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Burl Ives – MovieActors.com

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Ives in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF.

Burl Ives: Best Supporting Actor 1958: MovieActors.com

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THE BIG COUNTRY (Western)

Burl Ives won his Supporting Oscar for playing a tough cattle baron involved in a war over water rights in THE BIG COUNTRY.













About Burl Ives (1909 – 1995)

Burl Ives was one of six children, born of Scotch-Irish parents on a farm in Jasper County, Illinois. Growing up, Burl's two loves were music and football. Burl Ives enrolled in Eastern Illinois State Teacher's College in 1927 intending to become a football coach, but in 1930 he dropped out and spent the next few years roaming the country, working odd jobs and as a street singer. In 1940, he got a job with CBS radio popularizing the many folk songs he learned on his wanderings.

Burl Ives made his mark playing the character, 'Big Daddy', in his 1938 Broadway debut in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, a role that Ives played again in the 1958 film version. Burl began his movie career (spanning four decades in over 30 pictures) as a singing cowboy in the 1946 film, SMOKEY.

Besides winning an Oscar for his supporting role in THE BIG COUNTRY, Burl Ives also recorded 30 albums for Decca and another dozen for Columbia, having many hits on both the popular and country charts. At the age of 80, Burl Ives retired from show business but kept singing for charity benefits up until his death in 1995.

Burl Ives's notable movie credits include...

SMOKY (1946)
EAST OF EDEN (1955)
ROCKET TO THE MOON (1955)
DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS (1958)
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1958)
OUR MAN IN HAVANA (1959)
THE BRASS BOTTLE (1964)
BAKER'S HAWK (1976)
JUST YOU AND ME, KID (1979)
UPHILL ALL THE WAY(1986)
TWO MOON JUNCTION (1988)

Burl Ives's television credits include...

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (1962 Christmas special)
O.K. CRACKERBY (1965)
THE BOLD ONES (1969)

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Burl Ives in OUR MAN IN HAVANA (1959).

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Burl Ives and Paul Newman in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF.



 

 

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