Trevor Bardette
Bardette in Dick Tracy (1945)
Terva Gaston Hubbard

(1902-11-19)November 19, 1902
DiedNovember 28, 1977(1977-11-28) (aged 75)
Alma materOregon State University
Northwestern University
Years active1937–1970
Dorothy Virginia Chandler
(m. 1927)

Trevor Bardette (born Terva Gaston Hubbard;[1] November 19, 1902 – November 28, 1977[citation needed] ) was an American film and television actor. Among many other roles in his long and prolific career, Bardette appeared in several episodes of Adventures of Superman and as Newman Haynes Clanton, or Old Man Clanton, in 21 episodes of the ABC/Desilu western series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.[2]

Early years

Bardette acted with the dramatic club[3] at Oregon State University, where he graduated in 1925 with a degree in mechanical engineering.[1] He then earned a master of science degree at Northwestern University.[4]


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Bardette began working in film in 1936, after leaving a planned mechanical engineering career.[5] His first role was in the 1937 movie Borderland, a Hopalong Cassidy "Old West" feature. He appeared in an uncredited role as Art Huck in The Big Sleep (1946 film).

He made over 172 movies and 72 television appearances in his career, and was seen as a rustler, gangster, wartime collaborator. On the Adventures of Superman, he played the sinister title character in the 1951 show The Human Bomb. In its 1954 episode "Great Caesar's Ghost", he was a member of a criminal gang trying to drive editor Perry White insane by making him think the subject of his oft-heard epithet had materialized. He played "Wally", the proprietor of Wally's Filling Station, in the "Gomer the House Guest" episode of The Andy Griffith Show.

Bardette was cast in various roles in four episodes of the anthology series The Ford Television Theatre between 1953 and 1956. He guest-starred six times each on the original CBS family drama, Lassie, and in Clint Walker's ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Cheyenne. Bardette appeared three times on John Payne's western series, The Restless Gun as well as Wagon Train, and Have Gun – Will Travel. Twice he appeared on Tales of Wells Fargo, Broken Arrow, Gunsmoke, Maverick, Laramie and Trackdown.

Bardette played Captain Warner in the 1962 episode "A Matter of Honor" on the syndicated western anthology series, Death Valley Days. In that episode, Vic Morrow played Lt. Robert Benson. In Oct 1962 he played Jessie Johnson on an episode of Bonanza, "The Way Station", as the grandfather of a lovestruck young woman whose love interest holds a stage hostage until a posse arrives. In 1965, he played Stanley Conklin in the episode "The Unborn" of the CBS drama Slattery's People, starring Richard Crenna as a state legislator.

From 1959 to 1961, he was cast as the unscrupulous Old Man Clanton on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, with Hugh O'Brian in the title role of Wyatt Earp. His last appearance was in "The Requiem for Old Man Clanton" on May 30, 1961. Bardette appeared as well in different roles in five earlier Wyatt Earp episodes between 1956 and 1958.[citation needed]

Bardette made two guest appearances on CBS's Perry Mason. In 1959, he played murder victim John Brant in "The Case of the Startled Stallion," and in 1963 he played Garrett Richards in "The Case of the Two-Faced Turn-a-Bout," with Hugh O'Brian in the role of guest attorney Bruce Jason.

Bardette made his final television appearance in the 1968 episode "Goodbye, Dolly" of the CBS sitcom Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., starring Jim Nabors.[citation needed] His final film appearance was the next year in Mackenna's Gold.

Selected filmography


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  2. ^ "Video Actor's Bitten Dust 78 Times". The Daily Herald. Utah, Provo. September 28, 1959. p. 16. Retrieved July 5, 2017 – via Open access icon
  3. ^ "Circus Play Is Liked". Morning Register. Oregon, Eugene. April 25, 1924. p. 6. Retrieved September 16, 2018 – via Open access icon
  4. ^ "Capitol". Shamokin News-Dispatch. Pennsylvania, Shamokin. March 31, 1939. p. 8. Retrieved July 5, 2017 – via Open access icon
  5. ^ "Trevor Bardette". Blockbuster. Archived from the original on October 18, 2010. Retrieved September 12, 2012.