Richard L. Bare: American film and television director (1913 - 2015) | Biography
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Richard L. Bare
American film and television director

Richard L. Bare

Richard L. Bare
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Intro American film and television director
Was Film director Screenwriter
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 12 August 1913, Modesto, Stanislaus County, California, U.S.A.
Death 28 March 2015, Newport Beach, Orange County, California, U.S.A. (aged 101 years)
Star sign Leo
Spouse: Phyllis Coates
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Richard Leland Bare (August 12, 1913 – March 28, 2015) 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 The Twilight Zone classic episode "To Serve Man". 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.

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. 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.

On May 2, 2014, he acquired the rights with producer Phillip Goldfine to produce a movie and Broadway play based on Green Acres.

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


  • Wicked, Wicked (1973)
  • Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (1957)
  • This Side of the Law (1950)
  • Return of the Frontiersman (1950)
  • Flaxy Martin (1949)
  • Smart Girls Don't Talk (1948)
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