Alvy Moore, 75; Co-Starred in ‘Green Acres’


Alvy Moore, veteran actor best remembered for his role as county agent Hank Kimball on the long-running television series “Green Acres,” has died. He was 75.

Moore, who was especially known for his comedic roles, died Sunday at his Palm Desert home.

He co-starred with Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor in the popular CBS series from 1965 to 1971.

Also a familiar face because of his work in commercials, Moore had guest roles in more than 30 series including “Newhart,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Fantasy Island,” “The Waltons,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “How the West Was Won,” “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “Love American Style,” “Playhouse 90,” “Daniel Boone,” “Evening Shade” and “Frasier.”

Before settling into his metier in television, Moore found Hollywood a tough place to get a job in the waning years of the old studio system of hiring actors on contract.


“Several times I have been on the verge of giving up acting entirely, and dedicating myself to manufacturing,” he told The Times in 1954. At that time, he was a partner in a wrought iron foundry that specialized in tile-topped tables.

Trained at the Pasadena Playhouse, Moore had some early success on stage. He replaced David Wayne as Ensign Pulver with Henry Fonda in the Broadway hit “Mister Roberts.” Moore also found work in regional and summer theaters.

He appeared in a score of motion pictures, including “A Boy and His Dog,” which he helped produce. Other roles were in “Susan Slept Here,” “The Wackiest Ship in the Army,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “No Business Like Show Business” and “War of the Worlds.”

Born in Vincennes, Ind., and reared in Terre Haute, Moore studied drama at Indiana State Teachers College. He served in the Marines during World War II and was involved in the key battle for Iwo Jima.

Moore is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Carolyn Mohr; two daughters, Janet Moore and Alyson Moore, both of Sherman Oaks; one son, Barry Moore of Littlerock, Calif., four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service is scheduled at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Old North Church at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.

The family has asked that any memorial donations be made to the Motion Picture Mothers Inc., c/o Gail Wass, 11733 Valley Crest Road, Studio City, Calif. 91604.