Willard Robertson

Willard Robertson

  • Highest Rated: 100% Sullivan's Travels (1941)
  • Lowest Rated: 71% My Favorite Brunette (1947)
  • Birthday: Jan 1, 1886
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • 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
90% The Ox-Bow Incident Sheriff 1943
80% Air Force Colonel at Hickam Field 1943
No Score Yet No Time for Love President of Construction Company 1943
86% 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 I Wanted Wings Judge Advocate 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 North West Mounted Police Supt. Harrington 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
83% 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 The Go Getter Matt Peasley 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 The Man Who Lived Twice Logan 1936
No Score Yet Dante's Inferno Insp. Harris 1935
No Score Yet Oil for the Lamps of China Speaker 1935
No Score Yet Black Fury Welsh 1935
No Score Yet O'Shaughnessy's Boy Hartings 1935
No Score Yet Biography of a Bachelor Girl Process Server 1935
No Score Yet Mills of the Gods Actor 1934
No Score Yet Housewife Judge 1934
80% 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
95% 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 Silver Dollar Actor 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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