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Bob Steele

Bob Steele

  • Born on
    • January 23rd, 1907
  • Died on
    • December 21st, 1988
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.                                          Bob Steele (January 23, 1907 - December 21, 1988) was an American actor. He was born Robert Adrian Bradbury in Portland, Oregon, into a vaudeville family. After years of touring, the family settled down in Hollywood in the late 1910s, where his father, Robert N. Bradbury, soon found work in the movies, first as an actor, later as a director, and by 1920, he hired Bob and his twin brother Bill (1907–1971) as juvenile leads for a series of adventure movies entitled "The Adventures of Bob and Bill". Bob's career began to take off for good in 1927, when he was hired by production company Film Booking Offices of America (FBO) to star in a series of Westerns. Bob—who was rechristened Bob Steele at FBO—soon made a name for himself, and in the late 1920s, 1930s and 1940s starred in B-Westerns for almost every minor film studio, including Monogram, Supreme, Tiffany, Syndicate, Republic (including several films of the Three Mesquiteers series) and Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC) (including the initial films of their "Billy the Kid" series), plus he had the occasional role in an A-movie, as in the adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel, Of Mice and Men from 1939. In the 1940s, Bob's career as a cowboy hero was on the decline, but he kept himself working by accepting supporting roles in many big movies like Howard Hawks' The Big Sleep, or the John Wayne vehicles Island in the Sky, Rio Bravo and Rio Lobo. Besides these he also made occasional appearances in science fiction films like Atomic Submarine and Giant from the Unknown and did lots of television work, culminating in a regular supporting role in the army comedy F Troop (1965–1967), which allowed him to show his comic talent. Steele played the character of Trooper Duffy who claimed to have been "shoulder to shoulder with Davy Crockett at the Alamo"-in fact Steele played in With Davy Crockett at the Fall of the Alamo in 1926. Bob Steele died on December 21, 1988 from emphysema after a long sickness. Bob Steele is said to have been the inspiration for the character "Cowboy Bob" in the Dennis The Menace comic strip.                              Description above from the Wikipedia article Bob Steele (actor), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.                    

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Filmography

Acting (27 Credits)

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1973Charley Varrick as Bank Guard (uncredited)
1971Something Big as Teamster #3
1968Hang 'Em High as Jenkins
1965F Troop as Trooper Duffy
1964Bullet for a Badman as Sheriff (uncredited)
1963McLintock! as Train Engineer
19634 for Texas as Bank Board Member
1962Six Black Horses as Puncher
1960Hell Bent for Leather as Jared
1959The Atomic Submarine as "Grif" Griffin
1959Pork Chop Hill as Col. Kern
1959No Name on the Bullet as Poker Player (uncredited)
1959Rio Bravo as Matt Harris (uncredited)
1958Giant from the Unknown as Sheriff Parker
1958Ride a Crooked Trail as Jud Blunt (uncredited)
1957Decision at Sundown as Irv
1956Gun for a Coward as Durkee
1954Drums Across the River as Billy Costa
1953Column South as Sgt. 'Mac' McAfee
1953Island in the Sky as Wilson
1951Cattle Drive as Charlie Morgan / Careless
1951The Enforcer as Herman
1951Fort Worth as Shorty
1946The Big Sleep as Lash Canino
1943Revenge of the Zombies as Sheriff
1940City for Conquest as Kid Callahan (uncredited)
1939Of Mice and Men as Curley

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