Richard L. Bare
|Richard L. Bare|
|Born||Richard Leland Bare
August 12, 1913
Turlock, California, U.S.
|Died||March 28, 2015
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
|Occupation||director, producer, screenwriter|
|Years active||1943-1973, 2007-2015|
|Spouse(s)||Gloria Beutel (March 14, 1968 – 2012, her death)
Jeanne Evans (November 22, 1958 – February 8, 1965; divorced)
Julie Van Zandt (1951 – January 24, 1956; divorced); 2 children
Phyllis Coates (March 28, 1948 – December 1, 1948; divorced)
Virginia Carpenter (August 9, 1941 – 1946; divorced)
Born in Turlock, California, he attended USC School of Cinematic Arts where he directed his most notable student film, The Oval Portrait, an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's story. He became notable post-graduation for writing and directing the Joe McDoakes series of short films for Warner Brothers between 1942 and 1956, featuring George O'Hanlon in the title role.
On television, he directed The Twilight Zone classic episode "To Serve Man". He directed virtually every episode of the 1960s-1970s CBS television series Green Acres. He also directed feature films including Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend and Wicked, Wicked.
His memoir, Confessions of a Hollywood Director discusses his directorial work, as well as behind-the-scenes information, and his service as a Captain in the Army Air Forces' First Motion Picture Unit. Bare also wrote The Film Director: A Practical Guide to Motion Picture and Television Techniques (1971; ISBN 0-02-012130-X), a text to teach the craft of directing to aspiring filmmakers. On November 19, 2007, Bare announced that he was working on a revival of Green Acres.
On May 2, 2014, he acquired the rights with producer Phillip Goldfine to produce a movie and Broadway play based on Green Acres.
- Wicked, Wicked (1973)
- Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (1957)
- This Side of the Law (1950)
- Return of the Frontiersman (1950)
- Flaxy Martin (1949)
- Smart Girls Don't Talk (1948)
- IMDB previously claimed a birth year of 1909, but other sources, including Turner Classic Movies cite 1913. IMDb has also since changed his birth year to 1913.
- Profile, books.google.com; accessed January 7, 2015.
- "Green Acres: Original Series Director Wants to Continue Classic Sitcom", TV Series Finale, November 19, 2007
- Broadway play based on Green Acres, Deadline.com; accessed January 7, 2015.
- Marianne Zumberge. "Richard L. Bare, ‘Green Acres’ Director, Dies at 101". Variety. Retrieved 2015-04-11.