Robert Cornthwaite - Rotten Tomatoes

Robert Cornthwaite

Highest Rated:   97% Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Lowest Rated:   13% Deal of the Century (1983)
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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 YEAR
23% Who's That Girl?
  • Minister
2003
No Score Yet White Dwarf
  • King Joist
1995
No Score Yet Dead Man's Revenge
  • Storekeeper
1993
93% Matinee
  • Scientist
1992
No Score Yet Frame Up
  • Earl Cort
1991
No Score Yet Time Trackers
  • Actor
1988
13% Deal of the Century
  • Huddleston
1983
40% 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
91% 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
84% The Spirit of St. Louis
  • Knight
1957
No Score Yet On The Threshold Of Space
  • Dawson
1956
97% Kiss Me Deadly
  • FBI Man
1955
No Score Yet Stranger on Horseback
  • Arnold Hammer
1955
No Score Yet The Purple Mask
  • Napoleon
1955
85% The War of the Worlds
  • Dr. Pryor
1953
88% Monkey Business
  • Dr. Zoldeck
1952
No Score Yet His Kind of Woman
  • Hernandez
1951
88% The Thing from Another World
  • Dr. Arthur Carrington
1951
No Score Yet Union Station
  • Orderly
1950

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast
1987-1990
  • Morrison
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Hanford Director
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Alan A. Dale

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