Ober in 1950
March 23, 1902|
Fort Payne, Alabama, U.S.
|Died||September 13, 1982
Mexico City, Mexico
|Resting place||Chapel of the Pines Crematory, California|
|Occupation||Stage, television actor|
|Spouse(s)||Phyllis Roper (1923-1941; divorced) 1 child
Vivian Vance (1941-1959; divorced)
Jane Westover (1961-1982; his death)
Ober often appeared in roles as a straight man in farcical circumstances. He made his debut on stage, playing Tom Faulkner in Technique in 1931. He appeared in Lawrence Riley's Broadway show Personal Appearance (1934) opposite Gladys George.
From 1954 to 1967, he frequently appeared in television series. He played a general determined to find the truth of an alleged desertion and an Indian attack on a fort in the episode "The Vultures" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Sugarfoot.
Ober was twice cast on I Love Lucy, first playing "Arnold" in "The Quiz Show", and later portraying the Hollywood producer Dore Schary when Schary decided not to play himself in the episode. He made five appearances on Perry Mason, including that of defendant Peter Dawson in the 1960 episode, "The Case of the Treacherous Toupee", and the dual role of murder victim Sumner Hodge and his brother Adrian Hodge in the 1964 episode, "The Case of the Tandem Target". He also appeared in one episode of The Twilight Zone ("Spur of the Moment"), co-starring Diana Hyland, and made four guest appearances in the comedy series Hazel. He had a recurring role as Gen. Wingard Stone in the early episodes of NBC situation comedy I Dream of Jeannie, and appeared in two episodes of McHale's Navy as tough-as-nails Admiral "Iron Pants" Rafferty and on one episode of The Munsters in 1965.
Ober continued to work as an actor in films. He played the UN ambassador in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959) whom Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) meets, to clarify who had occupied his mansion. He also played Capt. Dana "Dynamite" Holmes, the neglectful, unsympathetic husband of Karen Holmes (Deborah Kerr), in the film version of From Here to Eternity (1953).
He retired from acting and went into the U.S. diplomatic service, and died while working at the U.S. consulate in Mexico City.
Personal life and death
Ober died of a heart attack in 1982.
- 1934: Chloe, Love Is Calling You : Jim Strong
- 1938: Little Me
- 1950: The Secret Fury : Gregory Kent
- 1950: Never a Dull Moment : Jed
- 1950: The Magnificent Yankee : Owen Wister / Narrator
- 1951: The Unknown Man : Wayne Kellwin
- 1952: Washington Story : Gilbert Nunnally
- 1952: Come Back, Little Sheba : Ed Anderson
- 1953: The Clown : Ralph Z. Henderson
- 1953: The Girls of Pleasure Island : Col. Reade
- 1953: Scandal at Scourie : B. G. Belney
- 1953: From Here to Eternity : Capt. Dana 'Dynamite' Holmes
- 1954: About Mrs. Leslie : Mort Finley
- 1954: Broken Lance : Van Cleve
- 1956: Calling Terry Conway (TV) : Stan
- 1957: Tammy and the Bachelor : Alfred Bissle
- 1957: Escapade in Japan : Lt. Col. Hargrave
- 1958: The High Cost of Loving : Herb Zorn
- 1958: Ten North Frederick : Lloyd Williams
- 1958: Torpedo Run : Adm. Samuel Setton
- 1959: The Mating Game : Wendell Burnshaw
- 1959: North by Northwest : Lester Townsend
- 1959: Beloved Infidel : John Wheeler
- 1960: Elmer Gantry : Rev. Planck
- 1960: Let No Man Write My Epitaph : Grant Holloway
- 1960: The Facts of Life : Doc Mason
- 1961: Go Naked in the World : Josh Kebner
- 1961: The Crimebusters : Herman Hauzner
- 1963: The Ugly American : Ambassador Sears
- 1964: The Brass Bottle : William Beevor
- 1966: The Ghost and Mr. Chicken : Nicholas Simmons
- 1968: Assignment to Kill : Bohlen (Last appearance)