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Earle Hodgins

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Earle Hodgins
Earle Hodgins in Oh, Susanna!
Born(1893-10-06)October 6, 1893
DiedApril 14, 1964(1964-04-14) (aged 70)
Resting placeValhalla Memorial Park Cemetery
Years active1932–1963
Spouse(s)Sue Hanley

Earle Hodgins (October 6, 1893 – April 14, 1964) was an American actor.[1]


Early in his career, Hodgins was active in stock theater, including working in the Ralph Cloninger troupe of Salt Lake City, Utah, and the Siegel Stock company of Seattle, Washington.[2]

He appeared in more than 330 films and television shows between 1932 and 1963. He specialized in playing fast-talking con men—often in westerns, such as The Lone Ranger, Judge Roy Bean, The Cisco Kid, The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, Rawhide, Maverick (in the episode "Shady Deal at Sunny Acres" with James Garner and Jack Kelly, Lawman, The Rifleman, Cheyenne, Have Gun – Will Travel, Gunsmoke and Hopalong Cassidy. In 1959 Hodgins appeared as Mr. Fane on Lawman in the episode "The Outsider." In the 1960-1961 season, he appeared in three episodes of Joanne Dru's ABC sitcom, Guestward, Ho! as the aging ranch wrangler known as "Lonesome." In one of those episodes, "Lonesome's Gal", he was cast opposite ZaSu Pitts. Thereafter, the two died within a year of each other.

Hodgins' other television roles were as carnival barkers, medicine-show salesmen, and the like. He was known for shooing away obstreperous children from his stage, snapping at them, "Get away, son, ya bother me".

Hodgins married Sue Hanley, who was described in a newspaper item as "a Seattle society girl."[2]

Selected filmography

Selected television

Year Title Role Notes
1953 Death Valley Days Micah Bisbee Season 2, Episode 4, "Which Side of the Fence"
1959 Have Gun - Will Travel Colonel Jeremiah Pike Season 2, Episode 20 "Juliet"
1960 Death Valley Days Deacon Episode "Pete Kitchen's Wedding Night"


  1. ^ "Earle Hodgins". b-westerns.com. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "(untitled brief)". The Salt Lake Telegram. Utah, Salt Lake City. December 18, 1921. p. 13. Retrieved November 30, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access
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