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Herta Ware

Highest Rated: 79% Cocoon (1985)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Jun 9, 1917

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, USA

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).

Highest rated movies

Promised Land
Critters 2: The Main Course
Held Up
Top Dog



17% 42% Held Up Alice (Character) $4.7M 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Desperate but Not Serious Grammy (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet St. Patrick's Day Aunt Delia (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 60% Coed Call Girl Customer (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 38% Alien Nation: Millennium Alana (Character) - 1996
0% 32% Top Dog Jake's mother (Character) $4.3M 1995
No Score Yet 27% Crazy in Love Pem (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 20% Lonely Hearts Gran (Character) - 1991
31% 36% Critters 2: The Main Course Nana (Character) $3.8M 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dirty Laundry Grandmother Verna (Character) - 1987
73% 47% Promised Land Mrs. Higgins (Character) $66.0K 1987
79% 60% Cocoon Rosie Lefkowitz (Character) $75.9M 1985


No Score Yet No Score Yet Misery Loves Company Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Civil Wars Alma Gough (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Munsters Today Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet 93% The Golden Girls Ida Perkins (Guest Star) 1988
91% 89% Star Trek: The Next Generation Yvette Picard (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet 100% Amazing Stories Unknown (Character) 1986
36% No Score Yet Highway to Heaven Grandma (Guest Star) 1984