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Burl Ives

Burl Ives

Birthday: 1909-06-14 | Place of Birth: Hunt City, Illinois, USA

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (June 14, 1909 – April 14, 1995) was an American singer and actor of stage, screen, radio and television. Ives began as an itinerant singer and banjoist, and launched his own radio show, The Wayfaring Stranger, which popularized traditional folk songs. In 1942 he appeared in Irving Berlin's This Is the Army, and then became a major star of CBS radio. In the 1960s he successfully crossed over into country music, recording hits such as "A Little Bitty Tear" and "Funny Way of Laughin'". A popular film actor through the late 1940s and '50s, Ives's best-known film roles included parts in So Dear to My Heart (1949) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), as well as Rufus Hannassey in The Big Country (1958), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Ives is often remembered for his voice-over work as Sam the Snowman, narrator of the classic 1964 Christmas television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which continues to air annually around Christmas.

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Known For

Acting

Year
Title

Role

1989
Thomas Hart Benton

as    Himself

1987
1984
The Ewok Adventure

as    Narrator (voice)

1982
White Dog

as    Carruthers

1978
The Bermuda Depths

as    Dr. Paulis

1978
The New Adventures of Heidi

as    Grandfather

1976
Baker's Hawk

as    Mr. McGraw

1970
The McMasters

as    Neil McMasters

1970
The Man Who Wanted to Live Forever

as    T.M. Trask

1968
1967
Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon

as    Phineas T. Barnum

1966
The Daydreamer

as    Father Neptune

1964
Ensign Pulver

as    Captain Morton

1964
The Brass Bottle

as    Fakrash

1964
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

as    Sam the Snowman (voice)

1963
Summer Magic

as    Osh Popham

1962
The Spiral Road

as    Dr. Brits Jansen

1960
Our Man in Havana

as    Dr. Hasselbacher

1960
Let No Man Write My Epitaph

as    Judge Bruce Mallory Sullivan

1959
Day of the Outlaw

as    Jack Bruhn

1958
Wind Across the Everglades

as    Cottonmouth

1958
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

as    Harvey „Big Daddy” Pollitt

1958
The Big Country

as    Rufus Hannassey

1955
East of Eden

as    Sam the Sheriff

1950
Sierra

as    Lonesome

1948
Green Grass of Wyoming

as    Gus