Monday, April 13, 2015

Richard L. Bare, a Hollywood...

...director from the 1950s to the 1970s, died at age 101.

Besides directing virtually every episode of the long-running rural CBS sitcom Green Acres, Bare was also responsible for several episodes of 77 Sunset Strip and The Twilight Zone, including "To Serve Man," about "a linguistic misunderstanding between aliens and humanity, widely regarded as one of the show’s best." 

Bare was "most prolific in the western genre, working on series like The Virginian, Tombstone Territory and Broken Arrow."

From his obit in the Times (my emphasis):

Mr. Bare recalled that in 1955 he was preparing to shoot the first episode of “Cheyenne,” a western series starring Clint Walker, when he met a young actor named James Bumgarner in a Hollywood bar. Mr. Bare, impressed with Mr. Bumgarner’s stature, called him in to read for a bit part on the show, and Warner Bros. executives were so impressed that they offered him a contract (provided he shorten his name). Mr. Garner went on to star on “Maverick” — Mr. Bare directed him in several episodes — and, later, “The Rockford Files.”

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