Robert Cornthwaite

Robert Cornthwaite

  • Highest Rated: 98% Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
  • Lowest Rated: 11% Deal of the Century (1983)
  • Birthday: Apr 28, 1917
  • Birthplace: St. Helens, Oregon, USA
  • Already a character player in his 30s, American actor Robert Cornwaithe was frequently called upon to play scientific and learned types in such films as War of the Worlds (1953) and The Forbin Project (1971). He was also busy on TV, portraying lawyers, officials and the like on such series as The Andy Griffith Show, Batman (in the "Archer" episode with Art Carney), Gidget, Laverne and Shirley and The Munsters. Cornwaithe earned his niche in the Science Fiction Film Hall of Fame for his performance in The Thing (1951); grayed up, bearded, and looking suspiciously Russian, the actor played the foolhardy Professor Carrington, whose insipidly idealistic efforts to communicate with the extraterrestrial "Thing" nearly gets him killed. In honor of this performance, Robert Cornwaithe was cast as a similar well-meaning scientist in "Mant," the giant-insect film within a film in Joe Dante's Matinee (1993), wherein Cornwaithe shared screen time with two equally uncredited horror-film icons, William Schallert and Kevin McCarthy.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet White Dwarf King Joist 1995
No Score Yet Dead Man's Revenge Storekeeper 1993
94% Matinee Scientist 1992
No Score Yet Frame Up Earl Cort 1991
No Score Yet Time Trackers Actor 1988
38% Who's That Girl? Minister 1987
11% Deal of the Century Huddleston 1983
33% Doctor Detroit Prof. Blount 1983
33% Futureworld Mr. Reed 1976
No Score Yet The Devil's Daughter Pastor Dixon 1973
No Score Yet Journey Through Rosebud Hearing Officer 1972
No Score Yet The Peacekillers Ben 1971
88% Colossus: The Forbin Project Other Scientist 1970
No Score Yet Waterhole No. 3 George 1967
No Score Yet The Ride to Hangman's Tree T.L. Harper 1967
67% The Ghost and Mr. Chicken Springer 1966
92% What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Dr. Shelby 1962
No Score Yet Day of the Outlaw Tommy 1959
No Score Yet Ten Seconds to Hell Loeffler 1959
85% The Spirit of St. Louis Knight 1957
No Score Yet On The Threshold Of Space Dawson 1956
98% Kiss Me Deadly FBI Man 1955
No Score Yet Stranger on Horseback Arnold Hammer 1955
No Score Yet The Purple Mask Napoleon 1955
86% The War of the Worlds Dr. Pryor 1953
88% Monkey Business Dr. Zoldeck 1952
No Score Yet His Kind of Woman Hernandez 1951
89% The Thing from Another World Dr. Arthur Carrington 1951
No Score Yet Union Station Orderly 1950

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

82% Picket Fences
1992-1996
Howard Howard Buss Mayor Buss
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Guest Hives
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
Morrison
  • 1988
No Score Yet Kate & Allie
1984-1989
Allie's Father
  • 1985
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Coroner
  • 1984
33% Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
1979-1981
  • 1979
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Dr. Thomas
  • 1979
No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
1976-1983
Dr. Futoran
  • 1977
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Clerk
  • 1971
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Blake
  • 1970
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Judson Trumble
  • 1968
93% Batman
1966-1968
Alan A. Dale
  • 1966
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Windish
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Picket
  • 1965
83% The Munsters
1964-1966
Mr. Parker
  • 1965
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Wallace
  • 1964
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Carl Bruner Duval Anders Bill Worth Herbert Dean
  • 1964
  • 1962
  • 1960
  • 1959
  • 1957
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Mr. Somerset
  • 1963
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Hanford Director
  • 1963
  • 1962
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
Honest John Cruppen Wembly
  • 1961
  • 1960

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