Parley Baer
Parley Baer
Parley Baer appeared as baking contest judge Bert Landers in the "Three's Company" episode titled "Grandma Jack" in Season seven.
Personal Information
Born: (1914-08-05)August 5, 1914
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Died November 22, 2002(2002-11-22) (aged 88)
Deathplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Career/Family Information
Years active: 1940–1997
Spouse(s): Ernestine Clarke, 1946-2002, his death
Children: 2 daughters, Kimberly and Dale
Character information
Appeared on: Guest appearance on Three's Company
Character played: Bert Landers in the episode "Grandma Jack" in Season 8
Three's Company Script

Parley Baer (August 5, 1914 — November 22, 2002) appeared as Bert Landers, a panel judge in a baking contest for which Jack, who poses in drag as a an elderly contestant, Grandma Tripper to enter in order to win the prize of $1000, in the episode titled "Grandma Jack" in Season 8.



His most famous characters are Ernie Keebler the head elf and spokesperson for the Keebler cookies, Chester Proudfoot in the radio version of Gunsmoke, neighbor Darby in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, the obnoxious Mayor Stone in The Andy Griffith Show, Insurance agent Arthur J. Henson in The Addams Family, senior citizen Miles Dugan in the soap opera, The Young and the Restless, and as the Senate majority leader in the film, Dave. He also appeared in

Early lifeEdit

Born in Salt Lake City, City, Parley comes from a circus performer, including working for Barnum & Bailey Circus as a ringmaster, before starting his radio career by working for Salt Lake City radio station, KSL in 1933, while studying drama at the University of Utah. He would later move to Los Angeles, California, where he would soon begin a career as a voice actor for radio programs, thanks in part to his fairly high pitch voice and Western twang.

After the United States entered World War II, Parley joined the United States Army Air Forces. Sent to the Pacific Theater, he would end the war with the rank of Captain, receiving seven battle stars and a Presidential unit citation. After the war, he would meet and later marry his wife, Ernestine Clarke. The two would have two children.

Career in radioEdit

Parley, after moving to Los Angeles, began working on his first network radio program, Whistler. This was soon followed by appearances on such radio shows of the late 1940s and 1950s as Escape, Suspense, Tales of the Texas Rangers (mainly as sheriffs), Dragnet, The CBS Radio Workshop, Lux Radio Theater and The Six Shooter. In 1950, he would make his film debut, appearing in the movie, Comanche Territory.

In 1952 he began playing Chester, the unofficial deputy of Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke, later ad-libbing the character's full name of "Chester Wesley Proudfoot" (which would become "Chester Goode" for the later television series which involved a different cast.) His portrayal of Chester was considered his finest and most memorable role and the one which he says was most fulfilling. He would later work on other Norman MacDonnell-produced radio shows, including the situation comedy The Harold Peary Show as Pete the Marshal, Rogers of the Gazette, which was loosely based on the early life of Will Rogers as Doc Clemens, Fort Laramie and The Adventures of Philip Marlowe.

As a charter member of the CBS Radio's dramatic stock company, he would appear in a number of CBS radio shows, including a number of appearances on Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. He also made recurring appearances as Eb the farm hand on Granby's Green Acres (the radio forerunner of television's Green Acres), Gramps on The Truitts and Rene the manservant on the radio version of The Count of Monte Cristo.

In the same year that he started to play Chester, he made his first appearance on television, in an episode of the original Dragnet television series. On the small screen, Parley would be recognizable by both his voice and his balding, pauchy appearance, often playing fussy or obstinate officials or neighbors. He would appear on such television shows as I Love Lucy, Father Knows Best, Make Room for Daddy, and The Rifleman, before making his more famous appearances on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, The Andy Griffith Show and The Addams Family. On film, he would make appearances in the films The Young Lions, Gypsy, Bedtime Story, Those Calloways, Doctor Detroit and Dave, along with several live action Disney films, including Follow Me, Boys!.

Later careerEdit

In 1966 Parley would have a regular role in the short-lived situation comedy, The Double Life of Henry Phyfe. Two years later he would begin doing the voice of Ernie Keebler for Keebler cookies. He would be the voice for Ernie until he suffered a stroke in 1997, which at the time would affect his speech and movement. Before the stroke, he would continue to appear on television, appearing in such shows as Three's Company, Knots Landing, The Dukes of Hazzard, L.A. Law, The Flash, Night Court and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as well as The Young and the Restless. Parley also continued working on radio, appearing in a radio series called Adventures in Odyssey for Focus on the Family.

After the stroke, Parley would recover sufficiently enough to appear at several old-time radio conventions as well as make a guest appearance in a Star Trek: Voyager episode.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1946, he met and married circus aerialist and bareback rider Ernestine Clarke. They were together for 54 years until her death. They had two daughters, Kim and Dale. Parley Baer was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

On November 22, 2002, Parley died from complications from a stroke at age 88.

Listen toEdit

Parley Bear was a long time member of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, in Encino California, where he served in many capacities including head usher.

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