Peter Hobbs
Hobbs, Peter
January 19, 1918 - January 2, 2011
After a brief illness, Peter passed away peacefully at his home in Santa Monica surrounded by family. Born in Etretat, France, to Dr. Austin L. Hobbs and Mabel Foote Hobbs, Peter was raised in New York City, attended Solebury School in PA, and graduated in Drama from Bard College. In World War II he served in Europe as a Sergeant in Combat Engineering and fought at the Battle of the Bulge. Peter was especially proud of his role in safeguarding the lives of the men in his platoon. Peter enjoyed a 50-year career as an actor in theater, TV, and film. He played on Broadway (notably, "Teahouse of the August Moon" and "Billy Budd"); on TV (from his role as Peter Ames in "Secret Storm" from 1954 to 1962, to "Perry Mason", "The Dick Van Dyke Show,"The Andy Griffith Show, "Bonanza,""All in the Family, "The Odd Couple," "Streets of San Francisco," "Happy Days," "Barney Miller," "Lou Grant," "M*A*S*H," "Knots Landing," "L.A. Law," and dozens more); and in film ("Sleeper," "The Man with Two Brains," "9 to 5," "Any Which Way You Can," "Andromeda Strain," "In the Mood," and "The Lady in Red"). Peter was a devoted husband and loving father, a good and generous friend and neighbor, an amiable, passionate and good- humored man who loved life, all kinds of people, progressive politics, reading, acting, spirited conversation, laughter, and a cocktail or two now and then. He was a vibrant man who, whether you knew him on the screen or in life, put a smile on your face and joy in your heart. "Point of order!" as he liked to say: You gave them a good show, Peter! Peter is survived by his wife of 28 years, Carolyn Adams Hobbs; three daughters, Anna Hobbs of Barcelona, Jennifer McVeigh of Prospect, Maine, and Nancy Hobbs of New York City; two stepsons, Mark and Adam Richards of Santa Monica; and six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Published by Los Angeles Times from Jan. 11 to Jan. 15, 2011.
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He was a terrific actor! I especially loved him in M*A*S*H and The Dick Van Dyke Show. Not only versatile but he seemed to be quite a nice guy. He will live forever in his roles!
Chris Lawson
January 28, 2011
January 20,2011 Calleville les deux Eglises FRANCE

I was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of M. Peter Hobbs. I appreciated him very much through various films and TV series.I recently found he was born in France, in Etretat, where I have lived for years. I wrote him letters and he phoned me up. I then discovered M. Hobbs was a very friendly, modest man, busy and happy to live in spite of sight troubles. I'll never forget him. The town of Etretat too will never forget Peter Hobbs who is one of its children.
May you rest in peace M. Peter Hobbs in the Kingdom of God.

I wish to send you, Mrs Hobbs, and all your family, my deepest sympathy on your sad loss.
With my kindest regards
Alain Millet
Alain MILLET
January 20, 2011
January 20,2011
I was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of M. Peter Hobbs. I appreciatted him very much through various films and TV series.I recently found he was born in France, in Etretat, where I have lived for years. I wrote him letters and he phoned me up. I then discovered M. Hobbs was a very friendly, modest man, busy and happy to live in spite of sight troubles. I'll never forget him. The town of Etretat too will never forget Peter Hobbs who is one of its children.
May you rest in peace M. Peter Hobbs in the Kingdom of God.

I wish to send you, Mrs Hobbs, and all your family, my deepest sympathy on your sad loss.
With my kindest regards
Alain Millet
Alain MILLET
January 20, 2011
I remember Peter when he lived in Brooklyn at 108 Pierpont St. We lived downstairs and as I grew up I would always watch for him on TV. He was a fine actor and a fine man and will be missed.

Chris Campbell
Cherry Valley, New York
Chris Campbell
January 19, 2011
I remember watching Mr. Hobbs in many tv series including Gomer Pyle, Happy Days, Barney Miller and many others. He was a wonderful actor and will be missed very much.
Charles Hunt
January 14, 2011
Thank you for the many years of entertainment you've given me over the years...
John Nelson
January 13, 2011
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