grocer Otis Quigley (strangely, before this episode he was always Marvin Quigley) because his behavior and the jam he gets into have all the earmarks of George Wilson. First, he volunteers to coach Dennis' baseball team rather than allowing his chief grocery competitor to do it and thereby siphon off some of his business, even though he doesn't know the first thing about baseball or even who Sandy Koufax is. He complicates the problem when he goes to see the mayor to seek funding for baseball uniforms by agreeing to head up the welcoming committee for Koufax, who is coming to town to visit his aunt, and winds up offending both Koufax and his aunt. But of course he tries to hide his foul-up from the mayor, rather than admitting his incompetence, only to be bailed out by Dennis and his father, who persuades Koufax to groove him an easy pitch so that he will look like he knows how to hit in front of Dennis' friends. Wilson's absence is explained in this episode by Martha, who tells Quigley at his store that her husband is about to go on a trip back east. In later episodes, his extended stay is explained as having to settle a relative's estate. Perry Mason, and in "Poor Mr. Wilson" (October 28, 1962) in which she performs a hula dance during a benefit show Dennis hosts to try to raise money for what he believes is an impoverished Mr. Wilson. She also shows up in "Wilson's Second Childhood" (December 16, 1962) when she threatens to hang around Dennis all day unless he plays with her new jump rope. Fortunately for Dennis, Wilson has been assigned to hang out with him all day for a magazine article showing today's youth from their own perspective, so Dennis is able to force Wilson to do the jump-roping since as the new guy he is low man on the totem pole. Though she is also somewhat single-minded like Esther Cathcart, Margaret's character had the potential for further development and was a missed opportunity for better stories rather than the ones focused on John Wilson. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and My Three Sons. However, those series also had adult actors and characters who could carry their weight.
For the biographies of Jay North, Joseph Kearns, Gloria Henry, Herbert Anderson, Sylvia Field, Billy Booth, and Jeannie Russell, see the 1960 post for Dennis the Menace. For the biographies of Mary Wickes, Willard Waterman, Irene Tedrow, George Cisar, and Elizabeth Harrower, see the 1961 post for Dennis the Menace.
Gale Gordonthat same year before truly calling it quits. Though he had a hugely successful and prolific acting career on radio, television, and in movies for over half a century, acting was only one of his talents. He published two successful books in the 1940s, Nursery Rhymes for Hollywood Babies and Leaves From the Story Trees, built his own house and swimming pool on his 150-acre ranch in remote Borrego Springs, California as well as building all the furniture in that house, became the first successful commercial grower of carob on his farm, and served as president of the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce. Only weeks after his wife Virginia passed away, Gordon himself also died from lung cancer at the age of 89 on June 30, 1995.
Perry Mason, The Andy Griffith Show, The Real McCoys, and The Donna Reed Show. In 1962 she appeared in The Music Man as Maud Dunlop, one of the Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little ladies in River City. Later that year she was cast as Eloise Wilson for what would prove to be the final season of Dennis the Menace.
Robert John Pittman
tvbanter.net claim there is no Social Security record of death for a Robert John Pittman. But other online posters who have written to and gotten responses from Sherry Jackson and Jeannie Russell (who played Margaret on Dennis the Menace) say both actors confirmed that Pittman is indeed deceased.
Charles SeelAccording to the blog youknowthefacebutwhatsthename.blogspot.com, he then worked in vaudeville with his wife Jeanne whom he married in 1922, began working in radio in 1929, and moved to Hollywood in 1937. He began getting uncredited parts in feature films in 1938, beginning with Comet Over Broadway. Though he did not receive a credited feature film role until 1949's Not Wanted, he worked extensively on radio dramas throughout the 1940s, most notably on Lux Radio Theatre, on which he appeared at least 9 times in 1945 alone, as well as programs such as Mrs. Parkington, OSS, Four Star Playhouse, and The Six Shooter. He made his television debut in 1952 on an episode of Hopalong Cassidy and by the mid-1950s was getting regular work on series such as Medic, Highway Patrol, and Dragnet. In 1957-58 he had a semi-recurring role as Otis the bartender on the first season of Tombstone Territory, but that lasted for only 5 episodes. Still, he had steady work on a number of series throughout the late 1950s and an occasional uncredited feature film role. He played Dr. Zach Miller three times on The Deputy in its first season, appeared 5 times in various roles on The Loretta Young Show, and had multiple appearances on Wichita Town, Wagon Train, and 77 Sunset Strip, to name but a few. In 1960 he made the first of 9 appearances as newspaper editor (and George Wilson antagonist) Mr. Krinkie on Dennis the Menace, popping up occasionally over the show's 4-year run. Bonanza, and The Virginian. He appeared 20 times on Gunsmoke in a number of roles, though most often as telegrapher Barney beginning in Season 10 with the last coming in the series' penultimate Season 19 in 1974. His last credit was in an episode of Marcus Welby, M.D. in 1976, after which he retired. He died four years later at the age of 82 on April 19, 1980.
Notable Guest Stars
Season 3, Episode 14, "Through Thick and Thin": Hal Bokar (appeared in Rat Fink, The Legend of Earl Durand, Across the Great Divide, and Lady in White) plays photographer Mr. Millard. Mark Rodney (son of jazz trumpeter Red Rodney, half of the folk-rock duo Batdorf and Rodney) plays a boy in the back half of a giraffe costume.The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet) plays Bird Lovers Society president Mr. Pindyck. Estelle Winwood (starred in Quality Street, This Happy Feeling, The Notorious Landlady, and Dead Ringer and played Aunt Hilda on Batman) plays bird-call performer Hester Hutton. Sherwood Price (Gen. Jeb Stuart on The Gray Ghost) plays jazz musician Winthrop. Joe Conley (Ike Godsey on The Waltons) plays jazz musician Nelson. Olive Dunbar (Mrs. Pfeiffer on My Three Sons, Heather Ruth Jensen on My World and Welcome To It, and Bertha Bottomly on Big John, Little John) plays reception attendee Mrs. Creaper. Lawman) plays postman O'Reilly. Bonanza) plays attorney Mr. Phillips. Meg Brown (wife of actor Dick Wilson, aka, Mr. Whipple of the Charmin toilet paper commercials) plays his secretary Miss Woods. Hardie Albright (appeared in This Sporting Age, The Song of Songs, White Heat, The Scarlet Letter, The Pride of the Yankees, and Angel on My Shoulder) plays Mr. Wilson's doctor. Rocky and His Friends) plays Mr. Wilson's uncle Ned Matthews. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp) plays a police desk sergeant. Kirk Alyn (played Superman in Superman (1948) and Atom Man vs. Superman and Blackhawk in Blackhawk: Fearless Champion of Freedom) plays the Mitchells' dinner host Mr. Martin. Bat Masterson) plays a police desk Sgt. Bagby. Bob Hastings (Lt. Elroy Carpenter on McHale's Navy, Tommy Kelsey on All in the Family, and Capt. Burt Ramsey on General Hospital) plays rookie police patrolman Officer Watts. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Judge Gelson, Judge Arthur Fenton, and Judge Clarence Foster on Days of Our Lives, and Henderson Palmer on The Colbys) plays a police patrolman. Bachelor Father) plays the town Mayor Billings. Charles Alvin Bell (Harold Trask on Days of Our Lives) plays banker John Watterson. Hal Hopper (Cpl. Clarke on The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin and composed theme music for Circus Boy, 26 Men, Colt .45, and Bearcats!) plays film developer Mr. Clark. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Ned Buntline on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Uncle Charlie on Happy, and Professor McKillup on Hank) plays Pioneer Club president Mr. Judd. Lillian Culver (played Barney Fife's mother in one episode of The Andy Griffith Show) plays chapter secretary Mrs. Schooner. Roy Engel (Doc Martin on Bonanza, the police chief on My Favorite Martian, and President Ulysses S. Grant on The Wild, Wild West) plays Fire Chief Dooley. Frederic Downs (Quentin Andrews on First Love and Hank Wilson on Days of Our Lives) plays George Wilson's cousin Fillmore Wilson. Hazel and Hank Pinkham on General Hospital) plays bird lover Frederick Timberlake. Chubby Johnson (shown on the left, played Concho on Temple Houston) plays salvage man Buzz. Johnny Lee (Calhoun on The Amos 'n Andy Show) plays a locksmith. Paul Barselou (played various bartenders in 9 episodes of Bewitched) plays a TV repair man. Charles Alvin Bell (see "Dennis' Documentary Film" above) returns as banker John Watterson. Hazel) plays next-door neighbor Lillian Sweetzer. Hal Hopper (see "Dennis' Documentary Film" above) plays Mr. Sweetzer's business associate Lou. My Three Sons and Winnie Kirkwood on Mister Ed) plays Quigley's wife Dolly. Lyle Talbot (see the biography section for the 1960 post on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet) plays the town mayor. Leave It to Beaver) plays Dennis' friend's girlfriend Helen Franklin. Lucille Wall (Lucille Weeks on General Hospital) plays flower contest competitor Mrs. Hawkins. The Beverly Hillbillies, and Selma Plout on Petticoat Junction) plays literary circle chairwoman Isobel Tolliver. Templeton Fox (mother of musician Bob Welch) plays a grocery customer. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet) plays John Wilson's golfing friend Dr. Fred Ferguson. Anne Bellamy (Aunt Polly on The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Celeste Dalton on Days of Our Lives) plays Alice's friend Mrs. Hooper. The Beverly Hillbillies, Dale Busch on Karen, and Judge Anthony Petrillo on Soap) plays druggist Mr. Finch. Laurence Haddon (see "Horseless Carriage Club" above) returns as braggart Jack Brady. Russ McCubbin (stunt double for Clint Walker on Cheyenne) plays Brady's community day athletic partner Tiny Hawkins.
Season 4, Episode 3, "Dennis and the Circular Circumstances": Lucille Wall (see "Dennis' Lovesick Friend" above) plays a homeowner who finds Mrs. Elkins' circulars in the trash.The Beverly Hillbillies, Mr. Cheever on The Lucy Show, Frank Stephens on Bewitched, Norman Curtis on Petticoat Junction, and Mr. Botkin/Bodkin on Gunsmoke) plays Navy base commander Capt. Stone. Robert Dornan (Bob Fowler on 12 O'Clock High) plays Stone's adjutant Lt. Alden. Allan Hunt (Stuart Riley on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Richard Clayton on General Hospital) plays John Wilson's nephew Ted Wilson. John Cliff (Flattop on Dick Tracy) plays his Navy commander Chief Bundy. Harry Swoger (Harry the bartender on The Big Valley) plays the Navy base mess cook. The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and Petticoat Junction, Red Connors on Hopalong Cassidy, Judge Roy Bean on Judge Roy Bean, Doc Burrage on The Rifleman, and J.J. Jackson on Cade's County) plays hermit Mr. Meekin.