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

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Pat Buttram

Recorded May 17th, 1991 - 10 min

Gene Autry’s sidekick on the Melody Ranch show and he had also appeared on the National Barn Dance program long before his stint as Mr. Haney on TV’s Green Acres program.  We met poolside at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California before a meeting of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters.  The country-western wit was born June 19, 1915 and was 75 at the time of this short chat, which is almost a stand-up comedy routine!  He died January 8, 1994 at age 79.

  
  
Gene Autry's Melody Ranch - August 1952 - From Illinois State Fairground

Did you enjoy the interview? Listen to Pat Buttram as Gene Autry's sidekick on the Gene Autry Show in August 1952.

One Comment

  1. Jack says... comment left on August 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Pat Buttram was one of the best and most memorable character actors on this earth. And by far, the funniest guy, not only with his appearance on Gene Autry, Green Acres and the Disney animated films, but with his own character. Eustace C. Haney’s philosophy of life: “A friend in need Is a pest!”.