Hank Patterson

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Hank Patterson
BornElmer Calvin Patterson
(1888-10-09)October 9, 1888
Springville, Alabama, U.S.
DiedAugust 23, 1975(1975-08-23) (aged 86)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
OccupationActor/Musician
Years active1939–1975
 
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Hank Patterson
BornElmer Calvin Patterson
(1888-10-09)October 9, 1888
Springville, Alabama, U.S.
DiedAugust 23, 1975(1975-08-23) (aged 86)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
OccupationActor/Musician
Years active1939–1975

Hank Patterson (born Elmer Calvin Patterson; October 9, 1888 – August 23, 1975) was an American actor and musician. He is most known for playing stableman Hank Miller on Gunsmoke and Fred Ziffel on Petticoat Junction and Green Acres.

Patterson was born in Springville, Alabama to Green Davis Patterson and Mary Isabell "Mollie" Newton Patterson. He had intended to be a serious pianist, but became instead a vaudeville piano player, eventually moving to Hollywood where he played in a series of movies, largely Westerns and science fiction from 1939 to 1973. He also played in a number of television westerns including The Cisco Kid, The Adventures of Kit Carson, The Lone Ranger, Annie Oakley, Have Gun-Will Travel, The Rifleman and Bonanza. He was also in a couple of episodes of Cheyenne, Maverick, Lawman and Daniel Boone. He also made an appearance on Perry Mason in 1958 in "The Case of the Terrified Typist."

Hank's great-grandfather, James Pearson, was an original settler of St. Clair County, Alabama as was his mother's great-grandfather, Thomas Newton. His great-grandfather, Henry S. Patterson, moved to Blount County, Alabama around 1857 from Murry County, Georga. Between 1894 & 1897, the family left Alabama to live in Taylor, Texas where Hank attempted to work as a serious musician only to settle for playing piano in traveling vaudeville shows.

Patterson's great-niece is actress Téa Leoni.[1]

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