Dabbs Greer

Robert William "Dabbs" Greer (April 2, 1917 – April 28, 2007) was an American actor who performed many diverse supporting roles in film and television for some fifty years. His distinctive, southern-accented voice fitted well in shows featuring rustic characters, such as westerns. However, he is probably best remembered as Reverend Alden in Little House on the Prairie. Greer was born in Fairview, Missouri, the son of Bernice Irene (née Dabbs), a speech teacher, and Randall Alexander Greer, a druggist. Greer moved to Anderson as an infant with his family. He was 8 when he began acting in children's theater productions. He attended Drury University, where he was a member of Theta Kappa Nu. He moved to Pasadena in 1943. Greer died at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, California after a battle with renal failure and heart disease. Greer never married and had no survivors. He made his film debut as an extra in the 1938 movie "Jesse James," which was filmed mainly in Pineville. "They were paying $5 a day – a day! – to local people for being extras. That was really good money in those days, more money than we had seen in a long time," he told the Neosho Daily News in 2002.


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