Known for movies

Short Info

DiedFebruary 27, 2011, Charles Town, West Virginia, United States
FactHis father owned boats on Lake Michigan, then moved the family west (Seattle) so that he could go prospecting in Alaska.

Frank Buckles was born on February 1, 1901, in Bethany, Missouri. His parents were James Buckles and Sarah Buckles. He had four siblings: James, Sarah, Mary and John. He attended high school in Bethany, Missouri. After high school, he attended Central Missouri State Teachers College, now known as the University of Central Missouri. He graduated in 1921 with a degree in agriculture.

Buckles began his career as a shipping clerk for the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. In December 1941, he enlisted in the United States Army. He served in the Philippines during World War II and was captured by the Japanese in 1942. He was held as a prisoner of war until 1945. After the war, he returned to the United States and worked for the Veterans Administration. He retired in 1966.

Buckles was the last surviving American veteran of World War I. He died on February 27, 2011, at the age of 110.

Net Worth

Buckles had a net worth of $1 million at the time of his death.


Buckles was married to Audrey Mayo from 1926 to her death in 1999. They had no children.

General Info

Full NameFrank Buckles
DiedFebruary 27, 2011, Charles Town, West Virginia, United States


ChildrenSusannah Buckles Flanagan


AwardsWorld War I Victory Medal, Army of Occupation of Germany Medal

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1Extensively discussed by his friend, actor Jimmy Lydon, in the book, "A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde" (McFarland & Co., 2010), by Tom Weaver.
2His father owned boats on Lake Michigan, then moved the family west (Seattle) so that he could go prospecting in Alaska.
3He and wife Louise became "adopted" parental figures to young actor Jimmy Lydon. He was 'best man' at Lydon's 1952 wedding and godfather to his oldest daughter. After his death, Lydon became Louise's guardian for 18 years until her death at the age of 97.
4Enlisted in the Army during WWI and was a private in the infantry.
5Nephew of playwright and producer Paul Armstrong , best known for "Alias Jimmy Valentine," "The Deep Purple" and "The Greyhound." His uncle once hired Robert to direct, stage manage and appear in a vaudeville sketch entitled "Woman Proposes."
6Dropped out of law school at the University of Washington only months before graduation to follow a vaudeville troupe.




For Those Who Think Young1964Norman Armstrong (Cronin's business associate)
Perry Mason1958-1964TV SeriesPhil Jenks / Jimmy West / Capt. Bancroft / ...
Redigo1963TV SeriesPat Royal
Johnny Cool1963Gang Member
77 Sunset Strip1963TV SeriesPop Bateman
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1962TV SeriesCaptain Charles Faulkner
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1960-1962TV SeriesDoc Buckles / Saloonkeeper
Lassie1961TV SeriesOliver
Rawhide1961TV SeriesCal Stone
Tales of Wells Fargo1958-1961TV SeriesJess Walden / Red Willis
The Barbara Stanwyck Show1961TV SeriesInspector Gunnison
Laramie1961TV SeriesSheriff
Lawman1960TV SeriesFrank Fenway / Lacey Grant
Lock Up1960TV SeriesSam Ellender
Bronco1960TV SeriesMarshal Herbert Coles
The Alaskans1960TV SeriesJohn Coleman
Sugarfoot1960TV SeriesBig Bill Carmody
Riverboat1960TV SeriesSheriff
M Squad1960TV SeriesOtto Penick
The Deputy1960TV SeriesConstable Emmanuel Dobbs
Colt .451959TV SeriesJud Bowlus
Wagon Train1959TV SeriesRoy Daniels
State Trooper1956-1959TV SeriesSheriff Andy Anderson
26 Men1959TV SeriesJ.C. Vallon / Tom Marlin
Cimarron City1959TV SeriesJosh Matthews
Trackdown1958TV SeriesSheriff Vernon Croft
Girl with an Itch1958Ben Cooper
Man with a Camera1958TV SeriesMarty Delgado
Have Gun - Will Travel1958TV SeriesSidney Carter
Climax!1955-1958TV SeriesBarney Farrell / John Piersall
Man Without a Gun1957TV Series
The Crooked Circle1957Al Taylor
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre1957TV SeriesSheriff
The Adventures of McGraw1957TV SeriesSheriff Andy Plummer
Code 31957TV SeriesCapt. Morse
Crossroads1955-1957TV SeriesOrville Jackson / Casey / Gatch
The Red Skelton Hour1957TV SeriesLt. Flanagan
Dr. Christian1957TV SeriesLarsen
Broken Arrow1956TV SeriesInspector Higgins
The 20th Century-Fox Hour1956TV SeriesPop
The Peacemaker1956Sheriff Ben Seale
Zane Grey Theater1956TV SeriesSheriff Dan Walker
Camera Three1956TV SeriesVardamen
Studio 571954-1956TV SeriesPrivate Jeb Watkins / Grandpa Soames / Woody Woodruff
Strange Stories1956TV SeriesWoody Woodruff
Damon Runyon Theater1956TV SeriesO'Rourke
Cheyenne1956TV SeriesMarshall Len Merrick
General Electric Theater1955TV SeriesKennedy / Walt Bevans
Double Jeopardy1955Sam Baggott
Las Vegas Shakedown1955Doc
Soldiers of Fortune1955TV SeriesSacaree
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse1955TV SeriesGus Brennar
Adventures of the Falcon1954TV SeriesBarry Lang / George Grinley
Schlitz Playhouse1954TV SeriesJay Calliston
Public Defender1954TV SeriesFather Dunn
Waterfront1954TV SeriesClem Bartlett / Tom Henderson
Lux Video Theatre1953TV SeriesDr. Hoffman
Armstrong Circle Theatre1952TV SeriesHarry Parker
The Pace That Thrills1952J.C. Barton
The Bigelow Theatre1951TV Series
The First Hundred Years1950TV SeriesMr. Martin (1950-1952)
Destination Big House1950Ed Somers
The Silver Theatre1950TV Series
Captain China1950Keegan
Sons of New Mexico1949Pat Feeney
Mighty Joe Young1949Max O'Hara
Streets of San Francisco1949Willard Logan
The Crime Doctor's Diary1949George 'Goldie' Harrigan
The Lucky Stiff1949Insp. Von Flanagan
The Paleface1948Terris
Return of the Bad Men1948'Wild Bill Doolin' / Wild Bill Doolin
The Fugitive1947A Sergeant of Police
Exposed1947Inspector Prentice
Fall Guy1947Mac McLaine
The Sea of Grass1947Floyd McCurtin (Brewton's attorney)
Criminal Court1946Vic Wright - Club Circle owner
Decoy1946Frankie Olins
G.I. War Brides1946Dawson
Blonde Alibi1946Williams
Gay Blades1946McManus
The Royal Mounted Rides Again1945Jonathan Price
Arson Squad1945Fire Capt. Joe Dugan
The Falcon in San Francisco1945De Forrest Marshall
Gangs of the Waterfront1945Peter Winkly and Dutch Malone
Blood on the Sun1945Col. Hideki Tojo
Belle of the Yukon1944George
Mr. Winkle Goes to War1944Joe Tinker
The Navy Way1944CPO Harper
Action in Arabia1944Matthew Reed
Around the World1943General (uncredited)
The Mad Ghoul1943Ken McClure
The Kansan1943Malachy
Adventures of the Flying Cadets1943Arthur Galt, alias The Black Hangman
Wings Over the Pacific1943Pieter Van Bronk
The Fighting Engineers1943Short
Baby Face Morgan1942'Doc' Rogers
Let's Get Tough!1942Pop Stevens
It Happened in Flatbush1942Danny Mitchell
My Favorite Spy1942Harry Robinson
Gang Busters1942Det. Tim Nolan
Dive Bomber1941Art Lyons
Citadel of Crime1941Cal Fullerton
Sky Raiders1941Lieutenant Ed Carey
Mr. Dynamite1941Paul
San Francisco Docks1940Father Cameron
Meet the Fleet1940ShortCPO Bill Jennings
Behind the News1940Vic Archer
The Bride Wore Crutches1940Pete
Service with the Colors1940ShortSgt. Clicker
Enemy Agent1940Gordon
Forgotten Girls1940Grover Mullins
Call a Messenger1939Kirk Graham
The Roaring Twenties1939Hatted Passerby Before Nightclub (uncredited)
Flight at Midnight1939Jim Brennan
Winter Carnival1939Tiger Reynolds
Unmarried1939Pins Streaver
Man of Conquest1939Jim Bowie
The Flying Irishman1939Joe Alden
There Goes My Heart1938Detective O'Brien
The Night Hawk1938Charlie McCormick
She Loved a Fireman1937Capt. Smokey Shannon
The Girl Said No1937Jimmie Allen
It Can't Last Forever1937Al Tinker
Three Legionnaires1937Sgt. Chuck Connors
Nobody's Baby1937Scoops Hanford
Without Orders1936Wad. Madison
All American Chump1936Bill Hogan
Public Enemy's Wife1936Gene Ferguson
The Ex-Mrs. Bradford1936Nick Martel (bookie)
Dangerous Waters1936'Dusty' Johnson
Pirate Party on Catalina Isle1935ShortPerformer
Remember Last Night?1935Fred Flannagan
Little Big Shot1935Steve
'G' Men1935Jeff McCord
Sweet Music1935'Dopey' Malone
Gigolette1935Chuck Ahearn
The Mystery Man1935Larry Doyle
Flirting with Danger1934Bob Owens
Kansas City Princess1934Dynamite 'Dynie' Carson
The Hell Cat1934Dan Collins
Manhattan Love Song1934Tom Williams
She Made Her Bed1934'Duke' Gordon
Search for Beauty1934Larry Williams
Palooka1934Pete Palooka
The Son of Kong1933Carl Denham
Above the Clouds1933Scoop Adams
Blind Adventure1933Richard Bruce
I Love That Man1933Driller
Fast Workers1933Bucker Reilly
King Kong1933Carl Denham
Billion Dollar Scandal1933Fingers Partos
Penguin Pool Murder1932Barry Costello
Hold 'Em Jail1932The Radio Announcer
The Most Dangerous Game1932Martin Trowbridge
Is My Face Red?1932Ed Maloney
Radio Patrol1932Bill Kennedy
The Lost Squadron1932Woody
Panama Flo1932Babe Dillon
Suicide Fleet1931Dutch
The Tip-Off1931Kayo McClure
Ex-Bad Boy1931Chester Binney
Iron Man1931George Regan
Paid1930Joe Garson
Big Money1930/IAce
Danger Lights1930Larry Doyle
Dumbbells in Ermine1930Jerry Malone
Be Yourself!1930Jerry Moore
The Racketeer1929Mahlon Keane
Oh, Yeah?1929Dude Cowan
Big News1929Steve Banks
The Woman from Hell1929Alf
The Leatherneck1929Joseph Hanlon
The Shady Lady1928Blake
Ned McCobb's Daughter1928Babe Callahan
Show Folks1928Owens - Promoter
Celebrity1928Kid Reagan
The Baby Cyclone1928Gene
The Cop1928Scarface Marcas
Square Crooks1928Eddie Ellison
A Girl in Every Port1928Bill / Salami
The Leopard Lady1928Chris
The Main Event1927Red Lucas


Mr. Winkle Goes to War1944performer: "Sweet Genevieve" - uncredited
Sweet Music1935performer: "The Good Green Acres of Home" - uncredited
King Kong1933"St. Louis Blues" 1914, uncredited
The Lost Squadron1932"Auld Lang Syne" 1788, uncredited
Be Yourself!1930performer: "Cookin' Breakfast for the One I Love" 1930 - uncredited


This Is Your Life1958TV SeriesHimself
Things You Never See on the Screen1935ShortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 10, No. 11930ShortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 9, No. 241930ShortHimself
Players at Play1929Documentary shortHimself (as Bob Armstrong)

Archive Footage

J. Edgar2011Jeff McCord in G-Men (uncredited)
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2009TV Series documentaryCarl Denham
I'm King Kong!: The Exploits of Merian C. Cooper2005DocumentaryCarl Denham
Universal Horror1998TV Movie documentary
Strange Stories1956TV SeriesGus Brennar

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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