Robert Cornthwaite

Robert Cornthwaite

Highest Rated: 100% Day of the Outlaw (1959)

Lowest Rated: 36% Futureworld (1976)

Birthday: Apr 28, 1917

Birthplace: St. Helens, Oregon, USA

Robert Cornthwaite was a thin man with an aristocratic bearing who radiated intelligence; in Hollywood, that got him typecast as a cold, intellectual scientist. This was despite the range he displayed in his many acting roles, which ran the gamut from Napoleon Bonaparte (in "The Purple Mask," a 1955 period film about French rebels just after the Revolution) to an Alzheimer's-afflicted mayor in the oddball small-town TV drama "Picket Fences" (1992). Perhaps the stereotype is due to Cornthwaite's memorable turn as Dr. Carrington, the ultimate science fiction egghead scientist in the self-descriptive 1951 hit "The Thing From Another World." Throughout his career, the actor played enough characters with the title "Dr." to staff the faculty of a major university. Among the more notable of these appearances was as a medical practitioner in "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane" (1962), a thriller about a demented former child star (played by Bette Davis) tormenting her sister. Cornthwaite took variations of this character to TV, but he also branched out into non-intellectual roles. He played a butler in a two-episode stretch of the popular Boston bar-set sitcom "Cheers" (1992) and a diplomat in the space saga "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" (1979). During his working life, the actor was also extensively involved with productions in the theater, his preferred medium.

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Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet 86% White Dwarf King Joist of the Dark Side (Character) - 1995
92% 62% Matinee Dr. Flankon (uncredited) (Character) $8.9M 1993
36% 30% Futureworld Mr. Reed (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 29% The Devil's Daughter Pastor Dixon (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man Dr. Ashburn (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Longest Night Frank Cavanaugh (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 38% The Peace Killers Ben (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two on a Bench Mr. Hayes (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Killer by Night Dr. Bradville (Character) - 1971
67% 75% The Ghost and Mr. Chicken Springer (Character) - 1966
100% 71% Day of the Outlaw Blaise Starrett (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Destination Space Senator Royce (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 36% Ten Seconds to Hell Franz Loeffler (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Power of the Resurrection Caiaphus (Character) - 1958
85% 75% The Spirit of St. Louis Harry Knight (uncredited) (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 80% Stranger on Horseback Arnold Hammer (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Purple Mask Napoleon Bonaparte (Character) - 1955
88% 71% The War of the Worlds Dr. Pryor (Character) - 1953
88% 67% Monkey Business Dr. Zoldeck (Character) - 1952
86% 73% The Thing Dr. Arthur Carrington (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mark of the Renegade Innkeeper (Character) - 1951

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
87% 92% Cheers Hives (Guest Star) 1992-1993
No Score Yet 89% Beauty and the Beast Morrison (Guest Star) 1988-1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dynasty Judge Edward P. Langdon (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kate & Allie Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barbary Coast Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
100% No Score Yet Kolchak: The Night Stalker Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Markham (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Garrison's Gorillas Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Judge Wattles (Character) 1967 1964-1965 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Iron Horse Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gidget Brian Mack (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man Called Shenandoah Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Dr. Sisler (Guest Star) 1965-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Farmer's Daughter Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
83% 83% The Munsters Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Pickett (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Novak Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Duval (Guest Star) 1964 1959-1960 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1964 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1964 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1961-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Marvin Carmichael (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show Mr. Somerset (Guest Star) 1963
82% 95% The Twilight Zone Hanford (Character) 1962-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Heron (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Wells Fargo Anthony Boaz (Character) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Surfside 6 Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Unknown (Character) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1959 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Behind Closed Doors Unknown (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trackdown Jerome Ballard (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Adventures of Jim Bowie Unknown (Character) 1956-1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Thin Man Hartwick (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Lou Staley (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marshal Dillon Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jeff's Collie Unknown (Guest Star) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie District Attorney (Guest Star) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Star and the Story Unknown (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cavalcade of America Mark Twain (Character) 1953

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