Friday, February 12, 2016

Character Actor Jonathan Hole 1998 Westwood Village Cemetery

Jonathan Hole (August 13, 1904 – February 11, 1998) was an American actor whose entertainment career covered five different genres. From his early days on the vaudeville stage and in legitimate theater, through the mediums of radio, television and feature-length films that took his career up to the 1990s, Hole created a variety of characters in hundreds of roles.


His career began in vaudeville in the 1920s. Hole was also a radio performer active in his native Iowa as well as New York City, Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles, California.[1] While working as an announcer on WBBN in Chicago, his last name was temporarily changed to Cole by the station.[2] In 1942 in Chicago, Hole was a co-chair of the Red Cross entertainment committee on war relief.[3]

Hole further honed his acting skills during the years 1924–1934 in stage productions in New York.[4] In 1930, one of the productions he appeared in was the comedy Cinderelative that had been written by Dorothy Heyward. She also wrote the 1927 Porgy, adapted as the musical Porgy and Bess and was a co-writer of South Pacific.[5]

In 1951, he began acting in movies with a part in the Marie Windsor, Steve Brodie vehicle Two-Dollar Bettor.[6] Although his appearances were usually uncredited, he appeared in thirty-six feature-length films. Among those were A Man Called Peter in 1955, Beloved Infidel in 1959, 4 for Texas in 1963 and The Graduate in 1967.

Hole carved out a long career in television, beginning in 1951 with an appearance on Hollywood Theatre Time, in the episode Mr. Young's Sprouts, which starred Gale Storm and Don DeFore.[7] He often made repeat appearances on television shows, appearing in multiple episodes playing different roles. He appeared seven times each in Dragnet, Burke's Law, and Green Acres. He appeared in five Maverick episodes, and five times on CBS's Perry Mason. Hole appeared twice on ABC's The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, with Hugh O'Brian. He appeared in episodes 5 and 48 of Batman. Twice he played the part of Elmer Clark on Walter Brennan's The Real McCoys.[8] Hole also guest starred on The Andy Griffith Show as Orville Monroe, the undertaker. He made 200 appearances in 121 television shows and made-for-television movies. His final television appearance was in Silhouette, a 1990 murder mystery starring Faye Dunaway.

During his early years in Hollywood his day job was at the California Employment Development Department.[9]

Personal life and death

Hole was born in Eldora, Iowa.[4] He was married to actress Betty Hanna, who preceded him in death.[10] Hole died in North Hollywood in 1998 at age 93, and is buried with his wife at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles.[11]

Stage work

Partial listing, New York stage productions only[12]


Opening date Closing date Title Role Setting Genre Playwright Theatre

Aug 13, 1924 Aug 1924 Dr. David's Dad[13] Eric The Bronx Comedy Armin Friedmann, Louis Nerz Book adapted by Carrington North and Joseph J. Garren Vanderbilt Theatre 
Jan 26, 1928 Feb 1928 57 Bowery[14] Terry New York City Comedy Edward Locke Wallack's Theatre 
Sept 18, 1930 Sept 1930 Cinderelative[15] Horace J. Hill Paris, New York Comedy Dorothy Heyward, Dorothy De Jagers Comedy (Artef) Theatre 
Nov 09, 1931 Nov 1931 Peter Flies High[16] Peter Turner Rosedale, New Jersey Comedy Myron Coureval Fagan Gaiety Theatre 
August 1, 1932 August 8, 1932 Chamberlain Brown's Scrap Book'[17] Station Announcer, Francis Cameron a vaudeville theatre Vaudeville music revue Ambassador Theatre 
Dec 26, 1932 Jan 1933 The Little Black Book[18] H. D. Porter Washington, D.C. Comedy, drama Harold Sherman Selwyn Theatre 
Dec 25, 1933 Jan 1934 The Locked Room[19] John Burgess, Jr. New York City Melodrama Herbert Ashton Jr. Ambassador Theatre 
Oct 15, 1934 Dec1934 Lost Horizons[20] David Prescott Canada, United States Fantasy Harry Segall, script revision by John Hayden St. James Theatre


1951 Hollywood Theatre Time 
1952–1955 Dragnet (7 episodes) 
1954 Lux Video Theatre 
1954 Fireside Theater 
1954 Mayor of the Town 
1955 Ford Theatre 
1955 Climax! 
1956 Studio 57 (2 episodes) 
1956 The Adventures of Hiram Holliday 
1956 Crossroads 
1954–1956 Four Star Playhouse (2 episodes) 
1956 TV Reader's Digest 
1956 Highway Patrol 
1957–1958 Hey, Jeannie! (3 episodes) 
1957 The Adventures of Jim Bowie 
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel 
1957 How to Marry a Millionaire 
1957–1958 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (2 episodes) 
1957–1959 The Gale Storm Show (2 episodes) 
1957–1962 GE True (3 episodes) 
1957–1959 State Trooper (2 episodes) 
1957–1960 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (3 episodes) 
1958 Yancy Derringer 
1958 Leave It to Beaver 
1958 The Lineup 
1958 Zorro (3 episodes) 
1958 Cheyenne 
1958 The Thin Man 
1958 The Gray Ghost 
1958–1959 Trackdown (2 episodes) 
1958–1959 Mike Hammer (2 episodes) 
1958–1960 Maverick (5 episodes) 
1958–1964 Perry Mason (5 episodes) 
1959 Bat Masterson 
1959 Cimarron City 
1959 Peter Gunn. 
1959 The Ann Sothern Show 
1959 Wanted: Dead or Alive 
1959 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre 
1959 Bronco 
1959 Fury 
1959 Not for Hire 
1959 M Squad 
1959 Markham 
1959 The David Niven Show 
1959 Tales of Wells Fargo 
1960 Angel 
1960 Twilight Zone 
1960 The Deputy 
1960 The Dennis O'Keefe Show 
1960 Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond 
1960 Bourbon Street Beat 
1960–1961 The Andy Griffith Show (recurring role) 
1960–1961 Lock-Up (2 episodes) 
1960–1961 Bachelor Father (2 episodes) 
1960–1963 Dennis the Menace (3 episodes) 
1960–1964 Rawhide (4 episodes) 
1961 Alcoa Premiere 
1961 The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor 
1961 The New Bob Cummings Show 
1961 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis 
1961 Pete and Gladys 
1961–1962 87th Precinct (2 episodes) 
1961–1964 Bonanza (2 episodes) 
1961–1965 Hazel (3 episodes) 
1962 My Three Sons 
1962 The Jack Benny Program (2 episodes) 
1962 77 Sunset Strip 
1962 GE True as Fenwick in "The Amateurs" 
1962–1963 The Real McCoys (recurring) 
1962–1963 The Wide Country (2 episodes) 
1963 Temple Houston 
1963–1965 Burke's Law (7 episodes) 
1963–1968 The Virginian (4 episodes) 
1964 The Outer Limits 
1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 
1964 My Living Doll 
1964 The Addams Family 
1964–1966 My Favorite Martian (2 episodes) 
1964–1966 The Farmer's Daughter (3 episodes) 
1964–1969 Petticoat Junction (4 episodes) 
1965 The Patty Duke Show 
1965 Ben Casey 
1965 The Donna Reed Show 
1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 
1965 The Rogues (2 episodes) 
1965–1966 Honey West (2 episodes) 
1966 Please Don't Eat the Daisies 
1966 Laredo 
1966 Batman (episodes 5 and 48) 
1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 
1966 Occasional Wife 
1966 Summer Fun 
1966–1967 I Dream of Jeannie (2 episodes) 
1966–1967 The Lucy Show (3 episodes) 
1966–1970 Green Acres (7 episodes) 
1966–1970 Bewitched (3 episodes) 
1967 The Wild Wild West 
1967 Rango 
1967–1968 The Guns of Will Sonnett (3 episodes) 
1967–1969 The Flying Nun (2 episodes) 
1967–1969 The Big Valley (2 episodes) 
1968–1973 Here's Lucy (2 episodes) 
1969 The Debbie Reynolds Show 
1969 The Name of the Game 
1969 The Mod Squad 
1970 The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again 
1970 Barefoot in the Park 
1970 Hallmark Hall of Fame 
1970–1971 The Brady Bunch (2 episodes) 
1971 Adam-12 1972 Call Her Mom 
1972–1973 Love, American Style (2 episodes) 
1973 McCloud 
1974 Kung Fu 
1974 Cannon 1975 Ellery Queen 
1982 Father Murphy 
1985 Hotel 
1987–1989 Highway to Heaven (2 episodes) 
1989 Moonlighting 
1990 Silhouette


1951 Two-Dollar Bettor 
1952 My Pal Gus 
1953 The Kid from Left Field 
1953 A Blueprint for Murder 
1953 The Glory Brigade 
1954 The Bob Mathias Story 
1954 Woman's World 
1954 Riot in Cell Block 11 
1955 Illegal 
1955 Headline Hunters 
1955 A Man Called Peter 
1956 Three Brave Men 
1956 The Opposite Sex 
1956 Ransom! 
1957 Kiss Them for Me 
1957 The Way to the Gold 
1957 Top Secret Affair 
1957 Slander 
1958 The Decks Ran Red 
1958 Cry Terror! 
1959 Beloved Infidel 
1959 The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake 
1959 -30- 
1959 The Man Who Understood Women 
1959 Cast a Long Shadow 
1962 Moon Pilot 
1963 4 for Texas 
1964 I'd Rather Be Rich 
1964 Looking for Love 
1967 The Graduate 
1967 Eight on the Lam
1968 The Split 
1969 The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes 
1969 Some Kind of a Nut 
1971 The Million Dollar Duck 
1978 Till Death


1. Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (180). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. 
2. "Interview with Jonathan Hole". Speaking of Radio. 
3. Honingberg, Sam (March 28, 1942). "The Radio Talent-Chicago". Billboard: 9. 
4. "Jonathan Hole Theatre Credits". Broadway World. 
5. "Dorothy Hayward". IBDB. 
6. "Two-Dollar Bettor". IMDB.  
7. "Mr. Young's Sprouts". IMDB. 
8.  Chance, Norman (2011). Who Was Who on TV, Volume 3. Xlibris Corporation. pp. 96, 97. ISBN 978-1-4568-2454-9.
9. "Bio for Jonathan Hole". IMDB. 
10. "Betty Hanna". IMDB.  
11. Jonathan Hole at Find a Grave 
12. "Jonathan Hole". IBDB. 
13. "Dr. David's Dad". IBDB.
14. "57 Bowery". IBDB. 
15. "Cinderelative". IBDB. 
16. "Peter Flies High". IBDB.  
17. "Chamberlain Brown's Scrapbook". IBDB. 
18. "The Little Black Book". IBDB. 
19. "The Locked Room". IBDB.  
20. "Lost Horizons". IMDB. 

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