Jim Backus Bio & Facts, Age, Height, Family, Career, Net worth, Death

Jim Backus
Jim Backus

Jim Backus’s Biography and wiki

Jim Backus was an American radio, television, film, and voice actor. Among his most famous roles was the voice of the nearsighted cartoon character Mr. Magoo, the rich Hubert Updike III on the radio version of The Alan Young Show, Joan Davis’ character’s husband (a domestic court judge) on TV’s I Married Joan, James Dean’s character’s father in Rebel Without a Cause, and Thurston Howell III, on the 1960s sitcom Gilligan’s Island. He also starred in his own show of one season, The Jim Backus Show, also known as Hot Off the Wire. An avid golfer, Backus made the 36-hole cut at the 1964 Bing Crosby Pro-Am tournament.

Backus’s age and birthday

The American radio, television, film, and voice actor was born on February 25, 1913, in Cleveland, OH, and died on July 3, 1989, in Los Angeles, CA.

Jim’s height and weight

He had a standing height of 5 feet 10 inches.

Jim Backus Educational background

He studied at ‘Shaw High School’ in East Cleveland. He attended ‘Kentucky Military Institute’ where he became friends with Victor Mature, who, too, would become a professional actor. Backus was more interested in acting and playing golf than attending classes. Hence, he convinced his father to allow him to attend the ‘American Academy of Dramatic Arts’ in New York City. After relocating to New York City, he started working as a radio announcer to support himself.

Jim Backus Family

Unfortunately, Jim did not disclose this information while he was alive.

Jim Backus’s Wife and children

Backus was married to actress Betty Kean from 1939 to 1942. After divorcing Kean, he married Henny Backus on January 14, 1943. As a golf enthusiast, he participated in many tournaments across the United States. He even made the 36-hole cut in 1964 when he took part in ‘Bing Crosby Pro-Am.’

Jim Backus
Jim Backus

Jim Backus Career

In 1940, Backus started playing Dexter Hayes on the ‘CBS’ radio show, ‘Society Girl.’ Thereafter, he voiced Hartley Benson in the radio situation comedy ‘The Mel Blanc Show.’ He also lent his voice to various post-war era radio programs, such as the popular comedy show ‘The Jack Benny Program.’ He hosted his short-lived variety program, ‘The Jim Backus Show,’ which was broadcast on the ‘ABC Radio Network.’ He started his film career as a voice actor in movies like ‘Where Will You Hide?’ and ‘A-Lad-In His Lamp.’ He got an opportunity to lend his voice to the wealthy, short-statured, and near-sighted fictional cartoon character, Mr. Magoo, in the short comedy film ‘Ragtime Bear (1949).

Though his role went uncredited, he went on to reprise the role of Mr. Magoo in many films and television shows. Mr. Magoo eventually became his signature role and his performance increased his popularity as a voice actor. He voiced Mr. Magoo in several films like ‘Trouble Indemnity’ (1950), ‘Grizzly Golfer’ (1951), ‘Magoo’s Masterpiece’ (1953), ‘When Magoo Flew’ (1955), ‘Magoo’s Puddle Jumper’ (1956), and ‘Inside Magoo’ (1960). ‘Inside Magoo’ was a cancer awareness short film produced by the ‘American Cancer Society.’ He also voiced Mr. Magoo in television films and series like ‘Mister Magoo’ (1960-61), ‘The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo (1964-65), ‘What’s New, Mr. Magoo?’ (1977), ‘Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol’ (1962), and ‘Uncle Sam Magoo’ (1970).

Jim Backus Net worth and salary

Jim Backus was an American actor who had a net worth equal to $5 million at the time of his death in 1989, after adjusting for inflation.

 

 

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