Mr. Arbuckle is Jon Arbuckle and Doc Boy Arbuckle's father who tends the family farm. Based on Jim Davis's own father, Mr Arbuckle is portrayed as the quiet, no-nonsense father type. As proven in one strip, he has very rarely been off the farm. Also, every Christmas he reads the Christmas story "Binky, the Clown Who Saved Christmas" to everyone, despite his lack of interest.

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Television Specials

Garfield and Friends

Season 2

The Garfield Show

Season 2

Season 4


  • He is based on Jim Davis' father, James William Davis.
  • He has appeared 65 times in the comics, the 25th most.
  • Along with his wife, he is the original owner of Nermal, as stated in the September 3, 1979 comic strip.


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