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Ruth McDevitt

Photos Ruth McDevitt Birth name: Ruth McDevitt
Birth date: 1895/09/13
Date of death : 1976/05/27 (81 years old)
Birth place : Michigan

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Biography for Ruth McDevitt

Delightfully daffy and an apple dumpling of a darling, wizened character actress Ruth McDevitt was born Ruth Shoecraft in Michigan but raised in Ohio where her father served as a county sheriff. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Art with designs of becoming an actress but married a Florida widower soon after and put full focus on being a wife. Her husband died in 1934 and, at age 40+, Ruth decided to dabble again with community theater productions which reignited her passion. She became a viable presence on Broadway and radio in the late 30s and 40s in both comedic and dramatic fare. Highlights on the stage included roles in "Picnic" and "The Solid Gold Cadillac." Her flair for eccentric comedy opened a huge door for the veteran player in the television and film worlds during the 50s and 60s as one of those faces you couldn't put a name to but instinctively knew. She drew attention as the mother of Wally Cox in the _"Mr. Peepers" (1952)_ series and later milked laughs as a gun totin', sharpshootin' granny in the comedy "Pistols 'n' Petticoats" (1966) starring Ann Sheridan. The series ended after only one season due to the 1967 death of Ms. Sheridan of cancer. Ruth decorated a number of fluffy film comedies as a befuddled, warble-voiced elderly in such fun as The Parent Trap (1961), The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968), Angel in My Pocket (1969) and Mame (1974). Ruth died of natural causes in 1976.


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Title Role
The Cheerleaders (1976) (TV) Grandmother Snow
One of My Wives Is Missing (1976) (TV) Mrs. Foster
Medical Center Alice (1 episode, 1975)
The Streets of San Francisco Mrs. Mumford (2 episodes, 1973-1975)
Ellery Queen Zelda Van Dyke (1 episode, 1975)
Phyllis Miss McDermott (1 episode, 1975)
Man on the Outside (1975) (TV) Stella Daniels
My Father's House (1975) (TV) Anna
Kolchak: The Night Stalker Emily Cowles / ... (12 episodes, 1974-1975)
All in the Family Jo Nelson (3 episodes, 1973-1975)
Emergency! Mrs. Quincy (2 episodes, 1974-1975)
The Abduction of Saint Anne (1975) (TV) Sister Patrick
The Rookies Mrs. Lockett (1 episode, 1974)
Marcus Welby, M.D. Mrs. Davis (1 episode, 1974)
Gunsmoke Gramma Boggs (1 episode, 1974)
Little House on the Prairie Maddie Elder (1 episode, 1974)
Mixed Company (1974) Miss Bergquist
McCloud Landlady (1 episode, 1974)
Homebodies (1974) Mrs. Loomis
Winter Kill (1974) (TV) Mildred Young
Mame (1974) Cousin Fan
Kojak Mrs. Farenkrug (1 episode, 1974)
Skyway to Death (1974) (TV) Aunt Louise
If I Had a Million (1973) (TV)
The Girl Most Likely to... (1973) (TV) Housemistress
The New Dick Van Dyke Show Mrs. Ferguson (1 episode, 1973)
Mannix Miss Jean Johnson / ... (2 episodes, 1969-1973)
Wide World Mystery Doreen (1 episode, 1973)
The Couple Takes a Wife (1972) (TV) Mrs. Flanagan
Love, American Style (segment Love and the Heist) / ... (3 episodes, 1970-1972)
The War Between Men and Women (1972) Old Woman
Man in the Middle (1972) (TV)
In Search of America (1971) (TV) Grandma Rose
Nanny and the Professor Mrs. Rumble (1 episode, 1971)
Bewitched Millicent / ... (3 episodes, 1967-1970)
Here's Lucy Mrs. Cornelius Whitmark III (1 episode, 1970)
That Girl Aunt Belle (1 episode, 1970)
Ironside Landlady (1 episode, 1970)
The Courtship of Eddie's Father Miss Bristol (1 episode, 1970)
Bright Promise (1969) TV series Clara Ryan (1969-1970)
Mayberry R.F.D. Selma Plunkett (1 episode, 1969)
Change of Habit (1969) Lily
I Dream of Jeannie Mrs. Horlick (1 episode, 1969)
The Debbie Reynolds Show Mrs. Patterson (1 episode, 1969)
The Love God? (1969) Miss Keezy
The Outsider Alice Donner (1 episode, 1969)
Angel in My Pocket (1969) Nadine
The Ghost & Mrs. Muir Mrs. Rodman (1 episode, 1968)
The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968) Olive
The Andy Griffith Show Mrs. Pendleton (2 episodes, 1968)
Pistols 'n' Petticoats Grandma Effie Hanks (26 episodes, 1966-1967)
The Doctors (1963) TV series Mrs. McMurtrie (unknown episodes, 1964)
Dear Heart (1964) Miss Tait
The New Interns (1964) (uncredited) Extra
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Emmy / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Route 66 Mrs. Harris (1 episode, 1964)
Love Is a Ball (1963) Mathilda
The Birds (1963) Mrs. MacGruder, pet store clerk
Dr. Kildare Adele Fromm RN (1 episode, 1962)
The Nurses Miss Dillon (1 episode, 1962)
Boys' Night Out (1962) Beulah Partridge
Naked City Abbie Dobbins (1 episode, 1961)
The Parent Trap (1961) Miss Inch
Ben Blue's Brothers (1960) (TV) Mother
The United States Steel Hour Mrs. Simpkins / ... (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Omnibus Evva (1 episode, 1958)
Harbourmaster Mrs. Markham (1 episode, 1958)
Studio One Mrs. Clark / ... (3 episodes, 1956-1957)
Robert Montgomery Presents (1 episode, 1957)
Decoy Mrs. Graff (1 episode)
Kraft Television Theatre (1 episode, 1956)
Star Tonight (1 episode, 1956)
Once Upon an Eastertime (1954) (TV) Grandma
The Long, Long Trailer (1954) (uncredited) Mrs. Vagabond
Mister Peepers (1952) TV series Mom Peepers (unknown episodes, 1953-1955)
Short Short Dramas (1 episode, 1953)
The Guy Who Came Back (1951) Grandma
The Billy Rose Show (1 episode, 1950)
Suspense Jenny / ... (4 episodes, 1949-1950)
The Ford Theatre Hour Aunt Martha Brewster (2 episodes, 1949)




Spouse : Patrick John McDevitt (191? - 1934) (his death)

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