Edgar Buchanan (1903–1979) At the age of seven, he and his family moved to Oregon. After studying at the University of Oregon, he followed in his father’s footsteps and became a dentist, graduating from North Pacific Dental College. He was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity (Alpha Sigma Chapter, University of Oregon) From 1929 to 1937, he practiced oral surgery in Eugene, Oregon. He then moved his practice to Altadena, CA. There he joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse, giving up dentistry at age 36. He turned the practice over to his wife and began his acting career.
Dr. Buchanan appeared in a total of 13 different productions with Glenn Ford. His friend of many years, Glenn Ford, once told a story of when Edgar was preparing to do some painful dental work on him. The anesthesia consisted of others passing by and allowing the patient, Glenn, to take swallows of whiskey to help ease the pain of the process. About every third drink Glenn took, Edgar took one as well.
Dr. Buchanan made his film debut in 1939. His chubby face and gravelly voice were featured in over 100 films, but he is perhaps best known for TV roles in Hopalong Cassidy (1952), Judge Roy Bean (1955), Petticoat Junction (1963), and Cade’s County (1971). He played the same character (Uncle Joe Carson) on three different series: The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), Petticoat Junction (1963) and Green Acres (1965). His favorite role was in Texas (1941).