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Little House on the Prairie: Reverend Alden Passes

Dabbs GreerVenerable actor Dabbs Greer has passed away at the age of 90. You may not know his name but you’ve certainly seen his face dozens of times.

Born Robert William Greer in 1917, he began acting at the age of eight. Greer was best known for his role as the gentle and wise Reverend Alden on NBC’s Little House on the Prairie from 1974 – 1984. In addition to Little House, Greer was a semi-regular on shows like Picket Fences, Maybe It’s Me, and Gunsmoke.

So identifiable as a generic everyman, Greers was a staple of series television for six decades, often playing more than one character during the run of a show. He played several characters on shows like The Andy Griffith Show, The Rifleman, The Untouchables, Perry Mason, The Fugitive, The F.B.I., and Adventures of Superman. Greer had the distinction of playing the first person to be rescued by George Reeves in the man of steel’s origin story.

Greer married Rob and Laura Petrie (The Dick Van Dyke Show) for the second time and married Carol and Mike Brady in The Brady Bunch pilot. He then reappeared 21 years later to officiate at the wedding of Bobby Brady on the short-lived The Bradys.

Greer will be missed but his talent and substantial body of work will always be a part of television history. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page


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laurie August 16, 2010 at 11:34 am

he also played in the greenmile (steven king)


Wendy Deacon October 16, 2007 at 2:03 pm

My sixteen year old son loves Little House on the Prairie and his favorite character is Dabbs Greer. He thinks hes cool! We just found out about his passing. He was on so many shows that my kids are now watching. He will be missed!!!


Allen Kephart May 9, 2007 at 10:03 pm

He was really a great actor. He made the charcter of Reverend Alden come to life. I also watched his appearances on the Brady Bunch and Adventures of Superman. He will live on forever through Little House.


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