|John Benedict HillermanDecember 20, 1932 – November 9, 2017|
In 1953, Hillerman joined the United States Air Force, working in maintenance in a B-36 wing of the Strategic Air Command. He served for four years and achieved the rank of Sergeant. During his years of military service, he worked with various theatrical groups. He said of his early work with a Fort Worth community theater group: "I was bored with barracks life. I got into it to meet people in town. A light went on." On his discharge he moved to New York City to study at the American Theatre Wing. In 1957, he began his career in professional theater.