Robert Young

Robert Young

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Plot Against Harry (1989)
  • Lowest Rated: 8% Splitting Heirs (1993)
  • Birthday: Not Available
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Chicago-born Robert Young carried his inbred "never give up" work ethic into his training at the Pasadena Playhouse. After a few movie-extra roles, he was signed by MGM to play a bit part as Helen Hayes' son in 1931's Sin of Madelon Claudet. At the request of MGM head Irving Thalberg, Young's role was expanded during shooting, thus the young actor was launched on the road to stardom (his first-released film was the Charlie Chan epic Black Camel [1931], which he made while on loan to Fox Studios). Young appeared in as many as nine films per year in the 1930s, usually showing up in bon vivant roles. Alfred Hitchcock sensed a darker side to Young's ebullient nature, and accordingly cast the actor as a likeable American who turns out to be a cold-blooded spy in 1936's The Secret Agent. Some of Young's best film work was in the 1940s, with such roles as the facially disfigured war veteran in The Enchanted Cottage (1945) and the no-good philanderer in They Won't Believe Me (1947). In 1949, Young launched the radio sitcom Father Knows Best, starring as insurance salesman/paterfamilias Jim Anderson (it was his third weekly radio series). The series' title was originally ironic in that Anderson was perhaps one of the most stupidly stubborn of radio dads. By the time Father Knows Best became a TV series in 1954, Young had refined his Jim Anderson characterization into the soul of sagacity. Young became a millionaire thanks to his part-ownership of Father Knows Best, which, despite a shaky beginning, ran successfully until 1960 (less popular was his 1961 TV dramedy Window on Main Street, which barely lasted a full season). His second successful series was Marcus Welby, M.D. (1968-1973). Young's later TV work has included one-shot revivals of Father Knows Best and Marcus Welby, and the well-received 1986 TV-movie Mercy or Murder, in which Young essayed the role of a real-life pensioner who killed his wife rather than allow her to endure a painful, lingering illness. Young passed away from respiratory failure at his Westlake Village, CA, home at the age of 91.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

38% Eichmann Director $3.2K 2010
No Score Yet Wide Blue Yonder Producer Director 2010
No Score Yet BloodMonkey (Blood Monkey) Director 2008
No Score Yet The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Espionage Escapades Director 2007
No Score Yet Romance With A Double Bass Director 2003
No Score Yet Captain Jack Director 1999
No Score Yet Jane Eyre Director 1997
53% Fierce Creatures Director 1997
No Score Yet The Canterville Ghost Actor 1996
No Score Yet Doomsday Gun Director 1994
No Score Yet White Goods Director 1994
No Score Yet Hostage Director 1993
8% Splitting Heirs Director 1993
100% The Plot Against Harry Producer 1989
No Score Yet A Conspiracy of Love Joe Woldarski 1987
No Score Yet Mercy or Murder? Roswell Gilbert 1987
No Score Yet Charlie Boy Director 1981
No Score Yet Little Women James Lawrence 1978
89% Short Eyes Producer 1977
No Score Yet To Fly Screenwriter 1976
80% Vampire Circus Director 1972
94% Born Free James 1966
95% Nothing But a Man Producer $9.7K 1963
No Score Yet Trauma Screenwriter 1962
86% I'm All Right Jack Actor 1960
No Score Yet Secret of the Incas Stanley Moorehead 1954
No Score Yet The Half-Breed Dan Craig 1952
No Score Yet Goodbye, My Fancy Dr. James Merrill 1951
No Score Yet The Second Woman Jeff Cohalan 1950
No Score Yet That Forsyte Woman Philip Bosinney 1949
No Score Yet Sitting Pretty Harry 1948
No Score Yet They Won't Believe Me Larry Ballentine 1947
81% Crossfire Capt. Finlay 1947
No Score Yet Lady Luck Larry Scott 1946
83% The Enchanted Cottage Oliver Bradford 1945
86% The Canterville Ghost Cuffy Williams 1944
No Score Yet Claudia David Naughton 1943
No Score Yet Sweet Rosie O'grady Actor 1943
No Score Yet Slightly Dangerous Bob Stuart 1943
No Score Yet Journey for Margaret John Davis 1942
No Score Yet Cairo Homer Smith 1942
No Score Yet Joe Smith, American Joe Smith 1942
No Score Yet H.M. Pulham, Esq. Harry Pulham 1941
No Score Yet Lady Be Good Edward Crane 1941
80% Western Union Richard Blake 1941
No Score Yet Married Bachelor Randolph Haven 1941
No Score Yet Dr. Kildare's Crisis Douglas Lamont 1940
100% Northwest Passage Langdon 1940
100% The Mortal Storm Fritz Marberg 1940
No Score Yet Miracles For Sale Actor 1939
No Score Yet Honolulu George Smith/Brooks Mason 1939
No Score Yet The Shining Hour David Linden 1938
100% Three Comrades Gottfried 1938
No Score Yet The Emperor's Candlesticks Grand Duke Peter 1937
No Score Yet Married Before Breakfast (Married by Noon) Tom Wakefield 1937
No Score Yet I Met Him in Paris Gene Anders 1937
No Score Yet Navy Blue and Gold Roger Ash 1937
No Score Yet The Bride Wore Red Rudi Pal 1937
No Score Yet Stowaway Tommy Randall 1936
No Score Yet The Longest Night Charley Phelps 1936
No Score Yet The Bride Walks Out Hugh McKenzie 1936
86% Secret Agent Robert Marvin 1936
No Score Yet It's Love Again Peter Carlton 1936
No Score Yet The Bride Comes Home Jack Bristow 1936
No Score Yet Remember Last Night? Tony Milburn 1935
No Score Yet West Point of the Air Little Mike 1935
No Score Yet Red Salute Jeff 1935
No Score Yet Vagabond Lady Tony Spear 1935
No Score Yet Calm Yourself Preston 'Pat' Patton 1935
No Score Yet Paris Interlude Patrick 'Pat' Wells 1934
No Score Yet Hollywood Party Himself 1934
No Score Yet Spitfire John Stafford 1934
100% The House of Rothschild Captain Fitzroy 1934
No Score Yet The Right to Romance Bobby Preble 1933
No Score Yet Tugboat Annie Alexander 'Alec' Brennan 1933
No Score Yet Hell Below Lt. Brick Walters 1933
No Score Yet Today We Live Claude 1933
No Score Yet Men Must Fight Geoffrey 1933
No Score Yet Strange Interlude Gordon 1932
No Score Yet The Kid from Spain Ricardo 1932
No Score Yet Unashamed Richard 'Dick' Ogden 1932
No Score Yet New Morals for Old Ralph Thomas 1932
No Score Yet The Wet Parade Kip Tarleton 1932
No Score Yet The Guilty Generation Marco Ricca/John Smith 1931
No Score Yet The Sin of Madelon Claudet Dr. Jacques Claudet 1931
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in the Black Camel Jimmy Bradshaw 1931

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Jeeves and Wooster
1993
Director
  • 2005
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
Director
  • 2003
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Director Screenwriter
  • 1976
  • 1974
  • 1973
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Dr. Marcus Welby
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1969
No Score Yet The Waltons
1972-1981
Screenwriter
  • 1973
No Score Yet Father Knows Best
1954-1960
Jim Anderson Producer
  • 1960
  • 1959
  • 1958
  • 1957
  • 1956
  • 1955
  • 1954
No Score Yet GBH
1991
Director
No Score Yet Hammer House of Horror
1980
Director
No Score Yet The Avengers (1961)
1969
Judge

QUOTES FROM Robert Young CHARACTERS

Capt. Finlay
Well hate, Monty's kind of hate, is like a gun. If you carry it around with you it can go off and kill somebody. It killed Samuels last night.
Capt. Finlay
I'm not interested in philosophy, I'm trying to solve a murder.
Capt. Finlay
All I'm asking for is facts.
Capt. Finlay
Nothing interests me anymore. It used to but not anymore. I've been at this job too long. I go about it the only way I know how; I collect all the facts possible - most of them are useless.
Erich Lohkamp
Oh, I acted like an idiot.
Gottfried Lenz
Send flowers! They cover everything, even graves.
Gottfried Lenz
Give a hoodlum a club and they'll run anything.