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George 'Gabby' Hayes

Actor | * 05/07/1885 († 83, 02/09/1969) | Wellsville, New York, U.S.
George Francis "Gabby" Hayes (May 7, 1885 – February 9, 1969), was an American actor. He began as something of a leading man and a character player, but he was best known for his numerous appearances in B-Western film series as the bewhiskered, cantankerous, woman-hating, but ever-loyal and brave comic sidekick of the cowboy star. ()

American character actor, the most famous of Western-movie sidekicks of the 1930s and 1940s. He was born May 7, 1885, the third of seven children, in the Hayes Hotel (owned by his father) in the tiny hamlet of Stannards, New York, on the outskirts of Wellsville, New York. Hayes was the son of hotelier and oil-production manager Clark Hayes, and grew up in Stannards. As a young man, George Hayes worked in a circus and played semi-pro baseball while a teenager. He ran away from home at 17, in 1902, and joined a touring stock company. He married Olive Ireland in 1914 and the pair became quite successful on the vaudeville circuit. Retired in his 40s, he lost much of his money in the 1929 stock market crash and was forced to return to work. Although he had made his film debut in a single appearance prior to the crash, it was not until his wife convinced him to move to California and he met producer Trem Carr that he began working steadily in the medium. He played scores of roles in Westerns and non-Westerns alike, finally in the mid-1930s settling in to an almost exclusively Western career. He gained fame as Hopalong Cassidy's sidekick Windy Halliday in many films between 1936-39. Leaving the Cassidy films in a salary dispute, he was legally precluded from using the "Windy" nickname, and so took on the sobriquet "Gabby", and was so billed from about 1940. One of the few sidekicks to land on the annual list of Top Ten Western Boxoffice Stars, he did so repeatedly. In his early films, he alternated between whiskered comic-relief sidekicks and clean-shaven bad guys, but by the later 1930s, he worked almost exclusively as a Western sidekick to stars such as John Wayne, Roy Rogers, and Randolph Scott. After his last film, in 1950, he starred as the host of a network television show devoted to stories of the Old West for children, The Gabby Hayes Show (1950). Offstage an elegant and well-appointed connoisseur and man-about-town, Hayes devoted the final years of his life to his investments. He died of cardiovascular disease in Burbank, California, on February 9, 1969.

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Most frequent genres for this person: Western | Action | Drama

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Movies with George 'Gabby' Hayes as Actor(161)

as (archive footage)1976 Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch
as (archive footage)1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
as Grizzly1950 The Cariboo Trail
as Sheriff La Farge1949 El Paso
as John Pettit (as George 'Gabby' Hayes)1948 Return of the Bad Men
as Windy Lucas1948 The Untamed Breed
as Juke1948 Albuquerque
as Deputy Billy Burns1947 Trail Street
as Windy Gibson1947 Wyoming
as Sheriff 'Gabby' Whittaker1946 Rainbow Over Texas
as Gabby Whittaker1946 Roll on Texas Moon
as Gabby Whittaker1946 Home in Oklahoma
as Honest Jim Badger / The Coyote Kid1946 Badman's Territory
as Gabby Kendrick1946 My Pal Trigger
as Gabby Whittaker1946 Heldorado
as Gabby Whittaker1946 Song of Arizona
as Gabby Whittaker1946 Under Nevada Skies
as Gabby Whittaker, aka Wildcat Kelly1945 Don't Fence Me In
as 'Gabby' Whittake1945 Bells of Rosarita
as Gabby1945 Sunset in El Dorado
as Gabby Whittaker1945 Man from Oklahoma
as Gabby Wittaker1945 Utah
as Gabby Whittaker1945 Along the Navajo Trail
as Hap Selby1944 The Big Bonanza
as Dave1944 Tall in the Saddle
as Gabby1944 Marshal of Reno
as 'Gabby' Hopkins1944 Tucson Raiders
as Gabby Whittaker1944 Lights of Old Santa Fe
as Gabby Hayes1944 Mojave Firebrand
as Gabby Hayes1944 Hidden Valley Outlaws
as Despirit Dean (stage driver)1943 War of the Wildcats
as Gabby Hayes1943 Bordertown Gun Fighters
as Gabby1943 Wagon Tracks West
as Gabby Hayes1943 Calling Wild Bill Elliott
as Gabby Whittaker1943 The Man from Thunder River
as Gabby Hayes1943 Death Valley Manhunt
as Gabby1942 Sunset Serenade
as Gabby Whittaker1942 Sons of the Pioneers
as Gabby Whittaker1942 Man from Cheyenne
as Gabby Whittaker1942 South of Santa Fe
as Gabby Whittaker1942 Sunset on the Desert
as Gabby Chapman1941 Nevada City
as Prof. Mortimer 'Gabby' Blackstone1941 Bad Man of Deadwood
as Gabriel Gabby Hornaday1941 Robin Hood of the Pecos
as Sheriff Gabby Whitaker1941 Jesse James at Bay
as Gabby Whittaker1941 Red River Valley
as Arapaho Brown1941 In Old Cheyenne
as Gabby1940 Colorado
as Pop Laramie1940 Melody Ranch
as Andrew 'Doc' Grunch1940 Dark Command
as Hardtack1940 Wagons Westward
as 'Gabby' Whitaker1940 Young Bill Hickok
as Honest John Whittaker1940 The Border Legion
as Texas Ranger Sergeant Gabby Whittaker1940 The Ranger and the Lady
as Gabby Whittaker1940 Young Buffalo Bill
as Gabby1940 The Carson City Kid
as 'Pop' Wilkie (as George F. Hayes)1939 Let Freedom Ring
as Lannie Upchurch1939 Man of Conquest
as Gabby Whittaker1939 In Old Monterey
as Gabby1939 In Old Caliente
as Gabby1939 Wall Street Cowboy
as Gabby1939 Days of Jesse James
as Windy Halliday (as George Hayes)1939 Sunset Trail
as Windy Halliday (as George Hayes)1939 Silver on the Sage
as Marshal 'Windy'Halliday (as George Hayes)1939 Renegade Trail
as Gabby Whittaker1939 The Arizona Kid
as 'Gramps' Montrose (as George Hayes)1939 Fighting Thoroughbreds
as Gabby Whitaker1939 Southward Ho
as 'Windy' Halliday (as George Hayes)1938 Heart of Arizona
as Windy Halliday (as George Hayes)1938 Bar 20 Justice
as Windy Halliday (as George Hayes)1938 Pride of the West
as 'Windy' Halliday (as George Hayes)1938 In Old Mexico
as 'Windy' Halliday (as George Hayes)1938 The Frontiersmen
as Windy Halliday (as George Hayes)1937 Borderland
as Windy (as George Hayes)1937 Hills of Old Wyoming
as 'Windy' Halliday (as George Hayes)1937 North of the Rio Grande
as 'Windy' Halliday (as George Hayes)1937 Rustlers' Valley
as 'Windy' Halliday (as George Hayes)1937 Hopalong Rides Again
as 'Windy' Halliday (as George Hayes)1937 Texas Trail
as Farmer's Spokesman (uncredited)1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
as Judge Snow1936 The Texas Rangers
as Charlie 'Shanghai' McHenry1936 Call of the Prairie
as 'Windy' Halliday (as George Hayes)1936 Three on the Trail
as Windy Jenkins (as George Hayes)1936 Heart of the West
as Windy Halliday (as George Hayes)1936 Hopalong Cassidy Returns
as 'Windy' Halliday (as George Hayes)1936 Trail Dust
as Major Carter1936 The Lawless Nineties
as Train Station Agent1936 I Married a Doctor
as Dan Hobson1936 Song of the Trail
as Breezy1936 The Plainsman
as Grandpaw Jenkins (as George Hayes)1936 Valley of the Lawless
as Blaze Bart1935 Smokey Smith
as Butterfield1935 The Lost City
as Sheriff Ed Williams1935 Texas Terror
as Wotkyns1935 Death Flies East
as Dr. Parker (as George Hayes)1935 Tumbling Tumbleweeds
1935 Swifty
as Pinkham1935 Honeymoon Limited
as Uncle Ben (as George Hayes)1935 Hop-a-long Cassidy
as Bartender Spike (as George Hayes)1935 The Eagle's Brood
as Windy (as George Hayes)1935 Bar 20 Rides Again
as McCloskey1935 Ladies Crave Excitement
as New Deal Watson1935 1,000 Dollars a Minute
as George Hale1935 Rainbow Valley
as Soupy Baxter1935 Tombstone Terror
as Foley (as George F. Hayes)1935 Thunder Mountain
as Sheriff Jake Withers1934 Blue Steel
as David Fells (as George Hayes)1934 House of Mystery
as Matt Matlock1934 The Star Packer
as Charlie Carter1934 City Limits
as Cactus1934 In Old Santa Fe
as Inspector Nick Gunby1934 Monte Carlo Nights
as Banker Colonel Campbell1934 The Man from Hell
as Joe, the Watchman1934 Mystery Liner
as Bill Larkins1934 The Brand of Hate
as 'Dusty'1934 West of the Divide
as Jake 'Grandy' Benson1934 The Lucky Texan
as Marshal George Higgins1934 The Man From Utah
as - Marvin Black aka Mat Mathews/Matt the Mute1934 Randy Rides Alone
as Detective Casey1933 The Sphinx
as George Taylor1933 Skyway
as Dad Denton (as George Hayes)1933 The Gallant Fool
as Grizzly1933 Galloping Romeo
as Timothy Shine1933 The Return of Casey Jones
as Charlie Denton1933 Riders of Destiny
as Chuck Wiggins1933 Breed of the Border
as Crewman (as George Hayes)1933 Ship of Wanted Men
as Police Lieutenant Paxton1932 Sally of the Subway
as Slack1932 Wild Horse Mesa
as Pete (as George Hayes)1932 The Fighting Champ
as Altoonie1932 The Night Rider
as Dance Hall Tobacconist (uncredited)1932 Play Girl
as Interne at Rosario Ranch (uncredited)1932 Winner Take All
as Tom Ross (as George Hayes)1932 Klondike
as Grocer (uncredited)1932 Love Me Tonight
as Si Haller1932 Texas Buddies
as Hashknife Brooks1932 Riders of the Desert
as Shamrock Cassidy1932 The Man from Hell's Edges
as Projectionist1931 The Stolen Jools
as Sheriff Bill Ryan1931 Cavalier of the West
as Cherokee1931 The Nevada Buckaroo
as Hotel Clerk (uncredited)1931 Big Business Girl
as Parade Official (uncredited)1931 Dirigible
as Private Detective1931 Dragnet Patrol
as Western Union Clerk1930 Top Speed
as Ben (the waiter)1930 For the Defense
as Railroad Ticket-Seller1930 Playing Around
as Poker Player1930 She Who Gets Slapped
as Reporter Hoffman (as George Hayes)1929 Big News

TV Shows/Series with George 'Gabby' Hayes as Actor(2)

Additional Information

Born: 05/07 1885 (May) in Stannards
Died: Sunday, 02/09 1969 (February) in Burbank (aged: 83)
Zodiac sign: Taurus (Chinese zodiac sign: Rooster)
Record Label: RCA Victor
Other names for George 'Gabby' Hayes (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"George Francis Hayes"
"George Hayes"
"George "Gabby" Hayes"
"George Hayes (Schauspieler)"
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:50726, Added: 05/17/2018, Last updated: 05/14/2019