Robert Donner

Robert Donner

Highest Rated: 100% El Dorado (1967)

Lowest Rated: 0% Under the Rainbow (1981)

Birthday: Apr 27, 1931

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

While never achieving star status, or even top billing in the many films he appeared in, Robert Donner's face is very recognizable as a popular character actor of the '60s, '70s and '80s. Raised in New Jersey and Texas, Donner wound up in Los Angeles after a stint in the Navy. He was working odd jobs when his neighbor, Clint Eastwood, suggested that he try his hand at acting. Gaunt with heavy eyes and angular features, Donner's distinctive look made him easy to cast as menacing bad guys or comic heavies. He debuted in "Rio Bravo" with John Wayne and also appeared in the films "El Dorado" and "Rio Lobo" and on TV in "Rawhide," "Laredo," "The Big Valley," and "Bonanza." As the trend in the '70s switched from Westerns to crime dramas Donner went along, playing on episodes of "The Mod Squad," "Adam-12," and "S.W.A.T.." Still, he remained close to his Western roots, working with Eastwood in "High Plains Drifter" in 1973. Some of his more memorable television roles were as Yancy Tucker on "The Waltons" and the weird Exidor on "Mork and Mindy." He slowed down in the '90s but did find time to take a starring role on the 1995 series "Legend." Donner was just as well known in the Los Angeles celebrity community as he was on screen as an avid golfer, fundraiser, and popular "corporate speaker" in the Hollywood area. He died in 2006 at the age of 75.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion Yancy Tucker (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 57% With a Vengeance Det. Max Borovey (Character) - 1992
40% 20% Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold Swarma (Character) $2M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rocket Boy Hawkhead (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain Yancey Tucker (Character) - 1982
0% 48% Under the Rainbow The Assassin (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trail of Danger The Sheep Boss (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Five Days From Home Karl Baldwin (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Standing Tall Sheriff Brumfield (Character) - 1978
44% 34% Damnation Alley Man/Guard (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Young Pioneers' Christmas Mr. Peters (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Young Pioneers Mr. Peters (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 52% The Last Hard Men Lee Roy (Character) - 1976
73% 54% Bite the Bullet Reporter (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 27% Take a Hard Ride Skave (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nakia Fischer (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 22% Santee J.C. (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mrs. Sundance Ben Lant (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 47% The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing Dub (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet No Place to Run Car salesman (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 57% One More Train to Rob Sheriff Adams (Character) - 1971
79% 81% Vanishing Point Deputy Collins (Character) - 1971
0% No Score Yet Something Big Angel Moon (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 65% Fool's Parade Willis Hubbard (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Well of Love Tom Wade (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Intruders Roy Kirsh (Character) - 1970
83% 74% Chisum Bradley Morton (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zigzag Mason Weber (Character) - 1970
68% 72% Rio Lobo Whitey Carter (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 2% Catalina Caper Fingers O'Toole (Character) - 1967
100% 87% El Dorado Milt (Character) - 1967

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dharma & Greg Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Early Edition Unknown (Guest Star) 1999-2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pacific Blue Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
64% No Score Yet The Naked Truth Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Legend Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Columbo Arnie (Guest Star) 1994 1991 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet 81% MacGyver Unknown (Guest Star) 1989-1990 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saved by the Bell Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1988 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fame Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1983-1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The A-Team Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
95% No Score Yet Mork & Mindy Exidor (Character) 1978-1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Password 79 Guest 1980-1982
No Score Yet 61% Incredible Hulk Unknown (Guest Star) 1980-1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eight Is Enough Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet B.J. and the Bear Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1972-1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Six Million Dollar Man Unknown (Guest Star) 1974-1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Sheriff Dodd (Guest Star) 1975 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Brown (Guest Star) 1975 1973 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adam-12 Unknown (Guest Star) 1973 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Rizo (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kung Fu Unknown (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alias Smith and Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1971-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Longstreet Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Emory (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Clay Braddock (Guest Star) 1970-1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Chaparral Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1969-1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Tom Knight (Character) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1968 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning World Justice of the Peace (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Garrison's Gorillas Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1965 1963 1961

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