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Pat Buttram
Buttram as Mr. Haney in Green Acres
BornMaxwell Emmett Buttram
June 19, 1915
Addison, Alabama, U.S.
DiedJanuary 8, 1994 (aged 78)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting placeMaxwell Chapel, United Methodist Church, Haleyville, Alabama, U.S.
Alma materBirmingham-Southern College
OccupationActor, writer
Years active1944–1994
Political partyRepublican[1]
Spouse(s)Dorothy McFadden​​(m. 1936; div. 1946)​
Sheila Ryan​​(m. 1952; died 1975)​
Children2 (1 adopted)

Maxwell Emmett Buttram (June 19, 1915 – January 8, 1994), professionally known as Pat Buttram, was an American character actor. He was known for playing the sidekick of Gene Autry and for playing the character of Mr. Haney in the television series Green Acres. He had a distinctive voice that, in his own words, “never quite made it through puberty.”


Early life[edit]

Buttram was born on June 19, 1915, in Addison, Alabama, to Wilson McDaniel Buttram, a Methodist minister, and his wife Mary Emmett Maxwell. He had an older brother, Augustus McDaniel Buttram, and five other elder siblings. When “Pat” Buttram was a year old, his father was transferred to Nauvoo, Alabama. Buttram graduated from Mortimer Jordan High School, then located in Morris, Alabama, then entered Birmingham–Southern College to study for the Methodist ministry.[2]


Buttram performed in college plays and on a local radio station, then became a regular on the National Barn Dance broadcast on WLS (AM) in Chicago. He also had his own program on CBS.[3]Buttram in 1944

Buttram went to Hollywood in the 1940s and became a sidekick to Roy Rogers. However, because Rogers already had two regulars, Buttram was dropped.

He was then picked by Gene Autry, recently returned from his World War II service in the U.S. Army Air Corps, to work with him. Buttram co-starred with Autry in more than 40 films and in over 100 episodes of Autry’s television show. Buttram’s first Autry film was The Strawberry Roan in 1948. In the late 1940s, Buttram joined Autry on his radio show Melody Ranch and then on television with The Gene Autry Show. During the first television season, Buttram went by Pat or Patrick, with a variety of last names. From the second season forward, he used his own name.

Buttram also played Mr. Eustace Haney in the 1965–1971 television comedy Green Acres. He did voice work for several Disney animated features, playing Napoleon (hound dog) in The Aristocats, the Sheriff of Nottingham (a wolf) in Robin Hood, Luke (muskrat) in The Rescuers, Chief (hunting dog) in The Fox and the Hound, and one of the Toon bullets in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. He had a recurring role as the voice of Cactus Jake on Garfield and Friends. One of his later roles was a cameo in Back to the Future Part III. His final voice-over was A Goofy Movie, released a year after his death. Buttram is credited as one of the writers on the Hee Haw television show for two episodes in 1969 and 1970.[4]

Buttram made the oft-quoted observation about the 1971 “rural purge“, in which CBS canceled many programs with a rural theme or setting: “CBS canceled everything with a tree in it – including Lassie,” referring to the cancellations of Green AcresThe Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 1936, Buttram married Dorothy McFadden. The couple adopted a daughter but divorced in 1946. In 1952, he married actress Sheila Ryan; the marriage ended with her death in 1975. They had a daughter named Kathrine (nicknamed Kerry), born in 1954. Buttram retired from acting in 1980 and made his home in his native Winston CountyAlabama. However, he returned to California, where he made frequent personal appearances.

Buttram was a staunch Republican who helped Ronald Reagan spice up his speeches with political quips.[1] In 1993, Buttram expressed surprise that with the inauguration of Bill Clinton and Al Gore as president of the United States and vice president of the United States, respectively, so many Hollywood actors were “taken with that whole country-boy image they tried to project”.[1] According to his niece Mary Buttram Young, “Uncle Pat would always say ‘I’m from Alabama – I can see right through that’.”[1]


Buttram died in 1994 at the age of 78 of kidney failure at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.[6] He is interred at the cemetery at the Maxwell Chapel United Methodist Church in the Pebble community near Haleyville, Alabama.[7][8]

In 1988, Buttram was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and one on the “Alabama Stars of Fame” in Birmingham, Alabama.


1944The National Barn DanceHimself
1948The Strawberry RoanHank
1949Riders in the SkyChuckwalla
1950Mule TrainSmokey Argyle
1950Beyond the Purple HillsMike Rawley
1950Indian TerritoryShadrach Jones
1950The Blazing SunMike
1951Gene Autry and the MountiesScat Russell
1951Texans Never CryRanger Pecos Bates
1951Silver CanyonPat
1951The Hills of UtahDusty Cosgrove
1951Valley of FireBreezie
1952The Old WestPanhandle Gibbs
1952Night Stage to GalvestonHimself
1952Apache CountryHimself
1952Barbed Wire“Buckeye” Buttram
1952Wagon TeamDeputy Pat Buttram
1952Blue Canadian RockiesRawhide
1961Wild in the CountryMr Longstreet, the mechanicuncredited
1963Twilight of HonorCole Clinton
1964RoustaboutHarry Carver
1964The Hanged ManOtis HoneywellTV movie
1966Sergeant DeadheadThe President
1968The Sweet RideTexas Gambler
1968I Sailed to Tahiti with an All Girl CrewBlodgett
1970The AristocatsNapoleonvoice
animated film
1971The Gatling GunTin Pot
1972Evil Roy SladeNarratorTV movie
1973Robin HoodSheriff of Nottinghamvoice
animated film
1976Meanwhile, Back at the RanchNarrator
1977The RescuersLuke – swamp inhabitantvoice
animated film
1979Angels BrigadeUsed Car Salesman
The New Misadventures of Ichabod CraneWashington the Horsevoice
TV movie
1981The Fox and the HoundChief – hunting dogvoice
animated film
1988The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry HoundRed Eye the bartendervoice
TV movie
Who Framed Roger RabbitA toon bullet #3voice
live action / animated film
1990Back to the Future: Part IIIJeb, Saloon Old Timer #3
1995A Goofy MoviePossum Park Emceevoice
final film role / posthumous release

Partial television credits[edit]

1950–1955The Gene Autry ShowPat83 episodes
1961–1963The Real McCoysCousin Carl

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