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Wally Cox

Wally Cox was a beloved character actor who made his mark in television and ranks as one of the medium's most memorable performers. His ability to show his range likely was limited by his short stature, slight frame, and high-pitched voice, which along with his talent for being very funny, made him ideal for comedy parts such as his memorable turn as Professor P. Caspar Biddle in "The Bird-Watchers" episode of The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) in 1966. His television persona was that of a shy, timid man in horn-rimed glasses who spoke in a tentative, though distinctly enunciated, voice. It was a persona that his long-time friend Marlon Brando said was completely at odds with the real man. Cox always will be remembered as the eponymous "Mr. Peepers" and the voice of "Underdog," but he was an actor of wider talents seldom used by the industry, as can be seen in his turns as the sonar operator in The Bedford Incident (1965) and as the potential suicide Wally Haverstraw in The Bill Cosby Show (1969) episode "Goodbye, Cruel World" in 1970. Dying unexpectedly on February 15, 1973, from what some newspapers described as an accidental overdose of sedatives but which Marlon Brando in his autobiography said was a heart attack, Wally Cox's cremated remains were kept hidden in a closet by his old friend for three decades. According to Brando's son Miko, both his father's and Cox's ashes were scattered at the same time in Death Valley, California, in a ceremony following Brando's death, thus reuniting the lifetime friends.


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Born:
Dec 6, 1924 In Detroit, Michigan, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
63
First Appeared:
In the series Suspense 1949-01-06
Latest Project:
Movie Reel Horror 1985-01-01
Known For
Poster of The Dick Cavett Show
Poster of Something's Got to Give
Poster of Matinee Theater
Poster of What's My Line?
Filmography
Movie Reel Horror Clyde (archive footage) 1985-01-01
Movie The Night Strangler Mr. Berry 1973-01-16
Series Search Unknown 1972-09-13
Movie Once Upon a Mattress The Jester 1972-12-12
Series Alias Smith and Jones Unknown 1971-01-05
Movie The Barefoot Executive Mertons 1971-03-17
Series McMillan & Wife Unknown 1971-09-17
Movie The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County Mr. Bester 1970-04-01
Movie The Young Country Aaron Grimes / Ira Greebe 1970-03-17
Movie Quarantined Wilbur Mott 1970-02-24
Movie The Boatniks Jason 1970-07-01
Movie Up Your Teddy Bear Clyde King 1970-12-23
Series Night Gallery Unknown 1970-12-16
Movie The Wacky Zoo of Morgan City Becker 1970-10-18
Series The Odd Couple Mr. Fegivney 1970-09-24
Series The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour Unknown 1969-01-22
Series The Bill Cosby Show Unknown 1969-09-14
Series It Takes a Thief Tourist 1968-01-09
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Series Here's Lucy Unknown 1968-09-23
Series The Dick Cavett Show Self - Guest 1968-06-06
Movie A Guide for the Married Man Technical Adviser (Married 14 years) 1967-01-01
Movie Ironside Scoutmaster 1967-03-28
Series The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Unknown 1966-09-13
Series Mission: Impossible Unknown 1966-09-17
Series Hollywood Squares Himself 1966-10-17
Movie Morituri Dr. Ambach 1965-08-24
Series Lost in Space Tiabo 1965-09-15
Series Mister Roberts Unknown 1965-09-17
Movie The Bedford Incident Seaman Merlin Queffle 1965-10-11
Series Get Smart Unknown 1965-09-18
Series The Hollywood Palace Unknown 1964-01-04
Series Underdog Unknown 1964-10-03
Movie The Yellow Rolls-Royce Ferguson 1964-12-31
Movie Fate Is the Hunter Ralph Bundy 1964-11-08
Movie Marilyn Unknown 1963-04-18
Movie Spencer's Mountain Preacher Goodman 1963-05-16
Series Vacation Playhouse Unknown 1963-07-22
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Movie Something's Got to Give Schuhverkäufer 1962-01-01
Movie State Fair Hipplewaite 1962-03-09
Series The Merv Griffin Show Self 1962-10-01
Series The Lucy Show Unknown 1962-10-01
Series The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown 1962-09-26
Series The Dick Van Dyke Show Unknown 1961-10-03
Series The Twilight Zone James Elwood 1959-10-02
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Series The Adventures of Hiram Holliday Hiram Holliday 1956-10-03
Series Matinee Theater Unknown 1955-10-31
Movie Babes in Toyland Grumio, the Toymaker 1955-12-24
Series Max Liebman Presents Unknown 1954-09-12
Movie Babes in Toyland Grumio, the Toymaker 1954-12-18
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Series Letter to Loretta Unknown 1953-09-20
Series Mister Peepers Robinson Peepers 1952-07-03
Series Your Show of Shows Unknown 1950-02-25
Series What's My Line? Self - Mystery Guest 1950-02-02
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Series Danger Unknown 1950-09-26
Series Suspense Unknown 1949-01-06