Speaking of Radio

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


Parley Baer

Recorded March 22nd, 1984 - 51 min

Supporting actor who appeared as Chester Proudfoot on Gunsmoke for nine years and on hundreds of other programs including Suspense, Tales of  the Texas Rangers, Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, The Railroad Hour and Lux Radio Theatre. He was born in 1914 and was 70 when we talked with him in Beverly Hills, California.  He died November 22, 2002 at age 88.

Gunsmoke - 1/15/55 - Chester's Murder

Did you enjoy the interview? Listen to Parley Baer star as Chester Proudfoot on Gunsmoke, January 15th, 1955.


  1. Leslie Feagan says... comment left on July 9, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. I was lucky to meet Parley at the Friends of OTR convention in Newark one year. What a delightful gentleman.

  2. John C. Edwards says... comment left on August 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    This is one interview I really treasure because I met Parley Baer at two of the Cincinnati OTR Conventions. It is hard to believe what a funny & nice person he was…he is greatly missed…John C. Edwards

  3. Mark Sweeney says... comment left on October 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Everything Parley Baer was in is always enjoyable. Thanks for making the interview available.

  4. Ken Silva says... comment left on June 26, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Entertainment programming doesn’t get any better than the radio cast of Gunsmoke. Nice interview. Thanks.

  5. Ken Silva says... comment left on June 26, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    PS I think Parley was confused about Willard Waterman originating the Gildersleeve character. I can find no corroboration on-line. There are Fibber McGee episodes from the late ’30s with Peary, well before the Great Gildersleeve program. I think he was mistaken about this. What do you know?

  6. Chuck Schaden says... comment left on June 27, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Parley misspoke. Harold Peary was the first Gildy and played the role in several movies. Willard Waterman followed him in the character on radio and then played the role on television.

  7. Kenneth E. Schaefle says... comment left on August 5, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I thought that this interview was really great. Enjoyed Parley’s recollections about the Lux Radio Theater which I have always considered one of the best old
    time radio programs. Your interviews with these radio personalities are very special. Gunsmoke may be the best OTR western series ever produced. Its sound
    effects are also incredible.

  8. Ed says... comment left on August 16, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Supporting actors like Baer were essential to the enjoyment of listening to the shows like Gunsmoke. Thanks to all of those who made the shows live with various personalities.

  9. Patrick Leary says... comment left on December 8, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Love this interview, and only wish it were longer! The bit about the rhythms (and the jokes) between Baer and Conrad on “Gunsmoke,” the description of the setup for “Lux Radio Theater,” it’s all just marvelous. I always break into a smile when I’m listening to, say, “Tales of the Texas Rangers,” and suddenly hear Parley Baer’s unmistakable voice. I wish his old comrade, Howard McNear — a man with an even more distinctive voice! — had given an interview like this.