Bernard Aloysius Kiernan Barnard Hughes was an American actor of television, theater and film. Hughes became famous for a variety of roles his mostnotable roles came after middle age, and he was often cast as a dithering authority figure or grandfatherly elder.
Hughes was born in Bedford Hills, New York, the son of Irish immigrants Marcella Madge and Owen Hughes. He attended La Salle Academy and Manhattan College in New York City. Hughes served in the United States Army during World War II. Hughes was married to actress Helen Stenborg. They married on April 19, 1950, and remained married until his death. Hughes was five days shy of his ninetyfirst birthday when he died. The Hugheses had two children, the theatre director Doug Hughes, and a daughter, Laura. Hughes and his wife are interred at Church of the Transfiguration, Episcopal in New York City.