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Born on this date: Hank Patterson

Fred and Doris ZIffel

Fred Ziffel (Hank Patterson) and Doris Ziffel (Barbara Pepper)

Hank Patterson, who played Fred Ziffel on Petticoat Junction and Green Acres, was born October 9, 1888. If he were alive today, he would be 126! It seems impossible that he could have born that long ago, but apparently he was in his late 70s when Green Acres started. IMDb shows acting credits for Patterson dating back to 1939.

Fred Ziffel, of course, was the “father” of the pig Arnold Ziffel, who was treated like a human. In the clip below from Green Acres, Fred and his wife, Doris, are upset that Arnold has started to bark after forming an attachment to Mr. Haney’s dog, Cynthia.

Clip from Green Acres, “Love Comes to Arnold Ziffel” (1967)

Happy National Pig Day, Arnold Ziffel!

March 1 is National Pig Day.

Asked to name their favorite pig, some people might choose Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web or Babe. But for me, it’s Arnold Ziffel hands down.

Green Acres’ Arnold Ziffel at baggage claim with Oliver Douglas and Eb. The newspaper headline reads “Arnold Inherits Twenty Million Dollars.” The photo is signed by Eddie Albert, who played Oliver.

Arnold was the pig in Green Acres who was treated like a person by everyone except for the perpetually exasperated Oliver Douglas. The “son” of Fred and Doris Ziffel, Arnold attended school, played the piano, painted, was even drafted into the U.S. Army. This was no more zany than anything else that went on in the fictional town of Hooterville.


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