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He was quite a talented man.

Whatever Happened To Hugh Brannum, The Talent Behind Mr. Green Jeans?
by Dana Daly

Behind every iconic character, there is someone who brings them to life. Throughout the ’50s and beyond, kids tuned in to watch Captain Kangaroo. And who should they see on that show? Mr. Green Jeans, portrayed by Hugh Brannum. During his time on Captain Kangaroo, Brannum provided a source of help and friendliness as a kind handyman. For a while, that’s how so many people knew him: from that show. But where was the beloved Mr. Green Jeans before and after Captain Kangaroo?

Brannum did not always work at our favorite childhood hangout spot, the Treasure House. His life before and after was equally as interesting and thrilling – in entirely different ways. And when you didn’t see Hugh Brannum as Mr. Green Jeans, that didn’t mean he was gone. He stuck around doing his thing and exercising his talents for some time.

Illinois was Hugh Brannum’s home during his youth. He was born on January 5, 1910, and attended high school in Chicago. There, he not only played the sousaphone for marching band, but he also learned to play the bass violin. His interest in music – which makes his performance as Mr. Green Jeans so understandable – continued into college. Brannum’s interests zeroed in on jazz while he attended the University of Redlands and after graduation in 1931, he played in some bands.

Some people find ways of sticking to what they know with whatever they took on. Hugh Brannum offers one strong example throughout his whole lifetime. When the United States entered World War II following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Brannum joined the U.S. Marine Corps. There, he soon crossed paths with another rising star, Bob Crosby. Even while serving, he found a way to incorporate his musical background, and Brannum and Crosby became part of a Marine band together.

Ultimately, a lot of Brannum’s career centered around Captain Kangaroo. And yes, he did most famously play Mr. Green Jeans. In that role, Brannum actually expressed a bit of himself in multiple ways. Captain Kangaroo himself Bob Keeshan called Mr. Green Jeans an extension of Brannum’s personality.

But that was not his only part on the show. Indeed, he’s been a professor, a painter, a clown, and a singer on the show. All the while, some skits derive from other parts of his life outside of Captain Kangaroo. He told stories that can be traced to Mr. Green Jeans on 78-rpm records using the alias Uncle Lumpy. He also recounted relevant tales with the Fred Waring Orchestra and over the radio. Families everywhere loved his dedication and kindness, which persisted right to the end on April 19, 1987.
 

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One more thing, Brannum died of cancer in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1987.
 

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The cartoons back then were the best on tv. You don`t see any from that area anymore. They were the best , don`t care for the one showing on air nowadays .
 

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Captain Kangaroo was too tame for me.....I watched Bugs Bunny while eating my breakfast.:smile_big:

The whole show was a sham, turns out, he wasn’t even a real captain. :jestera:

Btw, whatever happened to Dancing Bear and Mr. Moose?
 

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Wonder how well received that show would be by today's kids. Times sure have changed.🙁
 

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I also grew up watching Captain Kangaroo,Mr.Green Jeans,and the rest of the gang,every morning. I never got into watching the other guy,even though I am from Pittsburgh.
Bob
 

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Remember watching reruns of Howdy Doody , there was another show out of Philly with a guy by the name of Weber, I believe that is right and watching a show that showed horror shows with a guy named Dr. Shock and Shock Theater . Also remember a radio show called Dr. Demento, he played song parodies . Boy am I aging myself.:grin2:
 

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Uncle Ted's Ghoul School and Chiller Theater at night...I was a bit older then. And can't forget Abbott and Costello movies on Saturday afternoons.
 
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