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Robert Young

Highest Rated:   100% The Plot Against Harry (1989)
Lowest Rated:   8% Splitting Heirs (1993)
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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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
38% Eichmann
  • Director
$3.2k 2010
No Score Yet Wide Blue Yonder
  • Director
  • Producer
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
50% Triumph of the Spirit
  • Screenwriter
2000
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 The Worst Witch
  • Director
1986
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
100% 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
79% Crossfire
  • Capt. Finlay
1947
83% The Enchanted Cottage
  • Oliver Bradford
1945
83% 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 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
90% Secret Agent
  • Robert Marvin
1936
No Score Yet It's Love Again
  • Peter Carlton
1936
No Score Yet Remember Last Night?
  • Tony Milburn
1935
No Score Yet Vagabond Lady
  • Tony Spear
1935
No Score Yet Red Salute
  • Jeff
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

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