Jonathan Hole

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For the Canadian actor similarly named, see Jonathan Hale.
Jonathan Hole
Born (1904-08-13)August 13, 1904
Eldora, Hardin County
Iowa, USA
Died February 11, 1998(1998-02-11) (aged 93)
Los Angeles, California
Resting place
Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles
34°03′30″N 118°26′26″W / 34.0583427°N 118.4406350°W / 34.0583427; -118.4406350 (Jonathan Hole grave)
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Betty Hanna

Jonathan Hole (August 13, 1904 – February 11, 1998) was an American actor whose entertainment career covered five different genres. From his early days on the vaudeville stage and in legitimate theater, through the mediums of radio, television and feature-length films that took his career up to the 1990s, Hole created a variety of characters in hundreds of roles.


His career began in vaudeville in the 1920s. Hole was also a radio performer active in his native Iowa as well as New York City, Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles, California.[1] While working as an announcer on WBBN in Chicago, his last name was temporarily changed to Cole by the station.[2] In 1942 in Chicago, Hole was a co-chair of the Red Cross entertainment committee on war relief.[3]

Hole further honed his acting skills during the years 1924–1934 in stage productions in New York .[4] In 1930, one of the productions he appeared in was the comedy Cinderelative that had been written by Dorothy Heyward. She also wrote the 1927 Porgy, adapted as the musical Porgy and Bess and was a co-writer of South Pacific.[5]

In 1951, he began acting in movies with a part in the Marie Windsor, Steve Brodie vehicle Two-Dollar Bettor.[6] And although his appearances were usually uncredited, he appeared in thirty-six feature-length films. Among those were A Man Called Peter in 1955, Beloved Infidel in 1959, 4 for Texas in 1963 and The Graduate in 1967.

Hole carved out a long career in television, beginning in 1951 with an appearance on Hollywood Theatre Time, in the episode Mr. Young's Sprouts, which starred Gale Storm and Don DeFore.[7] He often made repeat appearances on television shows, appearing in multiple episodes playing different roles. He appeared seven times each in Dragnet, Burke's Law, and Green Acres . He appeared in five Maverick episodes, and five times on CBS's Perry Mason . Hole appeared twice on ABC's The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, with Hugh O'Brian. He appeared in episodes 5 and 48 of Batman. Twice he played the part of Elmer Clark on Walter Brennan's The Real McCoys.[8] Hole also guest starred on The Andy Griffith Show as Orville Monroe, the undertaker. He made 200 appearances in 121 television shows and made-for-television movies. His final television appearance was in Silhouette, a 1990 murder mystery starring Faye Dunaway.

During his early years in Hollywood his day job was at the California Employment Development Department.[9]

Personal life and death[edit]

Hole was born in Eldora, Iowa.[4] He was married to actress Betty Hanna, who preceded him in death.[10] Hole died in North Hollywood in 1998 at age 93, and is buried with his wife at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles.[11]

Stage work[edit]

Partial listing, New York stage productions only[12]

Opening date Closing date Title Role Setting Genre Playwright Theatre
Aug 13, 1924 Aug 1924 Dr. David's Dad[13] Eric The Bronx Comedy Armin Friedmann, Louis Nerz
Book adapted by Carrington North and Joseph J. Garren
Vanderbilt Theatre
Jan 26, 1928 Feb 1928 57 Bowery[14] Terry New York City Comedy Edward Locke Wallack's Theatre
Sept 18, 1930 Seot 1930 Cinderelative[15] Horace J. Hill Paris, New York Comedy Dorothy Heyward, Dorothy De Jagers Comedy (Artef) Theatre
Nov 09, 1931 Nov 1931 Peter Flies High[16] Peter Turner Rosedale, New Jersey Comedy Myron Coureval Fagan Gaiety Theatre
August 1, 1932 August 8, 1932 Chamberlain Brown's Scrap Book'[17] Station Announcer, Francis Cameron a vaudeville theatre Vaudeville music revue Ambassador Theatre
Dec 26, 1932 Jan 1933 The Little Black Book[18] H. D. Porter Washington, D.C. Comedy, drama Harold Sherman Selwyn Theatre
Dec 25, 1933 Jan 1934 The Locked Room[19] John Burgess, Jr. New York City Melodrama Herbert Ashton Jr. Ambassador Theatre
Oct 15, 1934 Dec1934 Lost Horizons[20] David Prescott Canada, United States Fantasy Harry Segall, script revision by John Hayden St. James Theatre




  1. ^ Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (180). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Jonathan Hole". Speaking of Radio. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ Honingberg, Sam (March 28, 1942). "The Radio Talent-Chicago". Billboard: 9. 
  4. ^ a b "Jonathan Hole Theatre Credits". Broadway World. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dorothy Hayward". IBDB. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Two-Dollar Bettor". IMDB. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Mr. Young's Sprouts". IMDB. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ Chance, Norman (2011). Who Was Who on TV, Volume 3. Xlibris Corporation. pp. 96, 97. ISBN 978-1-4568-2454-9. 
  9. ^ "Bio for Jonathan Hole". IMDB. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Betty Hanna". IMDB. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ Jonathan Hole at Find a Grave
  12. ^ "Jonathan Hole". IBDB. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Dr. David's Dad". IBDB. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  14. ^ "57 Bowery". IBDB. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Cinderelative". IBDB. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Peter Flies High". IBDB. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Chamberlain Brown's Scrapbook". IBDB. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  18. ^ "The Little Black Book". IBDB. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  19. ^ "The Locked Room". IBDB. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Lost Horizons". IMDB. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 

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