Dabbs Greer, 90, actor

Actor best known for role on 'Prairie'

Dabbs Greer, a veteran character actor who played the Rev. Robert Alden in the TV show “Little House on the Prairie,” died Saturday. He was 90.

Greer, a Missouri native, died after a battle with kidney and heart disease.

Greer played “everyman” roles, from bus drivers to preachers and shopkeepers, in nearly 100 movies and hundreds of TV show episodes. He played a prison guard in the 1999 movie “The Green Mile.”

He played storekeeper Mr. Jonus on “Gunsmoke” and also was the minister who married Mike and Carol Brady in 1969 on TV’s “The Brady Bunch.”

Most of his work was in supporting roles, but Greer told the Albany, N.Y., Times Union in 2000: “Every character actor, in their own little sphere, is the lead.”

Born Robert William Greer on April 2, 1917, in Fairview, Mo., Greer was 8 when he began acting in children’s theater productions. He moved to Pasadena in 1943.

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