Edgar Buchanan was born March 20, 1903 near Springfield, Missouri.
In 1910, he moved along with his family to Eugene, Oregon.
He first followed in his fathers footsteps and became a successful dentist, and married in 1928.
In 1939, Edgar and his wife Mildred moved to Altadena, California.
His interest in acting led Edgar to join the Pasadena Playhouse, which led to his first film role in 1939 as a bartender in the movie “My Son is Guilty.”
Edgar then appeared in 8 films during 1940 as wife Mildred took over the dental practice.
Edgar Buchanan would eventually appear in more than 100 movies, including “Penny Serenade” (1941) with Cary Grant, “Cheaper by the Dozen (1950), “McLintock” (1963) with John Wayne, “Move Over Darling” (1963) with Doris Day and James Garner.
Edgar appeared in many television shows such as Hopalong Cassidy, Judge Roy Bean, Cimarron City, Route 66, Wagon Train, The Californians, the Andy Griffith show, The Rifleman, Bonanza, Maverick with James Garner and Clint Eastwood, Leave it to Beaver, Dennis the Menace, The Twilight Zone, Riverboat, Gunsmoke, Route 66, Bringing Up Buddy, Bus Stop, The Lloyd Bridges Show, the Mod Squad, the Virginian, Cade’s County, Laramie, Perry Mason, the Partridge Family, and Love American Style.
However, he is best known for his role as Uncle Joe Carson. Edgar Buchanan appeared as “Uncle Joe” in all 222 episodes of Petticoat Junction, as well as 17 episodes of Green Acres, and 3 episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies.
What is interesting is that Edgar took over as Uncle Joe, the proprietor of the Shady Rest Hotel, following the death of Bea Benaderet, who had played Kate Bradly.
In 1974, Edgar made his last movie appearance with another Petticoat Junction star in the movie “Benji.” The dog that played the title role in Benji was Higgins, the same unnamed dog who performed with Uncle Joe on Petticoat Junction. The trainer of all the animals used on Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction and Green Acres was Frank Inn, the same trainer for Higgins in the production of Benji.
Edgar Buchanan died April 4, 1979 in Palm Desert, California at the age of 76.
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