Billy Gray (actor)

William Thomas Gray (born January 13, 1938) is an American actor best known for playing James "Bud" Anderson, Jr. in Father Knows Best. Additionally, he portrayed a young Jim Thorpe in Jim Thorpe – All-American and starred in the science fiction movie The Day the Earth Stood Still. He is also a motorcycle collector and businessman.[1]

Billy Gray
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Billy Gray in 1977
William Thomas Gray

(1938-01-13) January 13, 1938 (age 82)
OccupationActor, businessman

Gray was born in Los Angeles, California, to William H. and Beatrice Gray, and began acting as a child. His mother was an actress, and the both of them appeared in (separate scenes of) Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff.[2]



1950 Father Is a Bachelor Feb Chalotte
1950 Mister 880 Mickey uncredited
1951 Jim Thorpe – All-American Jim Thorpe as a child
1951 On Moonlight Bay Wesley Winfield
1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still Bobby Benson Co-starring role
1952 Talk About a Stranger Robert 'Bud' Fontaine Jr. Starring role
1953 All I Desire Ted Murdoch
1953 By the Light of the Silvery Moon Wesley Winfield Supporting role
1954 The Outlaw Stallion Danny Saunders Starring role
1966 The Navy vs. the Night Monsters CPO Fred Twining Co-starring role
1971 Dusty and Sweets McGee City Life Starring role


1953 Adventures of Superman Alan Harper Young Alan Harper (Bill Gray) snaps photo of Clark Kent changing to Superman.
1954–1960 Father Knows Best James "Bud" Anderson Jr. Main role
1957 The Thin Man Mike Edwards Guest appearance in episode "Come Back Darling Asta"
1965 Rawhide Lindsay McCullers Guest appearance in episode "Moment in the Sun"
1977 The Father Knows Best Reunion James "Bud" Anderson Jr. TV film
1977 Father Knows Best: Home for Christmas James "Bud" Anderson Jr. TV film


  1. ^ "Ken Hall, "Billy Gray, Bud from Father Knows Best. Collects Racing Motorcycles"". Retrieved April 30, 2010.
  2. ^ Edward Torchy Smith. "Billy Grey, better known as Bud from Father Knows Best" (Podcast). Baby Boomers Talk Radio. Retrieved December 5, 2019.


  • Goldrup, Tom and Jim (2002). Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Film and Television. McFarland & Co. pp. 94–102. ISBN 1476613702.
  • Holmstrom, John (1996). The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich: Michael Russell, p. 206-207.

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