Herta Ware

Actor
Character actress of stage, screen and TV, who suffered through the blacklisting of the 50s alongside husband Will Geer (later Grandpa Walton on "The Waltons") and returned to frequent film and TV roles in the mid-80s ... Read more »
Born: 06/08/1917 in Wilmington, Delaware, USA

Filmography

Actor (25)

Cruel Intentions 1999 (Movie)

Mrs Sugarman (Actor)

St. Patrick's Day 1999 (Movie)

Aunt Delia (Actor)

Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Practical Magic 1998 (Movie)

Old Lady Wilkes (Actor)

Species 1995 (Movie)

Mrs Morris (Actor)

Top Dog 1995 (Movie)

Jake's Mother (Actor)

ER 1994 (Tv Show)

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Lonely Hearts 1991 (Movie)

Annie (Actor)

Soapdish 1991 (Movie)

Old Woman (Actor)

Cocoon: the Return 1988 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Critters 2: The Main Course 1988 (Movie)

Nana (Actor)

Dakota 1988 (Movie)

Aunt Zard (Actor)

Promised Land 1988 (Movie)

Mrs Higgins (Actor)

Dirty Laundry 1987 (Movie)

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Slam Dance 1987 (Movie)

Mrs Raines (Actor)

Crossings 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Cocoon 1985 (Movie)

Rose Lefkowitz (Actor)

2010 1984 (Movie)

Jessie Bowman (Actor)

Dr. Heckyl & Mr. Hype 1979 (Movie)

Old Lady on Bus (Actor)

Alien Nation: Millennium (TV Show)

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Child's Cry (TV Show)

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Co-ed Call Girl (TV Show)

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Crazy in Love (TV Show)

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Desperate But Not Serious (TV Show)

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Miracle Landing (TV Show)

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Biography

Character actress of stage, screen and TV, who suffered through the blacklisting of the 50s alongside husband Will Geer (later Grandpa Walton on "The Waltons") and returned to frequent film and TV roles in the mid-80s, particularly after her performance as Rose Lefkowitz, the senile wife of Jack Gilford who dies in "Cocoon" (1985). Even before her mature on-camera roles of recent years, Herta Ware was known to theatre audiences for her work as member of Eva LaGallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre in the 1930s, as well as for her roles on Broadway and on stage in Los Angeles, where she co-founded, with Geer, the Theatricum Botanicum in the Topanga section of the city. Among her many stage roles were the mother in "Ah! Wilderness," and, on Broadway, "Journeyman" and "Bury the Dead." After a long sojourn, she was seen in a bit part -- as the old lady on the bus -- in "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hype" in 1980, and in a small role in "2010" in 1984 before "Cocoon" returned her to prominence on casting lists. She was also in "Cocoon: The Return," again as Rose, as well playing Nana in "Critters 2: The Main Course" (1988), and Chuck Norris' mother in "Top Dog" (1995). On TV, Ware was the sympathetic Mrs. Hartounian in "Who Hears A Child's Cry?" (1986), and was Dorothy Hendricks, a older passenger whose plane runs awry in "Miracle Landing" (1990), both TV movies. She appeared in the miniseries "Crossings," and was mother to Captain Jean-Luc Picard in a memorable episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," which aired in 1988. More recently, she appeared with Tracey Ullman in the latter's HBO series "Tracey Takes On..." (1996).

Relationships

Will Geer

Husband
married October 1939 until his death in 1978 played Grandpa on "The Waltons"

Ellen Geer

Daughter
formerly married to Ed Flanders

Kate Geer

Daughter
formerly married to Larry Linville

Milestones

1995

Played Chuck Norris' mother in "Top Dog"

1988

Guest-starred as the mother of Captain Picard in "Star Trek: The Next Generation"

1986

Co-starred as Mrs. Hartounian in "Who Hears the Child's Cry?" movie

1985

Portrayed Rose Lefkowitz, senile retiree in "Cocoon"

Founder and player with Theatricum Botanicum, a theatre she founded with husband Will Geer

Worked with Eva LaGallienne as member of the Civic Repertory Theatre

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