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Robert Rockwell

Actor
Died January 25, 2003 (82 years)
Robert Rockwell was an American stage, film, radio and television actor. He is best known for playing the handsome, but awkward biology teacher Philip Boynton in the radio and television sitcom Our Miss Brooks opposite Eve Arden.

A native of Lake Bluff, Illinois, Rockwell studied at the Pasadena Playhouse, from which he obtained a master's degree. During World War II he enlisted in the US Navy for four years serving in Washington D.C. Dramatic roles often eluded him, however, after beginning his career as a contract player for Republic Studios he appeared, over his almost 50-year acting career, in more than 350 television episodes and, on stage, opposite José Ferrer in the 1946 Broadway production of Cyrano de Bergerac, and with Ginger Rogers during the 1960s in a San Diego production of Whitfield Cook's play A More Perfect Union. He appeared in the first Superman television show episode as Clark Kent's father, Jor-El in 1952. He appeared in a 1959 Perry Mason episode "The case of the Deadly Toy" as love interest to the defendant Claire Allison as Dick Benedict. He starred in the 1961 Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Misguided Missile" as an Air Force officer court-martialled on a murder charge. He later starred in the 1962 Perry Mason episodes "The Case of the Lurid Letter" as Everett Rixby, a high school principal, and the murderer Cole B. Troy in "The Case of the Shapely Shadow". He also appeared as Ed Purvis in the 1965 episode Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Candy Queen".

Rockwell starred in his own ABC western-themed television series, The Man from Blackhawk in the 1959-1960 season. Rockwell was cast as the Blackhawk Insurance Company's key investigator, Sam Logan, who is assigned to weed out fraud in the payment of claims. He also played Sam Thompson in Thompson's Ghost, Tom Bennett in The Bill Cosby Show[4]:106 and Officer Russo in Adam-12.

In 1967 he played a littering tourist in the Lassie episode "Lassie's Litter Bit", an iconic episode which earned a trip for Lassie to the White House to shake hands with then First Lady "Ladybird" Johnson who had used the famous collie in her Keep America Beautiful Campaign.

Rockwell was a founding member of the California Artists Radio Theatre. He played standard leads in a couple of anti-Communist-era features, including Republic's The Red Menace, in which he is cast as a returning veteran of World War II, who is duped by communists.

Later in his career, he appeared on episodes of Petticoat Junction, Growing Pains, and Beverly Hills, 90210. His appearances in commercials and voiceovers totaled more than 200, most notably as the armchair grandfather treating his grandson to a piece of candy in the 1995 version of the Werthers Original candy spot.
Movies & Shows on Plex
  • Hunter
  • Petticoat Junction
  • The Lucy Show
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Death Valley Days
  • Espionage Target: You
Known For
  • Our Miss Brooks
  • The Frogmen
  • Our Miss Brooks
  • The Bill Cosby Show
  • Lassie: The Adventures of Neeka
  • Espionage Target: You

Filmography

2004
1995
1992
The Golden Palace (TV Series) · as Mr. Cochran
1991
Hell Hath No Fury · as Mr. Stewart
1990
1989
Nearly Departed (TV Series) · as The Minister
1987
1987
Rags to Riches (TV Series) · as Cast
1987
Ohara (TV Series) · as Jason Kemp
1986
The Hogan Family (TV Series) · as Grandpa Hogan
1985
Growing Pains (TV Series) · as Wally Overmier
1984
Hunter (TV Series) · as Ralph Flagg
1984
E/R (1984) (TV Series) · as John Harrison
1983
Emerald Point N.A.S. (TV Series) · as Mr. Wallace
1983
1983
Mama's Family (TV Series) · as Oscar Babcook
1982
Not Necessarily the News (TV Series) · as Cast
1982
Newhart (TV Series)
1982
1981
Falcon Crest (TV Series)
1981
Murder in Texas · as Parker
1981
Private Benjamin (TV Series) · as General Grummond
1981
Dynasty (TV Series)
1980
Flamingo Road (TV Series) · as Cast
1979
Knots Landing (TV Series)
1979
Benson (TV Series)
1978
Diff'rent Strokes (TV Series)
1978
Dallas (TV Series) · as Mitchell
1977
Lou Grant (TV Series) · as Monty
1977
Eight is Enough (TV Series)
1976
Charlie's Angels (TV Series) · as Harrison
1972
The Waltons (TV Series)
1971
The Smith Family (TV Series) · as Lieut. Davis
1970
Lassie: The miracle · as Will Thorne
1969
The Bill Cosby Show (TV Series) · as Tom Bennett
1968
1968
Lassies Abenteuer in Alaska · as Dean Chalmers
1968
Here's Lucy (TV Series) · as Jack Scott
1968
Sol Madrid · as Chief Danvers
1966
Summer Fun (TV Series)
1965
Days of our Lives (TV Series) · as Dr. Simon Hopkins
1965
Green Acres (TV Series)
1964
Espionage Target: You · as Agent (uncredited)
1963
1962
The Lucy Show (TV Series) · as Tom Bennett
1961
Bus Stop (TV Series)
1960
The Roaring 20's (TV Series) · as Mike Callahan
1960
SurfSide 6 (TV Series)
1960
Checkmate (TV Series) · as Ed Matthews
1958
1958
Yancy Derringer (TV Series) · as Phillip Hampton
1958
The Ed Wynn Show (1958-59) (TV Series) · as Cast
1958
Bronco (TV Series)
1957
How To Marry A Millionaire (TV Series) · as Abner J. Harcourt
1957
Maverick (TV Series)
1957
Perry Mason (TV Series) · as Maj. Jerry Reynolds
1957
The Silent Service (TV Series) · as Sharp
1957
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series) · as Frank Finley
1956
The Gale Storm Show (TV Series) · as Dan
1956
Our Miss Brooks · as Phillip 'phil' Boynton
1956
State Trooper (TV Series)
1955
Matinee Theater (TV Series) · as Cast
1955
Navy Log (TV Series)
1955
Gunsmoke (TV Series) · as Mr. Philips
1955
The Millionaire (TV Series) · as Prof. Amberson Adams
1954
Studio 57 (TV Series) · as Cast
1954
Lassie (TV Series)
1953
The Loretta Young Show (TV Series) · as Jeb Stewart
1953
The War of the Worlds · as Forest Ranger At Crash Site (uncredited)
1952
The Turning Point · as Reporter
1952
Our Miss Brooks (TV Series) · as Philip Boynton
1952
1952
Just for You · as John Ransome
1952
Adventures of Superman (TV Series) · as Jor-El (uncredited)
1952
This Is The Life (TV Series) · as Bill Westover
1952
Death Valley Days (TV Series) · as William Thorne
1952
The Unexpected (TV Series) · as Davey
1951
Week-End with Father · as Ranger Kennedy
1951
The Prince Who Was a Thief · as (uncredited)
1951
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (TV Series) · as Cast
1951
Gruen Guild Theater (TV Series) · as Cast
1951
Sky King (TV Series) · as Jim Taylor
1951
The Frogmen · as Lt. Bill Doyle
1951
Search for Tomorrow (TV Series) · as Dr. Greg Hartford (1977-1978)
1951
Call Me Mister · as 1st Sergeant
1950
Racket Squad (TV Series)
1950
Lonely Heart Bandits · as Police Lt. Carroll
1950
Destination Big House · as Dr. Walter Phillips
1950
1950
Federal Agent at Large · as Dr. Ross Carrington
1950
Singing Guns · as Townsman
1950
Unmasked · as Detective Lt. James 'jim' Webster
1949
Task Force · as Lt. Kelly
1949
The Blonde Bandit · as Dist. Atty. Devron
1949
Alias the Champ · as Ron Peterson
1949
The Lone Ranger (TV Series) · as Glen Darby
1949
The Red Menace · as Bill Jones
1948

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