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Backus, Jim

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on January 30, 2004

(1913-1989)

    Radio and television actor who played Thurston Howell III on Gilligan’s Island and was a player on the Mel Blanc radio show in the 1940s. His best-known cartoon work is probably as Mr. Magoo for UPA.

    Backus played the voice of the high-spirited genie in A Lad in His Lamp (McKimson, 1948), basing it on his Hubert Updike character from the Alan Young radio show, using the “Heavens to Gimbles!” line of that character as well.

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