Will Hare
Biographical information
Date of birthMarch 30, 1919
Age (1925)6
Age (1931)12
Age (1955)36
Age (1985)66
Age (2015)Deceased
Physical description
Hair colorBrown
Behind-the-scenes information

Will Hare (born March 30, 1919 – died August 31, 1997) was an American actor, best known for playing Otis Peabody, the elderly farmer of Twin Pines Ranch in the first Back to the Future film. As Hare aged, he began to act on stage.


Hare was born in Elkins, West Virginia, born to George Thomas Hare and Frances Laetitia Satterfield.[1] He had appeared on stage, in films, and television since he was 17. Becoming a veteran of stage for over a half of a century, Hare's film debut was Alfred Hitchcock's The Wrong Man (1956) and his final theatrical appearance was Me and Veronica in 1992. Hare's other distinctive film credits include Black Oak Conspiracy (1977), The Electric Horseman (1979), Eyes of Fire (1983), Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984), The Aviator (1985) as well as his small appearance in the first Back to the Future film as Old Man Peabody. 

Hare, who was also an active member of the Screen Actor's Guild for several years as well as the Actors Studio, died in Hollywood on August 31, 1997 of a heart attack during a stage rehearsal of a play in which he was appearing. He was 78 years old.

Outside of acting, Hare was also known as the titular character in the video game The Chessmaster.


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