Jim Backus Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 17 Jul, 2019
Facts of Jim Backus
Date of Birth: 1913 , February-25
Date of Death: 1989 , July-3
Age: 107 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 10 Inch
Name Jim Backus
Birth Name James Gilmore Backus
Father Russell Gould Backus
Mother Daisy Taylor
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Cleveland, Ohio
Ethnicity White
Profession Actor
Net Worth $5 million
Affair with Henny Backus
Girlfriend Henny Backus
Married Yes
Married to Henny Backus
Divorce Betty Kean
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Jim Backus is still regarded as one of the 1950s and 1960s' superstars. With the decades-long acting career, Backus has 250 acting credits to his name as of 2019. The distinguished actor gained fame following his role on the radio version of The Alan Young Show. He is also credited for her work in TV series I Married Joan, The Jim Backus Show, and more.       

Early Life, Bio, And Education Of Jim Backus    

Jim Backus was born on February 25, 1913, in Cleveland, in Ohio, United States. He is the son of Russell Gould Backus and Daisy Gilmore Backus. Backus grew up inBratenahl, Ohio, a wealthy village along with his family.   

Jim graduated from the Shaw High School, in East Cleveland, Ohio. He holds American nationality and regarding his ethnicity, he is a White American.   

Jim Backus' Professional Career-Movies And TV Shows 

Jim Backus initiated his immature career by working on radio in the 1940s. In 1948, the actor made his big screen debut playing the role in the movie A-Lad-In His Lamp.  In the following year, he landed in Father Was a Fullback, The Great Lover, and A Dangerous Profession.    

Backus' first TV role came in 1952 when she was featured in the TV series I Married Joan until 1955. He started to gain weight after his appearance on the radio version of The Alan Young Show. From 1960-61, he appeared on the short-lived variety program The Jim Backus Show which also brought him strong reviews.

CAPTION: The actor Jim Backus SOURCE: YouTube

Backus had been the part of many hit movies and TV series which are Now You See Him, Now You Don't, The Electric Horseman, Good Guys Wear Black, The New Adventures of Gilligan, The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island, and more. 

Jim also co-wrote a number of humorous books along with his wife Henny Beckus like Only When I LaughBackus Strikes Back, and a memoir, Forgive Us Our Digressions: An Autobiography. In the late 1950s, the writer also made two novelty 45 rpm records, "Delicious" and "Cave Man". 

Jim Backus' Net Worth And Earnings 

Jim Backus had an extensive career in Hollywood. With countless roles in both movies and TV series, Backus had collected a large amount of net worth which as per celebrity net worth is around $5 million, as of 2019.

In the year 1978, the actor played the role in the movie Good Guys Wear Black which became huge at the bot office racking up over $18 million against $1 million budget.  

Along with his wife Henny, the actor co-authored a memoir Forgive Us Our Digressions: An Autobiography, and What Are You Doing After the Orgy? which is priced $11.98 for Hardcover on Amazon. 

Further information regarding his house and car is yet to be revealed.  

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Jim Backus' Married, Age, Wife, Cause Of Death, Grave

Jim Backus had been married twice in his lifetime. He first tied the knot with his first wife Betty Kean. She was an actress and part of the 1950s era comedy duo the Kean Sisters. The couple, however, did not last long and divorced in 1942.  

Following their divorce, Backus went on to marry Hanny Beckus on January 14, 1943. The couple, together, also worked in various projects and co-wrote many humorous books, including Only When I Laugh, his autobiography, Backus Strikes Back, and more.

CAPTION: Jim Backus and his wife Henny Backus SOURCE: en.wikipedia

Despite their long marriage journey, Jim and his wife Henny did not have any child.

Jim was an avid golfer. 

Cause Of Death

After a long battle with Parkinson's disease, Backus died on July 3, 1989, at the age of 76 in Los Angeles from complications of pneumonia.  He was placed in a grave at the southwest corner of Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, Los Angeles.  

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