Richard L. Bare

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Richard L. Bare
Born Richard Leland Bare
(1913-08-12)August 12, 1913
Turlock, California, United States
Died March 28, 2015(2015-03-28) (aged 101)
Newport Beach, California, United States
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1943-1973, 2007-2015
Spouse(s) Gloria Beutel (March 14, 1968 – 2012, her death)
Jeanne Evans (November 22, 1958 – February 8, 1965; divorced)
Julie Van Zandt (1951 – January 24, 1956; divorced); 2 children
Phyllis Coates (March 28, 1948 – December 1, 1948; divorced)
Virginia Carpenter (August 9, 1941 – 1946; divorced)

Richard Leland Bare (August 12, 1913 – March 28, 2015)[1] was an American director, producer, and screenwriter of television shows and short films.

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 virtually 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. ^ Turner Classic Movies
  2. ^ Broadway play based on Green Acres,; accessed January 7, 2015.
  3. ^ Profile,; accessed January 7, 2015.
  4. ^ "Green Acres: Original Series Director Wants to Continue Classic Sitcom", TV Series Finale, November 19, 2007
  5. ^ Marianne Zumberge. "Richard L. Bare, 'Green Acres' Director, Dies at 101". Variety. Retrieved 2015-04-11. 

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