Mostly Credited As: Arthur Hill
Birth Name: Arthur Edward Spence Hill
Date Of Birth: August 01, 1922 (Age 84)
Country Of Birth: Canada
Birth Place: Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada
Date Of Death: October 22, 2006
Cause Of Death: Alzheimers Disease (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Arthur Hill personified the American breed of WASP, the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, better than anyone else in movies and TV. The Canadian-born Hill played the pink-skinned, blue-eyed, gray-haired, slender-waisted authority figure in 20 movies and in more than 40 TV appearances. He was most familiar to viewers as the dignified star of the "Owen Marshall: Counselor-At-Law" series. For years he succeeded, both as heavy and hero, portraying the archetypal capitalist — the Ivy League graduate of cultivated voice and aristocratic demeanor. Usually, he was filthy rich. He played few seedy characters. Hill returned in 1984 to weekly TV in "Glitter," once more playing an authoritative figure: the editor of a national magazine and boss of a reporting team consisting of Morgan Brittany and David Birney. Initially, his character was owner/publisher of the magazine, but producer
Aaron Spelling decided that job would have removed him too far from the action. Although he generally played straight roles, the occasional heroic part fell to him about as often as heavies. He explained that a respectable demeanor makes an excellent cloak for skulduggery. He would have been the last person in a crowd singled out as a mass murderer, Soviet spy or safe-cracker.
Arthur Hill passed away in 2006.
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Arthur Hill Quotes
I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of seedy characters I've played. I've played doctors, lawyers, judges, academicians, executives, heads of bureaucracies and several times the head of the CIA. I'd be an unpopular choice for, say, a labor leader. Ed Asner gets those parts hands down.