|Birthname:||Emmett Maxwell Buttram|
|Born:||June 19, 1915|
|Died:||January 8, 1994 (aged 78)|
|Occupation:||Film, voice actor|
|Spouse:||Sheila Ryan (1952–1975) (her death)|
Emmett Maxwell "Pat" Buttram (June 19, 1915 – January 8, 1994) was an American actor, famous for playing the sidekick of Gene Autry. He had a distinctive voice which, in his own words, "... never quite made it through puberty. It has been described as sounding like a handful of gravel thrown in a Mix-Master."
Buttram was born in Addison, Alabama. In Gene Autry movies, Pat Buttram played a variety of sidekicks with different names. His first film with Autry was Strawberry Roan in 1948. In the 1940s, Buttram joined Autry on his very successful radio show, Melody Ranch and then on television with The Gene Autry Show. During the first TV season, Pat went by the name "Pat" or "Patrick" with a variety of last names. By the second season, he was using his own name, Pat Buttram.
Buttram is also widely-known for his role as the peddler "Mr. Haney" in the 1965 - 1971 television comedy Green Acres. He also did voice work for a number of Disney animated features such as the wolf Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood, Napoleon (hound dog) in The Aristocats, Luke (swamp inhabitant) in The Rescuers, Chief (hunting dog) in The Fox and the Hound, and one of the Toon bullets in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans may recognize him as the car salesman in the film Angels Revenge. One of his last roles was a cameo in Back to the Future Part III. His final voice-over role was in A Goofy Movie, released over a year after his death. He also had a recurring role as the voice of Cactus Jake on Garfield and Friends. Another role was in one of the most famous Alfred Hitchcock shorts called "The Jar" where he plays a farmer named Charlie Hill who buys a jar from a sideshow, the contents of which scare his wife and mesmerize his friends.
Some quotes from Mr. Haney