped out during his junior year when he ran out of money. He moved to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, where he joined up with a theatre company. Moving to New York, he quickly found himself landing roles in Broadway productions. While touring as the lead actor in Tobacco Road, he developed the country character he would later be typecast as throughout his career. Hunnicutt often found himself cast as a character much older than himself.

Hunnicutt appeared in a number of films in the early 1940s before returning to the stage. In 1949 he moved back to Hollywood and resumed his film career. He played a long string of supporting role characters—sympathetic, wise rural types, as in The Red Badge of Courage (1951), The Lusty Men (1952),The Kettles in the Ozarks (1955), The Last Command (1955, as Davy Crockett), The Tall T (1957), Cat Ballou (1965, as Butch Cassidy) and El Dorado (1966).

In 1952, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the Howard Hawks Western, The Big Sky.

Throughout the '50s, '60s, and '70s, Hunnicutt made nearly 40 guest appearances on American television programs. He made two memorable appearances on Perry Mason in 1963: he played orange grower Amos Kennesaw Mountain Keller in "The Case of the Golden Oranges," and prospector Sandy Bowen in "The Case of the Drowsy Mosquito." He also made guest appearances on Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Outer Limits, The Rifleman, The Andy Griffith Show, and The Twilight Zone. In one of his last movies, Moonrunners (1975)—the precursor to The Dukes of Hazzard—he played the original Uncle Jesse.

In his later years, Hunnicutt served as Honorary Mayor of Northridge, California. He developed tongue cancer. He died in 1979 and is buried in the Coop Prairie Cemetery in Mansfield, Arkansas.[1]

Filmography[edit]

from Split Second (1953)
YearFilmRole
1942Wildcat'Watchfob' Jones
1942Riding Through NevadaArkansas
1942Silver QueenNewspaper Publisher Brett
1942Fall InLuke Hatfield
1942Pardon My GunArkansas
1943The Fighting BuckarooArkansas
1943Law of the NorthwestArkansas
1943Frontier FuryArkansas
1943Robin Hood of the RangeArkansas
1943Johnny Come LatelySecond Tramp
1943Hail to the RangersArkansas
1943The Chance of a LifetimeElwood 'Tex' Stewart
1944Riding WestProf. Arkansas Higgins
1944Abroad with Two YanksArkie
1949Border IncidentClayton Nordell
1949Lust for GoldLudi
1949The Great Dan PatchChet Williams
1950A Ticket To TomahawkSad Eyes
1950Stars in My CrownChloroform Wiggins
1950Broken ArrowMilt Duffield, Mail Superintendent
1950Two Flags WestSgt. Pickens
1951SugarfootFly-Up-the-Creek Jones
1951The Red Badge of CourageBill Porter
1952The Big SkyZeb Calloway/Narrator
1952The Lusty MenBooker Davis
1953Split SecondAsa Tremaine
1954The French Line'Waco' Mosby
1954She Couldn't Say NoOdie Chalmers
1955The Last CommandDavy Crockett
1955The Kettles in the OzarksSedgewick Kettle
1957The Tall TRintoon
1960The Andy Griffith Show: "A Feud Is a Feud"Jedediah Wakefield
1962Twilight Zone: "The Hunt"Hyder Simpson
1964Outer Limits: "Cry of Silence"Lamont
1965Cat BallouButch Cassidy
1966El DoradoBull Harris
1971The Million Dollar DuckMr. Purdham
1971Shoot OutHomer Page (rancher)
1974Harry and TontoWade Carlton
1974The Spikes GangKid White (aka Billy Blanco)
1975MoonrunnersUncle Jesse

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