Dabbs Greer Biography

Birthday: 1917-04-02
Place of Birth: Fairview, Missouri
Height: 5' 10½" (1.79 m)
Wiki Biography: Dabbs Greer was a very familiar face in films and especially on TV. He was a sort of "everyman" in his roles and played merchants, preachers, businessmen, and other "pillars of the community" types as well as assorted villains. With his plain looking face, wavy hair and mellow, distinctive voice he was a solid supporting actor. He was born on April 2, 1917, in Fairview, Missouri, but reared in Anderson, Missouri. He was the only child of a pharmacist father and a speech therapist mother. His first acting experience was on stage in a children's theatre production when he was eight years old. He attended Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, where he earned a BA and headed the drama department and Little Theatre in Mountain Grove, Missouri, from 1940-43. He then moved on to the famed Pasadena Playhouse in California as actor, instructor and administrator from 1943-50. He made his film debut in Reign of Terror (1949) (aka "The Black Book") in an uncredited bit part and went on to appear in many parts during the next 50 years. He is probably best remembered for his role as Rev. Alden on "Little House on the Prairie" (1974) but he was also a regular on the TV series "Gunsmoke" (1955) as a merchant, Mr. Jonas; "Hank" (1965) as Coach Ossie Weiss and "Picket Fences" (1992) as Rev. Henry Novotny. He also appeared in made-for-TV movies and guest-starred on such series as "Adventures of Superman" (1952); "The Rifleman" (1958); "Wanted: Dead or Alive" (1958); "Trackdown" (1957); "Perry Mason" (1957); "Bonanza" (1959); "The Fugitive" (1963) and "The Brady Bunch" (1969).

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Cavalcade of America 1952 Drama
TV Reader's Digest 1955 Drama
The Outer Limits (1963) E.F. Larkin / ... 1963 - 1965
Profiles in Courage 1964 Drama
The Secret Of Lost Creek 1992 Adventure
Maybe It's Me Grandpa Fred Stage 2001 Comedy
Frontier Marshal / ... 3727
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Trouble Along the Way 1953 0
Riot in Cell Block 11 1954 Comedy
Baby Face Nelson 1958 Drama, Crime
It! The Terror from Beyond Space 1958
Roustabout 1964 0, Biography
The Cheyenne Social Club 1970 Comedy
White Lightning 1973 Comedy, 0
Bonanza: The Next Generation 1988
Two Moon Junction 1988 Drama, Romance
Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat 1991 Comedy, Horror
The Green Mile Old Paul Edgecomb 1999 0, 0