The character of Mr. Peavey was created by writers John Whedon and Sam Moore in August, 1942. Richard LeGrand was hired to play the character for a single show, but the character soon became a regular, and one of the most popular characters on the show. A magazine of the time refers to the character as “Peavey of the dry wit, gentle and wise, whose tag line, ‘Well,now, I wouldn’t say that,’ has become a national laughline.”

Mr. Peavey’s mild manner and fussy conservatism made him an excellent contrast to the the bombastic and vain Gildersleeve, and his frequent, loving references to the never seen Mrs. Peavey balanced Gildersleeve’s bachelor ways. The drugstore is a central meeting point in Summerfield– a place for Gildersleeve to buy cigars and sometimes Christmas presents, and for Leroy to indulge in sodas.

Richard LeGrand was a veteran character actor who had been in show business since 1901 and radio since 1928.


4 thoughts on “Richard LeGrand, 1882-1963

  1. Love a lot of the old time radio shows I was not aware of til recently. Particularly fond of the Gildersleeve series with Mr. Peavey – a person I would have wanted to know.

  2. I totally love The Great Gildersleeve. I recall episodes from TV in the 1950s, but my mother used to talk about the old radio series (and others). So glad they are available for us to enjoy so long after they were made. Peavey was a total delight, I get a kick out of how he frustrated Gildy.

  3. Yes, what a great radio show! It should be mentioned that the wife (Mrs. Peavey) was heard in one episode (that I know of). It was “Peavey Disappears” from May 14, 1947. Like Mr. Peavey, she had kind of a nasally, wimpy tone. Funny stuff!

  4. I listened to the Gildersleeve show as a young child, still listen every night. Yes, I love the show and all the characters.
    Such joy they all bring!

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