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. In 2000 he co-starred in the movie Thomas and the Magic Railroad. He also appeared in the Over-the-Hill Gang and as "Coyote Bill" in Myra Breckenridge. He has also directed movies Wanda Nevada and Idaho Transfer. He starred in a Twilight Zone episode as "Frisby", a talkative braggart faced with an alien invasion called "Hocus-Pocus and Frisby". He has appeared in such movies as Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974), Race With The Devil and 92 In the Shade (both 1975) The Cannonball Run (1981),Najda (1997), and Ulee's Gold (1997), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. 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. Fonda's career has not been particularly fruitful in the ensuing years.

Devine is well-remembered for his role as "Jingles" in the US radio and TV series Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951). He co-wrote the film with Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern, and the trio was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced. He played "The Cheerful Soldier" in The Red Badge of Courage. It was in 1969 that Fonda made the cult movie for which he is still known, Easy Rider. 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. This experience shows in Fonda's 1967 film The Trip, which is about taking LSD. He had been running with a stake in his mouth and fell, the instrument piercing the roof of his mouth. John Lennon wrote the song "She Said She Said" about Fonda, who told him "I know what it's like to be dead" following an LSD trip.

Devine's speech was the result of a childhood accident. It was at this point that he began to experiment with hallucinogenic drugs. 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 first serious role was in the 1966 motorcycle film The Wild Angels (nowadays perhaps best known for its dialogue sampled by the Primal Scream recording Loaded). He was a star football player at Santa Clara University, which led to his first film role in the silent The Collegians. Instead, he appeared in such teen fare as Tammy and the Bachelor. 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. Kennedy in PT 109, but didn't get the role.

Devine was born in Flagstaff, Arizona. Fonda tried out for the part of the young John F. His movie career started in silent films and extended until his death. Soon he was back in New York, then went to Hollywood to make movies. Andy Devine (born Jeremiah Schwartz) (October 7, 1905 - February 18, 1977) was a rotund, raspy-voiced character actor and comic cowboy sidekick. He attended the University of Omaha and joined the Omaha Community Playhouse, where many famous actors (including his father and Marlon Brando) got their starts. 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.". Peter Fonda studied acting in Omaha, Nebraska, his father's home town.

His mother, Frances Ford Seymour, committed suicide in 1950 when Peter was 11 years old. Born in New York City, he is the son of actor Henry Fonda, the brother of actress Jane Fonda and the father of actress Bridget Fonda. Peter Henry Fonda (born February 23, 1939) is an American actor.

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