Joe Sawyer

Joe Sawyer

As seen in the Rin Tin Tin television program: Lee Aaker (Rusty), Rin Tin Tin, James Brown, (Rip Masters) and Joe Sawyer (Biff O'Hara)
Born Joseph Sauers
(1906-08-29)August 29, 1906
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Died April 21, 1982(1982-04-21) (aged 75)
Ashland, Oregon, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1930–62
Spouse(s) Jeane Wood (?–?) (divorced)
June Sawyer (1937–1960) (her death)

Joe Sawyer (August 29, 1906 April 21, 1982) was a Canadian film actor born Joseph Sauers.[1] He appeared in more than 200 films between 1927 and 1962,[2] and was sometimes billed under his birth name. He was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Sawyer gained acting experience in the Pasadena Playhouse.[3] Popular roles that he portrayed included Sergeant Biff O'Hara in the Rin Tin Tin television program,[2] a film, and on radio. On Stories of the Century in 1954, he portrayed Butch Cassidy, a role which he repeated in the 1958 episode "The Outlaw Legion" of the syndicated western series Frontier Doctor starring Rex Allen, with Doris Singleton and Michael Ansara as fellow guest stars. Sawyer also appeared on ABC's, Maverick, Sugarfoot, Peter Gunn, and Surfside 6 as well as NBC's Bat Masterson.


Sawyer died April 21, 1982, in Ashland, Oregon from liver cancer. He was 75.[3] His interment was in Oregon.

Partial filmography


  1. "Few Names Are 'Box-Office'". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. September 19, 1935. p. 21. Retrieved November 16, 2016 via
  2. 1 2 Landesman, Fred (2004). The John Wayne Filmography. McFarland. p. 211. ISBN 9780786432523. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  3. 1 2 "JOE SAWYER, FILM AND TV ACTOR; Joe Sawyer, 75, Created Role Of Sgt. O'Hara in 'Rin Tin Tin'". The New York Times. United Press International. May 25, 1982. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
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