- Posts: 9309
- Joined: Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:53 pm
- Badges: 132
- Who is your favorite Bonanza character?: Little Joe Cartwright
- Location: Pacific Northwest
Percy Helton was a very well known character actor in the 1950s and 1960s. His trademark was his raspy/breathy voice. He guest starred in 4 "Bonanza" episodes:
"Enter Mark Twain"
"The Hayburner" Cap From The Gallery
"The Legacy" Cap From The Gallery
"The Unseen Wound" Cap by Tracy
Percy was born January 31, 1894 in Manhattan, New York City. From the age of 2 he appeared in his father's vaudeville act. While he was still a child a Broadway producer cast Percy in several plays over several years. He made his Broadway debut around the time of his 12th birthday.
Percy served in the U.S. Army during World War I, and was stationed in Europe with the American Expeditionary Forces. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his service in the 305th Field Artillery.
After the war Percy continued performing in plays. In one of these he was required to scream and shout most of his lines. It permanently damaged his voice, and he became hoarse. This changed the direction of his career as he went into film and TV.
He appeared in many films such as "Miracle On 34th Street" (1947),"20,000 Leagues Under The Sea", "The Sons Of Katie Elder", "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid", and more.
"Miracle On 34th Street" (1947)
Percy also appeared in several noir films which he is well known for. A couple of these are "Criss Cross" and "Wicked Woman".
Throughout the 1950s and 1960s he appeared in many TV shows. These included "Gunsmoke", "The Beverly Hillbillies", "Green Acres", "Petticoat Junction" and so many more.
Percy married actress Edna Eustace on October 24, 1931. They were married until his death from natural causes on September 11, 1971. They did not have any children.
"Now I know that we are only half brothers, but we are brothers." Adam in "The Hayburner"
Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 2 guests