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Robert Young

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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Feb 22, 1907 In Chicago, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Campus Vamp 1928-11-25
Latest Project:
Movie American Sharia 2015-02-01
Known For
Movie American Sharia Officer Shepard 2015-02-01
Movie The Wicked Deputy Mahoney 2013-03-20
Series The Unit Unknown 2006-03-07
Movie That's Entertainment! III (archive footage) 1994-07-01
Movie Hollywood Remembers: Myrna Loy - So Nice to Come Home to (archive footage) 1991-01-01
Movie A Conspiracy of Love Joe Woldarski 1987-10-18
Series Little Women Grandpa James Lawrence 1979-02-08
Movie The Father Knows Best Reunion James Anderson 1977-05-15
Series Donny & Marie Unknown 1976-01-23
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II (archive footage) 1976-05-17
Movie That's Entertainment! Himself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited) 1974-06-21
Movie My Darling Daughters' Anniversary Judge Charles Raleigh 1973-11-08
Movie All My Darling Daughters Judge Charles Raleigh 1972-11-22
Series Vanished Sen. Earl Gannon 1971-03-08
Series Marcus Welby, M.D. 1969-09-23
Series ABC Stage 67 Unknown 1966-09-14
Movie Highball Highway Himself 1963-08-04
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Series Window on Main Street 1961-10-02
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Movie Secret of the Incas Stanley Moorehead 1954-06-06
Series Father Knows Best Jim Anderson 1954-10-03
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie The Half-Breed Dan Craig 1952-05-03
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie Goodbye, My Fancy Doctor James Merrill 1951-05-19
Movie The Second Woman Jeff Cohalan 1950-07-07
Movie Adventure in Baltimore Dr. Andrew Sheldon 1949-04-19
Movie That Forsyte Woman Philip Bosinney 1949-11-03
Movie And Baby Makes Three Vernon 'Vern' Walsh 1949-12-02
Movie Bride for Sale Stephen Tracy Adams 1949-11-12
Movie Sitting Pretty Harry King 1948-01-01
Movie Relentless Nick Buckley 1948-06-15
Movie They Won't Believe Me Larry Ballentine 1947-07-16
Movie Crossfire Finlay 1947-08-15
Movie Claudia and David David Naughton 1946-02-25
Movie The Searching Wind Alex Hazen 1946-08-09
Movie Lady Luck Larry Scott 1946-10-30
Movie The Enchanted Cottage Oliver Bradford 1945-04-28
Movie Those Endearing Young Charms Lt. Hurley 'Hank' Travers 1945-06-19
Movie Twenty Years After 1944-01-01
Movie The Canterville Ghost Cuffy Williams 1944-07-28
Movie Slightly Dangerous Bob Stuart 1943-04-01
Movie Claudia David Naughton 1943-12-03
Movie Sweet Rosie O'Grady Samuel Magee 1943-10-01
Movie Joe Smith, American Joe Smith 1942-02-01
Movie Cairo Homer Smith, aka Juniper Jones 1942-08-17
Movie Journey for Margaret John Davis 1942-12-17
Movie The Trial of Mary Dugan Jimmy Blake 1941-02-14
Movie Western Union Richard Blake 1941-02-21
Movie Married Bachelor Randolph Haven 1941-10-15
Movie Lady Be Good Edward 'Eddie' Crane 1941-09-01
Movie H.M. Pulham, Esq. Harry Moulton Pulham 1941-12-18
Movie Hollywood: Style Center of the World Himself 1940-05-29
Movie The Miracle of Sound Himself 1940-01-01
Movie Northward, Ho! Himself 1940-02-10
Movie Northwest Passage Langdon Towne 1940-02-23
Movie Florian Anton Erban 1940-06-05
Movie Dr. Kildare's Crisis Douglas Lamont 1940-11-29
Movie Sporting Blood Myles Vanders 1940-07-11
Movie The Mortal Storm Fritz Marberg 1940-06-14
Movie Honolulu Brooks Mason / George Smith 1939-02-03
Movie Hollywood Hobbies Himself 1939-05-03
Movie Maisie Charles 'Slim' Martin 1939-06-22
Movie Bridal Suite Neil McGill 1939-05-26
Movie Miracles For Sale Michael Morgan 1939-08-14
Movie Paradise for Three Fritz Hagedorn 1938-06-04
Movie Josette Pierre Brassard 1938-06-03
Movie The Toy Wife Andre Vallaire 1938-06-10
Movie Three Comrades Gottfried Lenz 1938-06-03
Movie Hollywood Goes to Town Himself 1938-07-07
Movie The Shining Hour David Linden 1938-11-18
Movie Rich Man, Poor Girl Bill Harrison 1938-08-12
Movie Married Before Breakfast Tom Wakefield 1937-06-08
Movie I Met Him in Paris Gene Anders 1937-05-28
Movie The Emperor's Candlesticks Grand Duke Peter 1937-07-02
Movie Dangerous Number Hank 1937-01-22
Movie The Romance of Celluloid 1937-08-26
Movie Navy Blue and Gold Roger 'Rog' Ash 1937-11-19
Movie The Bride Wore Red Rudi Pal 1937-10-15
Movie Secret Agent Robert Marvin 1936-06-12
Movie It's Love Again Peter Carlton 1936-05-30
Movie The Bride Walks Out Hugh McKenzie 1936-07-10
Movie Sworn Enemy Henry 'Hank' Sherman 1936-09-11
Movie The Longest Night Charley Phelps 1936-10-02
Movie Stowaway Tommy Randall 1936-12-25
Movie Vagabond Lady Tony Spear 1935-05-03
Movie Calm Yourself Preston Patton 1935-06-28
Movie West Point of the Air Little Mike Stone 1935-03-23
Movie The Bride Comes Home Jack Bristow 1935-12-25
Movie Remember Last Night? Tony Milburn 1935-10-28
Movie Red Salute Jeff 1935-09-12
Movie Lazy River William 'Bill' Drexel 1934-03-16
Movie Spitfire John Stafford 1934-03-08
Movie Carolina Will Connelly 1934-02-02
Movie The House of Rothschild Capt. Fitzroy 1934-04-07
Movie Hollywood Party Himself as Radio Announcer (uncredited) 1934-06-01
Movie The Bands Plays On Tony Ferrera 1934-12-21
Movie Paris Interlude Pat 1934-07-27
Movie Death on the Diamond Larry Kelly 1934-09-14
Movie Whom the Gods Destroy Jack Forrester 1934-07-12
Movie Today We Live Claude William Hope 1933-03-03
Movie Men Must Fight Geoffrey Aiken 1933-02-17
Movie Hell Below Lieut. (JG) 'Brick' Walters 1933-06-08
Movie Tugboat Annie Alec (Son) 1933-08-04
Movie Saturday's Millions Jim Fowler 1933-09-30
Movie The Right To Romance Bobby Preble 1933-11-17
Movie The Wet Parade Kip Tarleton 1932-03-26
Movie Hell Divers Graham - Pilot Reporting Missing Airplanes (uncredited) 1932-01-16
Movie New Morals For Old Ralph Thomas 1932-06-04
Movie Unashamed Dick Ogden 1932-07-02
Movie Strange Interlude Gordon Evans as a Young Man 1932-12-30
Movie The Kid from Spain Ricardo 1932-11-17
Movie Charlie Chan in The Black Camel Jimmy 1931-06-21
Movie The Guilty Generation Marco Ricca, also known as Marco Smith 1931-11-19
Movie The Sin of Madelon Claudet Dr.Claudet 1931-10-23
Movie The Campus Vamp Student at Dance / at Beach (uncredited) 1928-11-25