Billy Gray

Born Jan 13, 1938

William Thomas "Billy" Gray, is a former American actor known primarily for his role as James "Bud" Anderson, Jr. , in 193 episodes of the NBC and CBS situation comedy, Father Knows Best, which aired between 1954 and 1960. Gray's fellow cast members were Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, and Lauren Chapin. He is also a motorcycle aficionado, and maintains a large collection of them.… Read More

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1938 Birth Born on January 13, 1938.


1949 11 Years Old In 1949, Billy Gray appeared with his mother in separate scenes in the film Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff.
1951 13 Years Old In 1951, at age 13, he appeared in the film Jim Thorpe -- All-American, with Burt Lancaster in the lead role. … Read More
1953 15 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1953, Gray was slated to play the part of Tagg Oakley in the syndicated western series Annie Oakley, starring Gail Davis and Brad Johnson and did appear in the episode "Bull's Eye". … Read More
1955 17 Years Old In 1955, Gray appeared in The Seven Little Foys, which starred Bob Hope as famed vaudeville entertainer Eddie Foy, in the teen role of Bryan Lincoln Foy.
1957 19 Years Old In 1957, while still on Father Knows Best, Gray appeared as Mike Edwards in the episode "Come Back Darling Asta" of Peter Lawford's NBC crime series The Thin Man, based on the work of Dashiell Hammett.


1960 22 Years Old After Father Knows Best, Gray appeared in several dozen single-appearance television roles. In 1960, he guest starred as Frankie Niles in the episode "Dark Return" of the ABC western series Stagecoach West, a program similar to the longer-running Wagon Train. … Read More
1961 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1961, he played Johnny Blatner in the episode "Two-Way Deal" of the Henry Fonda/Allen Case NBC western The Deputy.
1962 24 Years Old In 1962, he appeared on CBS's The Red Skelton Show. … Read More
1964 26 Years Old In 1964, he was Colin Martin in "Tigers Are for Jungles" in ABC's crime drama Arrest and Trial, with Chuck Connors.
1967 29 Years Old He appeared in 1967 as Billy Nixon in the episode "Desperate Mission" of Custer. … Read More


1971 33 Years Old He appeared as a heroin dealer, "City Life", in the 1971 film Dusty and Sweets McGee. … Read More
1977 39 Years Old In 1977, Gray appeared on both Father Knows Best television movie reunion specials that aired on NBC, the Father Knows Best Family Reunion special on May 15, 1977, and the Father Knows Best: Home for Christmas special on December 18, 1977. … Read More


1983 45 Years Old In a 1983 interview, Gray spoke disparagingly of Father Knows Best: "I wish there was some way I could tell the kids not to believe it. … Read More
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