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Robert Shayne

Highest Rated:   100% North by Northwest (1959)
Lowest Rated:   20% Rhapsody in Blue (2001)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
20% Rhapsody in Blue
  • Christine's Escort
2001
83% The Barefoot Executive
  • Sponsor
1971
57% Tora! Tora! Tora!
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet A Tiger Walks
  • Governor's Adviser
1964
86% Son of Flubber
  • Assistant to Defense Secretary
1963
100% 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
57% Kronos
  • General
1958
No Score Yet I, Mobster
  • Senator
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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
  • Actor

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