Arthur Hill (actor)

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Arthur Hill
Arthur Hill 1971.JPG
Hill in 1971 as Owen Marshall.
Born Arthur Edward Spence Hill
(1922-08-01)August 1, 1922
Melfort, Saskatchewan
Canada
Died October 22, 2006(2006-10-22) (aged 84)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1949–1990
Spouse(s) Peggy Hassard (1942-1998) (her death) 1 child
Anne-Sophie Taraba (?-2006) (his death)

Arthur Edward Spence Hill (August 1, 1922 – October 22, 2006) was a Canadian actor best known for appearances in British and American theater, movies and television. He attended the University of British Columbia and continued his acting studies in Seattle, Washington.

Born in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Hill served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II and attended the University of British Columbia, where he studied law but was lured to the stage.

Hill made his Broadway debut as Cornelius Hackl in the 1957 revival of Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker. In 1963 he won the Tony Award for Best Dramatic Actor for his portrayal of George in the original Broadway production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (opposite Uta Hagen). His other Broadway credits include Ben Gant in the original production of Ketti Frings's Look Homeward, Angel (1957), The Gang's All Here (1959), All the Way Home (1960), Something More! (1964), and More Stately Mansions (1967).

His most recognizable film portrayal was that of Dr. Jeremy Stone in the film adaptation of Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain (1971). (In A Bridge Too Far, he also played a doctor.) Hill's other film work included roles in The Ugly American (1963) with Marlon Brando, Harper (1966), The Chairman (1969), Sam Peckinpah's The Killer Elite (1975), Michael Crichton's Futureworld (1976), A Little Romance (1979), and he narrated the film version of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983).

Arguably, Hill's most famous acting role was that of lawyer Owen Marshall, the lead role in the 1971-1974 TV series Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law. He appeared on many other series, including CBS's The Reporter, a 1964 drama starring Harry Guardino. He also played the role of "Grandpa" Lansford Ingalls in the American Western drama television series Little House on the Prairie (1976).

In 1966 he appeared as a special guest star in the Mission Impossible TV show episode "The Carriers" (S1:E10), and was also a guest star in the pilot episode of Murder, She Wrote in 1984, returning to that same role in an episode in 1990. The same year he played the Governor of California in a Columbo episode, Agenda for Murder. This was his last onscreen role.

He died in a Pacific Palisades, California nursing home, aged 84, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. His ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin, Douglas (27 October 2006). "Arthur Hill, Actor Who Won Tony for 'Virginia Woolf,' Dies at 84". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 

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