Veteran character actor's career had broad range

Longtime character actor Jonathan Hole, whose career spanned from early vaudeville to television of the 1990s, died Feb. 12 of natural causes in North Hollywood. He was 93.

Hole, born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1904, appeared in vaudeville acts on the Keith-Orpheum circuit. Upon graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he worked as a juvenile in theater stock companies around the country.

He and his wife, actress Betty Hanna, starred in the Australian company of “Three Men on a Horse” in 1936 as well as many other stage productions.

During the 1940s he moved on to become a performer and broadcaster in radio, appearing on the “Lux Radio Theater,” “Dragnet” and “Ma Perkins.”

In the 1950s, Hole relocated to Los Angeles and successfully found his niche as a TV character actor. Numerous credits included: “Have Gun Will Travel,” “General Hospital,” “Petticoat Junction,” “Bonanza,” “The Jack Benny Show,” “The Joey Bishop Show,” “The Red Skelton Show,” “Green Acres” and “Highway to Heaven.”

He also appeared in a handful of films including “The Graduate” and “Blue Print for Murder.”

He is survived by a daughter.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the Actors Fund.

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