The past ten years have found Elmore working
heavily in TV commercials for many, many different
companies. He also landed a semi-regular role on
Little House on the Prairie as the town hermit;
originally the character’s name was Ernie, but during
the final season, when the show became Little
House: A New Beginning, the role was expanded and
given the new name of Floyd.
At the 1987 NLAS Convention, Elmore Vincent was
given the Lum and Abner Memorial Award for his
performance as Phinus Peabody, even though he
was unable to be present to accept it in person.
He did make it to the 1988 gathering, where he
gave a condensed version of his banquet act, and
joined Jerry Hausner for a specially-written new
script, “Phinus Peabody Meets Spud Gandel,”
uniting both actors’ L&A roles for the first time.
At age 80, Elmore (Phinus/Fishface/Zinkafoose)
Vincent shows no signs of slowing down, and we
all hope that we continue to see his marvelous
characterizations in TV and movies for many more
- Tim Hollis
|ADDENDUM: Elmore Vincent died on
March 27, 2000, at the age of 91.