Hardy Rawls is a character actor. In 2003, Adweek,[1] Ad Age,[2] and the New York Post described Rawls' best-known role as that of the father on Nickelodeon's The Adventures of Pete & Pete.[3] For Maytag's 2004 marketing campaign, Rawls became the third actor to portray Ol' Lonely, replacing the retiring Gordon Jump;[1] Rawls was, in turn, replaced by Richmond, Virginia real estate broker Clay Jackson on April 2, 2007.[4]

Hardy Rawls
OccupationCharacter actor
Known forActing in
The Adventures of Pete & Pete

Rawls also performed in NBC's 1987 television film Bates Motel[5] as well as the TV series Law & Order, Judging Amy, and Ed.[3]


  1. ^ a b Baar, Aaron (July 29, 2003). "Jump Retires as Maytag's 'Lonely' Repairman". Adweek. Chicago. ISSN 0199-2864. Archived from the original on December 11, 2018. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  2. ^ Macarthur, Kate (July 29, 2003). "Lonely Maytag Repairman Gets New Face". Ad Age. Chicago. Archived from the original on May 27, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020. Long-Running Ad Icon Gets Third Actor in 35 Years
  3. ^ a b Starr, Michael (July 31, 2003). "He's the New Maytag Man". New York Post. ISSN 1090-3321. Archived from the original on November 10, 2017. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ Elliott, Stuart (April 2, 2007). "A Winning Audition for Maytag Repairman". The New York Times. ISSN 1553-8095. OCLC 1645522. Archived from the original on June 5, 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  5. ^ Sherman, Fraser A. (2000). "The Films". Cyborgs, Santa Claus and Satan: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Made for Television. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. p. 21. ISBN 978-0-7864-4341-3.

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