Andy Devine

Andy Devine (born Jeremiah Schwartz) (October 7, 1905 - February 18, 1977) was a rotund, raspy-voiced character actor and comic cowboy sidekick. His movie career started in silent films and extended until his death.

Devine was born in Flagstaff, Arizona. He grew up in Kingman, Arizona, where his family moved when he was a year old. He appeared in more than 400 films and shared with Walter Brennan the rare ability to move with ease from B Westerns to A pictures.

He was a star football player at Santa Clara University, which led to his first film role in the silent The Collegians.

Although it was at first thought that his peculiar voice would prevent him from moving to the talkies, it became his trademark and strongest selling point. Devine's speech was the result of a childhood accident. He had been running with a stake in his mouth and fell, the instrument piercing the roof of his mouth.

His notable roles included ten films as sidekick, "Cookie", to Roy Rogers, a Shakespeare performance in Romeo and Juliet in 1937, Stagecoach with John Wayne in 1939 and a reunion with Wayne in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance in 1959. He played "The Cheerful Soldier" in The Red Badge of Courage.

Devine is well-remembered for his role as "Jingles" in the US radio and TV series Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951). He also had a part as "Hap" on Flipper and hosted a children's TV show, Andy's Gang, and performed voice parts in animated films, including "Friar Tuck" in Disney's Robin Hood. He starred in a Twilight Zone episode as "Frisby", a talkative braggart faced with an alien invasion called "Hocus-Pocus and Frisby". He also appeared in the Over-the-Hill Gang and as "Coyote Bill" in Myra Breckenridge.

He died of leukemia in 1977.

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  • When asked if he had strange nodes on his vocal chords, Devine replied, "I've got the same nodes as Bing Crosby, but his are in tune."

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He died of leukemia in 1977. As of 2004, Ford was living in quiet retirement in Beverly Hills with his son's family. He also appeared in the Over-the-Hill Gang and as "Coyote Bill" in Myra Breckenridge. In 1992 he was awarded the Legion d'Honneur medal for his action in the Second World War. He starred in a Twilight Zone episode as "Frisby", a talkative braggart faced with an alien invasion called "Hocus-Pocus and Frisby". In 1962, Glenn Ford won a Golden Globe Award as best actor for his part in Frank Capra's Pocketful of Miracles, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He also had a part as "Hap" on Flipper and hosted a children's TV show, Andy's Gang, and performed voice parts in animated films, including "Friar Tuck" in Disney's Robin Hood. With Eleanor Powell he is the father of actor Peter Ford.

Devine is well-remembered for his role as "Jingles" in the US radio and TV series Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951). Ford has been married (and divorced) four times to Eleanor Powell, Jeanne Baus, Kathryn Hays and Cynthia Hayward. He played "The Cheerful Soldier" in The Red Badge of Courage. His major roles in thrillers and dramas and action films include A Stolen Life, The Big Heat, Blackboard Jungle, Interrupted Melody, Experiment in Terror, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Superman and Westerns such as The Fastest Gun Alive, 3:10 to Yuma and Cimarron. His notable roles included ten films as sidekick, "Cookie", to Roy Rogers, a Shakespeare performance in Romeo and Juliet in 1937, Stagecoach with John Wayne in 1939 and a reunion with Wayne in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance in 1959. Ford's movie-acting career flourished in the 1950s and 60s, and continued into the early 1990s, with increasing television roles. He had been running with a stake in his mouth and fell, the instrument piercing the roof of his mouth. He went on to be a leading man opposite Rita Hayworth in five films, and starred with other acting greats such as Bette Davis, Gloria Grahame, Ingrid Thulin.

Devine's speech was the result of a childhood accident. His breakthrough role was in 1946, following military service, starring alongside Rita Hayworth in Gilda. Although it was at first thought that his peculiar voice would prevent him from moving to the talkies, it became his trademark and strongest selling point. His acting career began on stage, and his first large movie part was in 1939 film Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence. He was a star football player at Santa Clara University, which led to his first film role in the silent The Collegians. Ford is best known for his film roles as cowboys and as an ordinary man in unusual circumstances. He grew up in Kingman, Arizona, where his family moved when he was a year old. He appeared in more than 400 films and shared with Walter Brennan the rare ability to move with ease from B Westerns to A pictures. He was born in Sainte-Christine, Portneuf, Quebec, Canada and moved to Santa Monica, California with his family as a child.

Devine was born in Flagstaff, Arizona. Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford (born May 1, 1916), better known by his stage name Glenn Ford, is an actor. His movie career started in silent films and extended until his death. Andy Devine (born Jeremiah Schwartz) (October 7, 1905 - February 18, 1977) was a rotund, raspy-voiced character actor and comic cowboy sidekick. When asked if he had strange nodes on his vocal chords, Devine replied, "I've got the same nodes as Bing Crosby, but his are in tune.".

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