Robert Montgomery

Robert Montgomery

  • Born on
    • May 21st, 1904
  • Died on
    • September 27th, 1981
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Robert Montgomery (born Henry Montgomery Jr.; May 21, 1904 – September 27, 1981) was an American film and television actor, director, and producer. He was also the father of actress Elizabeth Montgomery. Montgomery settled in New York City to try his hand at writing and acting. He established a stage career, and became popular enough to turn down an offer to appear opposite Vilma Bánky in the film This Is Heaven (1929). Sharing a stage with George Cukor gave him an entry to Hollywood and a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where he debuted in So This Is College (also 1929). Montgomery initially played exclusively in comedy roles, but portrayed a character in his first drama film in The Big House (1930). MGM was initially reluctant to assign him in such a role, until "his earnestness, and his convincing arguments, with demonstrations of how he would play the character" won him the assignment. From The Big House on, he was in constant demand. Appearing as Greta Garbo's romantic interest in Inspiration (1930) started him toward stardom with a rush. Norma Shearer chose him to star opposite her in The Divorcee (1930), Strangers May Kiss (1931), and Private Lives (1931), which led him to stardom. In another challenging role, Montgomery played a psychopath in the chiller Night Must Fall (1937), for which he received an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination. After World War II broke out in Europe in September, 1939, and while the United States was still officially neutral, Montgomery enlisted in London for American field service and drove ambulances in France until the Dunkirk evacuation. He then returned to Hollywood and addressed a massive rally on the MGM lot for the American Red Cross in July 1940. Montgomery returned to playing light comedy roles, such as Alfred Hitchcock's Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) with Carole Lombard. He continued his search for dramatic roles. For his role as Joe Pendleton, a boxer and pilot in Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), Montgomery was nominated for an Oscar a second time. After the U.S. entered World War II in December 1941, he joined the United States Navy, rising to the rank of lieutenant commander, and served on the USS Barton (DD-722) which was part of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. In 1945, Montgomery returned to Hollywood, making his uncredited directing debut with They Were Expendable, where he directed some of the PT boat scenes when director John Ford was unable to work for health reasons. Montgomery's first credited film as director and his final film for MGM was the film noir Lady in the Lake (1947), in which he also starred, which received mixed reviews. Adapted from Raymond Chandler's detective novel and sanitized for the censorship of the day, the film is unusual because it was filmed entirely from Marlowe's vantage point. Montgomery only appeared on camera a few times, three times in a mirror reflection. Active in Republican politics and concerned about communist influence in the entertainment industry, Montgomery was a friendly witness before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. Montgomery has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for movies at 6440 Hollywood Boulevard, and another for television at 1631 Vine Street.


Acting (32 Credits)

1976That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1974That's Entertainment! as (archive footage)
1960The Gallant Hours as Narration (American scenes)
1948June Bride as Carey Jackson
1947Ride the Pink Horse as Lucky Gagin
1946Lady in the Lake as Philip Marlowe
1945They Were Expendable as Lt. John Brickley
1941Rage in Heaven as Philip Monrell
1941Here Comes Mr. Jordan as Joe Pendleton
1941Mr. & Mrs. Smith as David
1940Haunted Honeymoon as Lord Peter Wimsey
1939Fast and Loose as Joel Sloane
1937Night Must Fall as Danny
1937Ever Since Eve as Freddy Matthews
1937The Last of Mrs. Cheyney as Lord Arthur Dilling
1935No More Ladies as Sheridan 'Sherry' Warren
1934Hide-Out as Jonathan 'Lucky' Wilson
1934Forsaking All Others as Dillon 'Dill" Todd
1934Riptide as Tommie L. Trent
1933When Ladies Meet as Jimmie
1933Night Flight as Auguste Pellerin
1932Blondie of the Follies as Larry Belmont
1932Letty Lynton as Hale Darrow
1932Faithless as William 'Bill' Wade
1931Inspiration as André Montell
1931Private Lives as Elyot Chase
1930The Big House as Kent Marlowe
1930The Divorcee as Don
1930Our Blushing Brides as Tony
1930Free and Easy as Larry
1929Their Own Desire as John 'Jack' Douglas Cheever
1929Untamed as Andy McAllister

Himself (1 Credits)

1933Going Hollywood as Himself - Premiere Clip (archive footage)


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