Parley Baer

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TV Actor
Date of Birth August 5, 1914
Place of Birth Salt Lake City, Utah
Date of Death Nov 22, 2002 (88)
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Parley Edward Baer was an American actor in radio and later in television and film. Despite dozens of appearances in television series and theatrical films, he remains best known as the original "Chester" in the radio version of Gunsmoke.

Born: Parley Edward Baer, August 5, 1914, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Died: November 22, 2002, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place: Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Hollywood Hills Cemetery
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1940–1997
Children: 2
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About Parley Baer

Although he also appeared in episodes of such popular television shows as Johnny Midnight and Dennis the Menace, Baer is perhaps best remembered for his roles on The Andy Griffith Show (as Mayor Stoner); The Young and the Restless (as Miles Dugan); and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (as Darby).

Before Fame

He began his entertainment career as a circus and radio performer. His early radio credits include The Whistler (on a CBS-affiliated regional radio station) and Tales of the Texas Rangers (on NBC Radio).


He appeared in a series of Keebler cookie commercials.

Family Life

He grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and later settled in Los Angeles, California. His marriage to circus performer Ernestine Clarke lasted from 1946 until Clarke's death in 2000 and resulted in daughters named Dale and Kim.


He played a small role in the 1962 Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood movie Gypsy.

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