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Robert Armstrong

Highest Rated:   100% The Paleface (1948)
Lowest Rated:   17% The Sea of Grass (1947)
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Birthplace:   Saginaw, Michigan, USA
Forever remembered by film buffs as the man who brought King Kong to New York, American actor Robert Armstrong was a law student at the University of Washington in Seattle when he dropped out in favor of a vaudeville tour. Learning by doing, Armstrong worked his way up to "leading man" roles in a New York stock company run by veteran character man Jimmy Gleason. Gleason's play Iz Zat So? led to a film contract for Armstrong, whose first picture was The Main Event (1927). The actor's stage training served him well during Hollywood's switchover to sound, and he appeared with frequency in the early talkie years, at one point costarring with Broadway legend Fanny Brice in My Man (1930). An expert at playing sports and showbiz promoters, Armstrong was a natural for the role of the enthusiastic but foolhardy Carl Denham in King Kong (1933). Armstrong enjoyed some of the best dialogue of his career as he coerced erstwhile actress Fay Wray to go with him to Skull Island to seek out "money, adventure, the thrill of a lifetime", and as he egged on his crew to explore the domain of 50-foot ape Kong. And of course, Armstrong was allowed to speak the final lines of this imperishable classic: "It wasn't the planes...It was beauty killed the beast." Armstrong played Carl Denham again in a sequel, Son of Kong (1933), and later played Denham in everything but name as a shoestring theatrical promoter in Mighty Joe Young (1949), wherein he brought a nice giant gorilla into civilization. Always in demand as a character actor, Armstrong continued to make films in the 1940s; he had the rare distinction of playing an American military officer in Around the World (1943), a Nazi agent in My Favorite Spy (1942), and a Japanese general in Blood on the Sun (1945)! In the 1950s and 1960s, Armstrong was a fixture on TV cop and adventure programs. Perhaps the most characteristic moment in Armstrong's TV career was during a sketch on The Red Skelton Show, in which Red took one look at Armstrong and ad-libbed "Say, did you ever get that monkey off that building?"

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet My Favorite Spy
  • Actor
2013
69% The Wackness
  • Principal Edward
$2.1M 2008
No Score Yet Rock That Uke
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Sixes and the One Eyed King
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Rock That Uke
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Body of Influence (Indecent Advances)
  • Flashback Man
1993
57% Noises Off
  • Additional Stagehand
1992
No Score Yet Another Chance
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet The Confessions of Robert Crumb
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet For Those Who Think Young
  • Cronin's Business Associate
1964
No Score Yet Johnny Cool
  • Gang Member
1963
No Score Yet The Pace That Thrills
  • Barton
1952
95% Mighty Joe Young
  • Max O'Hara
1949
100% The Paleface
  • Terris
1948
No Score Yet Return of the Bad Men
  • Wild Bill Doolin
1948
86% The Fugitive
  • Police Sergeant
1947
17% The Sea of Grass
  • Floyd McCurtin
1947
No Score Yet Fall Guy
  • Mac McLaine
1947
No Score Yet Decoy
  • Frank Olins
1946
No Score Yet Criminal Court
  • Vic Wright
1946
No Score Yet The Falcon in San Francisco
  • De Forrest Marshall
1945
No Score Yet Blood on the Sun
  • Col. Hideki Tojo
1945
No Score Yet The Royal Mounted Rides Again
  • Price
1945
No Score Yet Belle of the Yukon
  • George
1944
No Score Yet Mr. Winkle Goes to War
  • Joe Tinker
1944
No Score Yet The Navy Way
  • Chief Petty Officer Harper
1944
No Score Yet Adventures of the Flying Cadets
  • Galt
1943
No Score Yet Around the World
  • General
1943
No Score Yet The Kansan,(Wagon Wheels)
  • Malachy
1943
No Score Yet Wings Over the Pacific
  • Pieter
1943
No Score Yet The Mad Ghoul
  • Ken McClure
1943
No Score Yet Baby Face Morgan
  • 'Doc' Rogers
1942
No Score Yet Let's Get Tough
  • Officer `Pops' Stevens
1942
No Score Yet Gang Busters
  • Tim Nolan
1942
No Score Yet Dive Bomber
  • Art Lyons
1941
No Score Yet Sky Raiders
  • Lt. Ed Carey
1941
No Score Yet Man of Conquest
  • Jim Bowie
1939
No Score Yet There Goes My Heart
  • Detective O'Brien
1938
No Score Yet The Night Hawk
  • McCormick
1938
No Score Yet The Girl Said No (With Words and Music)
  • Jimmie Allen
1937
No Score Yet Radio Patrol
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet Nobody's Baby
  • Scoops Hanford
1937
No Score Yet Without Orders
  • Wad Madison
1936
No Score Yet The Ex-Mrs. Bradford
  • Nick Martel
1936
No Score Yet Public Enemy's Wife
  • Gene Ferguson
1936
No Score Yet Remember Last Night?
  • Fred Flannagan
1935
No Score Yet Little Big Shot
  • Steve Craig
1935
No Score Yet G-Men
  • Jeff McCord
1935
No Score Yet The Mystery Man
  • Larry Doyle
1935
No Score Yet Flirting With Danger
  • Bob Owens
1934
No Score Yet Kansas City Princess
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet Palooka
  • Pete Palooka
1934
No Score Yet Manhattan Love Song
  • Tom Williams
1934
No Score Yet Search For Beauty
  • Larry Williams
1934
40% Son of Kong
  • Carl Denham
1933
No Score Yet Fast Workers
  • Bucker Reilly
1933
98% King Kong
  • Carl Denham
1933
No Score Yet Blind Adventure
  • Richard Bruce
1933
No Score Yet Penguin Pool Murder
  • Barry Costello
1932
No Score Yet Hold 'em Jail
  • Sports Announcer
1932
No Score Yet Is My Face Red
  • Ed Maloney
1932
100% The Most Dangerous Game
  • Martin
1932
100% The Lost Squadron
  • Lt. Woody Curwood
1932
No Score Yet Iron Man
  • George Regan
1931
No Score Yet The Tip Off
  • Kayo McClure
1931
No Score Yet Danger Lights
  • Larry Doyle
1930
No Score Yet Be Yourself
  • Jerry Moore
1930
No Score Yet Paid
  • Joe
1930
No Score Yet The Racketeer (Love's Conquest)
  • Mahlon Keane
1929
No Score Yet Big News
  • Steve Banks
1929
No Score Yet The Leatherneck
  • William Calhoun
1929
No Score Yet So This Is College
  • Biff
1929
No Score Yet Ned McCobb's Daughter
  • Babe Callahan
1928
No Score Yet Show Folks
  • Owens
1928
No Score Yet A Girl in Every Port
  • Salami
1928
No Score Yet The Leopard Lady
  • Chris
1928

Quotes from Robert Armstrong's Characters