Thomas Hill (actor)

Thomas N. Hill (June 2, 1927 – April 20, 2009) was an American character actor and director on stage for decades before starting in film in the mid-1960s and on television in the 1980s.

Thomas Hill
Born(1927-06-02)June 2, 1927
DiedApril 20, 2009(2009-04-20) (aged 81)
Other namesTom Hill, Pancakes, Bernardo
OccupationActor, director
Years active19651993
Notable work
Koreander in The NeverEnding Story
Father Andrew Doyle in V: The Final Battle

Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1927, one of Hill's most prominent recurring roles was as the zany sidekick Jim Dixon on the 1980s TV series Newhart. Hill also appeared as King Baaldorf in the short-lived 1980s series Wizards and Warriors. His TV movie roles include Father Andrew Doyle in the 1984 NBC miniseries V: The Final Battle. He had guest appearances on such shows as St. Elsewhere, Remington Steele, The Facts of Life, Married... with Children, Coach, and Law & Order.

Hill's first feature film performance was in the 1965 film The Slender Thread. Other film credits include The Postman Always Rings Twice, Firefox (1982), and was well known for his role as Mr Coriander, the bookstore owner in The NeverEnding Story, as well as the 1990 sequel.

Hill died of a motor neurone disease on April 20, 2009, aged 81 in Bloomington, Indiana.


Year Title Role Notes
1965The Slender ThreadLiquor Salesman
1971McCabe & Mrs. MillerArcher
1980Hide in Plain SightBobby Momisa
1980The Nude BombPresident
1981The Postman Always Rings TwiceBarlow
1981True ConfessionsMr. Fazenda
1982FirefoxGeneral Brown
1982-1990NewhartJim Dixon
1984The NeverEnding StoryCarl Conrad Coreander
1984V: The Final BattleFather Andrew Doyle3 episodes
1984Cat on a Hot Tin RoofDoc BaughTV Movie
1987Black WidowAttorney
1990The NeverEnding Story II: The Next ChapterKoreander
1990An Empty Bed Elmer
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