Bruce Yarnell (December 28, 1935 – November 30, 1973), was an actor known for Bonanza (1959), Outlaws (1961-1962), Irma la Douce (1963), and The Legend of Robin Hood (1968).
Yarnell was born in Los Angeles, California as Bruce Altomari Yarnell to Harold Earl Yarnell and Marie Frances Altomari. He was the brother of Lorene Yarnell Jansson and Richard Yarnell. He was a graduate of Hollywood High School.
Baritone Yarnell debuted on Broadway in the musical "The Happiest Girl in the World." He appeared on stage as Curly in "Oklahoma!," Billy Bigelow in "Carousel," Petruchio in "Kiss Me Kate," and Frank Butler in a Broadway revival of "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Ethel Merman.
Once was a regular featured vocalist for the Earl Carroll's Theater nightclub on Sunset and Vine in L.A. He sang baritone roles at the San Francisco Opera from 1971 until his death.
On November 30, 1973, Bruce was at the controls of his small-craft private plane when it crashed into the Santa Monica Mountains shortly after taking off from LAX. He was on his way to perform at the San Francisco Opera Company. Both Bruce and two passengers, David and Teri Wirsching, were killed.
Bruce Yarnell was married first to Frances L. Chadwick (1957-1971) and then to singer and voice teacher Joan Patenaude (from 1972 until his death). His widow began the Bruce Yarnell Scholarship in his name, to award young baritones, and presides as one of the judges.
Bruce Yarnell is buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, California.
1968 The Road Hustlers Matt Reedy
1968 The Legend of Robin Hood (TV Series) Little John
- Episode dated 18 February 1968 (1968) ... Little John
1967 Annie Get Your Gun (TV Movie) Frank Butler
1966 Pistols 'n' Petticoats (TV Series) Corporal Evans
- Pilot (1966) ... Corporal Evans
1966 Good Old Days (TV Short) Slag
1966 My Brother the Angel (TV Series) Ezra
- Wash You Were Here (1966) ... Ezra
1965 Hogan's Heroes (TV Series) Captain Jeb Winslow
- Happiness Is a Warm Sergeant (1965) ... Captain Jeb Winslow
1964-1965 Bonanza (TV Series) Muley Jones
- Hound Dog (1965) ... Muley Jones
- The Saga of Muley Jones (1964) ... Muley Jones
1963 Irma la Douce Hippolyte
1963 Wide Country (TV Series) Tom Kidwell
- The Lucky Punch (1963) ... Tom Kidwell
1961-1962 Outlaws (TV Series) Deputy Marshal Chalk Breeson / Deputy Chalk Breeson / Deputy Chuck Breeson
- All in a Day's Work (1962) ... Deputy Marshal Chalk Breeson
- Charge aka Outpost (1962) ... Deputy Chalk Breeson
- Farewell Performance (1962) ... Deputy Marshal Chalk Breeson
- Ride the Man Down (1962) ... Deputy Marshal Chalk Breeson
- No More Horses (1962) ... Deputy Marshal Chalk Breeson
2000 The Next Best Thing (performer: "They Say It's Wonderful")
1964-1965 Bonanza (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Hound Dog (1965) ... (performer: "Hound Dog Song")
- The Saga of Muley Jones (1964) ... (performer: "Wait For The Wagon" (1851), "Beautiful Dreamer," "Listen To the Mockingbird," "Sourwood Mountain," "Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms")
1963 Wide Country (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Lucky Punch (1963) ... (performer: "Aura Lee," "Wait for the Wagon")
1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series) Self
- Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Walter Slezak, Don Adams, Noel Harrison (1968) ... Self (uncredited)
1966 The Bell Telephone Hour (TV Series) Self - Singer
- Christmas Through the Ages (1966) ... Self - Singer
1966 The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (TV Movie) Self
1962 The Tonight Show (TV Series) Self - Actor
- Episode #1.87 (1962) ... Self - Actor
- Episode #1.20 (1962) ... Self - Actor
1962 The Tonight Show Starring Jack Parr (TV Series) Self
- Episode #5.131 (1962) ... Self
1962 Here's Hollywood (TV Series) Self
- Episode #2.106 (1962) ... Self