Born July 16, 1915, in Bedford Hills, N.Y., Hughes held jobs as a dock checker in New York harbor, a Macy's salesman and a Wall Street copyreader before auditioning for the stage on a dare from a friend. His career, which began in 1934 with one line in a repertory production of The Taming of the Shrew, has since spanned broadway, television and films.
Hughes made his Broadway debut in 1935 in Herself Mrs. Patrick Crowley. Until 1942 he toured the eastern United States performing in stock theatrical shows. In 1945, he resumed the stage career which had been interrupted by the war. While on tour, he met actress Helen Stenborg, whom he married in 1950.
In the 1950s, Barnard branched into television work with roles in Playhouse 90, Kraft Theater and Armstrong Circle Theater. His first feature film role was in the 1969 hit Midnight Cowboy. Subsequent screen credits include The Hospital, Oh, God! and First Monday in October.
In 1979 he received the Tony and Critics' Circle awards for best actor in Da and an Emmy for an episode of the Lou Grant television series.
Hughes and his wife reside in New York City. They have two children, Doug, born in 1955, and Laura, born in 1959.
Barnard Hughes Facts
|Birthday||July 16, 1915|
|Birthplace||Bedford Hills, New York, USA|
|Date of death||July 11, 2006 (age 90)|