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Arthur Hunnicutt

in Stars in My Crown (1950)
Born February 17, 1910(1910-02-17)
Gravelly, Arkansas, U.S.
Died September 26, 1979 (aged 69)
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.

Arthur Hunnicutt (February 17, 1910 – September 26, 1979) was an American actor known for his portrayal of wise, grizzled, old rural characters.



A native of Gravelly, Arkansas, Hunnicutt attended Arkansas State Teachers College but dropped out during his junior year when he ran out of money. He moved to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts where he joined up with a theatre company before moving to New York where he quickly found himself landing roles in Broadway productions. While touring as the lead actor in Tobacco Road, he developed the country character he would later be typecast as throughout his career. Hunnicutt often found himself cast as a character much older than himself.

Hunnicutt appeared in a number of films in the early 1940s before returning to the stage. In 1949 he moved back to Hollywood and resumed his film career. He played a long string of supporting role characters – sympathetic, wise rural types, as in The Red Badge of Courage (1951), The Lusty Men (1952),The Kettles in The Ozarks (1955) The Last Command (1955) (as Davy Crockett), The Tall T (1957) and El Dorado (1967).

In 1952, he earned an Oscar nomination for Supporting Actor in the Howard Hawks western The Big Sky.

Throughout the '50s, '60s, and '70s, Hunnicutt made nearly 40 guest appearances on American television programs such as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Rifleman and The Twilight Zone.

In his later years, Hunnicutt served as Honorary Mayor of Northridge, California. He developed tongue cancer. He died in 1979 and is buried in the Coop Prairie Cemetery in Mansfield, Arkansas.


from Split Second (1953)
Year Film Role
1942 Silver Queen
1943 The Chance of a Lifetime
1949 Border Incident
1949 The Great Dan Patch
1950 Stars in My Crown
1950 Two Flags West
1951 Sugarfoot
1951 The Red Badge of Courage
1952 The Big Sky Zeb Calloway/Narrator
1952 The Lusty Men
1953 Split Second
1954 The French Line
1954 She Couldn't Say No
1955 The Last Command Davy Crockett
1955 The Kettles in The Ozarks
1957 The Tall T Rintoon
1965 Cat Ballou Butch Cassidy
1967 El Dorado Bull Harris
1971 The Million Dollar Duck
1974 Harry and Tonto
1974 The Spikes Gang Kid White
aka Billy Blanco
1975 Moonrunners Uncle Jesse


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