Noah Beery Jr.


Actor

About

Also Known As
Noah Lindsey Beery, Noah Beery, Noah Beery [Jr.]
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
August 10, 1913
Died
November 01, 1994
Cause of Death
Brain Hemorrhage

Biography

A genial, durable character actor, boyishly handsome yet still ordinary looking, Noah Beery Jr appeared in over 100 films. He began as a child performer in silents and remained busy until the mid-1980s. Beery came from a distinguished family of film actors: his father was one of the most notable screen villains of the first half century of American cinema, and his uncle Wallace Beery was...

Family & Companions

Maxine Beery
Wife
Daughter of cowboy star Charles 'Buck' Jones (1889-1942); married in 1940; divorced in 1966.
Lisa Beery
Wife
Survived him.

Biography

A genial, durable character actor, boyishly handsome yet still ordinary looking, Noah Beery Jr appeared in over 100 films. He began as a child performer in silents and remained busy until the mid-1980s. Beery came from a distinguished family of film actors: his father was one of the most notable screen villains of the first half century of American cinema, and his uncle Wallace Beery was a prolific silent screen star who, in late middle age, became a popular MGM player. Beery, though perhaps less attention-getting in his acting style, nonetheless brought warmth and good humor to an incredibly prolific career spanning over 60 years.

Beery made his film debut at age seven in the beloved Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckler, "The Mark of Zorro" (1920), in which his father also appeared. His busiest period of activity began during the Depression when he appeared in scores of Westerns, serials and other action fare, typically as the hero's sidekick. Some of Beery's more notable credits include Howard Hawks' "Only Angels Have Wings" and Lewis Milestone's "Of Mice and Men" (both 1939), Hawks' "Red River" (1948) and Billy Wilder's "The Spirit of St. Louis" (1957).

Beery also appeared in such noteworthy fare as "Sergeant York" (1941), the all-star "Follow the Boys!" (1944), "Inherit the Wind" (1960), George Pal's fantasy "7 Faces of Dr. Lao" (1964) and the Dolly Parton musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1982). But most of his fare filled out the lower half of double bills; low-budget serials loved by movie-going boys, such as "The Jungle Mystery" (1932), "Tailspin Tommy" (1934) and "Riders of Death Valley" (1941). Among Beery's less-than-immortal features were "Some Blondes Are Dangerous" (1937), "Tanks a Million" (1941), "Dudes Are Pretty People" (1942), "We've Never Been Licked" (1944), "Rocket Ship X-M" (1950) and "Little Fauss and Big Halsey" (1970).

The 1950s marked the start of a very prolific TV career for Beery. His mellow, naturalistic style graced a number of series beginning with "The Adventures of Noah Beery Jr." (syndicated, 1954). He played the circus clown pal of the eponymous teen in "Circus Boy" (NBC and ABC, 1956-58) and joined the cast of "Riverboat" (NBC, 1960-61) in its second season, where he roistered alongside Darren McGavin and Burt Reynolds. Although his last series role came in the primetime soap "The Yellow Rose" (NBC, 1983-84), his best-known TV stint was as James Garner's amiable father, Rocky, on the long-running detective series "The Rockford Files" (NBC, 1974-80). Bantering with the equally wry Garner, Beery was much-loved by audiences and the show's crew alike. The 1994 TV-movie, "The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A." (CBS), was dedicated to Beery, who had died from the after-effects of a stroke in 1994. From 1940-66, Beery was married to Maxine Jones Beery, the daughter of cowboy star Charles 'Buck' Jones.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Waltz Across Texas (1983)
Joe
The Mysterious Two (1982)
The Capture of Grizzly Adams (1982)
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (1982)
The Great American Traffic Jam (1980)
Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident (1976)
Walking Tall Part II (1975)
Sidekicks (1974)
The Spikes Gang (1974)
Jack Bassett
Savages (1974)
The Alpha Caper (1973)
Walking Tall (1973)
Grandpa Pusser
43, the Petty Story (1972)
The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County (1970)
Eddie
Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970)
Sealy Fauss
Heaven With a Gun (1969)
Garvey
Journey to Shiloh (1968)
Sgt. Mercer Barnes
Hondo And The Apaches (1967)
Incident at Phantom Hill (1966)
O'Rourke
7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
Tim Mitchell
The Great Chase (1962)
Inherit the Wind (1960)
John Stebbins
Guns of the Timberland (1960)
Blackie
Escort West (1959)
Lt. Jamison
Decision at Sundown (1957)
Sam
Jubal (1956)
Sam
The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)
Dink Wells
White Feather (1955)
Lt. Ferguson
The Black Dakotas (1954)
"Gimpy" Joe Woods
The Yellow Tomahawk (1954)
Tonio [Perez]
Wings of the Hawk (1953)
[Pasquel] Orozco
War Arrow (1953)
Sgt. Augustus Wilks
Tropic Zone (1953)
Tapachula Sam
Wagons West (1952)
Arch Lawrence
The Story of Will Rogers (1952)
Wiley Post
The Cimarron Kid (1952)
Bob Dalton
The Texas Rangers (1951)
Buff Smith
The Last Outpost (1951)
Sgt. Calhoun
Davy Crockett, Indian Scout (1950)
Tex
Rocketship X-M (1950)
Major William Corrigan
The Savage Horde (1950)
Glenn Larrabee
Two Flags West (1950)
Cy Davis
The Doolins of Oklahoma (1949)
Little Bill
Red River (1948)
Buster Magee
Indian Agent (1948)
Chief Redfox
The Cat Creeps (1946)
Pidge Lorry
Under Western Skies (1945)
Tod [Howell]
The Beautiful Cheat (1945)
Prof. [Alexander] Haven
The Crimson Canary (1945)
Danny
Her Lucky Night (1945)
Larry [Wentworth]
See My Lawyer (1945)
Arthur [Lane]
The Daltons Ride Again (1945)
Ben Dalton
Follow the Boys (1944)
Hi, Beautiful (1944)
Jeff [Peters]
Week-End Pass (1944)
Johnny [Adams]
Allergic to Love (1944)
Kip Henderson
Top Man (1943)
Editor Thompson
Corvette K-225 (1943)
Stone
Calaboose (1943)
Pidge
Prairie Chickens (1943)
Pidge
Frontier Badmen (1943)
Jim [Caldwell]
Gung Ho! (1943)
Kurt Richter
We've Never Been Licked (1943)
Cyanide Jenkins
Dudes Are Pretty People (1942)
Pidge
Hay Foot (1942)
Charlie [Cobb]
'Neath Brooklyn Bridge (1942)
Rusty
Overland Mail (1942)
Sergeant York (1941)
Buck Lipscomb
Tanks a Million (1941)
Charlie
Two in a Taxi (1941)
Sandy Connors
All-American Co-Ed (1941)
Slinky
Riders of Death Valley (1941)
20 Mule Team (1940)
Mitch
The Light of Western Stars (1940)
Poco
Passport to Alcatraz (1940)
Ray Nolan
The Carson City Kid (1940)
Scott Warren
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
Joe Souther
Of Mice and Men (1939)
Whit
Flight at Midnight (1939)
Torpy
Bad Lands (1939)
Chic Lyman
Parents on Trial (1939)
Jerry Kearns
Girls' School (1938)
George [McClellan]
Forbidden Valley (1938)
Ring Hazzard
Outside the Law (1938)
Mart Hazard
The Road Back (1937)
Wessling
The Mighty Treve (1937)
Bud McClelland
Trouble at Midnight (1937)
Kirk [Cameron]
Some Blondes Are Dangerous (1937)
Bud "Iron Man" Mason
Parole! (1936)
Bobby Freeman
Ace Drummond (1936)
Stormy (1935)
Stormy
Five Bad Men (1935)
Gene Taggart
The Trail Beyond (1934)
Wabi
Tailspin Tommy (1934)
Rustlers' Roundup (1933)
Danny Brand
The Three Musketeers (1933)
Fighting With Kit Carson (1933)
Heroes of the West (1932)
Penrod (1922)
The Mark of Zorro (1920)

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. (1994)
Other

Cast (Special)

Powers Play (1986)
Beyond Witch Mountain (1982)
Revenge of the Gray Gang (1981)
The Asphalt Cowboy (1980)
Sergeant Brown
The Big Stuffed Dog (1980)
The Revenge of Red Chief (1979)
The Murdocks and the McClays (1970)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Bastard (1978)

Life Events

1920

Made screen debut at age seven in a small role in the Douglas Fairbanks vehicle, "The Mark of Zorro", in which his father Noah Beery played a prominent part

1954

Starred in the syndicated TV adventures series, "The Adventures of Noah Beery Jr."

1956

Played Alexander Philip Perkins (a.k.a. "Joey the Clown") on the TV adventures series, "Circus Boy" (which aired on NBC its first season and on ABC for its second)

1967

Played Buffalo Baker, the title protagonist's partner, on the short-lived ABC Western series, "Hondo"

1973

First TV-movie, "The Alpha Caper"

1978

Acted in first TV miniseries, "The Bastard"

1982

Played Art Henley on the short-lived ABC adventures series, "The Quest"

1983

Last feature film, "Waltz Across Texas"

1986

Last primetime TV appearance, on the CBS adventure pilot, "Powers Play"

Videos

Movie Clip

Jubal (1956) - Most Horses Is Better Than Humans First scene after the opening, in which rancher Shep (Ernest Borgnine) found Glenn Ford (title character) staggering out of the Wyoming woods, introducing Pinky (Rod Steiger), Sam (Noah Beery Jr.) and Carson (John Dierkes), in Jubal, 1956, directed by Delmer Daves, often cited as a Western treatment of Shakespeare’s Othello.
Only Angels Have Wings (1939) - Bonnie From Brooklyn Pilots Joe (Noah Beery Jr.) and Les (Allyn Joslyn) are impressed with the pretty blonde Bonnie (Jean Arthur) who gets off the boat in fictional Latin American "Barranca" in an early scene from Howard Hawks' Only Angels Have Wings, 1939.
Red River (1948) - Red Shoes Dunson (John Wayne) and Matt (Montgomery Clift) visiting cowhand Dan (Harry Carey Jr., also singing) as the crew (Walter Brennan, Noah Beery Jr. et al) worry about spooking the herd, in Howard Hawks' Red River, 1948.
Sergeant York (1941) - What Are We Drinkin' To? East Tennessee, 1916, joining the first scene for Gary Cooper as Alvin York (title character), with his buddies (Ward Bond, Noah Beery Jr.) conversing over a bottle when younger brother George (Dickie Moore), sent by mother, comes to collect him, in Howard Hawks’ Sergeant York , 1941.
Only Angels Have Wings (1939) - That's The Boss Jungle pilots Joe (Noah Beery Jr.) and Les (Allyn Joslyn) have just wagered to decide who gets to buy steak dinner for their unexpected visitor Bonnie (Jean Arthur) when their intimidating boss Carter (Cary Grant) makes his first appearance, in Howard Hawks' Only Angels Have Wings, 1939.
Only Angels Have Wings (1939) - Gun Her Joe! Pilot Joe (Noah Beery Jr.) being talked down in a jungle fog by Carter (Cary Grant) and "Kid" (Thomas Mitchell), Bonnie (Jean Arthur) and Dutchy (Sig Rumann) standing by, in Howard Hawks' Only Angels Have Wings, 1939.
All-American Co-ed (1941) - Open, Chap With A Chip Opening credits and song by Walter G. Samuels and Charles Newman, men in drag, led by Johnny Downs as "Bob," a.k.a. "Bobbie," in the 49-minute Hal Roach "streamlined feature," All-American Co-ed, 1941, also starring Frances Langford and directed by the veteran choreographer LeRoy Prinz.
Girls' School (1938) - How They Dance In Sweden First appearances, prom night, by Michael (Ralph Bellamy), whose teacher girlfriend Laurel (Gloria Holden) has misunderstood about his fellowship in Sweden, and working-class George (Noah Beery Jr.), escorting rebellious Natalie (Anne Shirley), in Girls' School, 1938.
Decision at Sundown - Different Directions Bart Allison (Randolph Scott) holds up a stagecoach from the inside, despite his cohort (Noah Beery Jr.) missing his cue, in the opening of Budd Boetticher's Decision at Sundown 1957.
Decision at Sundown - We Ain't Interested Skeptical Dr. Storrow (John Archer) and merchant Abe (Guy Wilkerson) receive out-of-towners Bart Allison (Randolph Scott) and Sam (Noah Beery) in Budd Boetticher's Western Decision at Sundown, 1957.
Decision at Sundown - We Pay For Our Drinks Vengeful Bart (Randolph Scott) and sidekick Sam (Noah Beery) turn down drinks on the tab of the local bridegroom, and tangle with Sheriff "Swede" (Andrew Duggan) in Budd Boetticher's Decision at Sundown, 1957.

Trailer

Family

Noah Beery
Father
Actor. Born on January 17, 1882; died on April 1, 1946.
Marguerite Beery
Mother
William C Beery
Uncle
Actor. Born on April 5, 1879; died on December 25, 1949.
Wallace Beery
Uncle
Actor. Born on April 1, 1885; died on April 15, 1949.
Carol Ann Beery
Cousin
Actor.
Muffett Beery
Daughter
Survived him.
Melissa Beery
Daughter
Survived him.
Buck Beery
Son
Actor. Survived him.
Page
Step-Daughter
Survived him.
Sean
Step-Son
Survived him.
Lorena
Step-Daughter
Survived him.

Companions

Maxine Beery
Wife
Daughter of cowboy star Charles 'Buck' Jones (1889-1942); married in 1940; divorced in 1966.
Lisa Beery
Wife
Survived him.

Bibliography