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Arthur Hill (Canadian actor)

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Arthur Hill
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Hill in 1971 as Owen Marshall.
Arthur Edward Spence Hill

(1922-08-01)1 August 1922
Died22 October 2006(2006-10-22) (aged 84)
Alma materUniversity of British Columbia
Years active1949–1990
Spouse(s)Peggy Hassard (1942–1998; her death; 2 children)
Anne-Sophie Taraba (2001–2006; his death)
Back, L-R: Reni Santoni, Arthur Hill, Lee Majors. Front: Joan Darling and Christine Matchett
Back, L-R: Reni Santoni, Arthur Hill, Lee Majors. Front: Joan Darling and Christine Matchett

Arthur Edward Spence Hill (1 August 1922 – 22 October 2006) was a Canadian actor. He was known in British and American theatre, film and television.

Early life

Arthur Hill was born Arthur Edward Spence Hill in Melfort, Saskatchewan, on 1 August 1922, the son of Edith Georgina (Spence) and Olin Drake Hill, a lawyer. As part of the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, Hill served in the mechanic corps. He attended the University of British Columbia, studying law. He joined the RCAF while in UBC pre-law.[1] After the war, finishing the university degree, he was lured to the stage. He studied acting in Seattle, Washington.


Hill's Broadway theatre debut was in the 1957 revival of Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker, playing Cornelius Hackl. In 1963, the Tonys awarded Hill Best Dramatic Actor for his portrayal of George in the original Broadway production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Other Broadway credits include: Ben Gant in the original production of Look Homeward, Angel (1957); All the Way Home (1960); Something More! (1964); and More Stately Mansions (1967).[2]

In the film The Andromeda Strain (1971), Hill played Dr. Jeremy Stone. Other film work: The Ugly American (1963); Harper (1966); Petulia (1968); The Chairman (1969); The Killer Elite (1975); Futureworld (1976); A Bridge Too Far (1977) (uncredited); and narration of Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983).[3]

Hill's television role portraying lawyer Owen Marshall in the 1971–74 TV series Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law had high status at the time.[2] He appeared on many other television shows, including The Reporter, a 1964 drama starring Harry Guardino. Grandpa Lansford Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie (1976) was another of Hill's portrayals.

Other television shows were: Mission Impossible, episode "The Carriers" (S1:E10) 1966; Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, episode "The Monster from the Inferno" 1966; The F.B.I., (S1:E23) "Flight to Harbin" 1966; The Invaders, episode "The Leeches" 1967; Murder, She Wrote, the pilot episode, 1984, reprising the role in 1990; and Columbo, episode "Agenda for Murder", portraying a governor, was his final role in 1990.

Personal life

Hill married Peggy Hassard in September 1942. Their children were Douglas and Jennifer.[4] The family moved to Great Britain in 1948. In London, he was at the BBC, both radio and television. They moved to New York City in 1958,[3] then to Los Angeles in 1968.

He retired in 1990. After the death of his wife in 1998, he married Anne-Sophie Taraba in 2001.[5][6]


Hill died on 22 October 2006, in Pacific Palisades, California. He lived in a nursing home, and was 84 years old. His passing was attributed to Alzheimer's disease.[1]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ a b Martin, Douglas (October 27, 2006). "Arthur Hill, Actor Who Won Tony for 'Virginia Woolf,' Dies at 84". The New York Times. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Byrge, Duane (October 27, 2006). "Actor Arthur Hill dies at 84". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press.
  3. ^ a b "Arthur Hill: Actor". Variety. October 27, 2006.
  4. ^ "Arthur Hill BIography (1922-)". Film Reference.
  5. ^ Thurber, Jon (October 27, 2006). "Arthur Hill, 84; won Tony for 'Woolf' role". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ Vallance, Tom (October 28, 2006). "Arthur Hill Actor of quiet authority". The Independent.

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