Wally Cox

Wally Cox
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Wally Cox
TV: North side of the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Actor | Comedian
Born Wallace Maynard Cox on Dec. 6, 1924 in Detroit, Mich.
Died Feb. 15, 1973 of heart attack in Bel-Air, Calif.

Wally Cox portrayed the meek schoolteacher Robinson Peepers on television in the early 1950s.

Although the bespectacled Cox made frequent television appearances in recent years, and was a regular on the NBC daytime panel show "The Hollywood Squares," it was for his role as the owlish Mr. Peepers that he was most remembered.

Cox next starred in "The Adventures of Hiram Holliday," in which he played a proofreader on a New York City newspaper. After that show folded, he put his mischievous wit to work in guest appearances. He also was a voice in the cartoon series "Underdog."

In addition to television, Cox appeared in such movies as "State Fair," "Spencer's Mountain," "Fate is the Hunter" and "The Yellow Rolls Royce."

At a school in Evanston, Ill., he met and formed a lasting friendship with Marlon Brando. They were both addicted to motorcycle riding, although Cox preferred ones that were "slo-o-w."

"The one thing I hate about acting is the loss of privacy," he once said. "I can be anonymous if I take off my glasses—no one can recognize me. But then I can't see."

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