Actor, Film actor
1888 – 1975
Who was Hank Patterson?
Patterson was born in Springville, Alabama to Green Davis Patterson and Mary Isabell "Mollie" Newton Patterson. He had intended to be a serious pianist, but became instead a vaudeville piano player, eventually moving to Hollywood where he played in a series of movies, largely Westerns and science fiction from 1939 to 1973. He also played in a number of television westerns including The Cisco Kid, The Adventures of Kit Carson, The Lone Ranger, Annie Oakley, Have Gun-Will Travel, The Rifleman and Bonanza. He was also in a couple of episodes of Cheyenne, Maverick, Lawman and Daniel Boone. He also made an appearance on Perry Mason in 1958 in "The Case of the Terrified Typist."
Hank's great-grandfather, James Pearson, was an original settler of St. Clair County, Alabama as was his mother's great-grandfather, Thomas Newton. His great-grandfather, Henry S. Patterson, was an original settler of Blount County, Alabama. Between 1894 & 1897, the family left Alabama to live in Taylor, Texas where Hank attempted to work as a serious musician only to settle for playing piano in traveling vaudeville shows.
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