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Barnard Hughes

Barnard HughesBorn: 16-Jul-1915
Birthplace: Bedford Hills, NY
Died: 11-Jul-2006
Location of death: Manhattan, NY [1]
Cause of death: Illness

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: High priest in TRON

Military service: US Army (WWII)

Barnard Hughes was an American actor who had a long but little-noticed career until middle age, when he achieved success on stage. He had recurring roles on several long-running soap operas, including the Guiding Light and As the World Turns, and as he reached old age he became a familiar "Grandpa" on TV and in occasional films through the 1980s and 90s. Hughes was well into his senior citizenship when he starred in the short-lived prime-time sitcom Mr. Merlin, playing a magician who ran an auto repair shop. Ten years later, at the age of 76, he played "Grandpa Buzz" on Blossom.

In films, he was hooker Jon Voight's last customer in Midnight Cowboy, Diana Rigg's father in The Hospital, the war-crazy Colonel in Where's Poppa?, and the vampire-hunting grandfather in The Lost Boys. Perhaps most memorably, Hughes played the High Priest in the early video game epic Tron.

Hughes appeared in more than 400 plays, won the Tony in 1978 for the title role in Da, and reprised that role in a film version ten years later. His son, Doug Hughes, is a Broadway stage director who won the 2005 Tony for John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt.


[1] New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Father: Owen Hughes
Mother: Madge Hughes
Wife: Helen Stenborg (stage actress, b. 1925, m. 1950, one son, one daughter)
Son: Doug Hughes (stage director)
Daughter: Laura Hughes (actress)

    High School: La Salle Academy (1933)
    University:
Manhattan College

    Tony 1978 Best Actor for Da
    Emmy For Lou Grant

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The Fantasticks (22-Sep-2000)
    Cradle Will Rock (18-May-1999)
    The Odd Couple II (10-Apr-1998) · Beaumont
    Past the Bleachers (22-Jun-1995)
    Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (10-Dec-1993) · Fr. Maurice
    Doc Hollywood (2-Aug-1991) · Dr. Hogue
    The Incident (4-Mar-1990)
    Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North (30-Apr-1989)
    Day One (5-Mar-1989)
    Da (29-Apr-1988)
    The Lost Boys (31-Jul-1987) · Grandpa
    Where Are the Children? (12-Dec-1986)
    Maxie (11-Sep-1985)
    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1985)
    A Caribbean Mystery (22-Oct-1983)
    Best Friends (17-Dec-1982)
    Little Gloria: Happy at Last (24-Oct-1982)
    TRON (9-Jul-1982)
    First Monday in October (21-Aug-1981)
    Oh, God! (7-Oct-1977)
    Kill Me If You Can (25-Sep-1977)
    The UFO Incident (20-Oct-1975)
    Sisters (27-Mar-1973) · Arthur McLennen
    Rage (22-Nov-1972)
    Deadhead Miles (1972)
    The Hospital (14-Dec-1971) · Drummond
    The Pursuit of Happiness (23-Feb-1971)
    Cold Turkey (19-Feb-1971) · Dr. Procter
    Dr. Cook's Garden (19-Jan-1971)
    Where's Poppa? (9-Jul-1970)
    Midnight Cowboy (25-May-1969) · Towny
    Hamlet (23-Sep-1964)
    The Young Doctors (23-Aug-1961) · Dr. Kent O'Donnell



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