Pepe Hern

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Pepe Hern
Pepe Hern in an episode of The Man Behind the Badge ("The Case of the Priceless Passport", 1955)
Born(1927-06-06)June 6, 1927
DiedFebruary 28, 2009(2009-02-28) (aged 81)
Years active1948-1985

José "Pepe" Hernández Bethencourt (June 6, 1927 - February 28, 2009), better known as Pepe Hern, was an American supporting actor, who usually played Spanish and Latino (primarily Mexican) roles throughout his career.[1] Pepe Hern participated in nearly 50 films (most of which were premiered in television). He played his most important roles in Borderline and Make Haste to Live. He was brother of actor Tom Hernández.[2]


Pepe Hern was born on June 6, 1927[3] in New Jersey,[4] to Spanish immigrants Domingo Hernández and Dominga Bethencourt.[2] His parents were natives from Puerto de la Cruz on the island of Tenerife (Canary Islands).[5] He had two older brothers, both of which were born in the Canary Islands.[1] Pepe Hern debuted in his first film at the age of 21 in the "Bodyguard" film (1948). After this, his career spanned nearly 40 years. William A. Seiter gave to Hern his two most important roles of the 1950s in the films Borderline (1950) and Make Haste to Live (1954).

Pepe Hern in The Magnificent Seven

Later, in 1968, Hern had a role in Madigan. In the following decades, Hern portrayed a peasant in The Magnificent Seven (1960) and a priest in Joe Kidd (1972). This role was one of his last appearances in films.[2]

It was on television where Hern maintained greater continuity and visibility, participating in several TV series episodes such as The Rifleman (1961-1962), The Fugitive (1963), I Spy (1966), The High Chaparral (1967), Bonanza (1964-1970), The Streets of San Francisco (1972), Lou Grant (1977), The Bionic Woman (1977), and Charlie's Angels (1979). In 1984, Hern appeared in an episode of Murder, She Wrote and an episode of Hill Street Blues.[4]

He died on February 28, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.[3]


This is a list of film of Pepe Hern [3]

Year Title Role Notes
1948 Bodyguard Pachuco Uncredited
1949 Knock on Any Door Juan Rodríguez Uncredited
1949 City Across the River Pete Uncredited
1949 Angels in Disguise Bertie Spangler
1950 Borderline Pablo
1950 The Capture Policeman Uncredited
1950 Crisis Student Uncredited
1950 The Furies Feliz Herrera Uncredited
1950 The Bandit Queen Raphael, vigilant Uncredited
1951 Heart of the Rockies Rocky
1951 My Favorite Spy Bellboy Uncredited
1952 Bugles in the Afternoon Scout Uncredited
1952 The Ring Rick
1952 Thunderbirds Pvt. Jim Lastchance
1953 San Antone Mexican Uncredited
1953 Appointment in Honduras Stranger Uncredited
1953 The Wild One One of Chino's Boys Uncredited
1954 Jubilee Trail Ranch Hand Uncredited
1954 Make Haste to Live Rodolfo Gonzales
1954 The Bamboo Prison Ramírez
1955 Hell's Island Lalo
1955 The Last Command Seguin's Son Uncredited
1956 Jaguar Jorge
1956 Santiago Dragoon Uncredited
1956 Back from Eternity Attendant Uncredited
1957 The Brothers Rico Bank officer / Henchman Uncredited
1960 The Magnificent Seven Tomas Uncredited
1961 Summer and Smoke Nico Uncredited
1962 13 West Street Mexican
1967 Stranger on the Run Manolo
1968 Madigan Man
1969 Change of Habit Man in Scene 93 Uncredited
1970 The Out-of-Towners Hijacker Uncredited
1972 Joe Kidd Priest
1977 Fight for Your Life Navarro

TV series[edit]

This is a list of television series in which he has appeared.[6]

Year Title Role episodes
1952 Fireside Theatre Manuel Soledad The Birds Are Walking
1952 Hopalong Cassidy Actor A Star Shall Rise
1955 Family Theater [7] Angelo The Waiting Game
1955 Jungle Jim Niron Kan Junge Justice
1955 Cheyenne Ricardo Fury and Rio Hondo
1955 The Man Behind the Badge Pedro The Case of the Priceless Passport
1956 Chevron Hall of Stars Pepe Hour of Truth
1959 Four Star Playhouse Diego Desert Encounter
1957 Zorro Corporal / Cpl. Sanchez Garcia's Secret Mission (1957) and Monastario Sets a Trap (1957)
1957 Conflict Passage to Maranga
1956-1958 Broken Arrow Tokumo (1956) and Ruklai (1958) Passage Deferred (1956) and Escape (1958)
1959 Border Patrol Algusto Herrera Everglades Story
1959 The Restless Gun Costa Ride with the Devil
1959 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Hernández The General Cried at Dawn
1959 Rawhide Frank Volaro Incident at Spanish Rock
1960 Surfside 6 Carlos The Clown
1960 The Chevy Mystery Show Mercado The last six blooks
1961-1962 The Rifleman Sleeper / Lazaro Waste (in Parts 1 and 2. Chapter of October 2, 1961 - playing as Sleeper-) and The Vaqueros (in 1962 - playing as Lázaro -)
1962 Thriller Lt. Contreras The Bride Who Died Twice
1963 The Fugitive Cardinez Smoke Screen
1963 Gunsmoke Miguel Extradition (2)
1964 - 70 Bonanza Maximo (1964) and Rojas (1970) The Companeros and The Chief (chapters of 1964 and 1970)
1965 Run for your Life Desk Clerk The sex object (1965)
1965-1966 The Big Valley Carlos, Pedro and Vaquero Legend of a general (1), The Death merchant, the way to kill a killer (chapters of 1965 and 1966 year) respectively
1965 I Spy Bellboy Bellboy Turkish Delight
1966 Family Affair Waiter To Love with Buffy
1967 The High Chaparral Teofilo Mark of the turtle
1967 The Bionic Woman Antonio Pinedo Brain wash
1968 The Mod Squad Amoroso The Haeler
1970 The Flying Nun Roul My Sister, the Doctor
1971 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury Santiago Bustamante Operation: Payoff
1972 The Streets of San Francisco Mr. Gomez, merchant who finds dead body Hall of Mirrors
1973 Marcus Welby, M.D. Maitre D' A Cry in the Night
1974 Adam-12 Jesse Rodríguez Krash
1977 Lou Grant Navarro Hostages
1979 Charlie's Angels Gomes Cruising Angels
1980 Quincy, M.E. Judge Jules Aquilar The Hope of Elkwood
1980 The White Shadow Garcia The Hitter
1981 Simon & Simon Mendoza The Least Dangerous Game
1984 Hill Street Blues Store Owner #2 Intestinal fortitude
1984 Murder, She Wrote Antonio (the pilot) Paint Me a Murder (a scene; final appearance)


  1. ^ a b Pepe Hern: Information from Biography. Consulted April 17, 2011, 20:17 pm.
  2. ^ a b c Canarias 7: Los olvidados
  3. ^ a b c Lentz III, Harris M. (2010) Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2009: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland and Company, Inc. Publishers, Jefferson, North Carolina. Page 233.
  4. ^ a b Pepe Hern - IMDb. Consulted April 17, 2011, 20:25 pm.
  5. ^ Domotica:Pepe Hern
  6. ^ Pepe HernFilmography
  7. ^ Filmografía por Series para TV. Pepe Hern (In Spanish: Filmography to TV series. Pepe Hern)

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