Parley Baer was a captain in the Army Air Corps in World War II. He earned several battle stars in the Pacific.
He was a great character actor who appeared in more than 50 movies, including 1950's Westerns, 1963's "Gypsy", and 1993's "Dave".
His TV credits include "Bonanza" , "Hogan's Heroes" , "L.A. Law" and "Star Trek: Voyager". He played Minister Brown in 1982 on "Dallas", where he remarried J.R. and Sue Ellen.
Parley did some great voices: that of the Keebler cookie elf in TV commercials and the voice of Chester, the Dodge City deputy, on radio's "Gunsmoke".
(pictured left) appeared as Herb Darby, a neighbor friend of Ozzie Nelson, on "Ozzie and Harriet". He later played Mayor Stoner on the "Andy Griffith Show".
(pictured middle) played Ann Kurth's attorney in "Murder in Texas", a 1981 TV movie. In this courtroom scene, he gets Ann (Katharine Ross) to admit something about Dr. John Hill, her husband.
(pictured right) played a waiter, in the episode of "Ozzie and Harriet" called "David Picks Up The Tab" (aired 11-21-56)
Herb Darby (Parley Baer), Doc Williams (Frank Cady) and Butch Barton (Gordon Jones) find out Ozzie doesn't want to play bridge with them because he's tired of being in a rut with routine living. (from the "Ozzie and Harriet" episode "Ozzie and The Bridge Group")
Parley Baer plays Mayor Stoner in the "Andy and the New Mayor" episode of "The Andy Griffith Show". The Mayor tells Andy a report on every department in the town of Mayberry is going to be sent in to the Governor's office. And the Mayor would like to include Andy's department, favorably, in that report.
Parley Baer was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 5, 1914 and died on November 22, 2002, at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. He was 88 years old.
The Parley Baer page last updated May 8, 2007.