Pat Buttram

Pat Buttram


6/19/1915, Addison, Alabama, USA



Birth Name

Maxwell Emmett Buttram


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The son of a circuit-riding Methodist preacher in rural Alabama, Pat Buttram became one of America's best-known comic entertainers. Pat left Alabama a month before his 18th birthday to attend the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. An announcer from radio station WLS was on hand to interview members of…more


Trivia and Quotes

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    • Pat Buttram: (On CBS' 1971 purge of rural-themed programs) It was the year CBS killed everything with a tree in it.

    • Pat Buttram: I didn't get along too well with horses. At the beginning, not too well; at the end, terrible. I always say that horses are hard in the middle and dangerous at both ends.

    • Pat Buttram: My voice never quite made it through puberty. It has been described as sounding like a handful of gravel thrown in a Mix-Master.

  • Pat was a man of many talents. He was an original and always funny.

    I remember Saturday afternoons in the 40s sitting in the West End Theater watching Gene and Pat catch the bad guys. Gene did it with charm, wit, fists and a gun. Pat did it was comedy. He facial expressions were always funny, his prat-falls classic, his accordian playing just so-so, but great fun.

    I am still watching the Gene Autry movies on MoviPlex today and I am still entertained by Pat's antics. His "falls" were always funny. His up-and-down voice antics were the greatest. I have not heard anyone else do that.

    Pat could play just about any musical instrument. He was unique, funny, serious and an all-round entertainer.

    He was a great talent. He lives on in my memory.moreless