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Dabbs Greer (aged 90)
Robert William “Dabbs” Greer (April 2, 1917 – April 28, 2007) was an American actor who performed many diverse supporting roles in film and television for over 50 years. With hundreds of guest appearances on episodes of numerous television series, Greer may be best remembered as a series regular as Coach Ossie Weiss in the sitcom Hank and as a series regular as the Reverend Robert Alden in Little House on the Prairie. Greer may be better known to later audiences as the 108-year-old version of the character played by Tom Hanks in 1999’s The Green Mile.
DEATH: Greer, a resident of Pasadena, California, from 1943, died in 2007 at Pasadena’s Huntington Hospital after a battle with renal failure and heart disease. He never married and had no children. His body was transported back to his native state of Missouri, where it was buried in Peace Valley Cemetery in the town of Anderson.