Peter Hobbs (actor)

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Peter Hobbs
BornJanuary 19, 1918
DiedJanuary 2, 2011(2011-01-02) (aged 92)
Years active1948-1992

Peter Hobbs (January 19, 1918 – January 2, 2011) was a French-born American character actor, known for roles on Broadway, television and film.[1]

Early life, education and military service[edit]

Hobbs was born in Étretat, France, to Dr. Austin L. Hobbs and Mabel Foote Hobbs.[2] However, he was raised in New York City.[2] Hobbs attended Solebury School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and received his bachelor's degree from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.[2] He served in as sergeant in combat engineering during World War II and fought at the Battle of the Bulge.[2]


Hobbs made two guest appearances on Perry Mason including the role of defendant Gregory Pelham in the 1964 episode, "The Case of the Careless Kidnapper." and the role of James Hyatt in the 1965 episode, "The Case of the Cheating Chancellor." He also had appearances and recurring roles on Barney Miller, Lou Grant, The Odd Couple, The Doris Day Show, The Facts of Life, Knots Landing, The F.B.I., and The Tim Conway Show. Hobbs played Peter Ames on the CBS daytime series The Secret Storm[1] from 1954 to 1962.

His film credits included roles in The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1969), The Andromeda Strain (1971), The Steagle (1971), Sleeper (1973), The Lady in Red (1979), Loving Couples (1980), Any Which Way You Can (1980), Beyond Witch Mountain (1982), The Man with Two Brains (1983) and Nickel Mountain (1984).


Hobbs died at his home in Santa Monica, California, on January 2, 2011, shortly before his 93rd birthday, following a brief illness.[1] He was survived by his wife, Carolyn Adams Hobbs, three daughters, two stepsons, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.[1][2]



  1. ^ a b c d Bacalzo, Dan (2011-01-13). "Broadway Actor Peter Hobbs Dies at 92". Theater Mania. Retrieved 2011-01-16.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Peter Hobbs obituary". Los Angeles Times. 2011-01-15. Retrieved 2011-01-16.

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