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Barnard Hughes (1915–2006)

Emmy and Tony Award-winner Barnard Hughes forged a career as one of American's most successful character actors, equally at home and successful on stage, the silver screen, and television. Most of his success came after middle-age. He made his Broadway debut in 1939 in Mary McCarthy's "Please, Mrs. Garibaldi", a flop that lasted only four ... See full bio »

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 2000 Deadline (TV Series)
Judge Panicio
- Daniel in the Lion's Den (2000) ... Judge Panicio
 1995 Past the Bleachers (TV Movie)
Ed Godfrey
 1995 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Sam O'Donnell
- In Search of Crimes Past (1995) ... Sam O'Donnell
 1995 The Marshal (TV Series)
Judge Tuttman
- Twoslip (1995) ... Judge Tuttman
 1994 Trick of the Eye (TV Movie)
Harry Pitt
 1991-1994 Blossom (TV Series)
Buzz Richman
- Graduation (1994) ... Buzz Richman
- Last Tango (1994) ... Buzz Richman
- Paris (1993) ... Buzz Richman (credit only)
- Sitcom (1993) ... Buzz Richman
 1993 Miracle Child (TV Movie)
 1992 Lincoln (TV Movie)
Horace Greeley (voice)
 1991 The Emperor's New Clothes (TV Short)
Treasurer (voice)
 1991 Doc Hollywood
Dr. Aurelius Hogue
 1990 The Incident (TV Movie)
Doc Hansen
 1989 Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North (TV Movie)
CIA Director William Casey
 1989 Home Fires Burning (TV Movie)
Jake Tibbetts
 1989 What's Under My Bed? (Short)
Grandpa (voice)
 1988 The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (TV Series)
- Here's Who Ordered the Pizza (1988) ... Shimkin
 1988 Da
 1987 A Hobo's Christmas (TV Movie)
Chance Grovner
 1987 Night of Courage (TV Movie)
Abner Abelsen
 1986 Where Are the Children?
Jonathan Knowles
 1984-1986 American Playhouse (TV Series)
The King / Ludlow Whitney
- Under the Biltmore Clock (1984) ... Ludlow Whitney
 1985 The Booth (TV Movie) (segment "The 75th")
 1984 The Sky's No Limit (TV Movie)
Arthur Bennett
 1984 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Joseph Stobble
 1984 Hotel (TV Series)
Joe Freilich
- Passages (1984) ... Joe Freilich
 1983 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series)
Gideon Hackles
- Trick or Treat (Pilot) (1983) ... Gideon Hackles
 1983 A Caribbean Mystery (TV Movie)
Mr. Rafiel
 1982 A Conflict of Interest (TV Movie)
Justice Jacob Balding
 1982 Little Gloria... Happy at Last (TV Movie)
Justice John Francis Carew
 1981 First Monday in October
Chief Justice James Jefferson Crawford
 1980 Homeward Bound (TV Movie)
Harry Seaton
 1979 Sanctuary of Fear (TV Movie)
Father Brown
 1978 See How She Runs (TV Movie)
John Matusak, Betty's Father
 1978 The World Beyond (TV Movie)
Andy Borchard - Special Guest Star
 1977 Tell Me My Name (TV Movie)
Uncle Tyler
 1977 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Judge Felix Rushman
- Judge (1977) ... Judge Felix Rushman
 1977 Oh, God!
Judge Baker
 1977 Kill Me If You Can (TV Movie)
Judge Fricke
 1977 Ransom for Alice! (TV Movie)
Jess Halliday
 1977 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Clinton Palmer
- A Capitol Crime (1977) ... Clinton Palmer
 1975 Guilty or Innocent: The Sam Sheppard Murder Case (TV Movie)
Attorney Philip J. Madden
 1975 The UFO Incident (TV Movie)
Dr. Benjamin Simon
 1975 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
- The Two Deaths of Sean Doolittle (1975) ... Warren
 1974 Another April (TV Movie)
Marion Weston
 1973 The Borrowers (TV Movie)
Mr. Crampfurl
 1973 The Thanksgiving Treasure (TV Movie)
Walter Renquist
 1973 Love Story (TV Series)
Andrew Corby
- All My Tomorrows (1973) ... Andrew Corby
 1973 Pueblo (TV Movie)
Secretary of the Navy
 1973 Sisters
Arthur McLennen
 1973 Much Ado About Nothing (TV Movie)
 1973 Deadhead Miles
Old Man (uncredited)
 1972 Rage
Dr. Spencer (Public Health Service)
 1972 Look Homeward, Angel (TV Movie)
Dr. McGuire
 1972 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
- Harriet (1972) ... Speaker
 1971 The Hospital
 1971 All the Way Home (TV Movie)
Joel Lynch
 1971 Cannon (TV Series)
Jack Spicer
- Dead Pigeon (1971) ... Jack Spicer
 1971 The Pursuit of Happiness
Judge Vogel
 1971 Cold Turkey
Dr. Proctor
 1971 Great Performances (TV Series)
- A Memory of Two Mondays (1971) ... Jim
 1971 Dr. Cook's Garden (TV Movie)
Elias Hart
 1970 Where's Poppa?
Colonel Hendricks
 1969 Midnight Cowboy
 1967 The Borgia Stick (TV Movie)
Doctor Helm
 1967 New York Television Theatre (TV Series) (segments "The Proposal" / "Swan Song")
- The Proposal/Swan Song (1967) ... (segments "The Proposal" / "Swan Song")
 1966 Hawk (TV Series)
Du Par
- Death Comes Full Circle (1966) ... Du Par
 1966 Dark Shadows (TV Series)
Stuart Bronson
- Episode #1.27 (1966) ... Stuart Bronson
 1965-1966 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
Judge / Chief Judge
- A Horse Called Destiny (1966) ... Judge
- No Justice for the Judge (1965) ... Chief Judge
 1965 For the People (TV Series)
- The Right to Kill (1965) ... Gorman
 1964/I Hamlet
Marcellus / Priest
 1963 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Harold Myle
- Show Just Cause Why You Should Weep (1963) ... Harold Myle
 1951-1963 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. Miller / Mr.Dubois / Hornaday
- The Embezzler (1963) ... Mr. Miller
- The Secret Crime (1962)
- Case for Room 310 (1958) ... (as Bernard Hughes)
- Four Homes for Danny (1957) ... Mr.Dubois
- Key Witness (1951) ... Hornaday
 1962-1963 Naked City (TV Series)
1st Reporter / Judge
- Prime of Life (1963) ... 1st Reporter
 1962 Car 54, Where Are You? (TV Series)
Inspector Henderson
- Toody Undercover (1962) ... Inspector Henderson
 1960-1962 Route 66 (TV Series)
Al Forrester / Doctor
- Two on the House (1962) ... Al Forrester
- The Man on the Monkey Board (1960) ... Doctor (as Bernard Hughes)
 1961 The Defenders (TV Series)
Mr. Swann
- The Boy Between (1961) ... Mr. Swann
 1961 The Young Doctors
Dr. Kent O'Donnell
 1961 The Million Dollar Incident (TV Movie)
 1961 'Way Out (TV Series)
Dr. Foster
- William and Mary (1961) ... Dr. Foster
 1959 Look Up and Live (TV Series)
- A Study in Death (1959)
 1958 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Dog Show Judge
- Bilko's Prize Poodle (1958) ... Dog Show Judge
 1957 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
 1957 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- The New World (1957)
 1957 The Big Story (TV Series)
City Manager
- The Long Dark Night (1957) ... City Manager
 1956 As the World Turns (TV Series)
Mr. Barton (1969-1970)
 1954 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Papa Was a Sport (1954)
 1954 Playgirl
Durkin (uncredited)
 1954 The Secret Storm (TV Series)
Wilfred Hollister #1 (1968-1969)
 1952 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Dr. Bruce Banning #2 (1961-1966)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage Play: A Majority of One. Comedy. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 2 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Bernard Hughes

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Personal Quote:

I didn't make a lot of money, but I worked all the time. I worked for writers who didn't make money. I worked for directors who didn't make money. There wasn't a basement in New York I didn't work in. - of his early years in the theater See more »


A member of the Tenthouse Theater, a Palm Springs, CA, repertory company which opened in 1950 and played for several years. See more »

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