Monday, February 7, 2011

Burt Mustin

A LATE BLOOMER: Burt Mustin (1884-1977) began acting professionally at age 67. In his 25-year career, he appeared in nearly 400 television shows, 70 movies and dozens of commercials.

Salesman turned actor.
If you wonder where he's now,
he went that-a way.

While attending Pennsylvania Military College, Mustin served as goalie for the school's hockey team. He graduated in 1903.

Although he played many character parts, Mustin always considered himself the "He Went That-a Way" Guy. Here he is as a geriatric Kimba of the Jungle in a 1967 episode of "The Monkees."

One of Mustin's most famous roles was that of Mr. Quigley on "All in the Family." The show's producers paired him with daffy and darling Ruth McDevitt, another popular senior performer.

Shortly after his 92nd birthday, Mustin made a memorable appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." He passed away 10 months later from natural causes.


  1. RIP Burt; a wonderful actor!!!

  2. For a few months, while a lead singer took a leave-of-absence, I was lucky enough to sing with Burt in the Pas-su-Notes quartet (San Fernando) -- see