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Joe Sawyer

Joe Sawyer
Joe Sawyer Tarzan
Sawyer in Tarzan's Revenge (1938)
Joseph Sauers

(1906-08-29)August 29, 1906
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
DiedApril 21, 1982(1982-04-21) (aged 75)
Other namesJoseph Sawyer
Years active1930–1962
Spouse(s)Jeane Wood
(m. 19??; div. 19??)
June Sawyer
(m. 1937; died 1960)

Joe Sawyer (born Joseph Sauers, August 29, 1906 – April 21, 1982) was a Canadian film actor.[1] He appeared in more than 200 films between 1927 and 1962,[2] and was sometimes billed under his birth name.

Early life

Sawyer was born August 29, 1906 as Joseph Sauers in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. His parents were German. In his 20s he went to Los Angeles to pursue a career in films.[3]


Sawyer gained acting experience in the Pasadena Playhouse.[4] Productions in which he performed there included Quinneys, The Wolves, and White Wings.[5]

Popular roles that he portrayed included Sergeant Biff O'Hara in the Rin Tin Tin television program,[2] a film, and on radio. On Stories of the Century in 1954, he portrayed Butch Cassidy, a role which he repeated in the 1958 episode "The Outlaw Legion" of the syndicated western series Frontier Doctor. Sawyer also appeared on ABC's, Maverick, Sugarfoot, Peter Gunn, and Surfside 6 as well as NBC's Bat Masterson.


Sawyer died April 21, 1982, in Ashland, Oregon from liver cancer. He was 75.[4] His interment was in Oregon.

Selected filmography


  1. ^ "Few Names Are 'Box-Office'". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. September 19, 1935. p. 21. Retrieved November 16, 2016 – via open access
  2. ^ a b Landesman, Fred (2004). The John Wayne Filmography. McFarland. p. 211. ISBN 9780786432523. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  3. ^ Levy, Bill. Lest We Forget: The John Ford Stock Company. BearManor Media. Retrieved July 4, 2021.
  4. ^ a b "JOE SAWYER, FILM AND TV ACTOR; Joe Sawyer, 75, Created Role Of Sgt. O'Hara in 'Rin Tin Tin'". The New York Times. United Press International. May 25, 1982. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  5. ^ "Is Villain". The Pasadena Post. November 2, 1928. p. 10. Retrieved July 5, 2021 – via
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