Robert Shayne

Highest Rated: 100% Murder Is My Beat (1955)
Lowest Rated: 20% Rhapsody in Blue (2001)
Birthday: Oct 4, 1900
Birthplace: Yonkers, New York, USA
The son of a wholesale grocer who later became one of the founders of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Robert Shayne studied business administration at Boston University. Intending to study for the ministry, Shayne opted instead to work as field secretary for the Unitarian Layman's League. He went on to sell real estate during the Florida Land Boom of the 1920s before heading northward to launch an acting career. After Broadway experience, Shayne was signed to a film contract at RKO radio in 1934. When this led nowhere, Shayne returned to the stage. While appearing with Katharine Hepburn in the Philip Barry play Without Love, Shayne was again beckoned to Hollywood, this time by Warner Bros. Most of his feature film roles under the Warner banner were of the sort that any competent actor could have played; he was better served by the studio's short subjects department, which starred him in a series of 2-reel "pocket westerns" built around stock footage from earlier outdoor epics. He began free-lancing in 1946, playing roles of varying size and importance at every major and minor outfit in Hollywood. In 1951, Shayne was cast in his best-known role: Inspector Henderson on the long-running TV adventure series Superman. He quit acting in the mid-1970s to become an investment banker with the Boston Stock Exchange. The resurgence of the old Superman series on television during this decade thrust Shayne back into the limelight, encouraging him to go back before the cameras. He was last seen in a recurring role on the 1990 Superman-like weekly series The Flash. Reflecting on his busy but only fitfully successful acting career, Robert Shayne commented in 1975 that "It was work, hard and long; a terrible business when things go wrong, a rewarding career when things go right."

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
20% Rhapsody in Blue Christine's Escort 2001
83% The Barefoot Executive Sponsor 1971
55% Tora! Tora! Tora! Actor 1970
No Score Yet A Tiger Walks Governor's Adviser 1964
86% Son of Flubber Assistant to Defense Secretary 1963
99% North by Northwest Larry Wade 1959
No Score Yet The Rebel Set Lt. Cassidy 1959
No Score Yet Teenage Cave Man (Out of the Darkness) Members of the Tribe 1958
No Score Yet How to Make a Monster Gary Droz 1958
63% Kronos General 1958
No Score Yet I, Mobster Senator 1958
No Score Yet War of the Satellites Cole Hotchkiss 1958
No Score Yet The Giant Claw Gen. Ben Penner 1957
No Score Yet Dance With Me, Henry! Proctor 1956
No Score Yet Indestructible Man Prof. Bradshaw 1956
No Score Yet Accused of Murder Surgeon 1956
100% Murder Is My Beat Bert Rawley 1955
No Score Yet King of the Carnival Jess Carter 1955
No Score Yet Tobor the Great General 1954
82% Invaders from Mars Dr. Wilson 1953
86% The Blue Gardenia Doctor 1953
No Score Yet The Neanderthal Man Prof. Clifford Groves 1953
No Score Yet Marshal of Cedar Rock Paul Jackson 1953
No Score Yet The Ring Actor 1952
No Score Yet Without Warning Psychiatrist 1952
No Score Yet Adventures of Superman Actor 1952
No Score Yet Missing Women Mr. Cincotta 1951
No Score Yet Dynamite Pass Wingate 1950
No Score Yet The Threat Murphy 1949
No Score Yet Loaded Pistols Don Mason 1948
No Score Yet Let's Live a Little Dr. Richard Field 1948
No Score Yet Welcome Stranger Roy Chesley 1947
No Score Yet Smash Up: The Story of a Woman Mr. Gordon 1947
No Score Yet Wife Wanted (Shadow of Blackmail) Bill Tyler 1946
No Score Yet Nobody Lives Forever Chet King 1946
No Score Yet Three Strangers Fallon 1946
No Score Yet My Reputation Hank Hawks 1946
No Score Yet The Face of Marble David Cochran 1946
No Score Yet Behind the Mask Brad Thomas 1946
No Score Yet I Ring Doorbells Dick Meadows 1946
No Score Yet San Antonio Capt. Morgan 1945
88% Christmas in Connecticut Dudley Beecham 1945
No Score Yet Shine On, Harvest Moon Dan Costello 1944
50% Mr. Skeffington MacMahon 1944
No Score Yet Hollywood Canteen Himself 1944
No Score Yet Mission to Moscow Engineer 1943

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Waltons
1972-1981
Clerk
  • 1972
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
1952-1958
Insp. William Henderson
  • 1958
  • 1957
  • 1956
  • 1955
  • 1954
  • 1953
  • 1952
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman [INACTIVE]

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