This was a great show that I still admit to watching the reruns when I see them…it starred Brian Keith as Bill Davis aka “Uncle Bill” a well-compensated engineer who lived in a swanky New York apartment whose life changed drastically after his brother and sister-in-law died in an accident and he is left to care for their children, which he comes to love. He has a wonderful, gentlemen butler named Mr. French, played by Sebastian Cabot, who is very neat and tidy but not so much after the 6 year old twins come on the scene! Poor Mr. French has to keep his patience and try and guide them when uncle Bill is away on business, but he grows very fond of the children! Buffy (played by Mary Anissa Jones) and Jody (played by Johnny Whitaker) are the 6 year old twins and Cissy (played by Kathy Garver) is their 15 year old sister. But let’s not forget another, maybe not human, but very important character on the show, Mrs Beasley, Buffy’s beloved doll! This dolly became very famous with many, many children and Mattel had the brillant ideal to produce a line of replica Mrs. Beasley dolls!
Brian Keith was born Robert Alba Keith in Newark’s suburb of Bayonne, New Jersey in 1921. He has appeared in such films as The Parent Trap (1961), The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966), and The Wind and the Lion (1975). Some of his TV credits include Crusader, The Westerner, Family Affair, The Brian Keith Show and Hardcastle and McCormick.
Sebastian Cabot was born Charles Sebastian Thomas Cabot in 1918 in London, England. Films he has starred on include Kismet (1955), Johnny Tremain (1957), Terror in a Texas Town (1958), The Time Machine (1960), The Sword in the Stone (1963), The Family Jewels (1965), The Jungle Book (1967), Narrator of several Disney animated films, including those featuring Winnie the Pooh (1966–77), Foreign Exchange (1970, TV film) and Miracle on 34th Street (1973, TV film).
Johnny Whitaker was born John Orson Whitaker, Jr. in Van Nuys, California in 1959. Johnny began acting at the early age of 3 years old in a local car commercial. If any of you are a fan of the soap opera General Hospital maybe you didn’t know this but Johnny originated the character of the young Scotty Baldwin in 1965 (played later on by Kin Shriner). The next year in 1966 he was in the film The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming which also starred Brian Keith. That same year Johnny was reunited with Brian Keith in the TV show Family Affair. Johnny went on to appear in episodes of “Bewitched,” “Marcus Welby MD,” “Gunsmoke,” “Bonanza,” and “Green Acres.” Johnny went on to star in the 1973 Sid and Marty Krofft Saturday morning children’s series Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (another cartoon favorite of mine that I will be blogging about sometime!) (The theme song is playing in my head…Sigmund the Sea Monster and Johnny and Scott are friends…). Johnny also appeared in feature films such as Disney’s Snowball Express, The Biscuit Eater, Napoleon and Samantha and The Magic Pony. His most prominent feature film role during this period was the lead in the 1973 musical version of Tom Sawyer.
Kathy Garver born Kathleen Marie “Kathy” in Long Beach, California in 1945. A couple of the TV shows she appeared on include The Bing Crosby Show in the 1964-1965 season and Family Affair. Her voice roles include Firestar on the Saturday morning cartoon Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Miss America in the 1990s Spider-Man cartoon series, Alice Mitchell in the Dennis the Menace cartoon special Mayday for Mother and Pepper in Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos. Her other voice roles included the television series Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, The Tom & Jerry Kids Show, Droopy, Master Detective, The New Yogi Bear Show, The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show and The All-New SuperFriends Hour, the cartoon special Marvin: Baby of the Year and the anime film JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
Mary Anissa Jones was born in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1958. Her first job, at 6 years old, was a breakfast cereal commercial. At eight years old Anissa was starring as Buffy on Family Affair, that lasted for 6 years. She had a small role in the Elvis Presley comedy film The Trouble with Girls. After Family Affair she auditioned unsuccessfully for the part of Regan MacNeil in the film The Exorcist.
Some guest stars that were on the show included quite a few great actors and actresses:
Lynn Borden (twice)
Joyce Van Patten
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