Burl Ives

Burl Ives

  • Born on
    • June 14th, 1909
  • Died on
    • April 14th, 1995
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.


Acting (21 Credits)

1988Two Moon Junction as Sheriff Earl Hawkins
1984The Ewok Adventure as Narrator (voice)
1982White Dog as Carruthers
1979Just You and Me, Kid as Max
1978The Bermuda Depths as Dr. Paulis
1967Those Fantastic Flying Fools as Phineas T. Barnum
1964Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as Sam the Snowman (voice)
1964Ensign Pulver as Captain Morton
1964The Brass Bottle as Fakrash
1963Summer Magic as Osh Popham
1962The Spiral Road as Dr. Brits Jansen
1959Our Man in Havana as Dr. Hasselbacher
1959Day of the Outlaw as Jack Bruhn
1958Wind Across the Everglades as Cottonmouth
1958Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as Harvey „Big Daddy” Pollitt
1958Desire Under the Elms as Éphraïm Cabot
1958The Big Country as Rufus Hannassey
1955East of Eden as Sam the Sheriff
1950Sierra as Lonesome
1948So Dear to My Heart as Uncle Hiram Douglas
1948Station West as Hotel Clerk


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