Robert Young

Robert Young

  • Born on
    • February 22nd, 1907
  • Died on
    • July 21st, 1998
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Robert George Young  (February 22, 1907 – July 21, 1998) was an American television, film, and radio actor, best known for his leading roles as Jim Anderson, the father of Father Knows Best (NBC and then CBS) and as physician Marcus Welby in Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC). Young appeared in over 100 films between 1931 and 1952. After appearing on stage, Young was signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and, in spite of having a "tier B" status, he co-starred with some of the studio's most illustrious actresses, such as Katharine Hepburn, Margaret Sullavan, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Helen Hayes, Luise Rainer, Hedy Lamarr, and Helen Twelvetrees. Yet, most of his assignments consisted of B movies, also known as "programmers," which required two to three weeks of shooting (considered very brief shooting periods at the time). Actors who were relegated to such a hectic schedule appeared, as Young did, in some six to eight movies per year. As an MGM contract player, Young was resigned to the fate of most of his colleagues—to accept any film assigned to him or risk being placed on suspension—and many actors on suspension were prohibited from earning a salary from any endeavor at all (even those unrelated to the film industry). In 1936, MGM summarily loaned Young to Gaumont British for two films; the first was directed by Alfred Hitchcock with the other co-starring Jessie Matthews. While there he surmised that his employers intended to terminate his contract, but he was mistaken. He unexpectedly received one of his most rewarding roles late in his MGM career, in H.M. Pulham, Esq., featuring one of Hedy Lamarr's most effective performances. He once remarked that he was assigned only those roles which Robert Montgomery and other A-list actors had rejected. After his contract ended at MGM, Young starred in light comedies as well as in trenchant dramas for studios such as 20th Century Fox, United Artists, and RKO Radio Pictures. From 1943, Young assayed more challenging roles in films like Claudia, The Enchanted Cottage, They Won't Believe Me, The Second Woman, and Crossfire. His portrayal of unsympathetic characters in several of these later films—which was seldom the case in his MGM pictures—was applauded by numerous reviewers. Young's career began an incremental and imperceptible decline, despite a propitious beginning as a freelance actor without the nurturing of a major studio. He continued starring as a leading man in the late 1940s and early 1950s, but only in mediocre films, then he subsequently disappeared from the silver screen - only to reappear several years later on a much smaller one. Description above from the Wikipedia article Robert Young (actor), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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Acting (42 Credits)

1994That's Entertainment! III as (archive footage)
1976That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1974That's Entertainment! as (archive footage) (uncredited)
1969Marcus Welby, M.D.
1954Secret of the Incas as Stanley Moorehead
1954Father Knows Best as Jim Anderson
1951Goodbye, My Fancy as Doctor James Merrill
1950The Second Woman as Jeff Cohalan
1949That Forsyte Woman as Philip Bosinney
1948Sitting Pretty as Harry King
1947They Won't Believe Me as Larry Ballentine
1947Crossfire as Finlay
1945The Enchanted Cottage as Oliver Bradford
1944The Canterville Ghost as Cuffy Williams
1943Slightly Dangerous as Bob Stuart
1942Journey for Margaret as John Davis
1941Western Union as Richard Blake
1941H.M. Pulham, Esq. as Harry Moulton Pulham
1941Lady Be Good as Edward 'Eddie' Crane
1940Northwest Passage as Langdon Towne
1940The Mortal Storm as Fritz Marberg
1939Maisie as Charles 'Slim' Martin
1939Miracles for Sale as Michael Morgan
1939Honolulu as Brooks Mason / George Smith
1938The Shining Hour as David Linden
1938Three Comrades as Gottfried Lenz
1937Navy Blue and Gold as Roger 'Rog' Ash
1937The Emperor's Candlesticks as Grand Duke Peter
1937The Bride Wore Red as Rudolph 'Rudi' Pal
1936Stowaway as Tommy Randall
1936The Bride Walks Out as Hugh McKenzie
1936Secret Agent as Robert Marvin
1935Remember Last Night? as Tony Milburn
1934Spitfire as John Stafford
1934The House of Rothschild as Capt. Fitzroy
1933Tugboat Annie as Alec (Son)
1933Today We Live as Claude William Hope
1932The Kid from Spain as Ricardo
1932Strange Interlude as Gordon Evans as a Young Man
1931The Sin of Madelon Claudet as Dr.Claudet
1931The Black Camel as Jimmy
1931Hell Divers as Graham - Pilot Reporting Missing Airplanes (uncredited)

Himself (1 Credits)

1934Hollywood Party as Himself as Radio Announcer (uncredited)


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