John Hubbard

Show Count: 5
Series Count: 1
Role: Old Time Radio Star
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Born: April 14, 1914, East Chicago, Indiana, USA
Died: November 6, 1988, Camarillo, California, USA

John Hubbard (April 14, 1914 – November 6, 1988) was an American television and film actor.


Born in East Chicago, Indiana, Hubbard took acting lessons as a teen at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, where he attracted attention and movie offers. He was signed by Paramount in 1937, but his contract was sold to MGM a year later. At MGM, Hubbard played a leading role opposite Luise Rainer in 1938's Dramatic School, which lead to a four-picture deal with Hal Roach, who used Hubbard in comedies such as The Housekeeper's Daughter (1939), and Turnabout (1940) and Road Show (1941). Hubbard did a dramatic turn in Whispering Footsteps in 1943, but returned to comedy afterwards, usually in supporting roles.

Hubbard's film career was interrupted between 1944 and 1947 by military service in World War II. He continued to make films afterwards, but after 1950 he turned up more often on television. As a supporting actor, he played "Brown" in The Mickey Rooney Show(12 episodes), "Bill Bronson" in My Little Margie (4 episodes), "Col. U. Charles Barker" in the military comedy Don't Call Me Charlie (18 episodes) and "Ted Gaynor" in Family Affair (8 episodes), but most of his television appearances were in one-off roles. He made two guest appearances on Perry Mason; in 1958 he played murder victim and title character Michael Greeley in "The Case of the Haunted Husband," and in 1962 he played Joseph Tayback in 'The Case of the Counterfeit Crank."

In 1951 Hubbard starred on stage with Mary Brian in a comedy "Mary Had a Little" in Melbourne, Australia

Hubbard worked in network radio, replacing Robert North as Alice Faye's brother Willy starting in the 1953-54 season of The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show.

Between acting roles, Hubbard worked as an automobile salesman and the manager of a restaurant. He retired from acting in 1974 after a character role in Herbie Rides Again, although he made one more appearance in a television movie in 1980.

Personal life and death

Hubbard was married to his high school sweetheart, Lois, for nearly fifty years. The couple had three children together, Lois, Jane, and John. On November 6, 1988, Hubbard died at the age of 74 in a convalescent home in Camarillo, California.

Source: Wikipedia