Harold (Hal) Peary ( born José Pereira de Faria in California)
(July 25, 1908 – March 30, 1985)
The Great Gildersleeve is a radio situation comedy broadcast from August
31, 1941, to March 21, 1957. Initially written by Leonard Lewis Levinson, it
was one of broadcast history’s earliest spin-off programs. The series was
built around the character Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, a regular on the
radio situation comedy Fibber McGee and Molly. The original Gildersleeve
was played by Hal Peary (above).