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Birth Name: Jim Backus
Born: 02/25/1913
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Death Place: Santa Monica, California, USA
Died: 07/03/1989

Born James Gilmore Backus in Cleveland, OH on Feb. 25, 1913, he was the son of mechanical engineer Russell Backus and his wife, Daisy Taylor Backus. Raised in the wealthy suburb of Bratenahl, he was surrounded by the future trappings of Hollywood: his kindergarten teacher was Margaret Hamilton, the Wicked Witch of the West, in "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), while Victor Mature was his classmate at the Kentucky Military Institute. Allegedly, Backus was expelled from the institute for riding a horse through the mess hall. After moving to New York City, he roomed with future aspiring actors Keenan Wynn and Martin Gabel while working in summer stock. Blessed with a versatile speaking voice, Backus b... Continue Bio >>

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