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William Thomas Gray

(1938-01-13) January 13, 1938 (age 86)
Occupation Actor, businessman
Years active 1943–1980
Helena Kallianiotes
(m. 1967; div. 1969)
Donna Wilkes
(m. 1977; div. 1981)

William Thomas Gray (born January 13, 1938) is an American actor, competitive motorcycle racer and inventor, known for his role as Bud on the television series Father Knows Best (1954-1960).

Personal life

Gray was born in Los Angeles, to William H. and Beatrice Gray. His mother was an actress, and both had appeared in Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (in separated scenes), a 1949 horror comedy. He acted in more than 200 movies. He acted with stars such as Humphrey Bogart, Doris Day, Bob Hope, William Holden, Michael Rennie, Judith Anderson, Pat O'Brien and Barbara Stanwyck. He did not attend school and was educated by teachers hired by the film studios, often having class in tents set up on studio lots. He portrayed a young Jim Thorpe in Jim Thorpe – All-American and starred in the science fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still. He portrayed Tagg "Bull's Eye" Oakley, younger brother of Annie Oakley in the pilot episode of Annie Oakley. He starred in the television series Father Knows Best and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. His father died when he was 16, while he was working on the show. He was cast as Plato in Rebel Without a Cause but because a delay in shooting interfered with his commitment to Father Knows Best he had to give up the role. ..... From 1970 to 1995 he was a Class A motorcycle speedway racer and race promoter. He then turned to inventing and entrepreneurship, having invented the F-1 guitar pick. He is also a motorcycle collector and businessman. Gray was married to and divorced from Helena Kallianiotes (1967–1969) and Donna Wilkes (1977–1981). As of July 2020, Gray lives in Topanga, California in the same house he bought in 1957 while working on Father Knows Best.



Year Title Role Notes
1948 Fighting Father Dunne Chip
1950 Father Is a Bachelor Feb Chalotte
1950 Singing Guns Albert
1950 In a Lonely Place Boy seeking autograph Uncredited
1950 Mister 880 Mickey Uncredited
1951 Jim Thorpe – All-American Jim Thorpe (young)
1951 On Moonlight Bay Wesley Winfield
1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still Bobby Benson
1952 Talk About a Stranger Robert 'Bud' Fontaine Jr.
1953 All I Desire Ted Murdoch
1953 By the Light of the Silver Sky Wesley Winfield
1953 The Girl Next Door Joe
1954 The Outlaw Stallion Danny Saunders
1955 The Seven Little Foys Bryan Lincoln Foy
1961 The Explosive Generation Bobby Herman Jr.
1966 The Navy vs. the Night Monsters CPO Fred Twining
1971 Dusty and Sweets McGee City Life
1971 Werewolves on Wheels Pill
1980 Porklips Now Dullard


Year Title Role Notes
1950 The Gene Autry Show (TV series) Jimmy Foster Episode: "The Star Toter"
1953 Adventures of Superman Young Alan Harper Episode: "Shot in the Dark"
1954-1960 Father Knows Best James "Bud" Anderson Jr. 200 episodes
1957 The Thin Man Mike Edwards Episode: "Come Back Darling Asta"
1960 Stagecoach West 'Frankie Niles' Episode: "Dark Return"
1960 Peter Gunn 'Eric Thorwald' Episode: "S2 E34 The Semi-Private Eye"
1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Perry Episode: “The Hat Box”
1965 Rawhide Lindsay McCullers Episode: "Moment in the Sun"
1977 The Father Knows Best Reunion James "Bud" Anderson Jr. Television film
1977 Father Knows Best: Home for Christmas James "Bud" Anderson Jr. Television film
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