Jerry Hardin Biography

Birthday: 1929-11-20
Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas
Wiki Biography: A highly engaging, charismatic, and reliable character actor with a long and distinguished career spanning half a century, Jerry Hardin has been gracing both the big and small screen, and stage, with many enjoyable performances, highlighted by a relaxed and pleasing Southern twang. Born November 20, 1929, in Dallas, Texas, where his father was a rancher, Hardin was raised outside the city, where he first began acting in school productions. This would lead to a scholarship to Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and a Fulbright scholarship to the Royal Academy for Dramatic Art in London. He had his first (uncredited) film role in the classic drive-in flick Thunder Road (1958) starring Robert Mitchum and, by 1961, had racked up an impressive amount of over 75 theatre credits. He became incredibly prolific in the 1970's, when his film career really took off, and he also started appearing regularly on TV series including "Gunsmoke" (1955), "Starsky and Hutch" (1975), "The Streets of San Francisco" (1972), "Little House on the Prairie" (1974), "The Rockford Files" (1974), "Miami Vice" (1984), "L.A. Law" (1986), "Melrose Place" (1992), "Murder, She Wrote" (1984) and "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (1993). A particularly memorable performance by Mr. Hardin in this medium was that of Mark Twain in episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987). He would also prove to be in high demand for film roles, appearing in the likes of "Wolf Lake", "Heartland", "1941", "Honky Tonk Freeway", "Reds", "Missing", "Honkytonk Man", "Cujo", "The Falcon and the Snowman", "Warning Sign", "Big Trouble in Little China", "Wanted: Dead or Alive", "The Hot Spot", "The Firm", "Ghosts of Mississippi", "Hidalgo", and "Are We There Yet?". His performance as one of the subtly sinister senior partners in "The Firm" impressed 'X-Files' creator Chris Carter enough that Carter would create the character of Deep Throat with him in mind, and it's this role that is definitely one of Hardins' most famous. A noteworthy stage performance of his was in the play "The Rainmaker", working alongside Jayne Atkinson, Woody Harrelson and David Aaron Baker. Hardins' wife is actress and acting teacher Diane Hardin (her students have included Leonardo DiCaprio, Hilary Swank, Stephen Dorff, River Phoenix, Kellie Martin and Christopher Masterson), his daughter actress Melora Hardin, and his son Shawn Hardin was chief operating officer in charge of product for NBC-1 in San Francisco.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Filthy Rich Wild Bill Weschester 1982 Comedy
Wanted: Dead or Alive 1986 Action
The Firm Royce McKnight 1993 Thriller
Missing Col. Sean Patrick 2004 - 2005 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Tempest 1982 0, 0, Biography, 0
Honkytonk Man 1982 Fantasy, 0, 0
Cujo Masen 1983 Reality Tv
Heartbreakers Warren Williams 1984 Drama
Mass Appeal Mr. Dolson 1984 Drama
Warning Sign Vic Flint 1985 Game Show, 0, Sport
Wanted: Dead or Alive 1987 Action, Crime, Drama
Little Nikita 1988 0, Game Show
The Milagro Beanfield War 1988 Comedy, Fantasy, Drama
Valentino Returns Reverend Ray Horner 1989 Drama
War Party The Sheriff 1989 Action, Drama
Pacific Heights 1990
The Hot Spot 1990 Crime, Drama, Romance
The Firm Royce McKnight 1993 0
Soul of the Game 1996 Drama, History, Sport
Certain Guys Mr. Sherman 2000 Comedy, Drama
Island Prey Sam Hayes 2005 Drama, Romance, Thriller
Missing Col. Sean Patrick 2007 Game Show
The Last Lullaby Martin Lennox 2008 Drama, Mystery
You Rex 2009 Drama
Blaze Thibodeaux 2018 0, 0