Folk Musician and Actor
"I was fortunate to be born into a family of Masons. Indeed, my older sister, Audrey was Grand Matron of the Order of Eastern Star in Illinois. My DeMolay experience came very naturally because of my father and brothers. Thus was my youth enhanced."
The National Cowboy Hall of Fame's "Trustee's Gold Award"
The State of Illinois' "Lincoln Laureate"
The J.F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' "Arts and Entertainment Award"
Television's coveted "Emmy Award"
Masonry's 33rd Degree
The Boy Scouts' of America "Silver Buffalo Award"
The United States' "National Award of Merit" presented by President Gerald R. Ford
The Academy of Motion Pictures' "Oscar" for Best Supporting Actor
George N. Todd Chapter, Charleston, Illinois
Initiated: December 5, 1927
Legion of Honor: July 20, 1986