Herbert Rudley
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Herbert Rudley
Herbert Rudley
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Rudley in The Mothers-in-Law
Born(1910-03-22)March 22, 1910
DiedSeptember 9, 2006(2006-09-09) (aged 96)
Years active1926–1983
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.

Early life

Rudley was born in 1910 in Philadelphia and attended Temple University. He left Temple after winning a scholarship to Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre.[1]


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).[2] He also appeared in Abe Lincoln in Illinois.[3]

Rudley and Keenan Wynn joined forces in the mid-1940s to create Players Production, a little theater in Los Angeles. Its goal was to present revivals of plays.[4]

Rudley was also a playwright, combining with Fanya Lawrence to create the farce Adam Ate the Apple.[5]


In 1940, Rudley appeared in the film version of Abe Lincoln in Illinois.[1] 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.[6] 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.[7]


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.[8]

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".[7] 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.[7]

Personal life

Rudley was first married to Ann Loring. They had a son, Stephen.[9]


Rudley died in 2006, aged 96, from a heart attack.


Year Title Role Notes
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 Casbah Claude
1948 Hollow Triumph Marcy
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
1958 Tonka Capt. Benteen
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)


  1. ^ a b Weaver, Tom (2003). Double Feature Creature Attack: A Monster Merger of Two More Volumes of Classic Interviews. McFarland. p. 310. ISBN 9780786482153. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "("Herbert Rudley" search results)". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Archived from the original on 29 March 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Herbert Rudley at the Internet Broadway Database
  4. ^ Weaver, Tom (2010). A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde: Interviews with 62 Filmmakers. McFarland. pp. 54-55. ISBN 9780786458318. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "'Adam Ate the Apple'". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. October 14, 1945. p. 29. Retrieved 2017 – via Newspapers.com.open access
  6. ^ Tibbetts, John C. (2008). Composers in the Movies: Studies in Musical Biography. Yale University Press. p. 139. ISBN 0300128037. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ a b c Herbert Rudley on IMDb
  8. ^ "Boots and Saddles". Classic TV Archives. Retrieved 2009.
  9. ^ "Marital Tangle Leads To Suit". The Daily Mail. Maryland, Hagerstown. February 1, 1947. p. 8. Retrieved 2017 – via Newspapers.com.open access


  • Scary Monsters Magazine (January 2008) no. 65 "The Black Sleep: An Interview With Herbert Rudley" Interview by Lawrence Fultz Jr.
  • Monster Bash Magazine (2006) no. 5 "On The Set of The Black Sleep" Interview by Lawrence Fultz, Jr.

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