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Dick Elliott

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Birth nameRichard Elliott
Birth dateApril 30, 1886
Place of birthBoston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Date of deathDecember 22, 1961(age 75)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1933-1961

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For the U.S. senator with the same name, see Dick Elliott (politician).Richard "Dick" Elliott (April 30, 1886 - December 22, 1961) was an American character actor from the 1930s until the time of his death.

He played many different roles, in over 240 films, typically as a somewhat blustery sort, such as a politician. A short, fat man, Elliott played Santa Claus on the Jimmy Durante, Andy Griffith, Red Skelton, and Jack Benny Shows. He had a couple of memorable lines in It's a Wonderful Life, where he scolded James Stewart, who was trying to say goodnight to Donna Reed, advising him to stop hemming and hawing and just go ahead and kiss her.

He also had a few memorable appearances in episodes of the Adventures of Superman TV series. He is perhaps best known as Mayor Pike in early episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, which would prove to be almost his last screen work.

He is buried in Forest Lawn Glendale.

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