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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Sunday, September 11, 2005


Edgar Buchanan

EDGAR BUCHANAN (1903-1979), born William Edgar Buchanan, was a popular character actor whose career spanned five decades. He is perhaps most recognized as 'Uncle Joe' in "Petticoat Junction" from 1965-1969.

Texas (1941)Haven't you seen Texas (1941)? Edgar is the town dentist, Buford 'Doc' Thorpe, who harbors a secret career on the side. He had been a dentist before entering the movies and always said this was his favorite role.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

The Bandit of Sherwood Forest (1946) Here Edgar portrays Friar Tuck.
Shane (1953) Edgar had already become a fixture in Westerns and here appears in one of the all-time classics.
The Sheepman (1958) By now Edgar had perfected his role of the lovable scoundrel and plays it to the hilt in this comedy-drama with Glenn Ford.
McLintock! (1963) Again Edgar plays a small, but important role in John Wayne's classic comedy.

*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Sat, May 4 2002 / 08:30:38 PST

Photo displayed: Claire Trevor and Edgar Buchanan, photographed between scenes, on the film set of Texas.


  • I've never really met a classic actor (other than Munchkin Mickey Carroll), but have an Internet friend who knew Edgar Buchanan. My friend was receptionist at a doctor's office in the greater Hollywood era for several years, where Mr. Buchanan was a patient during his last years. She said he was a wonderful old gentleman & a pleasure to visit with, despite his declining health.

    By Anonymous MarkMyWord, at Wed Jan 11, 04:59:00 PM PST