Peter Hobbs
RIP Peter Hobbs
Veteran character actor Peter Hobbs made two guest appearnances on the CBS-TV series "M*A*S*H", in different roles.
Personal Information
Born: January 19, 1918
Birthplace Étretat, France
Died: January 2, 2011(2011-01-02) (aged 92)
Deathplace Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Years active: 1948-1992
Character information
Appeared on/in: M*A*S*H (TV series)
Episodes appeared in: 2 in Seasons 6 & 10
Character played: General Waldo Kent / Colonel Drake

Peter Hobbs (January 19, 1918 – January 2, 2011) was a French-born American character actor, known for his many roles on Broadway, TV and film.[1] Peter made two guest appearances on the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H, first, as General Waldo Kent, an old buddy of Colonel Potter who hears of bad reports coming back to him about the care and military protocol at the 4077th in "Potter's Retirement" in Season 6 (episode #22), and then as Colonel Drake in "Snappier Judgement" in Season 10 (episode #9).

Hobbs was born in Étretat, France, to Dr. Austin L. Hobbs and Mabel Foote Hobbs.[2] However, he was raised in New York City.[2] Hobbs attended Solebury School in Bucks County, PA, and received his Bachelor's degree from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.[2] He served in as sergeant in combat engineering during World War II and fought at the Battle of the Bulge.[2]

Hobbs made two guest appearances on Perry Mason including the role of defendant Gregory Pelham in the 1964 episode, "The Case of the Careless Kidnapper." He also had appearances and reoccurring roles on Barney Miller, Lou Grant, The Odd Couple, The Doris Day Show, The Facts of Life, Knots Landing, The F.B.I., and The Tim Conway Show. Hobbs played Peter Ames on the CBS daytime soap opera series The Secret Storm[1] from 1954 to 1962.

Peter's film credits included roles in The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1969), The Andromeda Strain (1971), The Steagle (1971), Sleeper (1973), The Lady in Red (1979), Loving Couples (1980), Any Which Way You Can (1980), Beyond Witch Mountain (1982), The Man with Two Brains (1983) and Nickel Mountain (1984).

Hobbs died at his home in Santa Monica, CA, on January 2, 2011, aged 92, following a short illness.[1] He was survived by his wife, Carolyn Adams Hobbs, three daughters, two stepsons, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Bacalzo, Dan. "Broadway Actor Peter Hobbs Dies at 92", Theater Mania, 2011-01-13. Retrieved on 2011-01-16. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Peter Hobbs obituary", Los Angeles Times, 2011-01-15. Retrieved on 2011-01-16. 

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