Thomas Hill (actor)

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Thomas Hill
Born(1927-06-02)June 2, 1927
DiedApril 20, 2009(2009-04-20) (aged 81)
Other namesTom Hill, Pancakes, Bernardo
OccupationActor, director
Years active1965–1993
Notable work
Koreander in The NeverEnding Story
Father Andrew Doyle in V: The Final Battle

Thomas N. Hill (June 2, 1927 – April 20, 2009) was an American character actor and director on stage for decades before starting in film in the mid-1960s and on television in the 1980s.

Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1927, one of Hill's most prominent recurring roles was as the zany sidekick Jim Dixon on the 1980s TV series Newhart. Hill also appeared as King Baaldorf in the short-lived 1980s series Wizards and Warriors. His TV movie roles include Father Andrew Doyle in the 1984 NBC miniseries V: The Final Battle. He had guest appearances on such shows as St. Elsewhere, Remington Steele, The Facts of Life, Married... with Children, Coach, and Law & Order.

Hill's first feature film performance was in the 1965 film The Slender Thread. Other film credits include The Postman Always Rings Twice, Firefox (1982), and was well known for his role as Mr Coriander, the bookstore owner in The NeverEnding Story, as well as the 1990 sequel.

Hill died of a motor neurone disease on April 20, 2009, aged 81 in Bloomington, Indiana.


Year Title Role Notes
1965 The Slender Thread Liquor Salesman
1971 McCabe & Mrs. Miller Archer
1979 Quintet Francha
1980 Hide in Plain Sight Bobby Momisa
1980 The Nude Bomb President
1981 The Postman Always Rings Twice Barlow
1981 True Confessions Mr. Fazenda
1982 Firefox General Brown
1982-1990 Newhart Jim Dixon 3 episode
1984 The NeverEnding Story Carl Conrad Coreander
1984 V: The Final Battle Father Andrew Doyle 3 episodes
1984 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Doc Baugh TV Movie
1987 Black Widow Attorney
1990 The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter Koreander
1990 An Empty Bed Elmer

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