Dick Elliott

Richard "Dick" Elliott (April 30, 1886 – December 22, 1961) was an American character actor who played in over 240 films from the 1930s until the time of his death. He played many different roles, 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. Elliott had a couple of memorable lines in It's a Wonderful Life (1946), 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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