Harry Cheshire

Harry V. Cheshire (August 16, 1891 – June 16, 1968) was an American character actor originally from Emporia, Kansas, with more than 150 film appearances to his credit.

Harry V. Cheshire
Cheshire in Adventures of Gallant Bess (1948)
Born(1891-08-16)August 16, 1891
DiedJune 16, 1968(1968-06-16) (aged 76)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)
Years active1940–1964
Known forJudge Ben Wiley on
Buffalo Bill, Jr.
Judge Trager on Lawman


Cheshire was active on stage with the Hi Jinks Company and Liberty Players acting troupes.[1]

With a raspy voice, Cheshire frequently played the parts of bankers and western townsmen but occasionally outlaws too. He was perhaps best known for his role as Judge "Fair and Square" Ben Wiley in the syndicated western television series, Buffalo Bill, Jr., in which he is the founder and leading citizen of the fictional town of Wileyville, Texas.[2]

Cheshire appeared as Judge Trager between 1958 and 1962 in fifteen episodes of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Lawman, with John Russell and Peter Brown.[3]

Cheshire's film appearances include Barnyard Follies (1940), O, My Darling Clementine (1943), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Dangerous Mission (1954), and an uncredited role in Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair (1952). He guest starred in other television programs, including the westerns, The Lone Ranger, The Range Rider, Annie Oakley, Tales of the Texas Rangers, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, The Texan, and Maverick, and the situation comedies, I Love Lucy, My Little Margie, December Bride, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, The People's Choice, The Donna Reed Show, The Real McCoys, Pete and Gladys, Dennis the Menace, and The Ann Sothern Show.[3]

Selected filmography


  1. "Former Hi Jinks Player Rejoins Liberty Company". The Daily Oklahoman. Oklahoma, Oklahoma City. June 25, 1922. p. 22. Retrieved September 9, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  2. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  3. "Harry Cheshire". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved July 31, 2014.

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