Robert Middleton

Robert Middleton

Highest Rated: 100% The Tarnished Angels (1957)

Lowest Rated: 13% The Silver Chalice (1954)

Birthday: May 13, 1911

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Beetle-browed character actor Robert Middleton was known for his distinctive features and deep booming voice, a voice that paved his way in the performing arts. After studying music at the University of Cincinnati's Conservatory of Music and at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, his bombastic timbre garnered him work in radio, which sparked his interest in acting. Theater work led to Broadway, after which Middleton made his way onto screen, where his hefty build and dramatic brows led to many villainous roles. Middleton first appeared on television in the early 1950s, steadily building his résumé with a string of one-offs and guest spots on anthology series and comedy programs. While he made his feature film debut in 1954 in the epic Holy Grail adventure "The Silver Chalice," his breakthrough came the next year as the dastardly antagonist of Humphrey Bogart's beleaguered ex-con in the noir-thriller "The Desperate Hours." This proved to be the first in a string of memorable villains, including the darkly ambitious knight who jousts "The Court Jester," played by Danny Kaye in the medieval musical comedy, and a wicked politician in the 1977 alternate history drama "The Lincoln Conspiracy," which supposes the president's assassin escaped to Canada. In between these was a long line of scowling, surly heavies, often chomping on cigars or inspiring lynch mobs. "The Lincoln Conspiracy" was Middleton's 106th production and proved to be his last as the respected character actor died from congestive heart failure at the age of 66.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Clarence and Angel Assistant principal (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lincoln Conspiracy Edwin M. Stanton (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 52% The Mark of Zorro Don Luis Quintero (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Remember When Kraus (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 38% Even Angels Eat Beans Angelo (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fairplay Jova Purvis (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 69% The Cheyenne Social Club Barkeeper (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 85% A Big Hand for the Little Lady Dennis Wilcox (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 17% For Those Who Think Young Burford B. Sanford "Nifty" Cronin (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cattle King Clay Mathews (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gold of the Seven Saints Amos Gondora (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 85% The Great Impostor R.C. Brown (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Geronimo's Revenge Frank Davis (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 29% Hell Bent for Leather Ambrose (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Guns of Zangara Mayor Anton J. Cermak (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Day of the Bad Man Charlie Hayes (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 58% The Law and Jake Wade Ortero (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 18% The Lonely Man Ben Ryerson (Character) - 1957
100% 70% The Tarnished Angels Matt Ord (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 44% The Proud Ones Honest John Barrett (Character) - 1956
55% 65% Love Me Tender Mr. Siringo (Character) - 1956
88% 81% Friendly Persuasion Sam Jordan (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Red Sundown Unknown (Character) - 1956
93% 81% The Big Combo Police Capt. Peterson (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 85% Trial Sheriff A.A. "Fats" Sanders (Character) - 1955
97% 94% The Court Jester Sir Griswold (Character) - 1955
86% 79% The Desperate Hours Sam Kobish (Character) - 1955
13% 19% The Silver Chalice Idbash (Character) - 1954

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kung Fu Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet 84% Columbo Vic Norris (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Jake Coryell (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alias Smith and Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1971-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1967-1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1967 1964 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild, Wild West Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1963-1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet East Side/West Side Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Judge Daniel Redmond (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Dutch George (Guest Star) 1962 1955-1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Target: The Corruptors Unknown (Guest Star) 1961-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Unknown (Character) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1960-1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Law and Mr. Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rebel Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tall Man Paul Mason (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bat Masterson Big Keel Roberts (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1956-1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marshal Dillon Unknown (Guest Star) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Letter to Loretta Unknown (Guest Star) 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet TV Soundstage Unknown (Character) 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Tomorrow Unknown (Character) 1952-1953

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