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Andy Devine –

andy-devine Devine in STAGECOACH. About Andy Devine (1905 – 1977)

Andy Devine was born on October 7, 1905, Andy Devine was born in Flagstaff, Arizona. He was the son of an Irish-American hotel operator named Thomas Devine. Andy's mother's name was Amy.

Andy Devine died on February 18, 1977, in Orange, California of Leukemia.

Dorothy House married Andy Devine, in 1933. They had two sons, Denny and Ted. Both sons, played Andy Devine's sons in the film, CANYON PASSAGE in 1946.

An actor of many films, Andy Devine was known as a large happy fella. He grew up in Kingman, Arizona. Andy actually played semi-pro football under a phony name, Jeremiah Schwartz. He used the false name so he could continue to play college football.

Andy Devine went to Hollywood with big dreams of becoming an actor. His first good part, was in a talkie, called THE SPIRIT OF NOTRE DAME. He was given this part partly because of his football record.

There were a lot of doubts about his career due to his high pitched raspy voice which was a result of a fall that Andy Devine took as a child with a stick in his mouth. However, instead of his voice becoming a hindrance, it became his trademark.

For forty-five years, Andy Devine became a very popular and beloved comic figure in a large variety of films. His popularity rose to new heights with his starring role as Jingles, in ADVENTURES OF WILD BILL HICKOK, in 1951. In 1955, Andy Devine hosted a children's show called ANDY'S GANG. Children all over the world became his newest fans.

Andy Devine played Hap Gorman on the first season of NBC TV's FLIPPER in 1964.

Captain's Anchorage, a fine restaurant in Big Bear Lake California, was once owned by Andy Devine. When Andy Devine owned the restaurant, it was a sportsman's bar where a lot of gambling took place.

The story so goes that the accountant's office was upstairs over the bar and the accountant was known to steal all the gambler's winnings. The restaurant has always claimed that it is haunted by the accountant. On almost every wall in the restaurant, you will find pictures of Andy Devine in his different films.

Jimmy Buffett mentions Andy Devine in his song PENCIL THIN MUSTACHE.

Andy Devine continued to act in films until he died in 1977. He was survived by his wife and two sons. The main street of Kingman, Arizona, is named Andy Devine Boulevard. He was also named as an honorary mayor of Van Nuys, California.

Andy Devine's notable movie credits include...

We Americans (1928)
Lonesome (1928)
Red Lips (1928)
Naughty Baby (1928)
Hot Stuff (1929)
Heroes of the Flames (1931)
Danger Island (1931)
The Spirit of Notre Dame (1931)
Three Wise Girls (1932)
Law and Order (1932)
The Impatient Maiden (1932)
Man Wanted (1932)
Radio Patrol (1932)
Fast Companions (1932)
The Man from Yesterday (1932)
Tom Brown of Culver (1932)
The All American (1932)
The Cohens and Kellys in Trouble (1933)
Song of the Eagle (1933)
The Big Cage (1933)
Horse Play (1933)
Midnight Mary (1933)
Doctor Bull (1933)
Saturday's Millions (1933)
Chance at Heaven (1933)
The Poor Rich (1934)
Upper World (1934)
Stingaree (1934)
Let's Talk It Over (1934)
Million Dollar Ransom (1934)
Gift of Gab (1934)
Wake Up and Dream (1934)
The President Vanishes (1934)
Hell in the Heavens (1934)
Straight from the Heart (1935)
Hold 'Em Yale (1935)
Chinatown Squad (1935)
The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935)
Way Down East (1935)
Fighting Youth (1935)
Coronado (1935)
Small Town Girl (1936)
Romeo and Juliet (1936)
Yellowstone (1936)
The Big Game (1936)
Flying Hostess (1936)
Mysterious Crossing (1936)
A Star Is Born (1937)
The Road Back (1937)
Double or Nothing (1937)
You're a Sweetheart (1937)
In Old Chicago (1937)
Doctor Rhythm (1938)
Yellow Jack (1938)
Men with Wings (1938)
Personal Secretary (1938)
Swing That Cheer (1938)
The Storm (1938)
Strange Faces (1938)
Stagecoach (1939)
The Spirit of Culver (1939)
Never Say Die (1939)
Mutiny on the Blackhawk (1939)
Tropic Fury (1939)
Legion of Lost Flyers (1939)
Geronimo (1939)
Man from Montreal (1939)
Danger on Wheels (1940)
Little Old New York (1940)
Buck Benny Rides Again (1940)
Torrid Zone (1940)
Hot Steel (1940)
Black Diamonds (1940)
When the Daltons Rode (1940)
Margie (1940)
The Leather Pushers (1940)
The Devil's Pipeline (1940)
Trail of the Vigilantes (1940)
Lucky Devils (1941)
Mutiny in the Arctic (1941)
The Flame of New Orleans (1941)
Men of the Timberland (1941)
Raiders of the Desert (1941)
A Dangerous Game (1941)
Badlands of Dakota (1941)
The Kid from Kansas (1941)
South of Tahiti (1941)
Road Agent (1941)
North to the Klondike (1942)
Unseen Enemy (1942)
Escape from Hong Kong (1942)
Danger in the Pacific (1942)
Top Sergeant (1942)
Timber (1942)
Between Us Girls (1942)
Sin Town (1942)
Rhythm of the Islands (1943)
Frontier Badmen (1943)
Corvette K-225 (1943)
Crazy House (1943)
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944)
Ghost Catchers (1944)
Babes on Swing Street (1944)
Bowery to Broadway (1944)
Frisco Sal (1945)
Sudan (1945)
That's the Spirit (1945)
Frontier Gal (1945)
Canyon Passage (1946)
The Michigan Kid (1947)r
Bells of San Angelo (1947)
The Vigilantes Return (1947)
Springtime in the Sierras (1947)
Slave Girl (1947)
On the Old Spanish Trail (1947)
The Fabulous Texan (1947)
The Gay Ranchero (1948)
Old Los Angeles (1948)
Under California Stars (1948)
The Gallant Legion (1948)
Eyes of Texas (1948)
Night Time in Nevada (1948)
Grand Canyon Trail (1948)
The Far Frontier (1948)
The Last Bandit (1949)
The Traveling Saleswoman (1950)
Never a Dull Moment (1950)
New Mexico (1951)
The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
Slaughter Trail (1951)
Montana Belle (1952)
Island in the Sky (1953)
Thunder Pass (1954)
Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
No Place Like Home (1960 TV movie)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960)
Two Rode Together (1961)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
How the West Was Won (1962)
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Zebra in the Kitchen (1965)
The Ballad of Josie (1967)
Shoestring Safari (1967 TV movie)
The Road Hustlers (1968)
The Over-the-Hill Gang (1969 TV movie)
Smoke (1970 TV movie)
The Phynx (1970)
Myra Breckinridge (1970)
The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again (1970 TV movie)
Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)
A Whale of a Tale (1976)

Andy Devine's notable TV credits include...

The Virginian" - (1967) "Yesterday´s Timepiece"
Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok - 112 episodes (1951-1958)
Andy's Gang (1955-1960)
Wagon Train - episode - "The Jess MacAbee Story" (1959)
The Twilight Zone - "Hocus-Pocus and Frisby" (1962)
Flipper - 5 episodes (1964-1965)
Bonanza - "A Girl Named George" (1968)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color - "Ride a Northbound Horse: Parts 1 & 2" (1969)
Gunsmoke - episode - "Stryker" (1969)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color - "Smoke: Parts 1 & 2" (1970)
Alias Smith and Jones - "The Men That Corrupted Hadleyburg" (1972)

Awards won by Andy Devine -

Golden Boot Award - In Memoriam Award - 1988
Star on the Walk of Fame - Hollywood, California



Andy Devine in ROMEO AND JULIET (1936).




Andy Devine in STAGECOACH (1939).


Andy Devine, guest starring in BURKE'S LAW (TV Series 1966-1966).