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      Jim Backus

      Jim Backus

      Highest Rated: 100% Don't Bother to Knock (1952)

      Lowest Rated: 17% Good Guys Wear Black (1978)

      Birthday: Feb 25, 1913

      Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

      A witty and talented performer who excelled in no less than four mediums - film, television, music and radio - Jim Backus was a character actor whose skill at portraying the idle and addled rich was epitomized by his turn as Thurston Howell, III on "Gilligan's Island" (CBS, 1964-67). If that role had been the cultural cap of Backus's career, it would have been a sufficient endnote, as the show remained exceptionally popular for decades after its cancellation. But Backus also provided the voice of the near-sighted Mr. Magoo in countless cartoons, and made memorable performances in everything from "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) to dozens of television shows. An urbane and bemused presence in real-life who could shift into high insanity at the drop of the hat, Backus was a television favorite whose work stood the test of time.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Sunday in New York
      100% Don't Bother to Knock
      100% Bright Victory
      93% Rebel Without a Cause
      92% Crazy Mama
      89% Man of a Thousand Faces
      85% Pat and Mike
      80% Now You See Him, Now You Don't

      Photos

      ASK ANY GIRL, Jim Backus, 1959 ABOVE AND BEYOND, Jim Backus, Robert Taylor, 1952 THE GIRL HE LEFT BEHIND, Jim Backus, Tab Hunter, 1956 FLUFFY, Jim Backus, 1965 IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD, Jim Backus, 1963 MACABRE, Jim Backus, Christine White, 1958 MACABRE, Jonathan Kidd, Jim Backus, Jacqueline Scott, William Prince, 1958 HOLLYWOOD STORY, Richard Conte (left), Jim Backus (center), 1951 THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM, Jim Backus (third from left), Russ Tamblyn, Yvette Mimieux (center), 1962 DEEP IN MY HEART, Jim Backus, Jose Ferrer, Douglas Fowley, 1954 THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM, producer, director George Pal, Russ Tamblyn, Jim Backus, on-set, 1962 DON'T MAKE WAVES, from left: Tony Curtis, Jim Backus, 1967 EMERGENCY WEDDING, from left: Larry Parks, Jim Backus, 1950 ASK ANY GIRL, Shirley MacLaine, Jim Backus, 1959 REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, Ann Doran, James Dean, Jim Backus, 1955 ASK ANY GIRL, Rod Taylor, Shirley MacLaine, Jim Backus, 1959 1001 ARABIAN NIGHTS, Mr. Magoo, (voiced by Jim Backus), 1959 HERE COME THE NELSONS, Paul Harvey, Harriet Hilliard, Rock Hudson, Ozzie Nelson, Ricky Nelson, Barbara Lawrence, David Nelson, Jim Backus, Gale Gordon, 1952 CRITIC'S CHOICE, Ricky Kelman (front left), Jim Backus (hand on shoulder), Bob Hope (baseball glove), 1963 OPERATION BIKINI, Jody McCrea, Frankie Avalon, Jim Backus, Gary Crosby, Tab Hunter, 1963

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 17% Slapstick of Another Kind President of the U.S. (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Prince Jack Dealy (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alibaba's Revenge Unknown (Voice) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nobody's Boy Unknown (Voice) - 1982
      No Score Yet 43% The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island Thurston Howell III (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 0% Angels' Brigade Cmdr. Lindsey March (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 28% C.H.O.M.P.S. Mr. Gibbs (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Castaways on Gilligan's Island Thurston Howell III (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gift of the Magi Unknown (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 44% Rescue From Gilligan's Island Thurston Howell III (Character) - 1978
      17% 36% Good Guys Wear Black Doorman (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 90% The Enchanted Journey Gamun (Voice) - 1978
      56% 60% Pete's Dragon The Mayor (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Magic Pony The Tsar (Voice) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Never Con a Killer Stanley Bunch (Character) - 1977
      92% 39% Crazy Mama Mr. Albertson (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 41% Friday Foster Enos Griffith (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cop on the Beat Jake Mandel (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return of Joe Forrester Jake Mandel (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 50% Miracle on 34th Street Horace Shellhammer (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 61% The Girl Most Likely To... Prof. David Tilson (Character) - 1973
      80% 57% Now You See Him, Now You Don't Timothy Forsythe (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Getting Away From It All Mike Lorimar (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 100% Mooch Goes to Hollywood Self,
      Screenwriter
      - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Magic Carpet George Benson (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 55% The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County Staunch (Character) - 1970
      27% 35% Myra Breckinridge Doctor (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wake Me When the War Is Over Colonel (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 59% Hello Down There T.R. Hollister (Character) - 1969
      22% 29% Hurry Sundown Carter Sillens (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Magoo, Man of Mystery Unknown (Voice) - 1967
      No Score Yet 46% Billie Howard G. Carol (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Magoo's Storybook Unknown (Voice) - 1965
      No Score Yet 18% John Goldfarb, Please Come Home Miles Whitepaper (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 47% Advance to the Rear Gen. Willoughby (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Magoo in the King's Service Unknown (Voice) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Operation Bikini Bosun's Mate Ed Fennelly (Character) - 1963
      50% 44% Johnny Cool Louis Murphy (Character) - 1963
      100% 77% Sunday in New York Chief Pilot Drysdale (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet 56% The Wheeler Dealers Bullard Bear (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet 38% Critic's Choice Dr. William Von Hagedorn (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet 50% My Six Loves Sheriff (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Horizontal Lieutenant Cmdr. Jeremiah Hammerslag (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Magoo in Sherwood Forest Friar Tuck (Voice) - 1962
      No Score Yet 21% Zotz! Prof. Horatio Kellgore (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 69% Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge/Mr. Magoo (Voice) - 1962
      No Score Yet 45% Boys' Night Out Peter Bowers (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 62% The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm The King (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 50% Ice Palace Dave Husack (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild and the Innocent Mr. Forbes (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Private's Affair Jim Gordon (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 1001 Arabian Nights Uncle Abdul Azziz Magoo (Voice) - 1959
      No Score Yet 63% Ask Any Girl Maxwell (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 34% Macabre Jim Tyloe (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Cost of Loving Paul Mason (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 53% The Pied Piper of Hamelin King's Emissary (Character) - 1957
      89% 78% Man of a Thousand Faces Clarence Locan (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 50% Top Secret Affair Col. Homer W. Gooch (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No Greater Sin Harvey Graham (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 17% The Girl He Left Behind Sgt. Hanna (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 66% Meet Me in Las Vegas Tom Culdane (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Naked Hills Willis Haver (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 24% You Can't Run Away From It Danker (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Man Nick Cellantano (Character) - 1956
      93% 88% Rebel Without a Cause Frank Stark (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Magoo Express Unknown (Voice) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Square Jungle Pat Quaid (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 47% Francis in the Navy Cmdr. E.T. Hutch (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 52% Deep in My Heart Ben Judson (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 55% I Love Melvin Mergo (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 64% Above and Beyond Gen. Curtis E. LeMay (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Geraldine Jason Ambrose (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Magoo Slept Here Mr. Magoo (Voice) - 1953
      78% 73% Deadline U.S.A. Jim Cleary (Character) - 1952
      77% 77% Angel Face Dist. Atty. Judson (Character) - 1952
      85% 69% Pat and Mike Charles Barry (Character) - 1952
      100% 76% Don't Bother to Knock Peter Jones (Character) - 1952
      43% 48% Androcles and the Lion Centurion (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Here Come the Nelsons Joe Randolph (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rose Bowl Story Michael "Iron Mike" Burke (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Iron Man Max Watkins (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 40% I Want You Harvey Landrum (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 17% Half Angel Michael Hogan (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 45% The Man With a Cloak Flaherty (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 72% His Kind of Woman Myron Winton (Character) - 1951
      67% 64% I'll See You in My Dreams Sam Harris (Character) - 1951
      100% 82% Bright Victory Bill Grayson (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 66% Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town Joseph "Little Joe" Rogers (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Emergency Wedding Ed Hamley (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Last Fling Howard Pritchard (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 64% The Great Lover Higgins (Character) - 1949

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gilligan's Planet Thurston Howell III (Voice) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1978 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Character) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The New Adventures of Gilligan Mr. Howell (Voice) 1974-1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Joe Forrester Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Reverend Sims (Guest Star) 1975
      100% 86% Kolchak: The Night Stalker Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chico and the Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1969 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D. Bill (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tattletales Guest 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Emile Wade (Guest Star) 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alias Smith and Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
      78% No Score Yet The Brady Bunch Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Guest 1970
      No Score Yet 54% I Dream of Jeannie General Charles Fitzhugh (Guest Star) 1970
      71% 88% The Good Guys Henry Arsdale (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet 100% The Wild, Wild West Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Daniel Boone Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      90% 69% Gilligan's Island Thurston Howell III (Character) 1964-1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1957 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Password Guest 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo Unknown (Voice) 1964-1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cain's Hundred Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Maury Samuels (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Married Joan Bradley Stevens (Character) 1952-1955