Peggy Stewart (born Margaret O'Rourke; June 5, 1923) is an American actress known for her roles in Western B movies and television series. [1 ] Biography [edit ]
Peggy Stewart was born Margaret O'Rourke on June 5, 1923 in West Palm Beach, Florida, were she was raised.
She distinguished herself as a swimming champion in high school; [2 ] her sister, Patricia O'Rourke, was an [2 ] Olympic swimmer. In the 1930s, her family moved to California, where she met character actor Henry O'Neill. He recommended her to Paramount Pictures executives who were looking for a new actress for the part of [1 ] Joel McCrea's teenage daughter in (1937). Wells Fargo Her work in the film led to numerous other film roles. [2 ] [2 ]
In April 1944, Stewart signed a contract with
Republic Pictures and began starring in Western B movies opposite such actors as Allan Lane, Sunset Carson, and Wild Bill Elliott. During that time she played in several episodes of [1 ] . She usually played the part of the tough Adventures of Red Ryder heroine, rather than a passive girl needing to be saved. From 1944 to 1951 she starred in 35 films, most of which were Westerns and film serials. She also starred with [1 ] Gene Autry several times during that period as well as appearing on several episodes of , including "Oil Land", which first aired on October 10, 1950. The Cisco Kid
In 1949, she played alongside
Jim Bannon in Ride, Ryder, Ride. She again played the part of heroine to Bannon in 1949, starring in . In 1952 she starred with Bill Elliott in The Fighting Redhead Kansas Territory. In 1957, she had a minor role on CBS's episode "The Outlaw". In 1958, she was cast as Etta Jackson, the romantic interest of the painter Hurley Abbott, played by Have Gun-Will Travel Brad Johnson, in the episode "The Underdog" of the ABC/ Desilu western series, , with The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Hugh O'Brian in the title role.
Her career slowed in the 1960s, and by the 1970s she was residing in
Studio City, California. Stewart won the Golden Boot Awards in 1984. Semi-retired, Stewart still continued to act on occasion. She played a bit role on one episode of in 1990 titled "The Implant"; in that episode she played the part of the aunt of Seinfeld George Costanza's temporary girlfriend.
In 2009 through 2010, Stewart played
Pam Beesly's "old-fashioned" grandmother Mee-Maw on The Office episode " Niagara", and once more in the episode when they baptise Jim's and Pam's daughter Cece. In 2012, she played Grandma Delores in Adam Sandler's comedy film, . That's My Boy
In recent decades, Stewart has appeared regularly as a guest speaker at Western film festivals.
Since 1993, Stewart has appeared as a special guest at the annual Lone Pine Film Festival. [2 ] [3 ]
Stewart was married twice. In 1940 she married actor
Don "Red" Barry; the marriage ended in divorce in 1944. She was married to actor [2 ] Buck Young from 1953 until his death on February 9, 2000. [4 ] Partial filmography [edit ] (1937) as Alice MacKay Wells Fargo (1938) as Sally's friend White Banners (1938) Rita Belle Little Tough Guy (1938) as Mary Lee That Certain Age (1938) as Jane Little Tough Guys in Society (1939) as Mary, chorus girl Man About Town (1939) as Katherine's girlfriend 5th Ave Girl Everybody's Hobby (1939) as Bunny (1940) as College girl Star Dust (1940) as Helen Lexington All This, and Heaven Too (1941) as Freda Smith Back Street Sleepytime Gal (1942) as Dancer (1943) as Terry, convict Girls in Chains Tucson Raiders (1944) as Beth Rogers Silver City Kid (1944) as Ruth Clayton Stagecoach to Monterrey (1944) as Jessie Wade Cheyenne Wildcat (1944) as Betty Lou Hopkins Code of the Prairie (1944) as Helen Matson Firebrands of Arizona (1944) as Poppy Calhoun Sheriff of Las Vegas (1944) as Ann Carter (1945) as Jackie Utah The Vampire's Ghost (1945) as Julia Vance Oregon Trail (1945 film) (1945) as Jill Layton Bandits of the Badlands (1945) as Hallie Wayne Marshal of Laredo (1945) as Judy Bowers Rough Riders of Cheyenne (1945) as Melinda Sterling The Tiger Woman (1945 film) (1945) as Phyllis Carrington (1946) as Doris Shannon The Phantom Rider Days of Buffalo Bill (1946) as Molly Owens California Gold Rush (1946 film) (1946) as Hazel Parker Sheriff of Redwood Valley (1946) as Molly Alias Billy the Kid (1946) as Ann Marshall Red River Renegades (1946) as Julia Bennett Conquest of Cheyenne (1946) as Cheyenne Jackson (1946) as Rosalind Baylor The Invisible Informer (1946) as 'Beautiful' Stagecoach to Denver (1947) as Kate Wells Son of Zorro Trail to San Antone (1947) as Kit Barlow Vigilantes of Boomtown (1947) as Molly McVey Rustlers of Devil's Canyon (1947) as Bess Messenger of Peace (1947) as Evangeline Lockley (1948) as Helen Kent Tex Granger Dead Man's Gold (1948) as June Thornton Frontier Revenge (1948) as Joan De Lysa Ride, Ryder, Ride! (1948) as Libby Brooks Desert Vigilance (1949) as Betty Long (1949) as Sheila O'Connor The Fighting Redhead (1950) as Linda Graham Cody of the Pony Express (1950) (TV) The Cisco Kid (1950) (TV) as Ellie March The Gene Autry Show The Pride of Maryland (1951) as Christine Loomis (1951) (TV) as Jane Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok The Black Lash (1952) as Joan De Lysa (1952) (TV, 2 episodes) as Eileen Barton/Myra Fuller The Roy Rogers Show Kansas Territory (1952 film) (1952) as Kay Collins Montana Incident (1952) as Clara Martin (1952) (TV) as Violet Fairchild Gang Busters The Living Bible (TV series) (1952) (1953) (TV) as Mrs. Brant The Range Rider (1956) (TV) as Mary The Millionaire (1957) (TV) as First nurse The Silent Service (1958) (TV, 2 episodes) as Edna Raleigh/Sarah Holt Have Gun-Will Travel (1958) (TV) The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1959) (TV) Gunsmoke (1959) (TV) as Wilma Baxter Peter Gunn (1959) (TV) as Karen Ogilvie Yancy Derringer Not for Hire (TV series) (1959) as Nadine (1960) as Mrs. Anderson National Velvet (1960) (TV) as Martha Holcombe Hotel de Paree (1960) (TV) Pony Express (1961) (TV) as Sarah Wallace The Rebel (1961) (TV) as Mrs. Gilroy The Americans (1961) (TV) as Mrs. Johnson Lassie (1961) as Mrs. Pierce When the Clock Strikes (1961) (TV) as Grace Stockton The Twilight Zone (1961) as Mrs. Knudson Gun Street (1961) as Sister Grace The Clown and the Kid (1964) (TV) as Mrs. Franklin The Fugitive (1965) (TV) as Ida Morgan Daniel Boone (1967) as Mrs. Turley The Way West (1967) (TV) as Mrs. Malcolm Hondo (1969) (TV) as Mrs. Kane The Mod Squad (TV series) (1970) (TV) as Mrs. Knudson Ironside The Animals (1970 film) (1970) as Mrs. Emily Perkins (1972) (TV) as Mrs. Whitman Sarge (1961) (TV) as Mrs. Dennison The Smith Family Pickup on 101 (1972) (1972) (TV) as Mrs. Norman The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (1973) as Inner council member The Sranger Terror in the Wax Museum (1973) as Second chairwoman (1974) (TV, 2 episodes) as Martha Felt/Claire Freeman Emergency! (1975) (TV) as Teacher Baretta (1975) as Rosemary Woods White House Madness (1976) as Hattie Baker Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw Black Oak Conspiracy (1977) as Virginia Metcalf (1979) as Barmaid The Fall of the House of Usher (1980) (TV) as Buyer Taxi (1980) as Lady patient Beyond Evil (1980) (TV) as Mrs. Ethel Sullivan Quincy M.E. (1993) as Aunt May Seinfeld (1999) (TV) as Mrs. Fike Beverly Hills, 90210 Norm Show (2001) (TV) as Tippi (2001) (TV) as Old lady Popular (2001) (TV) as Old lady Yes, Dear Big Chuck, Little Chuck (2004) as Liz (2007) (TV) as Dotty Lake My Name Is Earl (2007) (TV) as Cherien's mother The Riches (2008) (TV) as Elderly lady NCIS (2009) (TV) Weeds (2009) (TV) as Secretary FlashForward (2009) as Older lady Operating Instructions The Office (2009) (TV) as Sylvia The Runaways (TV series) (2010) Grandma Oni (2010) (TV) as Mrs. Inez Davis Justified (2010) (TV) as Agnes Community Dadgum, Texas (2011) (TV) as Pearl Ruth Anna 'MiMa' Magee (2012) as Grandma Delores That's My Boy References [edit ] External links [edit ]