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George 'Gabby' Hayes

American character actor, the most famous of Western-movie sidekicks of the 1930s and 1940s. He was born May 7, 1885, the third of seven children, in the Hayes Hotel (owned by his father) in the tiny hamlet of Stannards, New York, on the outskirts of Wellsville, New York. Hayes was the son of hotelier and oil-production manager Clark Hayes, and grew up in Stannards. As a young man, George Hayes worked in a circus and played semi-pro baseball while a teenager. He ran away from home at 17, in 1902, and joined a touring stock company. He married Olive Ireland in 1914 and the pair became quite successful on the vaudeville circuit. Retired in his 40s, he lost much of his money in the 1929 stock market crash and was forced to return to work. Although he had made his film debut in a single appearance prior to the crash, it was not until his wife convinced him to move to California and he met producer Trem Carr that he began working steadily in the medium. He played scores of roles in Westerns and non-Westerns alike, finally in the mid-1930s settling in to an almost exclusively Western career. He gained fame as Hopalong Cassidy's sidekick Windy Halliday in many films between 1936-39. Leaving the Cassidy films in a salary dispute, he was legally precluded from using the "Windy" nickname, and so took on the sobriquet "Gabby", and was so billed from about 1940. One of the few sidekicks to land on the annual list of Top Ten Western Boxoffice Stars, he did so repeatedly. In his early films, he alternated between whiskered comic-relief sidekicks and clean-shaven bad guys, but by the later 1930s, he worked almost exclusively as a Western sidekick to stars such as John Wayne, Roy Rogers, and Randolph Scott. After his last film, in 1950, he starred as the host of a network television show devoted to stories of the Old West for children, The Gabby Hayes Show (1950). Offstage an elegant and well-appointed connoisseur and man-about-town, Hayes devoted the final years of his life to his investments. He died of cardiovascular disease in Burbank, California, on February 9, 1969.

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May 7, 1885 In Wellsville, New York, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Big News 1929-09-06
Latest Project:
Movie Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch 1976-05-01
Known For
Poster of Wagon Tracks West
Poster of Romance on the Range
Poster of Jesse James at Bay
Poster of Mystery Liner
Movie Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (archive footage) 1976-05-01
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie The Cariboo Trail Grizzly 1950-08-01
Series The Gabby Hayes Show Himself 1950-12-11
Movie El Paso Pesky Tees 1949-03-22
Movie Albuquerque Juke 1948-02-20
Movie Return of the Bad Men John Pettit 1948-07-17
Movie The Untamed Breed Windy Lucas 1948-10-20
Movie Wyoming Windy Gibson 1947-07-28
Movie Trail Street Billy Jones 1947-02-19
Movie Rainbow Over Texas Sheriff 'Gabby' Whittaker 1946-05-09
Movie Badman's Territory Honest Jim Badger / The Coyote Kid 1946-05-04
Movie My Pal Trigger Gabby Kendrick 1946-07-10
Movie Song of Arizona Gabby Whittaker 1946-03-08
Movie Heldorado Gabby Whittaker 1946-12-15
Movie Under Nevada Skies Gabby Whittaker 1946-08-26
Movie Home in Oklahoma Gabby Whittaker 1946-10-18
Movie Roll on Texas Moon Gabby Whittaker 1946-09-12
Movie Bells of Rosarita Gabby Whittake 1945-06-19
Movie Man from Oklahoma Gabby Whittaker 1945-07-01
Movie Utah Gabby Wittaker 1945-03-21
Movie Along the Navajo Trail Gabby Whittaker 1945-09-15
Movie Sunset in El Dorado Gabby 1945-09-29
Movie Don't Fence Me In Gabby Whittaker 1945-10-20
Movie Hidden Valley Outlaws Gabby Hayes 1944-04-01
Movie Mojave Firebrand Gabby Hayes 1944-03-19
Movie Tucson Raiders 'Gabby' Hopkins 1944-05-14
Movie Marshal of Reno Gabby 1944-07-02
Movie The Big Bonanza Hap Selby 1944-12-30
Movie Lights of Old Santa Fe Gabby Whittaker 1944-11-06
Movie Tall in the Saddle Dave 1944-09-29
Movie The Man from Thunder River Gabby Whittaker 1943-06-11
Movie Calling Wild Bill Elliott Gabby Hayes 1943-04-30
Movie Bordertown Gun Fighters Gabby Hayes 1943-07-08
Movie War of the Wildcats Despirit Dean (stage driver) 1943-12-06
Movie Wagon Tracks West Gabby 1943-08-18
Movie Death Valley Manhunt Gabby Hayes 1943-11-25
Movie Overland Mail Robbery Gabby 1943-11-20
Movie Sunset on the Desert Gabby Whittaker 1942-04-01
Movie South of Santa Fe Gabby Whittaker 1942-02-17
Movie Romance on the Range Gabby 1942-05-18
Movie Man from Cheyenne Gabby Whittaker 1942-01-16
Movie Ridin' Down the Canyon Gabby 1942-12-30
Movie Sons of the Pioneers Gabby Whittaker 1942-07-02
Movie Heart of the Golden West Gabby 1942-11-16
Movie Sunset Serenade Gabby 1942-09-14
Movie In Old Cheyenne Arapaho Brown 1941-04-04
Movie Robin Hood of the Pecos Gabriel Gabby Hornaday 1941-01-14
Movie Sheriff of Tombstone Gabby 1941-05-07
Movie Nevada City Gabby Chapman 1941-06-19
Movie Jesse James at Bay Sheriff Gabby Whitaker 1941-10-17
Movie Bad Man of Deadwood Prof. Mortimer 'Gabby' Blackstone 1941-09-05
Movie Red River Valley Gabby Whittaker 1941-12-12
Movie The Carson City Kid Gabby 1940-07-01
Movie Young Buffalo Bill Gabby Whittaker 1940-04-11
Movie The Ranger and the Lady Gabby Whittaker 1940-07-30
Movie Dark Command Andrew 'Doc' Grunch 1940-04-15
Movie Wagons Westward Hardtack 1940-06-19
Movie Melody Ranch Pop Laramie 1940-09-15
Movie The Border Legion Honest John Whittaker 1940-12-05
Movie Young Bill Hickok 'Gabby' Whitaker 1940-10-21
Movie Colorado Gabby 1940-09-15
Movie Silver on the Sage Windy Halliday 1939-03-31
Movie Southward Ho Gabby Whitaker 1939-03-19
Movie Fighting Thoroughbreds Gramps Montrose 1939-01-06
Movie Man of Conquest Lannie Upchurch 1939-05-15
Movie Let Freedom Ring Pop Wilkie 1939-02-24
Movie Sunset Trail Windy Halliday 1939-02-24
Movie Renegade Trail Windy Halliday 1939-07-25
Movie Saga of Death Valley Gabby 1939-11-17
Movie Days of Jesse James Gabby 1939-12-20
Movie In Old Caliente Gabby 1939-06-19
Movie The Arizona Kid Gabby Whittaker 1939-09-28
Movie In Old Monterey Gabby Whittaker 1939-08-14
Movie Wall Street Cowboy Gabby 1939-08-06
Movie Heart of Arizona Windy Halliday 1938-04-22
Movie Bar 20 Justice Windy Halliday 1938-06-24
Movie Gold Is Where You Find It Enoch 1938-02-12
Movie Pride of the West Windy Halliday 1938-07-07
Movie The Frontiersmen Windy Halliday 1938-12-16
Movie In Old Mexico Windy Halliday 1938-09-09
Movie Borderland Windy Halliday 1937-02-26
Movie North of the Rio Grande Windy Halliday 1937-06-28
Movie Hills of Old Wyoming Windy Halliday 1937-04-16
Movie Rustlers' Valley Windy Halliday 1937-07-23
Movie Texas Trail Windy Halliday 1937-11-26
Movie Hopalong Rides Again Windy Halliday 1937-08-20
Movie Heart of the West Windy Jenkins 1936-02-24
Movie Call of the Prairie Shanghai McHenry 1936-03-06
Movie The Lawless Nineties Major Carter 1936-02-15
Movie I Married a Doctor Train Station Agent 1936-01-01
Movie Song of the Trail Dan Hobson 1936-03-15
Movie Valley of the Lawless Grandpaw Jenkins 1936-01-25
Movie Three on the Trail Windy Halliday 1936-04-14
Movie The Plainsman Breezy 1936-11-16
Movie Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Farmer's Spokesman (uncredited) 1936-04-09
Movie Hopalong Cassidy Returns Windy Halliday 1936-10-16
Movie Trail Dust Windy Halliday 1936-12-11
Movie Valiant Is the Word for Carrie Bearded Man 1936-10-06
Movie The Texas Rangers Judge Snow 1936-08-28
Movie Smokey Smith Blaze Bart 1935-04-01
Movie The Headline Woman Police Desk Sgt. Duffy (as George Hayes) 1935-05-14
Movie Rainbow Valley George Hale 1935-03-15
Movie Tombstone Terror Soupy Baxter 1935-04-24
Movie The Lost City Butterfield 1935-03-06
Movie Ladies Crave Excitement McCloskey 1935-06-21
Movie Death Flies East Wotkyns 1935-02-28
Movie The Outlaw Tamer Cactus Barnes (as Geo. S. Hayes) 1935-03-15
Movie Swifty Sheriff Dan Hughes (as George F. Hayes) 1935-12-12
Movie $1000 a Minute New Deal Watson 1935-10-21
Movie The Eagle's Brood Spike 1935-10-25
Movie Honeymoon Limited Pinkham 1935-07-01
Movie Texas Terror Sheriff Ed Williams 1935-10-17
Movie Bar 20 Rides Again Windy Halliday 1935-12-06
Movie Thunder Mountain Foley 1935-09-27
Movie Hop-a-long Cassidy Uncle Ben 1935-08-23
Movie Tumbling Tumbleweeds Dr. Parker 1935-09-05
Movie City Limits Charlie Carter 1934-04-14
Movie Blue Steel Sheriff Jake Withers 1934-05-10
Movie House of Mystery David Fells 1934-03-30
Movie West of the Divide 'Dusty' 1934-02-15
Movie The Lucky Texan Jake 'Grandy' Benson 1934-01-22
Movie The Man From Utah Marshal George Higgins 1934-05-15
Movie Mystery Liner Joe, the Watchman 1934-03-15
Movie In Old Santa Fe Cactus 1934-11-15
Movie The Lawless Frontier Dusty 1934-11-22
Movie Monte Carlo Nights Inspector Nick Gunby 1934-05-20
Movie The Brand of Hate Bill Larkins 1934-11-02
Movie 'Neath the Arizona Skies Matt Downing 1934-12-05
Movie The Man from Hell Banker Colonel Campbell 1934-08-28
Movie The Star Packer Matt Matlock 1934-07-30
Movie The Gallant Fool Dad Denton 1933-05-28
Movie The Return of Casey Jones Timothy Shine 1933-05-24
Movie Breed of the Border Chuck Wiggins 1933-03-01
Movie The Sphinx Detective Casey 1933-06-01
Movie Trailing North Flash Ryan (as George Hayes) 1933-05-15
Movie Galloping Romeo Grizzly 1933-08-04
Movie Ship of Wanted Men Crewman 1933-09-08
Movie Riders of Destiny Charlie Denton 1933-10-10
Movie Skyway George Taylor 1933-08-29
Movie Ranger's Code Baxter (as George Hayes) 1933-08-14
Movie Riders of the Desert Hashknife Brooks 1932-04-23
Movie The Man from Hell's Edges Shamrock Cassidy 1932-06-14
Movie Sally of the Subway Police Lieutenant Paxton 1932-01-15
Movie Winner Take All Interne at Rosario Ranch (uncredited) 1932-07-16
Movie Play Girl Dance Hall Tobacconist (uncredited) 1932-03-12
Movie Texas Buddies Si Haller 1932-10-18
Movie The Fighting Champ Pete 1932-12-15
Movie The Night Rider Altoonie 1932-08-22
Movie Wild Horse Mesa Slack 1932-11-25
Movie Klondike Tom Ross 1932-08-29
Movie The Stolen Jools Projectionist 1931-04-04
Movie Dirigible Parade Official (uncredited) 1931-04-04
Movie Big Business Girl Hotel Clerk (uncredited) 1931-06-12
Movie The Nevada Buckaroo Cherokee 1931-07-28
Movie Dragnet Patrol Private Detective 1931-12-14
Movie Cavalier of the West Sheriff Bill Ryan 1931-11-15
Movie Playing Around Railroad Ticket-Seller (uncredited) 1930-01-19
Movie She Who Gets Slapped Poker Player 1930-05-15
Movie Top Speed Western Union Clerk 1930-08-24
Movie For the Defense Ben (the waiter) 1930-07-19
Movie Big News Hoffman 1929-09-06
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