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Robert Young (actor)

Robert Young
Robert Young in Journey for Margaret trailer cropped.jpg
Born Robert George Young
(1907-02-22)February 22, 1907
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died July 21, 1998(1998-07-21) (aged 91)
Westlake Village, California, U.S.
Cause of death Respiratory failure
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Occupation Actor
Years active 1931–1988
Spouse(s) Betty Henderson (1933–1994; her death; (1910–1994) 4 children)

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 character in Father Knows Best (NBC and then CBS), and the physician Marcus Welby in Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC).

Born in Chicago, Young was the son of an Irish immigrant father, Thomas E. Young, and an American mother, Margaret Fife. When Young was young, the family moved to different locations within the U.S.: Seattle, followed by Los Angeles, where Young became a student at Abraham Lincoln High School. After graduation, he studied and performed at the Pasadena Playhouse while working at and appearing in bit parts in silent films. While touring with a stock company producing The Ship, Young was discovered by a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer talent scout with whom he subsequently signed a contract. Young made his sound film debut for MGM in the 1931 Charlie Chan film, Black Camel.

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.

Year Title Role Notes
1931 Black Camel, TheThe Black Camel Jimmy Film debut; a Warner Oland / Charlie Chan film
1931 Sin of Madelon Claudet, TheThe Sin of Madelon Claudet Dr. Lawrence Claudet Alternative title: The Lullaby
1931 Guilty Generation, TheThe Guilty Generation Marco Ricca—aka John Smith
1932 Hell Divers Graham
1932 The Wet Parade Kip Tarleton
1932 The Kid from Spain Ricardo
1932 New Morals for Old Ralph Thomas
1932 Strange Interlude Gordon Evans (as a Young Man) Alternative title: Strange Interval
1933 Men Must Fight Lt. Geoffrey Aiken
1933 Today We Live Claude
1933 Hell Below Lieutenant (JG) Ed "Brick" Walters
1933 Tugboat Annie Alexander "Alec" Brennan
1933 The Right to Romance Bobby Preble
1934 Death on the Diamond Larry Kelly
1934 House of Rothschild, TheThe House of Rothschild Captain Fitzroy
1934 Spitfire John Stafford
1934 Lazy River William "Bill" Drexel
1934 Paris Interlude Pat Wells
1935 West Point of the Air Little Mike Stone
1935 Red Salute Jeff
1935 The Bride Comes Home Jack Bristow
1936 It's Love Again Peter Carlton
1936 Secret Agent Robert Marvin
1936 Stowaway Tommy Randall
1936 The Bride Walks Out Hugh McKenzie
1937 I Met Him in Paris Gene Anders
1937 Emperor's Candlesticks, TheThe Emperor's Candlesticks Grand Duke Peter
1937 Bride Wore Red, TheThe Bride Wore Red Rudi Pal
1937 Navy Blue and Gold Roger "Rog" Ash
1937 Dangerous Number Henry 'Hank' Medhill
1938 Paradise for Three Fritz Hagedorn Alternative title: Romance for Three
1938 Three Comrades Gottfried Lenz
1938 Toy Wife, TheThe Toy Wife Andre Vallaire
1938 Shining Hour, TheThe Shining Hour David Linden
1938 Josette Pierre Brassard
1938 Rich Man, Poor Girl Bill Harrison
1939 Honolulu Brooks Mason/George Smith
1939 Maisie Charles "Slim" Martin
1939 Miracles for Sale Michael "Mike" Morgan
1940 Northwest Passage Langdon Towne
1940 Florian Anton Erban
1940 Mortal Storm, TheThe Mortal Storm Fritz Marberg
1941 Western Union Douglas "Doug" Lamont
1941 Lady Be Good Edward "Eddie" Crane
1941 Journey for Margaret John Davis
1941 H. M. Pulham, Esq. Harry Moulton Pulham
1941 Married Bachelor Randolph Haven
1942 Cairo Homer Smith, aka Juniper Jones
1943 Slightly Dangerous Bob Stuart
1943 Sweet Rosie O'Grady Sam MacKeever
1944 Canterville Ghost, TheThe Canterville Ghost Cuffy Williams
1945 Enchanted Cottage, TheThe Enchanted Cottage Oliver Bradford
1945 Those Endearing Young Charms Hank Travers
1946 Lady Luck Larry Scott
1947 They Won't Believe Me Larry Ballentine
1947 Crossfire Finlay
1948 Sitting Pretty Harry King
1948 Relentless Nick Buckley
1949 That Forsyte Woman Philip Bosinney Alternative title: The Forsyte Saga
1949 And Baby Makes Three Vernon "Vern" Walsh
1949 Bride for Sale Steve Adams
1949 Adventure in Baltimore Dr. Andrew Sheldon
1950 The Second Woman Jeff Cohalan
1951 Goodbye, My Fancy Doctor James Merrill
1952 The Half-Breed Dan Craig
1954 Secret of the Incas Stanley Moorehead
Year Title Role Notes
1954 The Ford Television Theatre Tom Warren 1 episode
1954–60 Father Knows Best Jim Anderson 203 episodes
1955 Climax! Lieutenant Commander Knowles 1 episode
1961 Window on Main Street Cameron Garrett Brooks 17 episodes
1965 Dr. Kildare Dr. Gilbert Winfield 1 episode
1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre: The Admiral Admiral Matt Callahan 1 episode
1968 Name of the Game, TheThe Name of the Game Herman Allison 1 episode
1969–76 Marcus Welby, M.D. Dr. Marcus Welby 170 episodes
1977 Father Knows Best: Home for Christmas Jim Anderson Television film
1978 Little Women Grandpa James Lawrence Television film
1984 Return of Marcus Welby, M.D., TheThe Return of Marcus Welby, M.D. Dr. Marcus Welby Television film
1987 American Masters Edward "Eddie" Crane 1 episode
1987 Mercy or Murder? Roswell Gilbert Television film
1987 Conspiracy of Love, AA Conspiracy of Love Joe Woldarski Television film
1988 Marcus Welby, M.D.: A Holiday Affair Dr. Marcus Welby Television film
Year Title Role Notes
1949-1954 Father Knows Best Jim Anderson
1952 Suspense Episode: "The Frameup"

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  • Gartside, Michael (2000–2001). Robert Young's British Films. Muscatine, IA: Films of the Golden Age. 
  • Jewell, Richard B.; Harbin, Vernon (1982). The RKO Story. New York City: Crown Publishers. 
  • Katz, Ephraim (1981). The Film Encyclopedia. New York City: Harper Perennial. 
  • Shipman, David (1970). The Great Movie Stars: The Golden Years. New York City: Bonanza Books. 


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