Andy Devine, who played Shadrach Dingle in Emmerdale for ten years, died after an accident, according to the coroner. The serial star, whose real name was Peter Devine, died in Merseyside’s Southport Hospital on January 27 after appearing to “lose his balance leading in a fall.”
“He was unable to get up until his caregivers arrived to assist him, which was around an hour later,” said Sefton Senior Coroner Julie Goulding in a statement.
Devine was born on October 7, 1905, in Flagstaff, Arizona. He was born in Kingman, Arizona, and moved there with his family when he was one year old. Thomas Devine, Jr., his father, was born in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, in 1869. Thomas Devine, Sr., Andy’s grandpa, was born in County Tipperary, Ireland, in 1842 and emigrated to the United States in 1852. Amy Ward, Andy’s mother, was the granddaughter of Commander James H. Ward, the United States Navy’s first commander slain during the Civil War.
He went to St. Mary and St. Benedict’s College, Northern Arizona State Teacher’s College, and Santa Clara University, where he played football.
Under the alias Jeremiah Schwartz, he also played semi-pro football. His athletic expertise helped him land his first major film part in 1931’s The Spirit of Notre Dame.
Devine wanted to be an actor, so after college, he moved to Hollywood and worked as a lifeguard at Venice Beach, which was close to the studios. In 1933, he met Dorothy House (1915–2000) while filming Doctor Bull at Fox Studios. They married in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 28, 1933, and remained together until his death on February 18, 1977. Timothy Andrew (Tad) Devine and Dennis Patrick Gabriel Devine were their two children.
His unusual wheezy voice was initially supposed to be a hindrance to his transition to talkies, but it ultimately became his signature. Devine stated that his unusual voice was the consequence of a boyhood accident in which he collapsed while running at the Beale Hotel in Kingman with a curtain rod in his mouth, causing the rod to penetrate the roof of his mouth. He had a strained, scratchy, duo-tone voice when he was able to talk again.
However, according to a biographer, this is one of several claims about Devine’s voice that he made up. In an interview with Encore Westerns Channel (Jim Beaver, reporting from the 2007 Newport Beach Film Festival), his son Tad admitted that there had been an accident, but he wasn’t sure if it was the cause of his father’s unique voice. “I’ve got the same nodes as Bing Crosby, but he are in tune,” Devine said when asked if he had unusual nodes on his vocal cords.
Devine died of leukemia on February 18, 1977, in Orange, California, at the age of 71. The Holy Family Cathedral hosted his funeral mass. At the funeral, actor Ken Curtis sang a song.
Andy Devine Avenue was renamed after him in his hometown of Kingman. The Mohave Museum of History and Arts in Kingman has a display of his work, and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
His name also occurs in Jimmy Buffett’s song “Pencil Thin Mustache,” which reflects the pop culture of his adolescence, and in Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention’s 1975 album One Size Fits All’s the song “Andy.” Dave Stamey published a song called “Andy Devine” on his CD Good Dog in 2019, describing tales of experiences with Hollywood Western actors.
Net Worth of Andy Devine
Andy Devine was born in Flagstaff, Arizona on October 7, 1905. Jingles Jones on Wild Bill Hickok was performed by actor Jingles Jones. He played a role in It’s a Mad, World after appearing in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance in 1962.
AGE, BIOGRAPHY, AND WIKI
|Birth Day||October 7, 1905|
|Birth Place||Flagstaff, AZ|
|Age||115 YEARS OLD|
|Died On||Feb 18, 1977 (age 71)|