American actorDied when: 76 years 128 days (916 months)
Star Sign: Pisces
James Gilmore Backus (February 25, 1913 – July 3, 1989) was an American actor.Among his most famous roles were Thurston Howell III on the 1960s sitcom Gilligan's Island, the father of James Dean's character in Rebel Without a Cause, the voice of the nearsighted cartoon character Mr.
Magoo, the rich Hubert Updike III on the radio version of The Alan Young Show, and Joan Davis' character's husband (a domestic court judge) on TV's I Married Joan.
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.He was inducted to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.