Jim Backus

Jim Backus bio

Birth Name: James Gilmore Backus

Occupation: TV Actor

Place Of Birth: Cleveland

Date Of Birth: February 25, 1913

Date Of Death: July 3, 1989

Cause Of Death: N/A

Ethnicity: White

Nationality: American

Jim Backus was born on the 25th of February, 1913. He was best known for being a TV Actor. Played the role of millionaire Thurston Howell III on TV’s Gilligan’s Island and James Dean ‘s character’s father in Rebel Without a Cause.

Jim Backus was born in Cleveland. He was expelled from the Kentucky Military Institute for riding a horse through the cafeteria. He is most famous for voicing Mr. Magoo.

Jim Backus was a Pisces and was born in the G.I. Generation.

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Jim Backus was born in 1910s. The 1910s represented the culmination of European militarism. Discover what happened on this day.

James Gilmore Backus is part of G.I. Generation also known as The Greatest Generation. This generation experienced much of their youth during the Great Depression and rapid technological innovation such as the radio and the telephone. The initials "G.I." is military terminology referring to "Government Issue" or "General Issue".


Jim’s James Gilmore Backus attended Shaw High School in East Cleveland, Ohio and American Academy of Dramatic Art, Kentucky Military Institute (expelled).


Jim Backus’s mother’s name is unknown at this time and his father’s name is under review. We will continue to update information on Jim Backus’s parents.

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Personal Life

Like many famous people and celebrities, Jim Backus kept his personal life private. Once more details are available, we will update this section.

Jim Backus was born in the Year of the Ox.

Fast Facts

REAL NAME: James Gilmore Backus
NICKNAME: Thurston Howell III, James G. Backus
BIRTH DAY: Tuesday



Zodiac Sign: Jim Backus was a Pisces. People of this zodiac sign like romance, to sleep, spiritual themes and dislike the know-it-all, to be criticized, and cruelty of any kind. The strengths of this sign are being compassionate, artistic, gentle, wise, while weaknesses can be to be fearful, overly trusting and desire to escape reality. The greatest overall compatibility with Pieces is Virgo and Taurus.

Chinese Zodiac: Jim Backus was born in the Year of the Tiger. People born under this sign are persistent and straightforward. They have a strong faith and can be seen as stubborn in their old ways.

Ruling Planet: Jim Backus had a ruling planet of Neptune and has a ruling planet of Neptune. Back the early 2,000 B.C. the outer planets, Uranus and Pluto, were not yet discovered, since the telescope had not yet been invented. Astrologers and astronomers could only work with planets visible to the eye.

Jim Backus’s birth sign is Pisces and he had a ruling planet of Neptune.

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