Wally Cox

Actor, Comedian, Writer
Wally Cox once confessed "I used to consider myself insignificant and anonymous-looking. " With his slight build, receding hairline, bespectacled visage and reedy voice, Cox confounds most notions of what a leading man ... Read more »
Born: 12/06/1924 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (29)

The Hollywood Squares 1966 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Mattress 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mouse Factory 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Underdog 1964 - 1973 (TV Show)

Voice

The Bob Hope Show (04/05/71) 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Smart 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Quarantined 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boatniks 1970 (Movie)

Jason (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (04/13/70) 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County 1970 (Movie)

Mr. Bester (Actor)

Up Your Teddy Bear 1970 (Movie)

Clyde (Actor)

The Barefoot Executive 1969 (Movie)

Mertons (Actor)

Lost in Space 1965 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band 1968 (Movie)

Mr Wampler (Actor)

A Guide For the Married Man 1967 (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Ironside 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder At NBC 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Morituri 1965 (Movie)

Dr Ambach (Actor)

The Bedford Incident 1965 (Movie)

Sonarman Second Class (Actor)

Fate Is the Hunter 1964 (Movie)

Bundy (Actor)

Spencer's Mountain 1963 (Movie)

Preacher Goodman (Actor)

The Yellow Rolls-Royce 1963 (Movie)

Ferguson (Actor)

State Fair 1962 (Movie)

Hipplewaite (Actor)

The Loretta Young Theater 1953 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Peepers 1951 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Magic Carpet (TV Show)

Actor

The Night Strangler (TV Show)

Actor

The Young Country (TV Show)

Actor
Engineering, Electrical, & Grips (2)

The Last Time I Committed Suicide 1997 (Movie)

(Utah crew) (Electrician)

Edge of America (TV Show)

Electrician

Biography

Wally Cox once confessed "I used to consider myself insignificant and anonymous-looking. " With his slight build, receding hairline, bespectacled visage and reedy voice, Cox confounds most notions of what a leading man should be. However that's exactly what he was on American TV for a significant chunk of the 1950s. Cox first gained fame as Robinson Peepers, a mild-mannered high school science teacher in the once beloved sitcom "Mr. Peepers" (NBC, 1952-55).

Relationships

Eleanor Cox

Sister

Daughter
mother Marilyn Gennaro survived him

Companion
married a total of four times

Eleanor Atkinson

Mother
mystery writer divorced when Cox was a youngster

George Cox

Father
divorced when Cox was a youngster

Marilyn Gennaro

Wife
fourth wife married on June 7, 1954

EDUCATION

New York University

New York, New York
attended school of industrial arts(handicrafts)

City College of New York

New York, New York 1942
dropped out when mother became ill

Milestones

1973

Died of a heart attack in Bel Air; Brando flew in from Tahiti to handle the cremation

1973

Final TV-movie, "The Night Strangler"; played a librarian who assists reporter-cum-supernatural investigator Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin)

1970

Final film appearance, "The Barefoot Executive", a Disney satire of TV programming

1967

Portrayed a scoutmaster in the TV-movie pilot for "Ironside"

1964

Guest starred as a programmer of an amorous computer in "From Agnes--With Love", an episode of "The Twilight Zone"

1962

Feature debut, "State Fair"

1962

Co-starred in the unfinished Marilyn Monroe comedy "Something's Got to Give" directed by George Cukor with Dean Martin and Cyd Charisse

1959

Wrote a play, "Moonbirds", which closed after three performances

1958

Signed a seven-year, $50,000-a-year contract to develop special projects for NBC

1956

Returned to nightclub work; heckled off the stage in Las Vegas; bowed out of the engagement after a few days

1953

Began acting in summer theater productions playing the part of Irwin in "Three Men on a Horse"

1951

Starred as a mild-mannered trouble-prone policeman in the "Philco Television Playhouse" production of David Swift's "The Copper" on NBC (date approximate); impressed the show's producer, Fred Coe, who began developing a pilot for a comedy vehicle

1951

Hosted his own NYC radio show on WNEW in October

1950

Hailed for his performance, received more than 20 offers for work in film, TV, theater and clubs by the time "Dance Me A Song" closed

1950

Began undergoing psychoanalysis (date approximate)

1950

Performed at the Plaza Hotel's Persian Room and on numerous TV and radio shows including those headlined by Perry Como, Ed Sullivan, Garry Moore and Arthur Godfrey (dates approximate)

1950

Broadway debut, "Dance Me A Song"

1949

Early TV appearance as a "student" on "School House", a comedy variety series on the DuMont network set in a schoolhouse

1948

In December, at a theatrical party, met Judy Freed who set up an audition with Max Gordon, owner of the Village Vanguard, a popular jazz cafe in NYC's Greenwich Village

1948

Made nightclub performing debut at the Village Vanguard the same night he auditioned; initial one evening engagement extended into months

1946

Went into business for himself as a silversmith; made tie clasps, cuff links and shirt studs for NYC haberdashers; netted around $40 per week

1941

Enrolled in the City College of New York to study botany

Starred as a mild-mannered proofreader with remarkable abilities in the short-lived (four months) sitcom, "The Adventures of Hiram Holiday"

Performed an informal comic monologue at a party; did an impression of a soldier he had once met

Hospitalized from heat strokes; received honorable discharge after four months

Worked variously as a shoe-weaver, silversmith and puppeteer apprentice

Took his act up to the Blue Angel in midtown Manhattan

Drafted into the army, sent for training to Camp Walters, Texas

Began performing monologues regularly at parties

Caught the attention of theatrical producer Dwight Deere Wiman who cast him in his new musical revue

Starred as Robinson Peepers, a meek high school science teacher in the hit NBC sitcom, "Mr. Peepers"; performed live in front of a NYC studio audience; began as a summer replacement series

Moved from Detroit to NYC with mother and sister Eleanor

Became affiliated with the American Creative Theater Group where the director advised him to shape his monologues into a nightclub act

Left school when mother striken by partial paralysis; became the family's primary breadwinner

Provided the voices of the humble "Shoeshine Boy" and his heroic alter-ego "Underdog" on the popular Saturday morning cartoon from producer Jay Ward

Appeared in TV commercials for Jockey Shorts

Parents divorced when Cox was a youth

Influenced to act by his childhood friend and Greenwich Village roommate Marlon Brando; made other friends in the theater

Became regular panelist (in the upper left "square") on the tic-tac-toe game show "Hollywood Squares"

Bonus Trivia

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Cox was nominated for Emmy awards for Best Comedian in 1952 and Best Male Star of a Regular Series in 1953.

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