Billy Gray (actor)

Billy Gray (born January 13, 1938) is an American actor best known for playing James "Bud" Anderson, Jr. in Father Knows Best. Additionally, he portrayed a young Jim Thorpe in Jim Thorpe – All-American and starred in the Science fiction movie The Day the Earth Stood Still. He is also a motorcycle collector and businessman.[1]

Billy Gray
Billy Gray in 1977
William Thomas Gray

(1938-01-13)January 13, 1938
OccupationActor, businessman

Gray was born William Thomas Gray in Los Angeles, California to William H. and Beatrice Gray, and began acting as a child. His mother was an actress, and the both of them appeared in (separate scenes of) Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
1950 Mister 880 Mickey uncredited
1951 Jim Thorpe – All-American Jim Thorpe as a child
1951 On Moonlight Bay Wesley Winfield
1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still Bobby Benson Co-starring role
1952 Talk About a Stranger Robert 'Bud' Fontaine Jr. Starring role
1953 All I Desire Ted Murdoch
1953 By the Light of the Silvery Moon Wesley Winfield Supporting role
1954 The Outlaw Stallion Danny Saunders Starring role
1966 The Navy vs. the Night Monsters CPO Fred Twining Co-starring role
1971 Dusty and Sweets McGee City Life Staring role


Year Title Role Notes
1954–1960 Father Knows Best James "Bud" Anderson Jr. Main role
1977 The Father Knows Best Reunion James "Bud" Anderson Jr. TV film
1977 Father Knows Best: Home for Christmas James "Bud" Anderson Jr. TV film


  1. "Ken Hall, "Billy Gray, Bud from Father Knows Best. Collects Racing Motorcycles"". Retrieved April 30, 2010.
  2. Edward Torchy Smith. "Billy Grey, better known as Bud from Father Knows Best" (Podcast). Baby Boomers Talk Radio. Retrieved December 5, 2019.


  • Goldrup, Tom and Jim (2002). Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Film and Television. McFarland & Co. pp. 94–102. ISBN 1476613702.
  • Holmstrom, John (1996). The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich: Michael Russell, p. 206-207.
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