Joe Sawyer

Joe Sawyer (born Joseph Sauers, August 29, 1906 – April 21, 1982) was a Canadian film actor.[1] He appeared in more than 200 films between 1927 and 1962,[2] and was sometimes billed under his birth name.

Joe Sawyer
Joseph Sauers

(1906-08-29)August 29, 1906
DiedApril 21, 1982(1982-04-21) (aged 75)
Ashland, Oregon, United States
Years active1930–1962
Spouse(s)Jeane Wood
(m. 19??; div. 19??)
June Sawyer
(m. 1937; died 1960)

Sawyer was born Joseph Sauers in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. His parents were German. In his 20s he went to Los Angeles to pursue a career in films.[3]

Sawyer gained acting experience in the Pasadena Playhouse.[4] Productions in which he performed there included Quinneys, The Wolves, and White Wings.[5]

Popular roles that he portrayed included Sergeant Biff O'Hara in the Rin Tin Tin television program,[2] a film, and on radio. On Stories of the Century in 1954, he portrayed Butch Cassidy, a role which he repeated in the 1958 episode "The Outlaw Legion" of the syndicated western series Frontier Doctor. Sawyer also appeared on ABC's, Maverick, Sugarfoot, Peter Gunn, and Surfside 6 as well as NBC's Bat Masterson.

Sawyer died April 21, 1982, in Ashland, Oregon from liver cancer. He was 75.[4] His interment was in Oregon.

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "Few Names Are 'Box-Office'". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. September 19, 1935. p. 21. Retrieved November 16, 2016 – via  
  2. ^ a b Landesman, Fred (2004). The John Wayne Filmography. McFarland. p. 211. ISBN 9780786432523. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  3. ^ Levy, Bill. Lest We Forget: The John Ford Stock Company. BearManor Media. Retrieved July 4, 2021.
  4. ^ a b "JOE SAWYER, FILM AND TV ACTOR; Joe Sawyer, 75, Created Role Of Sgt. O'Hara in 'Rin Tin Tin'". The New York Times. United Press International. May 25, 1982. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  5. ^ "Is Villain". The Pasadena Post. November 2, 1928. p. 10. Retrieved July 5, 2021 – via

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