Speaking of Radio

Chuck Schaden's Conversations with the Stars Who Made it Golden


Jim Backus

Recorded March 20th, 1984 - 37 min

Durable supporting actor who appeared on radio in many roles, most notably as Hubert Updyke III on the Alan Young Show; on TV in Gilligan’s Island, I Married Joan and, later, as the voice of Mr. McGoo; and in many motion pictures.

He was born February 25, 1913 and was 71 when we met in his Bel Aire, California home for our chat about his long career.  He died July 3, 1989 at age 76.

Alan Young Show - 12/18/45 - Alan proposes to Betty (AFRS)

Did you enjoy the interview? Listen to Jim Backus as Hubert Updyke III on the Alan Young Show 12/18/45.

One Comment

  1. Frank Kowal III says... comment left on January 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    This was a great interview, bringing much-needed attention to the rest of this man’s career. He seemed genuinely interested in you and your questions. I liked some of the phrases he used, like being in the “Best Friend Club” in movies, or referring to the “Back Porch Majority.” Hope some day the missing footage from “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” that he was in shows up.