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Dabbs Greer
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    (April 2, 1917- )
    Raised in Anderson, Missouri
    Best known as Reverend Alden on ‘Little House on the Prairie (1974-1984)’
    Had regular roles on ‘Gunsmoke (1955-1968)’ and ‘Picket Fences (1992-1996)’
    Acted in ‘House of Wax (1953),’ ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956),’ ‘The Young Guns (1956),’ ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1956),’ ‘The Spirit of St. Louis (1957),’ ‘Johnny Tremain (1957),’ ‘It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958),’ ‘Perry Mason (1958-1966),’ ‘The Rifleman (1959-1961),’ ‘The Untouchables (1961-1962),’ ‘Bonanza (1961-1971),’ ‘The Twilight Zone (1962-1963),’ ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show (1962-1965),’ ‘The Andy Griffith Show (1962-1965),’ ‘The Fugitive (1963-1967),’ ‘The Brady Bunch (1969),’ ‘Charles in Charge (1988),’ ‘Roseanne (1989),’ ‘Pacific Heights (1990),’ ‘Con Air (1997),’ ‘Ally McBeal (1998),’ ‘The Green Mile (1999)’ and ‘Spin City (2000)’
    He acted in many forgettable films.
    One critic said he was typecast as ‘the preacher, deputy, sheriff, corporal, lieutenant, commander, doctor, reporter, bartender, clerk, taxi driver, bus driver, detective, sergeant, captain, fireman, etc.’
    He was a high school teacher before becoming an actor.
    He was a successful character actor for more than four decades.
    He appeared in the original ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ and other classic sci-fi/horror films.
    Unlike most ‘Little House on the Prairie’ cast members, he had no problem getting work after the show ended.
    He aged fairly well.
    He continued to act into his eighties.
    His hometown puts on an annual ‘Dabbs Greer Days’ festival to honor him.

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