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Jay Robinson

Lowest Rated:   33% The Robe (1953)
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Twenty-three-year-old actor Jay Robinson could not have asked for a better screen debut than the showcase role of the mad Emperor Caligula in The Robe (1953). Robinson followed this triumph by reviving Caligula for the 1954 sequel Demetrius and the Gladiators, and then -- by his own account -- became so full of himself that few producers wanted to have anything to do with him. After his 1957 arrest for narcotics possession, Robinson found himself persona non grata in Hollywood. Spending most of the next 13 years out of work, he was rescued by Bette Davis, who insisted that Robinson be cast in an important role in her 1971 feature Bunny O'Hare. Far humbler than in his salad days, Robinson made a slow, steady comeback in such gemlike supporting parts as "The Conscience" in Woody Allen's Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex... (1972), and Warren Beatty's demanding boss Norman in Shampoo (1975). Continuing to essay character roles into the 1990s, Robinson was seen as Vincent in 1992's Bram Stoker's Dracula. On television, Jay Robinson played Monte Dolan on the daytime drama Days of Our Lives, and revived many of his "Caligula" eccentricities as addled scientist Dr. Shrinker on the Saturday morning extravaganza Krofft Supershow (1976-77).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Adventures Beyond: Killer Chupacabra
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Beyond Bizarre, Vol. 5
  • Host
1998
No Score Yet Ghost Ship
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Body Bizarre
  • Host
1997
No Score Yet Beyond Bizarre, Vol. 2
  • Host
1997
No Score Yet Murder Between Friends
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Skeeter
  • Drake
1994
78% Bram Stoker's Dracula
  • Mr. Hawkins
1992
No Score Yet Sinatra
  • Major Bowes
1992
No Score Yet Transylvania Twist
  • Ephraim Ward
1989
35% Big Top Pee-wee
  • Cock
1988
No Score Yet The Malibu Bikini Shop
  • Ben
1986
80% The Sword and the Sorcerer
  • King Charles
1982
No Score Yet Partners
  • Halderstam
1982
No Score Yet The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice (Othello)
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet The Man with Bogart's Face
  • Wolf Zinderneuf
1980
No Score Yet Train Ride to Hollywood
  • Actor
1978
63% Shampoo
  • Norman
1975
No Score Yet Three the Hard Way
  • Monroe Feather
1974
No Score Yet This Is a Hijack
  • Simon Scott
1973
No Score Yet Nightmare Honeymoon (Deadly Honeymoon)
  • Ruskin
1973
90% Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask
  • The Priest
1972
No Score Yet Bunny O'Hare
  • John C. Rupert Banker
1971
No Score Yet Tell Me in the Sunlight
  • Barber
1967
No Score Yet My Man Godfrey
  • Vincent
1957
No Score Yet The Virgin Queen
  • Chadwick
1955
80% Demetrius and the Gladiators
  • Caligula
1954
33% The Robe
  • Caligula
1953

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
  • 1989
No Score Yet Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Lord Petri
  • Guest
  • 1968

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