Robert Burns

Highest Rated: 100% Sons of the Desert (1933)
Lowest Rated: 4% The Covenant (2006)
Birthday: Sep 5, 1936
Birthplace: Not Available
Together with his older brother Fred Burns, Robert Burns (aka Bob Burns and Robert E. Burns) became one of the busiest bit players/stunt performers in B-Western history, easily recognizable by his trademark mustache and straightforward demeanor. Burns entered films in the 1910s, when he starred in a series of two-reelers from Vitagraph. He was still starring in two-reelers by 1920 but now for small-scale independent producers, and sometimes in the early 1920s, a low-budget concern attempted to turn him into a feature Western star as well. With character actor Horace B. Carpenter handling the directional chores and brunette Dorothy Donald playing the leading ladies, the Burns Westerns never sold as a series but were distributed by various minor organizations throughout the decade. Just Traveling (released 1927) has survived and proves Burns to be a very acceptable Western hero who may even have made the bigtime had he been given half the chance. But the Burns series was too low-budget and disappeared in the glut of low-budget Westerns released in the mid-1920s. Even busier in sound films and often cast along with brother Fred and son Forrest, Burns continued to appear in B-Westerns and serials -- literally hundreds of them -- often cast as stage drivers, townsmen, deputies, members of the posse, or non-speaking henchmen. He should of course not be confused with silent-screen comic Bobby Burns (1878-1966) or Paramount rustic Bob "Bazooka" Burns (1890-1956).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet NOVA Producer 2007
4% The Covenant Mr. Pennyworth $23.3M 2006
45% The Whole Nine Yards Mr. Tourette $57.3M 2000
No Score Yet Voices from a Locked Room Organist 1995
28% Men at Work Actor 1990
No Score Yet Ride Tenderfoot Ride Deputy 1940
No Score Yet Three Men from Texas Rancher 1940
No Score Yet Trouble in Sundown Sheriff Crawford 1939
No Score Yet Feud of the Range Dad Wilson 1939
No Score Yet Galloping Dynamite Sheriff 1937
No Score Yet The Singing Vagabond Buffalo 1935
100% Sons of the Desert Sons of the Desert Coterie 1933
No Score Yet Fast Workers Actor 1933
No Score Yet Gun Law Marshal Jim Hawkins 1933
No Score Yet If I Had a Million Marine Sergeant 1932
No Score Yet Come on, Tarzan Bob 1932
No Score Yet Pardon Us Prone Dental Patient 1931
No Score Yet Hard Hombre Ranch Hand (uncredited) 1931
No Score Yet Up the River Slim 1930


No Score Yet NOVA
  • 2008


No quotes approved yet.