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Also Known As: Died: August 23, 1992
Born: February 20, 1907 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, theater owner, theater seminar instructor, TV host, theater operator, radio station general manager, radio editor for Philadelphia Ledger

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A veteran of the stage, TV and film, Atterbury was one of the most respected character actors in Hollywood from the early 1950s through the 80s. His height and gaunt features made him a natural for Westerns in his younger days, but he served just as well in thrillers, film noirs, horror quickies and cop movies. In his later years, his feisty yet friendly manner made Atterbury a favorite choice for colorful grandfather roles. He appeared in more than 75 features and 300 TV episodes in the course of his career. One of Atterbury's best-remembered appearances was in "North by Northwest", where he plays the weathered-looking, taciturn man who dryly observes to Cary Grant that "That plane's dusting crops where there ain't no crops," setting the stage for one of Hitchcock's most celebrated set pieces.Prior to going to Hollywood in 1953, Atterbury's major contribution to the entertainment field was as a theater owner and operator. He and his wife Ellen ran two professional theaters: the Tamarack Playhouse, a summer stock theater in Lake Pleasant NY; and the Playhouse in Albany NY. The latter was the only Equity winter stock company in the country. In Albany, the Atterburys provided opportunities for the...

A veteran of the stage, TV and film, Atterbury was one of the most respected character actors in Hollywood from the early 1950s through the 80s. His height and gaunt features made him a natural for Westerns in his younger days, but he served just as well in thrillers, film noirs, horror quickies and cop movies. In his later years, his feisty yet friendly manner made Atterbury a favorite choice for colorful grandfather roles. He appeared in more than 75 features and 300 TV episodes in the course of his career. One of Atterbury's best-remembered appearances was in "North by Northwest", where he plays the weathered-looking, taciturn man who dryly observes to Cary Grant that "That plane's dusting crops where there ain't no crops," setting the stage for one of Hitchcock's most celebrated set pieces.

Prior to going to Hollywood in 1953, Atterbury's major contribution to the entertainment field was as a theater owner and operator. He and his wife Ellen ran two professional theaters: the Tamarack Playhouse, a summer stock theater in Lake Pleasant NY; and the Playhouse in Albany NY. The latter was the only Equity winter stock company in the country. In Albany, the Atterburys provided opportunities for the young talents of Grace Kelly, Kirk Douglas, Karl Malden, Cliff Robertson, Barbara Cook and Tom Bosley.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Emperor of the North Pole (1973) Hogger
2.
 The Learning Tree (1969) Silas Newhall
3.
 The Chase (1966) Mr. Reeves
4.
 Hawaii (1966) Gideon Hale
5.
 Seven Days in May (1964) White House physician
6.
 Cattle King (1963) Clevenger
7.
 The Birds (1963) Deputy Al Malone
8.
 Advise & Consent (1962) Sen. Tom August
9.
 Summer and Smoke (1961) Reverend Winemiller
10.
 From the Terrace (1960) George Fry
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Worked as the radio editor for the Philadelphia Ledger
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Worked as the general manager of the Philadelphia Ledger radio station WHAT for several years; also performed on the air
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Began performing on stage in vaudeville, concerts, and various Shubert musicals
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Toured isolated military bases during World War II with a special comedy entertainment program
1946:
Decorated by the War Department for entertaining the troops
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After WWII, initiated one of the first "theater therapy" programs at Rhode Island Hospital in Utica NY
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With his wife, Ellen, owned and operated the Tamarack Playhouse, a summer stock theater in Albany NY, for five years
1946:
With his wife, Ellen, owned and operated the Playhouse in Albany NY, the only Equity winter stock company in the country
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Conducted theater seminars at several colleges including Skidmore, RPI and College of Saint Rose
1951:
Co-hosted, with his wife, a TV show entitled "Backstage with the Atterburys"
1953:
Moved to Beverly Hills and began career as a Hollywood character actor
1963:
Appeared on Broadway in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
1967:
Appeared at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in "Who's Happy Now"
1973:
Worked as an ABC-TV series regular as the moribund but feisty patriarch, Jonas Paine, on the short-lived comedy, "Thicker Than Water"
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Worked as a CBS-TV series regular as Grandpa Aldon Apple on Earl Hamner, Jr's "Apple's Way"
1983:
Retired from acting
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Education

Hill School: - 1926

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wife:
Ellen Atterbury. Theater owner and operator.

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son:
Malcolm Atterbury Jr. Survived him.
son:
Charles Atterbury. Survived him.
daughter:
Jill Atterbury. Survived him.

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