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. Garner is not to be confused with the Hempstead, New York mayor of the same name. He also appeared in the Over-the-Hill Gang and as "Coyote Bill" in Myra Breckenridge. He most recently starred as Duke in Nick Cassavetes's The Notebook. He starred in a Twilight Zone episode as "Frisby", a talkative braggart faced with an alien invasion called "Hocus-Pocus and Frisby". Originally intended to be a one-shot guest role, he stayed for the season. 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. On the death of John Ritter, Garner joined the cast of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, as Grandpa Hennessy.

Devine is well-remembered for his role as "Jingles" in the US radio and TV series Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951). In 1994, Garner co-starred with Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster, in the movie version of his original Maverick role. He played "The Cheerful Soldier" in The Red Badge of Courage. In 1986, he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Murphy's Romance. 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. In the 1970s he returned to television in another popular role, that of a private investigator in The Rockford Files, for which he received an Emmy for Best Actor. He had been running with a stake in his mouth and fell, the instrument piercing the roof of his mouth. In the 1960s he starred in such films as The Thrill of It All, Move Over, Darling, Boys' Night Out, The Great Escape, The Americanization of Emily, Grand Prix (which gave him a car racing bug) and Support Your Local Sheriff!.

Devine's speech was the result of a childhood accident. In 2004, Garner became one of the first three honorees in the World Poker Tour Walk of Fame for this portrayal. 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. He became a favorite of American fans for this role. He was a star football player at Santa Clara University, which led to his first film role in the silent The Collegians. But Garner's popularity eventually made him the sole star of the series. 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. His first film role was in The Girl He Left Behind, but in the late 1950s he starred in a popular Western series, Maverick, rotating the starring role of Brett Maverick with Jack Kelly and Roger Moore.

Devine was born in Flagstaff, Arizona. He moved on to television commercials, and then to television roles. His movie career started in silent films and extended until his death. In 1954 Garner had a non-speaking role in the Broadway production of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial. Andy Devine (born Jeremiah Schwartz) (October 7, 1905 - February 18, 1977) was a rotund, raspy-voiced character actor and comic cowboy sidekick. He received a Purple Heart in the Korean War. 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.". At 16, he joined the Merchant Marine.

Born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman, Oklahoma, he has found fame in both movies and television. James Garner (born April 7, 1928) is an American actor.

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