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Willard Robertson

Highest Rated:   100% Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Lowest Rated:   71% My Favorite Brunette (1947)
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A New Year's baby, actor Willard Robertson grew up in Texas, where he became a successful lawyer. Reportedly he was offered an opportunity to become a federal judge, but he turned it down because of a sudden interest in acting. Since he looked the part of a prosperous attorney, however, Robertson frequently found himself playing a member of the very profession he'd left behind. The actor also showed up as sheriffs, mayors, city councilmen and stern father figures during his quarter-centry film career. While Preston Sturges buffs pinpoint Robertson's flamboyant defense attorney in Remember the Night? (1940) as his best performance, the actor is equally fondly recalled for his portrayal of Jackie Cooper's outwardly stern, inwardly loving father in Skippy (1931) and Sooky (1931). By the mid '40s, Willard Robertson's roles were usually of one scene's duration or less, but he still carried plenty of authority, notably as the sheriff in the grim The Ox-Bow Incident (1943); Robertson's icy remonstration to a lynch mob, "The Lord better have mercy on you...you won't get it from me," still chills the blood after fifty years.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Fury at Furnace Creek
  • Gen. Leads
1948
No Score Yet Sitting Pretty
  • Mr. Ashcroft
1948
No Score Yet Deep Valley
  • Sheriff Akers
1947
71% My Favorite Brunette
  • Prison Warden
1947
No Score Yet To Each His Own
  • Dr. Hunt
1946
No Score Yet Along Came Jones
  • Luke Packard
1945
No Score Yet Background to Danger
  • McNamara
1943
94% The Ox-Bow Incident
  • Sheriff
1943
88% Air Force
  • Colonel at Hickam Field
1943
No Score Yet No Time for Love
  • President of Construction Company
1943
83% Wake Island
  • Col. Cameron
1942
No Score Yet Juke Girl
  • Mister Just
1942
100% Sullivan's Travels
  • Judge
1941
No Score Yet The Monster and the Girl
  • Lt. Strickland
1941
No Score Yet Texas
  • Wilson
1941
91% My Little Chickadee
  • Uncle John
1940
No Score Yet Castle on the Hudson
  • Detective Ragan
1940
100% Remember the Night
  • Francis X. O'Leary
1940
No Score Yet Brigham Young
  • Heber Kimball
1940
No Score Yet Two Bright Boys
  • Clayton
1939
No Score Yet Each Dawn I Die
  • Lang
1939
No Score Yet Union Pacific
  • Oakes Ames
1939
No Score Yet Jesse James
  • Clarke
1939
No Score Yet Range War
  • Buck
1939
No Score Yet Heritage of the Desert
  • Nebraska
1939
No Score Yet Kentucky
  • Bob Slocum
1938
100% You and Me
  • Dayton
1938
No Score Yet The Last Gangster
  • Broderick
1937
No Score Yet Exclusive
  • Mr. Franklin
1937
No Score Yet This Is My Affair
  • George Andrews
1937
No Score Yet Park Avenue Logger
  • Ben Morton
1937
No Score Yet Larceny on the Air
  • Inspector 'Mac' McDonald
1937
No Score Yet That Girl from Paris
  • Immigration Officer
1936
No Score Yet Winterset
  • Policeman
1936
No Score Yet The Gorgeous Hussy
  • Secretary Ingham
1936
No Score Yet The Last of the Mohicans
  • Capt.Winthrop
1936
No Score Yet Dante's Inferno
  • Insp. Harris
1935
No Score Yet Black Fury
  • Welsh
1935
No Score Yet Mills of the Gods
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet Housewife
  • Judge
1934
No Score Yet Here Comes the Navy
  • Lt. Commander
1934
No Score Yet Murder in the Private Car
  • Hanks
1934
No Score Yet He Was Her Man
  • Police Captain
1934
No Score Yet Upper World
  • Capt. Reynolds
1934
No Score Yet Gambling Lady
  • District Attorney
1934
No Score Yet Heat Lightning
  • Everett
1934
No Score Yet Dark Hazard
  • Fallen
1934
No Score Yet Operator 13
  • Capt. Channing
1934
No Score Yet The World Changes
  • Peterson
1933
No Score Yet Ever in My Heart
  • Kennel Caretaker
1933
88% Wild Boys of the Road (Dangerous Days)
  • Captain of Detectives
1933
No Score Yet Tugboat Annie
  • Red Severn
1933
75% Heroes for Sale
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Central Airport
  • Havana Manager
1933
No Score Yet Frisco Jenny
  • Police Captain
1933
No Score Yet Lady Killer
  • Conroy
1933
No Score Yet Roman Scandals
  • Warren F. Cooper
1933
No Score Yet Supernatural
  • Warden
1933
100% I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
  • Prison Commissioner
1932
No Score Yet Virtue
  • MacKenzie
1932
75% Doctor X
  • O'Halloran, Stevens' Assistant
1932
No Score Yet So Big
  • The Doctor
1932
No Score Yet If I Had a Million
  • Doctor
1932
No Score Yet Call Her Savage
  • Peter Springer
1932
No Score Yet Texas Bad Man
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet The Strange Love of Molly Louvain
  • Sgt. Murdock
1932
No Score Yet Tom Brown of Culver
  • Capt. White
1932
100% Skippy
  • Dr. Herbert Skinner
1931
80% City Streets
  • Detective
1931

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