Dabbs Greer Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 13 Sep, 2021
Facts of Dabbs Greer
Date of Birth: 1917 , April-2
Age: 104 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 10 Inch
Name Dabbs Greer
Father Randall Alexander Greer
Mother Bernice Irene
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Fairview, Missouri, United States
Ethnicity White
Net Worth $2 million
Died April 28, 2007
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With his plain-looking face, wavy hair, a distinctive voice, as well as a five-decade-long acting career, Dabbs Greer was one of the recognized faces in the world of acting, especially on television. The actor had more than 300 acting credits to his name that included roles from merchants, preachers, businessmen, to assorted villains. He first grabbed attention for his performance in the TV series Gunsmoke. His career reached a new height when he portrayed Reverend Robert Alden in the series Little House on the Prairie from 1974 to 1983. 


Dabbs Greer was born on April 2, 1917, in Fairview, Missouri, United States of America. At the time of his demise, he was 90 years old and his height was 5 feet 10-inch or 179 cm tall.

He was the son of Bernice Irene (mother), a speech teacher, and Randall Alexander Greer (father), a druggist. He belonged to American nationality and was White American by ethnicity.

As a child, Dabbs moved to Anderson with his family and started performing in children's theater production at the age of eight. Geer graduated from Drury University, in Springfield, Missouri. At that time, he also became a part of Theta Kappa Nu.

Professional Career: Success In Movies & TV Shows

Dabbs Greer scored his first movie role in a 1938 movie Jesse James. After dozens of roles in movies, the actor made his TV debut in 1950, portraying Shaky in Dick Tracy. The same year, he appeared in Fireside Theatre.

Dabbs starred in over 200 different TV series playing many diverse supporting roles. From 1957-59, he was a cast in the TV series How to Marry a Millionaire. The actor obtained massive fame following his breakout role in the hit TV series Little House on the Prairie. He had the prominent role of  Reverend Alden in the NBC series from 1974 to 1983.

CAPTION: The late actor Dabbs Greer SOURCE: Alchetron

In 1999, Geer played his last film role in The Green Mile. The movie starred Tom Hanks, David Morse, and Bonnie Hunt. The following year, Greer went on to play the role in Diagnosis: Murder. And his last TV appearance was Lizzie McGuire, in 2003. He portrayed Moe in the series in which he shared the screen along with Hilary Duff, Lalaine, and Adam Lamberg.

How Rich Was Dabbs Greer At The Time Of His Death?

Dabbs Greer earned a good amount of money from his career. He had a net worth of around $2 million at the time of his death. During his decade-long illustrious career, the actor acted in over 300 projects.

He landed his last role in the movie The Green Mile which became commercially successful, racking up over $290 million against a $60 million production budget. His other successful films are listed below:



Box Office Collection

Con Air

$75 million

$224 million

Pacific Heights

$18 million

$55 million

White Lightning


$6.5 million (US/ Canada rentals)

I Want to Live!

$1.4 million

$3.5 million - $5.6 million

Baby Face Nelson


$1.25 million (US rentals)

During his active year, his primary source of income was his movies and television shows. Apart from that, he also earned an impressive sum via sponsorship, commercials, endorsements, and advertisements.

Was He Married? His Wife & Partner

Dabbs Greer never married. Neither he had a wife nor he had children with his affairs. Despite his long career in the spotlight, he never disclosed his personal stuff to the media.

The actor kept every detail regarding his personal life under the wrap. No details regarding his dating and love life along with his girlfriend and partners are available.

When & How Did Dabbs Greer Die?

Greer resided in Pasadena, California from 1943 until his death in 2007. He died at Pasadena's Huntington Hospital. After struggling with renal failure and heart disease, one of the gems of the Hollywood film industry died on April 28, 2007, at the age of 90. His dead body was transported back to his hometown Missouri and interred in Peace Valley Cemetery.