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Robert Cummings

Highest Rated:   100% Kings Row (1942)
Lowest Rated:   0% What a Way to Go! (1964)
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Birthplace:   Joplin, Missouri, USA
American actor Robert Cummings studied for an engineer's degree at several colleges before concentrating his energies at the American School of Dramatic Arts. After returning from a trip to England, he became possessed with the notion that he could best conquer Hollywood if he passed himself off as a British actor, so for a brief uncomfortable period he called himself Blade Stanhope Conway. The best he could get was an extra part in Laurel and Hardy's Sons of the Desert (1933); after that, he renamed himself Brice Hutchens, under which name he played on Broadway with a magic act in Ziegfeld Follies of 1934. As plain old Robert Cummings, the actor made his film debut in Paramount's So Red the Rose (1935), in which he was killed off in the Civil War before the first reel was over. He finally got a meaty hysteria scene as a condemned prisoner in The Accusing Finger (1936) -- but thereafter played almost nothing but comedy at Paramount. Stronger dramatic roles came Cummings' way in Kings Row (1941) and Hitchcock's Saboteur (1942). By the early 1950s, the formerly callow Cummings had matured enough to be convincing as the "other man" in the Hitchcock thriller Dial M for Murder (1954), and in the difficult role of the compassionate Juror Number 8 in the original 1955 TV production of Twelve Angry Men. He also gained valuable off-camera prestige as an officer in the Air Force Reserves (he'd been a licensed pilot since age 17). Still, Cummings' main reputation in this decade rested on two lighthearted TV situation comedies: My Hero, which lasted 39 episodes in 1952, and the more famous Bob Cummings Show, a.k.a. Love That Bob, which ran from 1955 through 1958. Playing glamour photographer Bob Collins in the latter series, Cummings perpetuated public TV reputation as an eternally youthful ladies' man (though the biggest laughs went to supporting actress Ann B. Davis (as Schultzy). Newspaper and magazine articles of the period made much of Cummings' seeming agelessness, which the actor chalked up to careful dieting, plenty of vitamins and exercise. That anyone would find it unusual that a 50-year-old man could retain his looks and sex appeal is astonishing in these days of such over-50 movie idols as Harrison Ford and Sean Connery, but such was the state of press agentry in the Love That Bob days. Two later TV series didn't do so well for Cummings, nor did his performances in such 1960s films as The Carpetbaggers (1963); still, critics would marvel at how well the now sixtyish actor was "holding up." Unfortunately, Cummings fell victim to Parkinson's disease in the 1980s, and the once-virile actor deteriorated rapidly both in mind and body before his death at age 82. In his prime, however, Cummings was one of those rare film actors who managed to retain his fame and popularity even though he made relatively few films of importance.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Stagecoach
  • Mr. Gatewood
1966
0% What a Way to Go!
  • Dr. Stephanson
1964
No Score Yet How to Be Very, Very Popular
  • Fillmore 'Wedge' Wedgewood
1955
No Score Yet Reign of Terror
  • Actor
1955
88% Dial M for Murder
  • Mark Halliday
1954
No Score Yet Lucky Me
  • Dick Carson
1954
No Score Yet The First Time
  • Joe Bennet
1952
No Score Yet Tell It to the Judge
  • Pete Webb
1949
No Score Yet Reign of Terror
  • Charles D'Aubigny
1949
No Score Yet The Accused
  • Warren Ford
1949
No Score Yet Let's Live a Little
  • Duke Crawford
  • Producer
1948
No Score Yet Sleep, My Love
  • Bruce Elcott
1947
No Score Yet Lost Moment
  • Lewis Venable
1947
No Score Yet The Chase
  • Chuck Scott
1946
No Score Yet The Bride Wore Boots
  • Jeff Warren
1946
No Score Yet Flesh And Fantasy
  • Michael
1943
No Score Yet Princess O'Rourke
  • Eddie O'Rourke
1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day
  • Ned Trimble
1943
81% Saboteur
  • Barry Kane
1942
100% Kings Row
  • Parris Mitchell
1942
No Score Yet It Started with Eve
  • Jonathan 'Johnny' Reynolds Jr.
1941
No Score Yet Moon Over Miami
  • Jeff Bolton
1941
100% The Devil and Miss Jones
  • Joe O'Brien
1941
No Score Yet One Night in the Tropics
  • Steve Harper
1940
No Score Yet Spring Parade
  • Harry Marten
1940
No Score Yet And One Was Beautiful
  • Ridley Crane
1940
No Score Yet Three Smart Girls Grow Up
  • Harry Loren
1939
No Score Yet Everything Happens at Night
  • Ken Morgan
1939
No Score Yet Charlie McCarthy, Detective
  • Scotty Hamilton
1939
No Score Yet The Texans
  • Capt. Alan Sanford
1938
100% You and Me
  • Jim
1938
No Score Yet College Swing
  • Radio Announcer
1938
No Score Yet Souls at Sea
  • George Martin
1937
No Score Yet The Last Train from Madrid
  • Juan Ramos
1937
No Score Yet Arizona Mahoney
  • Phillip Randall
1936
No Score Yet Border Flight
  • Lt. Bob Dixon
1936
100% Sons of the Desert
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Desert Gold
  • Actor
1919

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Capt. James Embry
  • 1960
  • 1959

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