Not much is known about him, except that he once served in the "Blue Berets", a squadron of the UN Peacekeeping force, with Charles Charles and Dwight Dixon (because of the brass pocket watches exchanged between Dwight and Charles, both with a same last and first name, we can assume Ned's father has a first and last name that begins with one letter. This letter may be a "B" because in Dwight's watch case, it went "empty, CC, DD". If, however, Ned is from Edward, EE might be more likely). His friend Dwight was present when he met a woman who baked him a peach pie with a brown sugar crust; they married and became parents of a son, Ned. A talented amateur magician, he entertained Ned with magic tricks. After his wife died, however, he sent Ned to the town of North Thrush to attend the Longborough School for Boys. His parting words to his son were, "I'll be back." Sadly, the Narrator says that this was a lie.
After Ned was sent to boarding school, Ned's father moved away from Coeur d'Coeurs and re-married to an unnamed blonde woman with twins, Maurice and Ralston.. As he had with Ned, Ned's father taught his two younger sons some basic magic tricks. However his greatest trick was to disappear completely during a stage illusion with The Great Herrmann at the Conjurer's Castle. His final words to Maurice and Ralston were the same as to Ned years before: "I'll be back."
Unbeknownst to all, he is still on the periphery of his eldest son's life: he has been frequenting The Pie Hole, and saved Ned and Olive Snook from falling to their deaths. He also managed to set up Dwight Dixon's body in his hotel room in such a way as to appear as if he had died of natural causes, and was responsible for the missing bodies in Charles and Charlotte's graves, helping his son and his friends. All of this suggests skills and spycraft beyond that of the typical Blue Beret.
Apparently, Ned's father was intended to play a major onscreen role in the third season.
Behind the Scenes
Ned's father is played by Jon Eric Price as a young man (repeatedly) and George Hamilton (once, very briefly) when he is older. However, when he appears in "Bzzzzzzzz!", since he is seen from the back, he is played by a stand-in.