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Richard L. Bare, ‘Green Acres’ Director, Dies at 101

28 March 2015

Richard L. Bare, who wrote and directed hundreds of episodes of classic TV shows including Green Acres and Twilight Zone, has died in Newport Beach, California. He was 101.

Most episodes of TV series Green Acres were directed by Bare, who also directed episodes of Maverick — he’s credited with the discovery of James Garner.

Bare also directed the Twilight Zone episode titled ‘To Serve Man’, one of the series’ most famous instalments. He directed the pilot of 77 Sunset Strip as well as episodes of Route 66, Maverick, Petticoat Junction and Nanny and the Professor, as well as dozens of other series.

Born in Modesto, California, Bare was a film enthusiast from an early age, even building a small theatre in his home as a young man. He graduated from USC film school, where he would later teach.

Bare began his career in the 1940s at Warner Bros., where he was contracted to write and direct a collection of short films about character Joe McDoakes, with titles such as “So You Want to Be a Detective” and “So You’re Going to Be a Father.”

Out of the director’s chair, Bare channelled his Hollywood experiences into a guide to directing, authoring the book The Film Director.