John Hillermann - Die Biographie

John Benedict Hillerman wurde am 20. Dezember 1932 in Denison (Texas) geboren. 

 

Er war der Sohn eines Tankstellenbesitzers und erwarb bereits während seiner Dienstzeit bei der US-Air Force schauspielerische Erfahrungen in einer Theatertruppe. Ende der 50er-Jahre startete er eine professionelle Bühnenkarriere. Erst spät trat er vor der Kamera in Erscheinung. In den 1970er-Jahren spielte Hillerman Nebenrollen unter anderem in mehreren Filmen von Peter Bogdanovich: Die letzte Vorstellung (1971), Is’ was, Doc? (1972), Paper Moon (1973) und At Long Last Love (1975).

 

Seinen Durchbruch zum Star hatte der Charakterdarsteller aber im Fernsehen mit der Rolle des Simon Brimmer in der Fernsehserie Ellery Queen, einer modernisierten Version der gleichnamigen Buchserie. Die Serie wurde in den Jahren 1975/1976 gedreht.

 

Aktuelles Bild aus dem Jahr 2010

 

Nur die Rolle des Higgins an der Seite von Tom Selleck wurde noch zu einem grösseren Erfolg für John Hillerman. Er erntete für diese Darstellung den Golden Globe Award und einen Emmy. Die Figur des eitlen und sympathischen „Jonathan Higgins“ verkörperte Hillerman als Gaststar noch in drei weiteren Serien (Mord ist ihr Hobby, Simon & Simon, Zurück in die Vergangenheit). Auch zahlreiche andere TV-Auftritte Hillermans nutzten seine Popularität als „Berufsbrite“ mit überzeugend vorgetäuschtem Akzent.

 

1990 kehrte Hillerman zurück zum TV und spielte eine Season als Lloyd Hogan in der Serie "The Hogan Family". 1993 spielte er eine Season in "Berlin Break". Er spielte den Mac Mackenzie.

 

1996 wurde aufgrund einer Namensverwechslung irrtümlich der Tod John Hillermans gemeldet. Im Jahr 2000 zog er ins Privatleben zurückgezogen und lebt seit diesem Zeitpunkt irgendwo in Texas.

 

Higgins und die Jahre: 1920-1930-1940-1960

John Hillermann - Seine Filme

  1. A Very Brady Sequel (1996) .... Dr. Whitehead
  2. "Berlin Break" (1993) TV series .... John J. MacKenzie (unknown episodes)
  3. "Murder, She Wrote" .... Edgar Greenstreet / ... (2 episodes, 1986-1992)
        - Murder on Madison Avenue (1992)
    TV episode .... Edgar Greenstreet
        - Magnum on Ice: Part 2 (1986)
    TV episode .... Jonathan Higgins
  4. "Valerie" .... Lloyd Hogan (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
    ... aka "The Hogan Family" (USA: new title)
    ... aka "Valerie's Family" (USA: new title)
        - Ho, Ho, Hogans (1991)
    TV episode .... Lloyd Hogan
        - Isn't It Romantic? (1991)
    TV episode .... Lloyd Hogan
        - A Family Affair (1991)
    TV episode .... Lloyd Hogan
        - A Sneaking Suspicion (1991)
    TV episode .... Lloyd Hogan
        - The Best of Friends, Worst of Times (1990)
    TV episode .... Lloyd Hogan
          (8 more)
  5. Hands of a Murderer (1990) (TV) .... Dr. John Watson
    ... aka Sherlock Holmes and the Prince of Crime
  6. Gummibärchen küßt man nicht (1989) .... Pfarrer
    ... aka Real Men Don't Eat Gummi Bears (USA)
  7. "Around the World in 80 Days" (1989/I) TV mini-series .... Sir Francis Commarty
    ... aka "Il giro del mondo in 80 giorni" (Italy)
    ... aka "In 80 Tagen um die Welt" (West Germany)
  8. Street of Dreams (1988) (TV) .... Raymond Kepler
  9. "Magnum, P.I." .... Jonathan Quayle Higgins III / ... (162 episodes, 1980-1988)
        - Resolutions: Part 1 (1988)
    TV episode .... Jonathan Quayle Higgins III
        - Resolutions: Part 2 (1988)
    TV episode .... Jonathan Quayle Higgins III
        - Transitions (1988)
    TV episode .... Jonathan Quayle Higgins III
        - Legend of the Lost Art (1988)
    TV episode .... Jonathan Quayle Higgins III
        - The Great Hawaiian Adventure Company (1988)
    TV episode .... Jonathan Quayle Higgins III
          (157 more)
  10. Assault and Matrimony (1987) (TV) .... Cyril
  11. Up the Creek (1984) .... Dean Burch
  12. Money Hunt: The Mystery of the Missing Link (1984) (V) .... The Host
    ... aka Money Hunt (USA: video box title)
  13. "The Love Boat" (3 episodes, 1979-1983)
        - Last Case/Looking for Mr. Wilson/Love on Strike (1983)
    TV episode
        - The Critical Success/Love Lamp Is Lit, The/Take My Boy Friend, Please/Rent a Family/Man in Her Life: Part 1 (1979)
    TV episode
        - The Critical Success/Love Lamp Is Lit, The/Take My Boy Friend, Please/Rent a Family/Man in Her Life: Part 2 (1979)
    TV episode
  14. Little Gloria... Happy at Last (1982) (TV) .... Maury Paul
  15. "Simon & Simon" .... Jonathan Higgins (1 episode, 1982)
        - Emeralds Are Not a Girl's Best Friend (1982)
    TV episode .... Jonathan Higgins
  16. "Tales of the Gold Monkey" .... Fritz the Monocle (2 episodes, 1982)
        - Tales of the Gold Monkey: Part 1 (1982)
    TV episode .... Fritz the Monocle
        - Tales of the Gold Monkey: Part 2 (1982)
    TV episode .... Fritz the Monocle
  17. Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982) (TV) .... Monocle
    ... aka The Curse of the Gold Monkey
  18. History of the World: Part I (1981) .... Rich Man - The French Revolution
    ... aka Mel Brooks' History of the World: Part 1 (USA: complete title)
  19. "One Day at a Time" .... Mr. Connors (6 episodes, 1976-1980)
        - The Amarillo Connection (1980)
    TV episode .... Mr. Connors
        - Connor's Crisis (1980)
    TV episode .... Mr. Connors
        - Old Horizons (1980)
    TV episode .... Mr. Connors
        - Et tu, Ann? (1979)
    TV episode .... Mr. Connors
        - The Traveling Salesperson (1977)
    TV episode .... Mr. Connors
          (1 more)
  20. "Lou Grant" .... Sturbridge (1 episode, 1980)
        - Pack (1980)
    TV episode .... Sturbridge
  21. "Nobody's Perfect" (1 episode, 1980)
    ... aka "Hart of the Yard" (UK)
        - It Was a Very Good Year (1980)
    TV episode
  22. "Hart to Hart" .... Victor Sutter (1 episode, 1980)
        - Cruise at Your Own Risk (1980)
    TV episode .... Victor Sutter
  23. Battles: The Murder That Wouldn't Die (1980) (TV) .... Paul Harrison
    ... aka Battles
    ... aka The Murder That Wouldn't Die (USA)
  24. Marathon (1980) (TV) .... Greg
  25. "Young Maverick" .... McBurney (1 episode, 1980)
        - Makin' Tracks (1980)
    TV episode .... McBurney
  26. "Soap" .... Minister (1 episode, 1980)
        - Episode #3.12 (1980)
    TV episode .... Minister
  27. "Tenspeed and Brown Shoe" (1 episode, 1980)
        - Diamonds Aren't Forever (1980)
    TV episode
  28. Sunburn (1979) .... Webb
  29. Institute for Revenge (1979) (TV) (uncredited) .... Voice of I.F.R.
  30. "Flying High" .... Herron / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
        - Ladies of the Night (1979)
    TV episode .... Richter
        - Fear of Cheesecake (1978)
    TV episode .... Herron
  31. Beanes of Boston (1979) (TV) .... Mr. Peacock
  32. Betrayal (1978) (TV) .... Victor Slavin
  33. "Little House on the Prairie" .... Sterling Murdock (1 episode, 1978)
    ... aka "Little House: A New Beginning" (USA: last season title)
        - Harriet's Happenings (1978)
    TV episode .... Sterling Murdock
  34. A Guide for the Married Woman (1978) (TV) .... Marvin
  35. "Hawaii Five-O" .... Donald Blair / ... (2 episodes, 1976-1978)
    ... aka "McGarrett" (USA: rerun title)
        - A Stranger in His Grave (1978)
    TV episode .... Nelson Bodine
        - Man on Fire (1976)
    TV episode .... Donald Blair
  36. "The Betty White Show" .... John Elliot (14 episodes, 1977-1978)
        - The Stunt Woman (1978)
    TV episode .... John Elliot
        - Play Misty for John (1978)
    TV episode .... John Elliot
        - Fletcher's Decision (1977)
    TV episode .... John Elliot
        - Joyce's Wedding (1977)
    TV episode .... John Elliot
        - Joyce, the Matchmaker (1977)
    TV episode .... John Elliot
          (9 more)
  37. Kill Me If You Can (1977) (TV) .... George Davis
    ... aka The Caryl Chessman Story (USA)
  38. Relentless (1977) (TV) .... Major Leo Hargit
  39. Audrey Rose (1977) .... Scott Velie
  40. "Delvecchio" .... Dr. Augustus Hamilton (1 episode, 1977)
        - Licensed to Kill (1977)
    TV episode .... Dr. Augustus Hamilton
  41. "Wonder Woman" .... Conrad Steigler (1 episode, 1976)
    ... aka "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman" (USA: new title)
    ... aka "The New Original Wonder Woman" (USA: first episodes title)
        - Wonder Woman vs Gargantua (1976)
    TV episode .... Conrad Steigler
  42. "Serpico" .... Raoul Christie (1 episode, 1976)
        - Rapid Fire (1976)
    TV episode .... Raoul Christie
  43. The Invasion of Johnson County (1976) (TV) .... Major Walcott
  44. "Ellery Queen" .... Simon Brimmer (9 episodes, 1975-1976)
    ... aka "The Adventures of Ellery Queen"
        - The Adventure of the Tyrant of Tin Pan Alley (1976)
    TV episode .... Simon Brimmer
        - The Adventure of the Two-Faced Woman (1976)
    TV episode .... Simon Brimmer
        - The Adventure of the Black Falcon (1976)
    TV episode .... Simon Brimmer
        - The Adventure of the Pharoah's Curse (1975)
    TV episode .... Simon Brimmer
        - The Adventure of Veronica's Veils (1975)
    TV episode .... Simon Brimmer
          (4 more)
  45. Lucky Lady (1975) .... McTeague
  46. "The Bob Crane Show" .... Dean Harrington (1 episode, 1975)
        - Son of the Campus Capers (1975)
    TV episode .... Dean Harrington
  47. The Day of the Locust (1975) .... Ned Grote
  48. "Mannix" .... J.H. Morell / ... (3 episodes, 1972-1975)
        - Search for a Dead Man (1975)
    TV episode .... Norman Thompson
        - Silent Target (1973)
    TV episode .... J.H. Morell
        - Light and Shadow (1972)
    TV episode .... Larry Lawton
  49. Ellery Queen (1975) (TV) .... Simon Brimmer
    ... aka Too Many Suspects (USA: reissue title)
  50. At Long Last Love (1975) .... Rodney James
  51. The Law (1974) (TV) .... Thomas Q. Rachel
  52. Chinatown (1974) .... Yelburton
  53. The Nickel Ride (1974) .... Carl
  54. "Kojak" .... Mark Gallant (1 episode, 1974)
        - The Only Way Out (1974)
    TV episode .... Mark Gallant
  55. The Last Angry Man (1974) (TV) .... Tree Inspector
  56. Blazing Saddles (1974) .... Howard Johnson
    ... aka Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles or Never Give a Saga an Even Break (USA: poster title)
  57. "Maude" .... Drunk (1 episode, 1974)
        - The Commuter Station (1974)
    TV episode .... Drunk
  58. The Naked Ape (1973)
  59. Paper Moon (1973) .... Deputy Hardin/Jess Hardin
  60. High Plains Drifter (1973) .... Bootmaker
  61. The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1973) .... Lasker
  62. Un homme est mort (1972) .... Department store manager
    ... aka A Man Is Dead (International: English title: literal title)
    ... aka Funerale a Los Angeles (Italy)
    ... aka The Outside Man (USA)
  63. "The Sixth Sense" .... Adrian Weems (1 episode, 1972)
        - Once Upon a Chilling (1972)
    TV episode .... Adrian Weems
  64. Skyjacked (1972) .... Walter Brandt
    ... aka Sky Terror (USA: TV title)
  65. The Great Man's Whiskers (1972) (TV) .... Major Underwood
  66. The Carey Treatment (1972) .... Jenkins
    ... aka A Case of Murder (Australia)
    ... aka Emergency Ward
  67. What's Up, Doc? (1972) .... Mr. Kaltenborn
  68. Honky (1971)
  69. The Last Picture Show (1971) .... Teacher
  70. Sweet, Sweet Rachel (1971) (TV) .... Medical Examiner
  71. Lawman (1971) .... Totts
  72. They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! (1970) (uncredited) .... Reporter