Whatever Happened to Jim Backus? He's DEAD but STILL DOING MR. MAGOO... for MARILYN, WE HOPE>>>
Though most well known for his comedic roles of Thurston Howell III on the sitcom Gilligan's Island and the voice of the near-sighted Mr. Magoo in the animated children's show, Jimm Backus was also a noted dramatic actor – in one notable role, he played James Dean's father in Rebel Without a Cause.
Still, it was the millionaire affectations as a castaway that made him a household name in the 1960s and '70s. Mr. Backus came by his pretensions honestly as he was the son of a fairly wealthy family in Ohio. He worked steadily for over five decades. His last role was in an advertisement for popcorn with his onstage wife, Natalie Schaeffer.
Jim Backus died on July 3rd, 1989.
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