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Wally Cox

Wally Cox

  • Born on
    • December 6th, 1924
  • Died on
    • February 15th, 1973
Wally Cox was a beloved character actor who made his mark in television and ranks as one of the medium's most memorable performers. His ability to show his range likely was limited by his short stature, slight frame, and high-pitched voice, which along with his talent for being very funny, made him ideal for comedy parts such as his memorable turn as Professor P. Caspar Biddle in "The Bird-Watchers" episode of The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) in 1966. His television persona was that of a shy, timid man in horn-rimed glasses who spoke in a tentative, though distinctly enunciated, voice. It was a persona that his long-time friend Marlon Brando said was completely at odds with the real man. Cox always will be remembered as the eponymous "Mr. Peepers" and the voice of "Underdog," but he was an actor of wider talents seldom used by the industry, as can be seen in his turns as the sonar operator in The Bedford Incident (1965) and as the potential suicide Wally Haverstraw in The Bill Cosby Show (1969) episode "Goodbye, Cruel World" in 1970. Dying unexpectedly on February 15, 1973, from what some newspapers described as an accidental overdose of sedatives but which Marlon Brando in his autobiography said was a heart attack, Wally Cox's cremated remains were kept hidden in a closet by his old friend for three decades. According to Brando's son Miko, both his father's and Cox's ashes were scattered at the same time in Death Valley, California, in a ceremony following Brando's death, thus reuniting the lifetime friends.

Filmography

Acting (11 Credits)

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1973The Night Strangler as Mr. Berry
1971The Barefoot Executive as Mertons
1970The Boatniks as Jason
1967A Guide for the Married Man as Technical Adviser (Married 14 years)
1965The Bedford Incident as Seaman Merlin Queffle
1965Morituri as Dr. Ambach
1964Underdog
1964Fate Is the Hunter as Ralph Bundy
1964The Yellow Rolls-Royce as Ferguson
1963Spencer's Mountain as Preacher Goodman
1962State Fair as Hipplewaite

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