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.
Cause of death Heart attack
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 in Philadelphia 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.[1]

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 appeared in A Walk in the Sun as 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.[2]

On television, he appeared both in dramas, often as military men, and comedies. He appeared on seven episodes of the CBS series "You Are There" hosted by Walter Cronkite. 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.[3]

From 1957-59, 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. He made four guest appearances on Perry Mason between 1958-1962.[2]

In 1959, he appeared as John McAuliffe on Border Patrol. He guest starred twice as Jeremy Thorne in NBC's western series Laramie. In the sixties he co-starred in two short-lived NBC half-hours, the drama, "Michael Shayne" with Richard Denning in 1960-61 and the Juliet Prowse comedy Mona McCluskey in 1965-66. In 1963, he appeared in two episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies. In 1973, he guest starred in one episode of Griff. From 1967 through 1969 he co-starred as Herb Hubbard for two seasons on NBC-TV's The Mothers-in-Law with Eve Arden and Kaye Ballard. In 1981, he made four appearances on Dallas as Howard Barker, an attorney who represented J.R. Ewing in his divorce and child custody fight with his former wife, Sue Ellen.[2]


Rudley died in 2006, aged 96, from a heart attack. He was survived by his wife Marilyn, two sons, two stepdaughters and two grandchildren.


  1. ^ Herbert Rudley at the Internet Broadway Database
  2. ^ a b c Herbert Rudley at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ "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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