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Mr. Magoo - James Gilmore "Jim" Backus (February 25, 1913 – July 3, 1989)

 

James Gilmore "Jim" Backus (February 25, 1913 – July 3, 1989) died 32 years ago today at the age of 76. Among his most famous roles are the voice of nearsighted cartoon character Mr. Magoo, the rich Hubert Updike III on the radio version of The Alan Young Show, Joan Davis's character's husband (a domestic court judge) on TV's I Married Joan, James Dean's character's father in Rebel Without a Cause, and Thurston Howell, III on the 1960s sitcom Gilligan's Island. He also starred in his own show of one season, The Jim Backus Show, also known as Hot off the Wire.

An avid golfer, Backus made the 36-hole cut at the 1964 Bing Crosby Pro-Am tournament.

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