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Nom de naissance Robert William Greer
Nationalité Etats-Unis
Naissance 2 avril 1917 à Fairview (Etats-Unis)
Mort 28 avril 2007 (à 90 ans) à Pasadena (Etats-Unis)

Robert William "Dabbs" Greer (April 2, 1917 – April 28, 2007) was an American actor who performed many diverse supporting roles in film and television for some fifty years.

His distinctive, southern-accented voice fitted well in shows featuring rustic characters, such as westerns. He also was portrayed on other shows as a minister, and is probably best remembered as the Reverend Robert Alden in NBC's Little House on the Prairie. Earlier, Greer had a recurring role as Coach Ossie Weiss in the 26-episode NBC situation comedy, Hank, which aired in 1965 and 1966.


Personal life
Greer was born in Fairview in Newton County in southwestern Missouri, the son of Bernice Irene (née Dabbs), a speech teacher, and Randall Alexander Greer, a druggist. Greer moved to Anderson as an infant with his family. At the age of eight, he began acting in children's theater productions. He attended Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, where he was a member of Theta Kappa Nu.

In 1943, he moved to Pasadena, California, where he died in 2007 at Huntington Hospital after a battle with renal failure and heart disease. Greer never married and had no survivors.


He made his film debut as an extra in the 1938 film Jesse James, which was filmed mainly about Pineville, Missouri. "They were paying $5 a day – a day! – to local people for being extras. That was really good money in those days, more money than we had seen in a long time," he told the Neosho Daily News in 2002. Greer was recognizable to fans of Adventures of Superman, as he appeared in three of that series, including the inaugural entry, Superman on Earth (1952), in which he was cast as the first person ever to be saved by Superman. He was the major guest star, as a man framed for capital murder in Five Minutes to Doom (1954), and as an eccentric millionaire in The Superman Silver Mine (1958).

Greer made hundreds of appearances in nearly two hundred different television series, including the role of the marshal in the two-part "King of the Dakotas" (1955) and as Ray in "Paper Gunman" of the NBC western anthology series, Frontier.

In 1956's movie "Hot Rod Girl" he played the auto repair shop (HENRYS) owner Mr. Fry.

In 1957, he appeared in the episode "Revenge" of the syndicated crime drama Sheriff of Cochise and as Sanders in the episode "My Horse Ajax" of NBC's children's western series, Fury, starring Peter Graves and Bobby Diamond. At that time, he starred in three episodes as Mr. Blandish in the syndicated romantic comedy series How to Marry a Millionaire (1957–1959), with Barbara Eden and Merry Anders. He guest starred about this time on the syndicated adventure series, Whirlybirds, starring Kenneth Tobey and Rescue 8, starring Jim Davis and Lang Jeffries. He joined David Janssen in an episode of Richard Diamond, Private Detective. Greer was cast on the syndicated western series, Pony Express, starring Grant Sullivan. Greer guest starred as well on three CBS western series, Steve McQueen's Wanted: Dead or Alive, Trackdown starring Robert Culp, and Don Durant's Johnny Ringo and thereafter in the NBC modern western series, Empire. He also guest starred on Jack Lord's drama series about the rodeo circuit, Stoney Burke.

Greer appeared in the 1957 episode "Ambush at Gila Gulch" of ABC's Tombstone Territory, the 1957 episode "Rebel Christmas" of the Tod Andrews syndicated series The Gray Ghost, and as Ed Grimes on the 1958 episode "312 Vertical" of Rod Cameron's syndicated series State Trooper. Also appeared in It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)

Other appearances in 1959 included the episode, "Peligroso", of NBC's western series The Restless Gun and episodes of the syndicated Man Without a Gun, In addition, he played Mr. Jonas on the Gunsmoke series and the Keenan Wynn and Bob Mathias NBC adventure series, The Troubleshooters. He also appeared in the 1960 episode "The Proud Man" in the role of Willie Medford on the syndicated western series Two Faces West and the 1960 episode "Dark Fear" of CBS's anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson. In addition, he played Mr. Jonas on the Gunsmoke series.

He was cast in The Twilight Zone in the 1962 episode titled "Hocus-Pocus and Frisby" and the 1963 episode "Valley of the Shadow", and in a 1963 segment of Jack Palance's ABC circus drama, The Greatest Show on Earth. In 1967, Greer appeared in the series finale entitled "Elizabeth's Odyssey" of Barry Sullivan's NBC western series The Road West.

The 1960s brought Greer several recurring roles in popular series, such as track coach Ossie Weiss in Hank, Sheriff Norris "Norrie" Coolidge in The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, and storekeeper Wilbur Jonas in Gunsmoke. While playing Jonas, he also played Chester's uncle in one episode. Greer also made many appearances on the very popular series The Rifleman, staring Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford, playing both good-guy and bad-guy characters.

In the next-to-the-last episode entitled "The Unmasked" (June 17, 1962) of the ABC/WB western series Lawman, starring John Russell and Peter Brown, Greer was cast in an entirely fictitious portrayal of Boston Corbett, the Union Army soldier who shot and mortally wounded John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln. In this episode, Corbett is given the name "Joe Brockway" and depicted as a hotel owner in Laramie, Wyoming. In the story line, two former Confederates from Georgia, played by Barry Atwater and Charles Maxwell, arrive in Laramie in search of Brockway, the key, they claim, to the settlement of an estate to which they are all a party. Jack Albertson is cast with Greer in the episode as a traveling elixir salesman named "Doc" Peters.

In 1963, Greer was cast as Jack Tabor in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Skeleton's Closet". He guest starred in seven other Perry Mason episodes, either portraying a drunkard such as Buzz Farrell in "The Case of the Left-Handed Liar," the murderer such as Hal Kirkwood in "The Case of the Prudent Prosecutor," and Charles Knudsen in "The Case of the Lavender Lipstick," or murder victim such as Dave Kirby in "The Case of the Fugitive Nurse." Greer appeared alongside other guest actors (Dewey Martin, Patricia Crowley, Ray Danton, Andrew Duggan, Walter Burke, David Carradine, and Dick Wessel) in a 1964 episode of Arrest and Trial entitled "The Black Flower" in which he portrayed a store owner wounded in a robbery. He also appeared in a 1964 episode of The Outer Limits entitled "The Children of Spider County" in which he portrayed the protective father of a country girl, Anna Bishop, who was enamored of the prodigal son of an extraterrestrial. In 1967, Greer appeared in an episode of The Invaders entitled "The Experiment", playing an alien posing as a Catholic priest.

Greer had a prominent continuing role in the NBC series Little House on the Prairie as Reverend Alden from 1974 to 1983. Often cast as a minister, he performed the marriages of Rob and Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show and of Mike and Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch, and he tended to the spiritual needs of the townfolk in fictional Rome, Wisconsin, as Reverend Henry Novotny in Picket Fences. He also had a guest appearance on an episode of Scott Baio's Charles in Charge in the role of Buzz Powell.

In the May 9, 1991, episode of L.A. Law called "On the Toad Again", he played a character who was addicted to a "high" produced by licking the skin secretions of psychoactive toads.

In the 1997 film Con Air, Greer appeared as the old man discovered hiding under a pickup truck at "Lerner Field" by Nicolas Cage's character Cameron Poe.

Greer's last feature film was a prominent role as the 108-year-old version of the character played by Tom Hanks in 1999's The Green Mile – 61 years after Greer was an extra in the 1938 film Jesse James. Greer's last television performance was in a 2003 episode of Lizzie McGuire.

Most of his work was in supporting roles, but Greer told the Albany Times Union in Albany, New York, in 2000: "Every character actor, in their own little sphere, is the lead."

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Filmographie de Dabbs Greer (68 films)

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La Ligne verte, 3h8
Réalisé par Frank Darabont
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Fantastique, Fantasy, Policier
Thèmes Maladie, La prison, Folie, La peine de mort
Acteurs Tom Hanks, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Cromwell, Graham Greene
Rôle Paul Edgecomb (âgé)
Note85% 4.2525954.2525954.2525954.2525954.252595
En 1935, Paul Edgecombe est gardien-chef au pénitencier de Cold Mountain en Louisiane, au bloc E, surnommé La Ligne verte, où sont détenus les condamnés à la chaise électrique. Un jour, un nouveau détenu arrive. Il s'agit de John Coffey, un colosse, condamné pour le viol et le meurtre de deux sœurs. Cependant, ces faits offrent un contraste très troublant avec la douceur et la gentillesse de John qui est, semble-t-il, doté de pouvoirs surnaturels.
Les Ailes de l'enfer, 1h55
Réalisé par Simon West
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller, Action, Policier
Thèmes Sexualité, Le terrorisme, Transport, Homosexualité, Transsexuels et transgenres, Aviation, Dans un avion, LGBT, Film catastrophe, Film de catastrophe aérienne, LGBT, Détournement d'avion, Travestissement au cinéma
Acteurs Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, Ving Rhames, Colm Meaney
Rôle Old Man Under Truck
Note68% 3.448913.448913.448913.448913.44891
Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) est un Ranger de l'armée américaine. Le soir de son retour à la vie civile, voulant défendre sa femme des assauts d'un ivrogne, il le tue involontairement et doit passer sept ans sous les verrous. À sa sortie de prison, il est renvoyé chez lui à bord d'un avion pénitentiaire dans un vol exceptionnel qui réunit les criminels les plus dangereux du pays, qui parviennent à prendre le contrôle de l'appareil sous la direction de l'assassin multirécidiviste Cyrus Grissom (John Malkovich), surnommé "Cyrus le Virus". Alors que les fédéraux au sol envisagent de détruire l'avion, le Marshal Vince Larkin (John Cusack) s'y oppose, persuadé que Cameron est leur allié…
Les petits géants, 1h46
Réalisé par Duwayne Dunham
Genres Comédie
Thèmes Sport, Football américain
Acteurs Rick Moranis, Ed O'Neill, Shawna Waldron, Devon Sawa, Susanna Thompson, Brian Haley
Rôle Wilbur
Note63% 3.199373.199373.199373.199373.19937
Ancien joueur vedette de footbal américain, Kevin O'Shea entraine l'équipe junior de sa ville. Très strict sur le recrutement, il refuse sa nièce Becky, pourtant très douée. Devant la déception de sa fille, Danny, le frère de Kevin, décide de former sa propre équipe, baptisée "Little Giants"
Runaway Daughters, 1h23
Réalisé par Joe Dante
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie
Thèmes Transport, Road movie
Acteurs Julie Bowen, Jenny Lewis, Paul Rudd, Chris Young, Dick Miller, Wendy Schaal
Note55% 2.7579852.7579852.7579852.7579852.757985
Alta Vista, Californie, années 1950, au cœur de l'american way of life. Les rumeurs les plus folles courent à propos d'un satellite que l'URSS aurait placé sur orbite. Angie, Mary et Laura, trois jeunes filles issues de classes sociales différentes partagent leur temps entre les études, les garçons et les sorties au drive-in. Face aux demandes insistantes de son petit ami, Mary accepte de "passer à l'acte". Quelques semaines plus tard, elle s'aperçoit qu'elle est enceinte. Apprenant la nouvelle, le garçon lui promet le mariage juste avant de s'enfuir en direction de San Diego afin de s'enrôler chez les Marines. Les trois amies, trouvant là l'occasion de bousculer quelque peu leur morne quotidien, décident de se lancer à sa poursuite. Ne pouvant se confier à leurs parents, elles mettent en scène un enlèvement et prennent la route à bord d'une voiture volée. La police ne tardera pas à être alertée, bientôt devancée dans ses recherches par un détective privé.
House 4
House 4 (1992)
, 1h34
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller, Comédie, Comédie horrifique, Horreur
Thèmes Fantômes, Comédie horrifique
Acteurs William Katt, Denny Dillon, Dabbs Greer, Ned Bellamy, Kane Hodder
Rôle le père de Kelly
Note39% 1.96331.96331.96331.96331.9633
Après un terrible accident de voiture, qui a coûté la vie à son mari et laissé sa fille paralysée, Kelly s'installe, loin de tout, dans le vieux manoir familial. Une décision qui déplait à son demi-frère, bien décidé à vendre la demeure. Le manoir semble hanté, et Kelly découvre qu'il a été construit sur une source indienne sacrée. Bientôt les forces du mal se déchaînent…
Fenêtre sur Pacifique, 1h42
Réalisé par John Schlesinger
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller, Policier
Thèmes Maladie, Folie
Acteurs Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, Michael Keaton, Laurie Metcalf, Mako Iwamatsu, Nobu McCarthy
Rôle Mr. Thayer
Note63% 3.1993053.1993053.1993053.1993053.199305
Inspiré d'un fait réel, le film raconte l'histoire de Patty et Drake qui viennent d'acheter la maison de leurs rêves à Pacific Heights, San Francisco. Pour les aider financièrement, ils décident de louer la chambre du rez-de-chaussée et choisissent un dénommé Carter Hayes, qui semble être le locataire idéal. Mais, dès son emménagement, les choses tournent mal...
Sundown : La guerre des vampires, 1h44
Réalisé par Anthony Hickox
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie, Comédie horrifique, Action, Horreur, Western
Thèmes Vampire, Comédie horrifique
Acteurs David Carradine, Morgan Brittany, Bruce Campbell, Jim Metzler, Maxwell Caulfield, Deborah Foreman
Rôle Otto
Note61% 3.0525753.0525753.0525753.0525753.052575
C’est au beau milieu du désert de l’Arizona qu’une troupe de vampires vient de bâtir sa propre ville : Purgatory, dirigée par le respecté Comte Mardulak. Des vampires en quête de rédemption, las de mordre et de tuer toutes les nuits, accueillant en héros le père de famille David Harrisson, créateur du sang synthétique et de la crème solaire leur permettant de parader sous le soleil...
A fleur de peau, 1h44
Réalisé par Zalman King
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Romance
Thèmes Sexualité, Erotique
Acteurs Sherilyn Fenn, Richard Tyson, Louise Fletcher, Burl Ives, Kristy McNichol, Martin Hewitt
Rôle Kyle
Note51% 2.5619652.5619652.5619652.5619652.561965
Sur le point de se marier avec un homme fortuné, la belle April fait la rencontre de Perry, dont elle tombe amoureuse...
Evil Town
Evil Town (1987)
, 1h28
Réalisé par Curtis Hanson
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Horreur
Thèmes Maladie, Zombie, Épidémie, Film catastrophe
Acteurs James Keach, Dean Jagger, Robert Walker Jr., Hope Summers, Doria Cook-Nelson, Dabbs Greer
Rôle Lyle Phelps
Note41% 2.0661152.0661152.0661152.0661152.066115
The film depicts an evil scientist's (Dean Jagger) campaign to achieve eternal youth, through synthesizing a drug derived from human pituitary fluid. In extracting the fluid, he creates mindless zombies from the donors. Because the local town residents are in on the plot, to achieve immortality, they help the scientist, by abducting visitors who come through town.
Chu Chu and the Philly Flash, 1h32
Réalisé par David Lowell Rich
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Alan Arkin, Carol Burnett, Jack Warden, Danny Aiello, Danny Glover, Vincent Schiavelli
Rôle Wally
Note43% 2.185912.185912.185912.185912.18591
Once a big-league baseball player known as the Philly Flash, he is now broke and a drunk, reduced to a life on the street, washing car windshields for spare change or trying to sell stolen wristwatches to passersby.
The Greatest Gift, 1h40
Réalisé par Boris Sagal
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame
Acteurs Glenn Ford, Julie Harris, Lance Kerwin, Harris Yulin, Charles Tyner, Dabbs Greer
Rôle Deacon Hurd
Note72% 3.6157153.6157153.6157153.6157153.615715
Humble depression-era preacher, Reverend Holvak (Glenn Ford) lives with his wife Elizabeth (Julie Harris) and son Ramey (Lance Kerwin) and struggles against the injustice of violence and a corrupt sheriff in an attempt to maintain the moral values of their faith in their small town.
Les Bootleggers, 1h41
Réalisé par Joseph Sargent
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Action, Policier
Thèmes Transport, Automobile, Road movie
Acteurs Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Bo Hopkins, Jennifer Billingsley, Diane Ladd, Matt Clark
Rôle Pa McKlusky
Note63% 3.1995553.1995553.1995553.1995553.199555
Pour confondre le sherif qui a assassine son frere, Gator Mc Klusky obtient une remise de peine. Il s'infiltre alors dans une filiere de trafiquants
Les Bootleggers, 1h41
Réalisé par Hal Needham, Joseph Sargent
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Comédie, Action, Policier
Acteurs Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Jennifer Billingsley, Bo Hopkins, Matt Clark, Louise Latham
Rôle Pa McKlusky
Note63% 3.1995553.1995553.1995553.1995553.199555
Jugé pour trafic de whisky, McKlusky est condamné à la prison. Au pénitencier, il apprend que son frère a été assassiné par le shérif Connors. Les autorités fédérales soupçonnent Connors de corruption et de trafic. McKlusky leur propose de démasquer le shérif en échange d'une remise de peine...
Rage (1972)
, 1h40
Réalisé par George C. Scott
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame
Acteurs George C. Scott, Martin Sheen, Richard Basehart, Lee Remick, Barnard Hughes, Kenneth Tobey
Rôle Dr. Thompson
Note62% 3.1486053.1486053.1486053.1486053.148605
Un propriétaire de ranch voit son stock détruit et son fils tué à cause d'une erreur militaire. Quand il cherche à connaître la vérité, il se retrouve face à un mur du silence.