Ben Gage

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Gage (right) with Marshall Kent in "Gun-Shy".

Ben Gage (October 29, 1914 - April 28, 1978) was an American radio singer and announcer, occasional off-screen film singer dubbing the voice of non-singing actors, and American television actor active from 1959 to 1975.

Gage resembled James Arness and could imitate his voice perfectly, and played Gunsmoke spoofs in four episodes of Maverick, which is the work for which he is best remembered, especially a famous 1959 Maverick episode with James Garner called "Gun-Shy" (with Gage as "Sheriff Mort Dooley" instead of "Marshal Matt Dillon") as well as "A Tale of Three Cities", "The Misfortune Teller", and "A Technical Error".

He also appeared on Batman, Bonanza, F Troop, The Donna Reed Show, The Lucy Show, and Star Trek. Gage was married to swimmer/actress Esther Williams from 1945 to 1959, and they had three children: Benjamin, Kimball (1950-2008), and Susan.

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