Richard L. Bare

Richard Leland Bare (August 12, 1913 – March 28, 2015) was an American director, producer, and screenwriter of Hollywood movies, television shows and short films.

Richard L. Bare
Richard Leland Bare

(1913-08-12)August 12, 1913[1]
DiedMarch 28, 2015(2015-03-28) (aged 101)
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter
Years active1942–1973, 2007–2015
Virginia Carpenter
(m. 1941; div. 1946)

(m. 1948; div. 1949)

Julie Van Zandt
(m. 1951; div. 1956)

Jeanne Evans
(m. 1958; div. 1965)

Gloria Beutel
(m. 1968; died 2012)

Born in Turlock, California, he attended USC School of Cinematic Arts where he directed his most notable student film, The Oval Portrait, an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's story. He became notable post-graduation for writing and directing the Joe McDoakes series of short films for Warner Brothers between 1942 and 1956, featuring George O'Hanlon in the title role.

On television, he directed seven classic The Twilight Zone episodes: "To Serve Man", "What's in the Box?", "The Fugitive", "Third from the Sun", "The Purple Testament", "Nick of Time" and "The Prime Mover". He directed almost every episode of the 1960s-1970s CBS television series Green Acres. He also directed feature films, including Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend and Wicked, Wicked. On May 2, 2014, he acquired the rights with producer Phillip Goldfine to produce a movie and Broadway play based on Green Acres.[2]

His memoir, Confessions of a Hollywood Director discusses his directorial work, as well as behind-the-scenes information, and his service as a captain in the Army Air Forces' First Motion Picture Unit.[3] Bare also wrote The Film Director: A Practical Guide to Motion Picture and Television Techniques (1971; ISBN 0-02-012130-X), a text to teach the craft of directing to aspiring filmmakers. On November 19, 2007, Bare announced that he was working on a revival of Green Acres.[4]

He died on March 28, 2015, at the age of 101 at his home in Newport Beach, California.[5]



  1. ^ "Biography for Richard Bare". Turner Classic Movies. Time Warner Company. Archived from the original on 3 September 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ Busch, Anita (2 May 2014). "'Green Acres' Moving From Hooterville To Hollywood: Feature Film, Broadway Play In The Works". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  3. ^ Bare, Richard L. (2011). Roberts, Jerry (ed.). Confessions of a Hollywood Director. Scarecrow Press. p. 201. ISBN 9780810840324. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  4. ^ Kimball, Trevor (November 19, 2007). "Green Acres: Original Series Director Wants to Continue Classic Sitcom". TV Series Finale. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  5. ^ Zumberge, Marianne (10 April 2015). "Richard L. Bare, 'Green Acres' Director, Dies at 101". Variety. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 11 April 2015.

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