Obituary: Claudia Bryar (1918-2011)

July 1, 2011

Veteran character actress Claudia Bryar died on June 16 at the age of 93.  Her death was reported, under her real name of Hortense Barrere, last week in a Los Angeles Times notice.

Bryar appeared in small parts in hundreds of television episodes, from Father Knows Best to Hill Street Blues.

Her usual specialty was the nosy neighbor, the spinster, or the severe professional woman.  The image above comes from “The Cure,” a 1960 Wanted: Dead or Alive episode in which Bryar had a larger-than-usual role, a romantic lead opposite actor Harold J. Stone.

Bryar was an actress I had sought to interview in this space, but by the time I contacted her family last year, her health was too poor to permit it.  However, our friend Ralph Senensky has written on his blog about Bryar and her husband, Paul Bryar, both of whom were close friends of his as well as charter members of the Senensky Stock Company.  Ralph writes about, and shows clips from, Ms. Bryar’s performances for him on Dr. Kildare here and in the telefilm The Family Nobody Wanted here.

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6 Responses to “Obituary: Claudia Bryar (1918-2011)”


  1. Thank you, Stephen!


  2. Slight correction Stephen. Not THE FAMILY HOLVAK, rather THE FAMILY NOBODY WANTED.

  3. Stephen Bowie Says:

    Thanks, Ralph. Fixed it.

  4. Paul Barrere Says:

    Thanks for the wonderful words about mom!
    Seeing the photos and clips is very moving…
    All the best
    Paul Barrere

  5. Tom Nawrocki Says:

    Is that Paul Barrere the guitarist from Little Feat?


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