Gale Gordon played the role of Rumson Bullard, Gildersleeve’s rich, arrogant neighbor. Gale Gordon was born Charles T. Aldrich, Jr., the son of actors Charles T. Aldrich and Gloria Gordon. He began his career in the theatre, and broke into radio playing Mayor LaTrivia on Fibber McGee and Molly. He played Principal Osgood Conklin on Our Miss Brooks on radio and later television, working with fellow Gildersleeve cast member Richard Crenna. Perhaps his best-known roles, however, were as neighbor Mr. Wilson on Dennis the Menace, and Mr. Mooney on Lucile Ball’s The Lucy Show.
Gale Gordon was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1999.