Rudley in The Mothers-in-Law
|Died||September 9, 2006 (aged 96)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Ann Loring (1940–1955; divorced); 2 children|
Marilyn M. Perl (1958–2006; his death)
Herbert Rudley (March 22, 1910 - September 9, 2006) was an American character actor who appeared on stage, films and on television.
He began appearing on stage in 1926. His Broadway debut was in Did I Say No in 1931. His other Broadway credits include How Long Till Summer (1949), Sons and Soldiers (1942), Macbeth (1941), Eight O'Clock Tuesday (1940), Another Sun (1939), The World We Make (1939), The Eternal Road (1936), Battle Hymn (1935), Mother (1935), The Threepenny Opera, (1932), and We, the People (1932). He also appeared in Abe Lincoln in Illinois.
Rudley was also a playwright, combining with Fanya Lawrence to create the farce Adam Ate the Apple.
In 1940, Rudley appeared in the film version of Abe Lincoln in Illinois. For the next four decades, he appeared in dozens of supporting film roles, including The Seventh Cross (1944) and Rhapsody in Blue (1945), a fictionalized biography of George Gershwin, in which he portrayed Ira Gershwin. He appeared in A Walk in the Sun (1945) as a World War II sergeant who experiences a psychological breakdown in combat; Joan of Arc (1948); and The Young Lions (1958), in which he played an unsympathetic Army officer.
On television, Rudley appeared both in dramas, often as military men, and comedies. He appeared on seven episodes of the CBS series "You Are There" hosted by Walter Cronkite. He also appeared on My Friend Flicka. In 1957, he guest starred as a Prussian cavalry officer in an episode of the syndicated western series, Boots and Saddles.
In 1957, he appeared in the role of Sam Brennan in some early episodes of NBC's western drama, The Californians, set in the San Francisco gold rush of the 1850s. He made four guest appearances on Perry Mason between 1958-1962 including the part of murderer George Durrell in 1958's "The Case of the Prodigal Parent" and as Edward Nelson in the 1960 episode "The Case of the Gallant Grafter". He was one of only eleven actors to play all three pivotal roles in Perry Mason episodes--victim, defendant and murderer.
In 1959, he appeared as John McAuliffe on Border Patrol. He guest starred twice as Jeremy Thorne in NBC's western series Laramie. In the sixties he co-starred in two short-lived NBC half-hours, the drama, "Michael Shayne" with Richard Denning in 1960-61 and the Juliet Prowse comedy Mona McCluskey in 1965-66. In 1963, he appeared in two episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies. Also that year, he played the part of an overbearing father in "The All-Night Party" episode of Leave it to Beaver.
In 1973, Rudley guest starred in one episode of Griff. From 1967 through 1969 he co-starred as Herb Hubbard for two seasons on NBC-TV's The Mothers-in-Law with Eve Arden and Kaye Ballard. In 1981, he made four appearances on Dallas as Howard Barker, an attorney who represented J.R. Ewing in his divorce and child custody fight with his former wife, Sue Ellen.
Rudley was first married to Ann Loring. They had a son, Stephen.
Rudley died in 2006, aged 96, from a heart attack.
|1940||Abe Lincoln in Illinois||Seth Gale|
|1944||The Seventh Cross||Franz Marnet|
|1944||Marriage Is a Private Affair||Ted Mortimer|
|1944||The Master Race||John|
|1945||Brewster's Millions||Nopper Harrison|
|1945||Rhapsody in Blue||Ira Gershwin|
|1945||A Walk in the Sun||Sgt. Eddie Porter|
|1946||Decoy||Dr. Lloyd L. Craig|
|1948||Joan of Arc||Isambard de la Pierre|
|1954||The Silver Chalice||Linus|
|1955||Artists and Models||Secret Service Chief Samuels|
|1955||The Court Jester||Captain of the Guard|
|1956||Raw Edge||Gerald Montgomery|
|1956||That Certain Feeling||Doctor Summers|
|1956||The Black Sleep||Dr. Gordon Angus Ramsay|
|1958||The Young Lions||Capt. Colclough|
|1958||The Bravados||Sheriff Eloy Sanchez|
|1959||The Big Fisherman||Emperor Tiberius|
|1959||The Jayhawkers!||Gov. William Clayton|
|1959||Beloved Infidel||Stan Harris|
|1960||Hell Bent for Leather||Perrick|
|1960||The Great Impostor||Senior Officer|
|1962||Follow That Dream||Mr. Endicott|
|1980||Falling in Love Again||Mr. Wellington (1940's)|
|1983||Forever and Beyond||Robert||(final film role)|