Dabbs Greer, born on April 2, 1917 in Fairview, Mo., began acting at the tender age of 8. After graduating and earning a bachelor of arts degree from Drury College in Springfield, Mo., Greer moved to Pasadena, Calif. to participate as an actor and instructor at the Pasadena Playhouse. In 1949, Greer made his film debut in very small role in Reign of Terror. Over the next 50 years, Greer appeared in several TV projects, including Adventures of Superman, The Fugitive, The Brady Brunch, The Twilight Zone, Bonanza and Gunsmoke (with future co-star Michael Landon). His ability to play a variety of different characters worked to his benefit when he was cast as Reverend Alden in Little House on the Prairie. For nine years, Greer played Walnut Grove's spiritual figure.
With the end of Little House, Greer continued to pursue his craft and was seen in Picket Fences, Runaway Daughters and Maybe It's Me. On the big screen,Greer was featured in Little Giants, Con Air and The Green Mile. On April 28, 2007 Greer passed away at the age of 90.
Reverend Alden is always there to give the people of Walnut Grove their weekly dose of spiritual healing. Every Sunday, the Reverend is ready to sing the praises of the bible and help the residents live a righteous life. And when the trials and tribulations of life are too tough to handle, Reverend Alden has a spiritual message waiting to help the people through.