Ruth McDevitt

Actress

Actress


Delightfully daffy and an apple dumpling of a darling, wizened character actress Ruth McDevitt was born Ruth Shoecraft in Michigan but raised in Ohio where her father served as a county sheriff. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Art with designs of becoming an actress but married a Florida widower soon after and put full focus on being...
Birth date
1895-09-13
Death date
1976-05-27

Known For


The Birds
The Birds
Mrs. MacGruder (1963)
The Parent Trap
The Parent Trap
Miss Inch (1961)
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker
Emily Cowles / Edith Cowels / Elderly Woman (1974-1975)
Dear Heart
Dear Heart
Miss Tait (1964)
 

Activities


RoleTitleYear
ActressThe Cheerleaders
(TV Movie) Grandmother Snow
1976
ActressOne of My Wives Is Missing
(TV Movie) Rebecca Foster
1976
ActressMedical Center
(TV Series) Alice - One Last Rebellion (1975) ... Alice
1975
ActressPhyllis
(TV Series) Miss McDermott - Phyllis Takes Piano Lessons (1975) ... Miss McDermott
1975
ActressEllery Queen
(TV Series) Zelda Van Dyke - The Adventure of the 12th Floor Express (1975) ... Zelda Van Dyke
1975
ActressThe Streets of San Francisco
(TV Series) Miss Mumford / Maude - School of Fear (1975) ... Miss Mumford - Winterkill (1973) ... Maude
1973-1975
ActressMan on the Outside
(TV Movie) Stella Daniels
1975
ActressMy Father's House
(TV Movie) Anna
1975
ActressKolchak: The Night Stalker
(TV Series) Emily Cowles / Edith Cowels / Elderly Woman - The Youth Killer (1975) ... Emily Cowles - Demon in Lace (1975) ... Emily Cowles - Chopper (1975) ... Emily Cowles - The Trevi Collection (1975) ... Emily Cowles - Mr. R.I.N.G. (1975) ... Emily Cowles Show all 12 episodes
1974-1975
ActressAll in the Family
(TV Series) Josephine 'Jo' Nelson - Mike Makes His Move (1975) ... Josephine 'Jo' Nelson - Archie Feels Left Out (1974) ... Josephine 'Jo' Nelson - Edith Finds an Old Man (1973) ... Josephine 'Jo' Nelson
1973-1975
ActressEmergency!
(TV Series) Mrs. Quincy / Mrs. Blaine - 905-Wild (1975) ... Mrs. Quincy (as Ruth Mc Devitt) - Gossip (1974) ... Mrs. Blaine
1974-1975
ActressThe Abduction of Saint Anne
(TV Movie) Sister Patrick
1975
ActressThe Rookies
(TV Series) Mrs. Lockett - Blue Christmas (1974) ... Mrs. Lockett (as Ruth Mc Devitt)
1974
ActressMarcus Welby, M.D.
(TV Series) Mrs. Davis / Mrs. Emily Pryor - Child of Silence (1974) ... Mrs. Davis - Rebel Doctor (1970) ... Mrs. Emily Pryor
1970-1974
ActressRun, Joe, Run
(TV Series) Antique Dealer - Little Old Lady Antique Dealer (1974) ... Antique Dealer
1974
ActressGunsmoke
(TV Series) Gramma Boggs - The Tarnished Badge (1974) ... Gramma Boggs
1974
ActressLittle House on the Prairie
(TV Series) Maddie Elder - If I Should Wake Before I Die (1974) ... Maddie Elder
1974
ActressMixed Company
Miss Bergquist
1974
ActressMcCloud
(TV Series) Landlady - The Gang That Stole Manhattan (1974) ... Landlady
1974
ActressHomebodies
Mrs. Loomis
1974
ActressWinter Kill
(TV Movie) Mildred Young
1974
ActressMame
Cousin Fan
1974
ActressKojak
(TV Series) Mrs. Farenkrug - Deliver Us Some Evil (1974) ... Mrs. Farenkrug
1974
ActressSkyway to Death
(TV Movie) Aunt Louise
1974
ActressIf I Had a Million
(TV Movie)
1973
ActressThe Girl Most Likely to...
(TV Movie) Housemother
1973
ActressThe New Dick Van Dyke Show
(TV Series) Mrs. Ferguson - Mrs. Ferguson (1973) ... Mrs. Ferguson
1973
ActressThe Wide World of Mystery
(TV Series) Doreen - A Prowler in the Heart (1973) ... Doreen
1973
ActressMannix
(TV Series) Penelope Penhaven / Miss Jean Johnson - A Matter of Principle (1973) ... Penelope Penhaven - Merry Go Round for Murder (1969) ... Miss Jean Johnson
1969-1973
ActressThe Couple Takes a Wife
(TV Movie) Mrs. Flanagan
1972
ActressRoom 222
(TV Series) Miss Brown / Vivian Higgins - Elizabeth Brown Is Failing (1972) ... Miss Brown - I Gave My Love (1972) ... Vivian Higgins
1972
ActressLove, American Style
(TV Series) Mrs. Benson (segment "Love and the Love Nest") / Margaret (segment "Love and the Heist") / Theresa (segment "Love and Grandma") - Love and the Amateur Night/Love and the Cheaters/Love and the Love Nest/Love and the Unbearable Fiance (1972) ... Mrs. Benson (segment "Love and the Love Nest") - Love and the Heist/Love and the Love Potion/Love and the Teddy Bear (1971) ... Margaret (segment "Love and the Heist") - Love and the Other Guy/Love and Grandma (1970) ... Theresa (segment "Love and Grandma")
1970-1972
ActressThe War Between Men and Women
Elderly Woman
1972
ActressMan in the Middle
(TV Movie)
1972
ActressIn Search of America
(TV Movie) Grandma Rose
1971
ActressNanny and the Professor
(TV Series) Mrs. Rumble - How Many Candles? (1971) ... Mrs. Rumble
1971
ActressThe New Andy Griffith Show
(TV Series) Mrs. Gossage - Big Noise, Small Claims (1971) ... Mrs. Gossage - Otis Burfoot Is 100 Years Old (1971) ... Mrs. Gossage - Get Me Glen Campbell (1971) ... Mrs. Gossage
1971
ActressBewitched
(TV Series) Millicent / Miss Parsons / Ticheba - Samantha's Old Man (1970) ... Millicent - Mrs. Stephens, Where Are You? (1969) ... Miss Parsons (as Ruth Mc Devitt) - Long Live the Queen (1967) ... Ticheba
1967-1970
ActressHere's Lucy
(TV Series) Mrs. Cornelius Whitmark III - Lucy the Diamond Cutter (1970) ... Mrs. Cornelius Whitmark III
1970
ActressThat Girl
(TV Series) Aunt Belle - There Sure Are a Bunch of Cards in St. Louis: Part II (1970) ... Aunt Belle
1970
ActressBright Promise
(TV Series) Clara Ryan - Episode #1.146 (1970) ... Clara Ryan
1970
ActressIronside
(TV Series) Landlady - Eden Is the Place We Leave (1970) ... Landlady
1970
ActressThe Courtship of Eddie's Father
(TV Series) Miss Bristol - The Road to You Know Where Is Paved with You Know What (1970) ... Miss Bristol
1970
ActressMy World and Welcome to It
(TV Series) Aunt Hester - Darn That Dream (1970) ... Aunt Hester
1970
ActressMayberry R.F.D.
(TV Series) Selma Plunkett - Palm Springs, Here We Come (1969) ... Selma Plunkett
1969
ActressChange of Habit
Lily
1969
ActressI Dream of Jeannie
(TV Series) Mrs. Horlick - The Blood of Jeannie (1969) ... Mrs. Horlick
1969
ActressThe Debbie Reynolds Show
(TV Series) Mrs. Patterson - In the Soup (1969) ... Mrs. Patterson
1969
ActressThe Love God?
Miss Keezy
1969
ActressThe Outsider
(TV Series) Alice Donner - Through a Stained Glass Window (1969) ... Alice Donner
1969
ActressAngel in My Pocket
Nadine
1969
ActressThe Ghost & Mrs. Muir
(TV Series) Mrs. Rodman - Love Is a Toothache (1968) ... Mrs. Rodman
1968
ActressThe Shakiest Gun in the West
Olive
1968
ActressThe Andy Griffith Show
(TV Series) Mrs. Pendleton - Emmett's Anniversary (1968) ... Mrs. Pendleton - Helen's Past (1968) ... Mrs. Pendleton
1968
ActressPistols 'n' Petticoats
(TV Series) Grandma Effie Hanks - Harold's Double (1967) ... Grandma Effie Hanks - Colonel Comes to Town (1967) ... Grandma Effie Hanks - The Taming of Sorry Water (1967) ... Grandma Effie Hanks - Peace Offering (1967) ... Grandma Effie Hanks - The Golden Fleece (1967) ... Grandma Effie Hanks Show all 27 episodes
1966-1967
ActressDear Heart
Miss Tait
1964
ActressThe Alfred Hitchcock Hour
(TV Series) Miss Emmy Wright / Mrs. Fister - The Gentleman Caller (1964) ... Miss Emmy Wright - The Cadaver (1963) ... Mrs. Fister
1963-1964
ActressRoute 66
(TV Series) Mrs. Harris - Who in His Right Mind Needs a Nice Girl (1964) ... Mrs. Harris
1964
ActressThe Doctors
(TV Series) Mrs. McMurtrie - Call Me Charity: Part 5 (1963) ... Mrs. McMurtrie - Call Me Charity: Part 4 (1963) ... Mrs. McMurtrie - Call Me Charity: Part 3 (1963) ... Mrs. McMurtrie - Call Me Charity: Part 2 (1963) ... Mrs. McMurtrie - Call Me Charity (1963) ... Mrs. McMurtrie
1963
ActressLove Is a Ball
Mathilda
1963
ActressThe Birds
Mrs. MacGruder
1963
ActressDr. Kildare
(TV Series) Nurse Adele Fromm - Gravida One (1962) ... Nurse Adele Fromm
1962
ActressThe Doctors and the Nurses
(TV Series) Miss Dillon - Night Shift (1962) ... Miss Dillon
1962
ActressBoys' Night Out
Beulah Partridge
1962
ActressNaked City
(TV Series) Abbie Dobbins - Bridge Party (1961) ... Abbie Dobbins
1961
ActressThe Parent Trap
Miss Inch (as Ruth Mc Devitt)
1961
ActressBen Blue's Brothers
(TV Movie) Mother
1960
ActressThe Comedy Spot
(TV Series) - Ben Blue's Brother (1960)
1960
ActressSunday Showcase
(TV Series) - Our American Heritage: Autocrat and Son (1960)
1960
ActressThe United States Steel Hour
(TV Series) Sister Augistine / Mrs. Simpkins / Suster Augustine - One Red Rose for Christmas (1959) ... Sister Augistine - The Wayward Widow (1959) ... Mrs. Simpkins - One Red Rose for Christmas (1958) ... Suster Augustine
1958-1959
ActressDecoy
(TV Series) Mrs. Graff - First Arrest (1958) ... Mrs. Graff
1958
ActressOmnibus
(TV Series) Evva - Mrs. McThing (1958) ... Evva
1958
ActressHarbormaster
(TV Series) Mrs. Markham - Silent Threat (1958) ... Mrs. Markham
1958
ActressMatinee Theatre
(TV Series) - The Golden Fleecing (1958) - I Want to March (1956)
1956-1958
ActressStudio One in Hollywood
(TV Series) Mrs. Clark / Mrs. Wilson / Mrs. Hester - The Weston Strain (1957) ... Mrs. Clark - A Child Is Waiting (1957) ... Mrs. Wilson - An Incident of Love (1956) ... Mrs. Hester
1956-1957
ActressRobert Montgomery Presents
(TV Series) Mrs. White - A Slice of Life (1957) ... Mrs. White - Ladies in Retirement (1951)
1951-1957
ActressKraft Theatre
(TV Series) - The Wonderful Gift (1956)
1956
ActressStar Tonight
(TV Series) - The Gentleman Caller (1956)
1956
ActressOnce Upon an Eastertime
(TV Movie) Grandma
1954
ActressMister Peepers
(TV Series) Mom Peepers / Mrs. Peepers - Episode #3.28 (1954) ... Mrs. Peepers - Episode #3.18 (1954) ... Mom Peepers - Missing Nancy (1953) ... Mom Peepers - The Summer College Course (1953) ... Mom Peepers - Cousin Luther (1953) ... Mom Peepers Show all 7 episodes
1953-1954
ActressThe Philco Television Playhouse
(TV Series) - Up Above the World So High (1953) - The Wayward Season (1951) - The Bump on Brannigan's Head (1950)
1950-1953
ActressYou Are There
(TV Series) Deliverance Hobbs - The Witch Trial at Salem, Massachusetts (August 1692) (1953) ... Deliverance Hobbs
1953
ActressShort Short Dramas
(TV Series) - Buried Treasure (1953)
1953
ActressLux Video Theatre
(TV Series) Mrs. Wheaton / Jane - Fear (1952) ... Mrs. Wheaton - Heritage of Wimpole Street (1951) ... Jane
1951-1952
ActressCosmopolitan Theatre
(TV Series) - Last Concerto (1951)
1951
ActressThe Guy Who Came Back
Grandma
1951
ActressThe Billy Rose Show
(TV Series) - The Night Billy Rose Should'a Stood in Bed (1950)
1950
ActressSuspense
(TV Series) Sister of Mercy / Jenny / Mrs. Waters / ... - Dark Shadows (1950) ... Sister of Mercy - Wisteria Cottage (1950) ... Jenny - The Distant Island (1950) - Summer Storm (1950) ... Mrs. Waters - Man in the House (1949) ... Mrs. Barret Show all 7 episodes
1949-1950
ActressThe Ford Theatre Hour
(TV Series) Kathryn March / Frances Arbuthnot / Aunt Martha Brewster - Little Women (1949) ... Kathryn March - She Loves Me Not (1949) ... Frances Arbuthnot - Arsenic and Old Lace (1949) ... Aunt Martha Brewster
1949
ActressA Woman to Remember
(TV Series) Bessie Thatcher
1949
RoleTitleYear
SelfThe Everly Brothers Show
(TV Series) Self - Episode #1.1 (1970) ... Self
1970
SelfThe Ed Sullivan Show
(TV Series) Self - Episode #11.37 (1958) ... Self
1958
SelfAll Star Revue
(TV Series) Self - Guest Actress - Episode #1.36 (1951) ... Self - Guest Actress
1951
RoleTitleYear
Archive footageAll About 'The Birds'
(Video documentary) Mrs. MacGruder in clips from the movie 'The Birds' (uncredited)
2000
Archive footageThe Magical World of Disney
(TV Series) Miss Inch - The Parent Trap (1976) ... Miss Inch
1976
Archive footageKolchak: Demon and the Mummy
(TV Movie) Emily Cowles (segment: "Demon in Lace")
1975
Archive footageKolchak: Crackle of Death
(TV Movie) Emily Cowles (segment: "The Energy Eater")
1974
Archive footageDonahue
(TV Series) Cousin Fan - Interview with Lucille Ball (1974) ... Cousin Fan (uncredited)
1974
Archive footageThe Far Out West
Grandma Hanks
1967