Know the Face, Not the Name: Burt Mustin


Burt Mustin was born February 8, 1884 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pennsylvania Military College in 1903 with a degree in civil engineering. He was an auto salesman at one point in his life.

It would be 28 years after graduating  before Mustin made his entry into show business working for KDKA radio station in Pittsburgh.

1951 would be the year he first appeared in a film which was named The Last Outpost at the age of 67.

Mustin would make his television debut the same year in an episode of the Adventures of Kit Carson.

According to he only was in only one episode of Lone Ranger in 1955  before the death of old time radio in 1962.

One of his best known roles was as Gus the Fireman in Leave it to Beaver from 1957-1962. He was 78 when he made his last appearance on the show.

He also was seen in 14 episodes of the Andy Griffith show portraying several different characters including Jud, Old Geezer, Mr. Crowley, Sam Benson, Judd with 2 d’s, Jubal, Jud Fletcher and a townsman. He was in the first six years of the series from 1960-1966 and was 82 when he left the show.

For the next 10 years he appeared in a variety of television programs ranging from the Monkees to All in the Family to Laugh-In to Dragnet to Gunsmoke and ended his acting career in 1976 in three episodes of Phyliss with his last episode being the December 6, 1976 episode. He died about two months later on January 28, 1977 in Glendale, California at the age of 92 just short of his 93rd birthday which would have been on February 8.

Burt Mustin appearing on the Tonight show with Johnny Carson on March 5, 1976 less than a year before his death.

His acting career was relatively short spanning from 1951-1976 but he probably appeared in more different television shows than most actors did in a much longer span.

My favorite memory of Burt Mustin was when he portrayed Gus the Fireman on Leave it to Beaver.

Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

2 thoughts on “Know the Face, Not the Name: Burt Mustin”

  1. I love the fact that you have all this info on Mr. Mustin. My fave L.I.T.B. episode was the one where he made plans 2 go fishing w/the Beaver while Wally & the Beaver had their pact to not fight.
    Keep up the good work.

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