Pat Buttram

Biography

Date of Birth 19 June 1915, Addison, Alabama, USA Date of Death 8 January 1994, Los Angeles, California, USA (kidney failure) Birth Name Maxwell Emmett Buttram Height 6' (1.83 m) The son of a circuit-riding Methodist preacher in rural Alabama, Pat Buttram became one of America's best-known comic entertainers. Pat left Alabama a month before his 18th birthday to attend the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. An announcer from radio station WLS was on hand to interview members of the crowd and settled on Pat as a typical visitor from the south. The interview that followed was anything but typical. Pat made a hit with his hilarious observations on the fair and was immediately offered a job with the station. This led to a long and happy association with the popular National Barn Dance program. During those years, Pat met Gene Autry, who took a liking to the young comic and later brought him to Hollywood to replace Smiley Burnette, who had found other work while Gene served in WWII. Together, Pat and Gene made many western films and a television series, "The Gene Autry Show" (1950), which aired from 1950 until 1956. They remained close friends until Pat's death in 1994. In 1952, Pat married actress Sheila Ryan, whom he had met on the set of Mule Train (1950). Over the next forty years, Pat prospered in radio, films and television, making stand-up appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show and lending his vocal talents to many animated television shows and films, including several Disney features. In the early Sixties, he revealed a flair for dramatic acting when Alfred Hitchcock tapped him for roles in two "Alfred Hitchcock Hour" episodes. His big television break came in 1965 with the role of "Mr. Haney" in the long-running CBS series, "Green Acres" (1965). Throughout his career, Pat was in constant demand as a toastmaster and after dinner speaker, where his agile and sophisticated wit belied his ingenuous appearance. In 1982, Pat founded the Golden Boot Awards to honor actors, directors, stunt people and other industry professionals who have made significant contributions to the Western film genre. Proceeds from the annual event are donated to the Motion Picture Health and Welfare Fund.

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Roustabout

Harry Carver

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Beyond the Purple Hills

Chuckwalla

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The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound

Red Eye the Bartender (voice)

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Texans Never Cry

Ranger Pecos Bates

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Sergeant Dead Head

The President

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The Sweet Ride

Texas Gambler

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The Strawberry Roan

Hank

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Barbed Wire

Buckeye Buttram

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Apache Country

Pat Buttram

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Night Stage to Galveston

Pat Buttram

Starring In
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Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Bullet #1 (voice)

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A Goofy Movie

Possum Park Emcee (voice) (as Pat Butrum)

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Back to the Future Part III

Saloon Old Timer

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Return to Green Acres

Mr. Haney

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Bullet #1 (voice)

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The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound

Red Eye the Bartender (voice)

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Garfield And Friends: Behind The Scenes

Cactus Jake (27 episodes, 1989-1990)

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The Fox and the Hound

Chief (voice)

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Choices

Pops

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Angels' Brigade

Van Salesman

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The Sacketts

Tuthill

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The Rescuers

Luke (voice)

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Robin Hood

Sheriff of Nottingham - A Wolf (voice)

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The Gatling Gun

Tin Pot

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Evil Roy Slade

Narrator

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The Aristocats

Napoleon (voice)

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The Sweet Ride

Texas Gambler

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Sergeant Dead Head

The President

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Roustabout

Harry Carver

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Petticoat Junction

Mister Eustace Charleton Haney (3 episodes, 1966-1969)

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L'Ora Di Alfred Hitchcock - Stagione 1 - Vol. 2

Charlie Hill / ... (2 episodes, 1964)

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Wild in the Country

Mr. Longstreet (mechanic) (uncredited)

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The Real McCoys: Complete Season 1

Cousin Carl / ... (3 episodes, 1961-1963)

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Barbed Wire

Buckeye Buttram

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Apache Country

Pat Buttram

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Night Stage to Galveston

Pat Buttram

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Gene Autry and the Mounties

Scat Russell

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Texans Never Cry

Ranger Pecos Bates

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Beyond the Purple Hills

Chuckwalla

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The Strawberry Roan

Hank

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