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Peter Palmer
Born September 20, 1931 (1931-09-20) (age 78)
Occupation Stage, television actor
Spouse(s) Mary Lou Farrell

Peter Palmer (b. 20 September 1931 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American actor best known for his portrayal of Li'l Abner, both on Broadway and on film.

He was offered scholarships to a number of universities; however, he chose the University of Illinois to study voice under Bruce Foote. He was the first music major to letter in football at the university. While at Illinois his team won the Big Ten championships in 1951 and 1953 and the Rose Bowl in 1952. Palmer sang the national anthem at every home game in 1953 before taking the field.

In 1956 Palmer was cast in the title role of the musical Li'l Abner, for which he won a Theatre World Award.[1] In 1959 he was cast in the same role in the movie version. He also appeared on Broadway in Lorelei in 1974.

He is married to stage actress and former Miss Dominion of Canada (1964), Aniko (Mary Lou) Farrell.

In 1967, Palmer had a recurring role as Sergeant James Bustos, a former Confederate States of America soldier, in the short-lived ABC military-western series Custer, with Wayne Maunder in the starring role as Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer.

Throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s, Palmer appeared on numerous television episodes. In 1977, Palmer had a regular role as part of the cast on the short-lived sitcom, "The Kallikaks," playing Oscar Heinz.

Peter and Aniko still love theatre and spend much of their time at The Masque Community Theatre of Temple Terrace in Temple Terrace, Florida. They also reside in Temple Terrace.


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