Edgar Buchanan

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Edgar Buchanan
BornWilliam Edgar Buchanan
(1903-03-20)March 20, 1903
Humansville, Missouri, U.S.
DiedApril 4, 1979(1979-04-04) (aged 76)
Palm Desert, California, U.S.
Years active1939–74
Spouse(s)Mildred Marguerite Spence (1928-79) 1 son
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Edgar Buchanan
BornWilliam Edgar Buchanan
(1903-03-20)March 20, 1903
Humansville, Missouri, U.S.
DiedApril 4, 1979(1979-04-04) (aged 76)
Palm Desert, California, U.S.
Years active1939–74
Spouse(s)Mildred Marguerite Spence (1928-79) 1 son

Edgar Buchanan (March 20, 1903 – April 4, 1979) was an American actor with a long career in both film and television, most familiar today as Uncle Joe Carson from the Petticoat Junction, Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies television sitcoms of the 1960s. As Uncle Joe, he took over as proprietor of the Shady Rest Hotel following the death of Bea Benaderet, who had played Kate Bradley.



Early life

William Edgar Buchanan moved with his family to Humansville, Missouri when he was young. Like his father before him, he was a successful dentist. He and his wife Mildred were married in 1928. In 1939, they moved from Eugene, Oregon, to Altadena, California. He joined the Pasadena Playhouse as an actor. He appeared in his first film in 1939, at the age of thirty-six, after which he turned his dentistry practice over to his wife. He was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity and a Freemason.[1]


Buchanan appeared in more than 100 movies, including Penny Serenade (1941) with Cary Grant, Tombstone, the Town Too Tough to Die (1942), The Talk of the Town (1942) with Ronald Colman and Jean Arthur, The Man from Colorado (1948), Cheaper by the Dozen (1950), She Couldn't Say No (1954), Ride the High Country (1962) with Randolph Scott and Joel McCrea, McLintock! (1963) with John Wayne, Move Over, Darling (1963) with Doris Day and James Garner, and Benji (1974). Television series in which he appeared included Hopalong Cassidy, Judge Roy Bean (in which he played the lead, Texas Justice of the Peace Judge Roy Bean), Cimarron City, the episode "Duel at Sundown" of Maverick with James Garner and Clint Eastwood, Leave It To Beaver (as both "Uncle Billy" and "Captain Jack"), The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, Route 66, Bringing Up Buddy, The Californians, Bus Stop, The Lloyd Bridges Show, Cade's County and The Rifleman.

Buchanan appeared in all 222 episodes of Petticoat Junction, as well as in 17 episodes of Green Acres, and three episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies, always as the character Uncle Joe Carson. From 1960-1962, he appeared four times as Cletus McBain on the NBC western series Laramie, with John Smith and Robert Fuller. Buchanan made two guest appearances on Perry Mason: in 1958 as a small-town coroner in "The Case of the Purjured Parrot," and in 1962 he played a small-town judge in "The Case of the Lurid Letter."

Buchanan and another star from Petticoat Junction appeared together in the movie Benji -The other "star" being Higgins, the unnamed "dog" from the sitcom, who portrayed the title role in the film. Higgins had been found in an animal shelter and trained by Frank Inn, who also trained Arnold Ziffel (the pig) and all the other animals used on The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, and Green Acres sitcoms.


Buchanan died from a stroke complicated by pneumonia in Palm Desert, California, and was interred in the Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles.


YearTitleRoleOther notes
1969Angel in My PocketAxel Gresham
1967Welcome to Hard TimesBrown
1965The Man from Button WillowSorryvoice
The RoundersVince Moore
1963Move Over, DarlingJudge Bryson
McLintock!Bunny Dull
A Ticklish AffairCaptain Martin
Donovan's ReefBoston Attorney
1962Ride the High CountryJudge Tolliver
Devil's PartnerDon Lucas
1961The ComancherosJudge Thaddeus Jackson Breen
Tammy Tell Me TrueJudge Carver
1960CimarronJudge Neal Hefner
Chartroose CabooseWoody Watts
Four Fast GunsDipper
1959Hound-Dog ManDoc Cole
Edge of EternitySheriff Edwards
It Started with a KissCongressman Tappe
King of the Wild StallionsIdaho
Stump RunBuck Gaskin
1958The SheepmanMilt Masters
Day of the Bad ManSam Wyckoff
1957Spoilers of the ForestTom Duncan
1956Come Next SpringMr. Canary
1955WichitaDoc Black
The Lonesome TrailDan Wells
The Silver StarWill 'Bill' Dowdy
Rage at DawnJudge
1954DestryThe Honorable Hiram J. Sellers, Mayor
Dawn at SocorroSheriff Cauthen
Human DesireAlec Simmons
Make Haste to LiveSheriff Lafe
She Couldn't Say NoEd Meeker
1953ShaneFred Lewis
It Happens Every ThursdayJake
1952Toughest Man in ArizonaJim Hadlock
Wild StallionJohn Wintergreen
Flaming FeatherSgt. O'Rourke
The Big TreesWalter 'Yukon' Burns
1951Silver CityDutch Surrency
Cave of OutlawsDobbs
RawhideSam Todd
The Great Missouri RaidDr. Samuels
1950Devil's DoorwayZeke Carmody
The Big HangoverUncle Fred Mahoney
Cargo to CapetownSam Bennett
Cheaper by the DozenDr. Burton
1949Any Number Can PlayEd
Lust for GoldWiser
Red CanyonJonah Johnson
The Walking HillsOld Willy
1948The Untamed BreedJohn Rambeau
The Man from ColoradoDoc Merriam
Coroner CreekSheriff O'Hea
The Black ArrowLawless
Best Man WinsJim Smiley
Adventures in SilveradoDr. Hendersonn, aka The Monk
The Wreck of the HesperusGeorge Lockhart
The SwordsmanAngus MacArden
1947FramedJeff Cunningham
The Sea of GrassJeff, Cook on Brewton Ranch
1946If I'm LuckyDarius J. Magonnagle
RenegadesKirk Dembrow
The Walls Came Tumbling DownGeorge Bradford
Perilous HolidayGeorge Richards
The Bandit of Sherwood ForestFriar Tuck
Abilene TownSheriff 'Bravo' Trimble
The Fighting GuardsmanPepe, bandit-valet
1944Strange AffairLt. Washburn
The Impatient YearsJudge
Bride by MistakeJonathan Connors
Buffalo BillSergeant Chips McGraw
1943DestroyerKansas Jackson
Good Luck, Mr. YatesJonesey Jones
The DesperadoesUncle Willie McLeod
City Without MenMichael T. Mallory
1942The Talk of the TownSam Yates
Tombstone, the Town Too Tough to DieCurly Bill Brocious
1941You Belong to MeBillings, Groundskeeper
TexasBuford 'Doc' Thorpe
The Richest Man in TownPete Martin
Her First BeauElmer Tuttle
Penny SerenadeApplejack Carney
1940ArizonaJudge Bogardus
When the Daltons RodeNarrator/Old-timeruncredited
The SeahawkBen Rollinsuncredited
The Doctor Takes a WifeDoormanuncredited
Escape to GloryCharles Atterbee
Tear Gas SquadCousin Andy, a Policeman
Three Cheers for the IrishParty Guestuncredited
Too Many HusbandsDet. Adolph McDermott
1939My Son Is GuiltyDan, Bartender


YearTitleRoleOther notes
1973Love, American StyleSegment: Love and the Family Hour
1972The Partridge FamilyEpisode: M is for Many Things
1971–1972Cade's CountyJ.J. Jackson
1971YumaMules McNeil
The VirginianTeddy BirdwellEpisode: The Legacy of Spencer Flats
1963–1970Petticoat JunctionJoseph P. 'Uncle Joe' Carson
1970The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides AgainJason Fitch
The Mod SquadHargisEpisode: Welcome to the Human Race, Levi Frazee!
The Name of the GameFelsonEpisode: Little Bear Died Running
1965–1969Green AcresUncle Joe CarsonThere were many crossovers from Petticoat Junction castmembers in the series
1969The Over-the-Hill GangJason Fitch
1968The Beverly HillbilliesUncle Joe CarsonEpisode: Granny Goes to Hooterville
Episode: The Thanksgiving Story
Episode: Christmas in Hooterville
Something for a Lonely ManOld Man Wolenski
1965Luke and the TenderfootLuke Herkimer
1957–1963Leave It to BeaverCaptain Jack
William 'Uncle Billy' Cleaver
William 'Uncle Billy' Cleaver
Episode: Captain Jack
Episode: Uncle Billy
Episode: Uncle Billy's Visit
1962, 1963Dr. KildareSteve Devitt
Judge Manning
Episode: The Administrator
Episode: To Each His Own Prison
GunsmokeDan Witter
Dan York
Episode: Old Dan
Episode: Old York
The Lloyd Bridges ShowDoc
Episode: Just Married
Episode: Tyrees of Capitol Hill

Tully Casper
Cletus McBain || Episode: Saddle and Spur
Episode: Men of Defiance
Episode: Stolen Tribute
Episode: The Long Road Back

1958, 1962Perry MasonAndy Templet
Judge Edward Daley
Episode: The Case of the Perjured Parrot
Episode: The Case of the Lurid Letter
1962Dennis the MenaceMr. MeekinEpisode: Dennis and the Hermit
The Wide CountryUncle Walt GuthrieEpisode: Good Old Uncle Walt
Have Gun — Will TravelCardiffEpisode: Man in an Hourglass
Stoney BurkeDawesEpisode: Fight Night
Alcoa PremiereCrab HolmanEpisode: Flashing Spikes
ThrillerDoc O'ConnorEpisode: 'Til Death Do Us Part
The Twilight ZoneDoc BoltonEpisode: The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank
1958–1961The RiflemanDoc Burrage
Grandpa Fogarty
MaverickBuddy Forge
Colonel Hamilton
Red Daniels
Episode: Island in the Swamp
Episode: Duel at Sundown
Episode: Easy Mark
Episode: Hadley's Hunters
Episode: The Cactus Switch
1957–1961Tales of Wells FargoBob Dawson
1960, 1961BonanzaHallelujah Hicks
John Henry Hill
Episode: The Trail Gang
Episode: Sam Hill
1961The Andy Griffith ShowHenry WheelerEpisode: Aunt Bee's Brief Encounter
Bus StopJudge NealEpisode: The Man from Bootstrap
The New Bob Cummings ShowEpisode: The Oxtail Incident
The Tall ManArchie KeoghEpisode: The Judas Palm
The Barbara Stanwyck ShowJudge FranklinEpisode: A Man's Game
National VelvetGrandpa HarwellEpisode: Grandpa
Episode: Grandpa Returns
KlondikeSam PerkinsEpisode: The Golden Burro
1957, 1960Wagon TrainThe Tramp
Ben Mattox
Episode: The John Darro Story
Episode: The Jane Hawkins Story
1960RiverboatBrian CloudEpisode: Duel on the River
Route 66Jack McConkleEpisode: The Beryllium Eater
The OutlawsNultyEpisode: Starfall (1)
Episode: Starfall (2)
Stagecoach WestLum JensenEpisode: Red Sand
Assignment: UnderwaterCharlie NobleEpisode: Charlie Noble's Pearl
Bat MastersonCactus CharlieEpisode: Debt of Honor
BroncoPop OwensEpisode: Winter Kill
1958, 1959The CaliforniansDutch
Episode: The Golden Bride
Episode: One Top of Peppercorns
1955–1959General Electric Theater
1959The DeputyIsbelEpisode: Man of Peace
Alfred Hitchcock PresentsPopsEpisode: Coyote Moon
Wanted: Dead or AlivePop Michaels
Chester Blake
Episode: Railroaded
Episode: Amos Carter
TrackdownTully SaxonEpisode: The Trick
LawmanJess MillerEpisode: The Captives
1958Cimarron CityShantyEpisode: Kid on a Calico Horse
26 MenEpisode: Cross and Doublecross
The Gale Storm ShowJasper StokesEpisode: Hayride Ahoy
Studio OneDan FerrisEpisode: Birthday Present
The Restless GunEthan Greenfield
Sheriff Gabe Starns
Episode: Aunt Emma
Episode: The Gold Star
The Adventures of Jim BowieRingtailEpisode: Deaf Smith
Episode: Avalanche at Devil's Pass
Episode: Deadly Climate
The ChristophersJohn AugustusEpisode: Sentence Deferred
WhirlybirdsBurtonEpisode: The Perfect Crime
1956CrossroadsBart AldenEpisode: The Lamp of Father Cataldo
Strange StoriesEpisode: Con Game
Judge Roy BeanJudge Roy Bean
1953, 1955Cavalcade of America
Horace Greeley
Horace Greeley
Doc Mathew
Episode: The Tenderfoot
Episode: One Nation Indivisible
Episode: Petticoat Doctor
Episode: Stay On, Stranger
1955Screen Directors PlayhouseSub RoyalEpisode: The Bush Roper
Ford TheatrePapa MumbyEpisode: The Mumbysa
1952–1954Hopalong CassidyRed Connors
1954Crown Theatre with Gloria SwansonUncle HarryEpisode: Uncle Harry
1953Make Room for DaddyCaptain ChrisEpisode: The Sea Captain


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