Monday, February 25, 2013

Jim Backus 100

Best known as Thurston Howell III on the 1960s hit sitcom “Gilligan’s Island”, Jim Backus would have celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday, February 25.  (He died on July 3, 1989.)  The radio, television, and film actor was famous for his roles as “Mr. Magoo” and as Hubert Updike III on “I Made Joan”. He also played James Dean’s father in “Rebel Without a Cause”. We have all these movies and shows available on DVD. We also have books on his “Gilligan’s Island” years.  Jim and his wife were the authors of many books, including the best seller, “Forgive us our Digressions”, which includes great thoughts for anyone going through an illness or difficult period in their life.

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