Character actor Hobbs dies

He frequently portrayed authority figures

Character actor Peter Hobbs, who straddled stage and screen, died Jan. 2 in Santa Monica following a short illness. He was 92.

In his 50-year showbiz career Hobbs played Captain McLean in the original Rialto version of “Teahouse of the August Moon” from 1953-56. He also was featured in “Billy Budd,” “Joan of Lorraine” as well “The Life of Reilly” and “The Russian People.”

After graduating from Bard College the French native fought during World War II and was in the Battle of the Bulge as a combat engineer.

Frequently portraying authority figures like doctors, lawyers and judges on TV he played Peter Ames in “Secret Storm” from 1954 to 1962 and had recurring roles on “The FBI,” “The Odd Couple,” “Barnaby Jones,” “Barney Miller,” “Knots Landing” and “Lou Grant.” He guested on “Perry Mason,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Bonanza,””All in the Family,” “Happy Days,” “Barney Miller,” “Lou Grant,” “MASH,” “True Colors.”

On the feature film side he appeared in “Sleeper,” “The Man With Two Brains,” “9 to 5,” “Any Which Way You Can,” “Andromeda Strain,” “In the Mood,” and “The Lady in Red.”

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Carolyn; three daughters; two stepsons; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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