Herbert Rudley

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Herbert Rudley
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Rudley in The Mothers-in-Law.
Born (1910-03-22)March 22, 1910
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died September 9, 2006(2006-09-09) (aged 96)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1940-1982
Spouse(s) Ann Loring (1940-?) (divorced) 2 children
Marilyn M. Perl (1958-2006, his death)

Herbert Rudley, (March 22, 1910 - September 9, 2006), was a prolific character actor who appeared on stage, in films and on television.

Rudley was born in 1910 (some sources say 1911) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended Temple University. He left Temple after winning a scholarship to Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre.

He began appearing on stage in 1926. His Broadway debut was in Did I Say No in 1931. He also appeared in stage productions of The Threepenny Opera, Abe Lincoln in Illinois and Macbeth.

In 1940, he appeared in the film version of Abe Lincoln in Illinois. For the next four decades, he appeared in dozens of supporting film roles, including The Seventh Cross and Rhapsody in Blue, the film biography of George Gershwin, in which he portrayed Ira Gershwin. He also appeared in A Walk in the Sun, in which he played a World War II sergeant who experiences a psychological breakdown in combat; Joan of Arc; and The Young Lions, in which he played an unsympathetic Army officer.

On television, he appeared both in dramas, often as a military man, and comedies. He also appeared on My Friend Flicka. In 1957, he guest starred as a Prussian cavalry officer in an episode of the syndicated western series, Boots and Saddles.[1] From 1957-1959, he co-starred in the role of Sam Brennan in [thirty-seven episodes of NBC's western drama, The Californians, set in the San Francisco gold rush of the 1850s. His co-stars included Sean McClory, Richard Coogan, Art Fleming, and Adam Kennedy. He made four guest appearances on Perry Mason between 1958-1962. In his first appearance he played title character and murderer George Durell in "The Case of the Prodigal Parent." In 1960, he played defendant Edward Nelson in "The Case of the Gallant Grafter." In 1962 he played murder victim Ben Faraday in "The Case of the Captain's Coins."

In 1959, he appeared as John McAuliffe on the syndicated television series Border Patrol, with Richard Webb. Rudley guest starred twice as Jeremy Thorne in NBC's western series Laramie. In the 1960s, he was a regular in a short-lived television vehicle for Juliet Prowse called Mona McCluskey. In 1963, he appeared in two episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies as the psychiatrist Dr. Twombly, and once on My Favorite Martian. In 1973, he guest starred in one episode of Lorne Greene's ABC crime drama Griff.

Rudley is best remembered for his role as Eve Arden's husband, attorney Herb Hubbard, in NBC's sitcom, The Mothers-in-Law. In 1981, he made four appearances on the soap opera Dallas as Howard Barker, an attorney who represented J.R. Ewing in his divorce and child custody fight with his former wife, Sue Ellen.


  1. ^ "Boots and Saddles". Classic TV Archives. Retrieved September 12, 2009. 


  • Scary Monsters Magazine (January 2008) no. 65 "The Black Sleep: An Interview With Herbert Rudley" Interview by Lawrence Fultz Jr.
  • Monster Bash Magazine (2006) no. 5 "On The Set of The Black Sleep" Interview by Lawrence Fultz, Jr.

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