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Robert Patten

Highest Rated: 96% Twelve O'Clock High (1949)

Lowest Rated: 44% A Guide for the Married Man (1967)

Birthday: Oct 11, 1925

Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, USA

Prolific character actor Robert Patten was a familiar presence in television almost from the medium's infancy: his first small-screen credit was on a 1951 teleplay presented by the popular anthology series "Armstrong Circle Theatre." Patten had been struggling in Hollywood for several years prior to that break, most often as an uncredited extra in B movies. His highest-profile early role was as the gung-ho young pilot Lieutenant Jesse Bishop in the classic World War II aviator drama "Twelve O'Clock High." As television grew in stature, Patten began to work primarily in that medium; though he had tiny roles in popular films from the classic romance "Breakfast at Tiffany's" to the late '70s rock-&-roll comedy "FM," his only high-profile film role for the rest of his career was as the pilot of an imperiled airliner in the 1970 disaster flick "Airport." On television, Patten filled a particular niche as a character actor, playing cops, government agents, doctors, military men, and other bland authority figures. On several shows, including Jack Webb's classic police procedural "Dragnet," its more action-oriented spinoff "Adam-12," the family drama "Lassie," and the crime drama "The F.B.I.," Patten appeared in multiple episodes playing entirely different characters. His workload slowed down as the 1980s dawned; his final screen credit came in a 1993 episode of Angela Lansbury's cozy mystery series, "Murder, She Wrote."

Highest rated movies

Twelve O'Clock High
Black Sunday
American Guerrilla in the Philippines
A Guide for the Married Man

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flight to Holocaust Gordon Stokes (Character) - 1977
70% 65% Black Sunday Vickers (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Manhunter Jack O'Donahue (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fireball Forward Col. Avery (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 20% Paper Man Father (Character) - 1971
44% 68% A Guide for the Married Man Party Guest (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love in a Goldfish Bowl Lt. Marchon (Character) - 1961
67% 25% American Guerrilla in the Philippines Lovejoy (Character) - 1950
96% 87% Twelve O'Clock High Lt. Bishop (Character) - 1949

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wonder Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1977-1978 1973-1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Days Doctor (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Sam Lanson (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Daniel S. Wade (Guest Star) 1971-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lassie Hal (Guest Star) 1971 1968 1965-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Officer (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Carl Baxter (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tall Man Burt Summers (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Deputy Tom Hogan (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marshal Dillon Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Nate Brand (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Silent Service Lieut. Bryant (Character) 1957-1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mike Hammer Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Highway Patrol Unknown (Guest Star) 1955-1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Tomorrow Unknown (Character) 1952-1953

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