Wally Cox

Wally Cox


12/6/1924, Detroit, Michigan, USA



Birth Name

Wallace Maynard Cox


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Cox was often cast as a milquetoast type of character.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Wally was 5'6" tall.

    • Wally has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6385 Hollywood Blvd.

    • Wally Cox was most famous for his role as Robinson Peepers on the series "Mr. Peepers", 1952-1955. In fact, Cox detested the gentle science teacher, that he played on the series. Cox referred to the character as "Mr. Goodboy". Cox insisted to those who knew him that he, as a human being, was nothing at all like his character.

    • Wally Cox was a regular panelist on "The Hollywood Squares" from the show's debut in 1966, until his death in 1973. While it was later revealed that many of the panelist had scripted lines for question replies, Cox did not. He was given free reign by the producers to react to the questions with his own brand of sarcasm. He was known on the series for his wit filled one-liners.

    • Wally Cox was a lifelong friend of Marlon Brando. After Cox's unexpected death from a heart attack in 1973, Brando came into possession of Cox's cremated remains and kept them sequestered in a closet in his home for over thirty years, until his own death in 2004. After a ceremony for Brando, the ashes of both men were scattered in Death Valley, California, thus bringing together in death, two men who had been true friends in life.

  • Quotes

  • Wally Cox will probaly always be known for his role as mild mannered teacher Mr. Peepers, but he also did well as the voice of Underdog, and was a regular on The Hollywood Squares. He also did dozens of TV series guest starring.moreless

    With his milquetoast voice, I think Wally Cox was stereotyped as the mild mannered nebbish, and he never really fullfilled his potential as an actor. Occasionally he would get a guest starring role where he would play against that image. My favorite as his appearance on The Odd Couple, in which he appeared in a scene with his former Mr. Peepers co-star, Tony Randall. In 'The Pen is Mightier than the Pencil', Felix is taking a creative writing course in which each student is reciting a poem of their own. Cox gets up and recites a poem that has decidedly erotic overtones. It is such a funny moment, because Cox is reciting it with that inimitable voice of his. For anyone who grew up with Underdog, it is certainly an off the wall scene. Sadly, when the show hit syndication, the Cox recitation is completely gone. The hope is, when that season is released on DVD, the scene will be on there. The the recent live action Underdog movie featured Jason Lee as the voice of Underdog, which isnt as bad as Bill Murray as Garfield, but certainly no one can truly replace Wally Cox in the role.moreless