Robert Sterling

Robert Sterling

  • Highest Rated: 89% Show Boat (1951)
  • Lowest Rated: 33% The Two-Faced Woman (1941)
  • Birthday: Nov 13, 1917
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The son of professional ballplayer Walter Hart, William Sterling Hart attended the University of Pittsburgh, then worked as a clothing salesman before entering show business. He was signed by Columbia in 1939, where his name was changed to Robert Sterling so as to avoid confusion with silent western star William S. Hart. At Columbia, Sterling played bits in such features as Golden Boy and Blondie Brings Up Baby, and was also seen in the studio's short subjects product, notably as star of a 2-reel dramatization of the life of rubber magnate Charles Goodyear. In 1941, Sterling moved to MGM, where he was groomed as a potential Robert Taylor replacement. During his MGM tenure, he married actress Ann Sothern, with whom he appeared in Ringside Maisie. The union, which lasted until 1949, produced a daughter, future actress Tisha Sterling. Following war service, Sterling's career fell into a rut of colorless second leads. He finally achieved stardom on the delightful TV sitcom fantasy Topper, co-starring with his second wife Anne Jeffreys. After Topper completed its two-year run in 1955, the Sterlings took to the road in touring stage productions; they reteamed before the cameras in Love That Jill, a 1958 TV comedy which perished after 13 weeks. Sterling's additional TV work included the hosting chores on the 1956-57 season of The 20th Century-Fox Hour, and the starring role of small-town editor Robert Major on the 1961 sitcom Ichabod and Me. He was also one of several actors seriously considered for the role of Perry Mason before Raymond Burr won the part. Robert Sterling retired from acting in the 1970s to run a successful computer business; he has kept so low a public profile in the last two decades that many sources have referred to the still-active Anne Jeffreys as Sterling's widow!

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

87% Winter Kills Executive Producer 1979
No Score Yet A Global Affair Randy 1964
75% Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Capt. Lee Crane 1961
No Score Yet Return to Peyton Place Mike Rossi 1961
No Score Yet Column South Actor 1953
89% Show Boat Stephen Baker 1951
No Score Yet The Sundowners Tom Cloud 1950
No Score Yet Armored Car Robbery Actor 1950
No Score Yet Bunco Squad Det. Sgt. Steve Johnson 1950
No Score Yet Roughshod Clay Phillips 1949
No Score Yet The Secret Heart Chase Addams 1946
No Score Yet Johnny Eager Jimmy 1942
No Score Yet Somewhere I'll Find You Kirk "Junior" Davis 1942
No Score Yet Ringside Maisie (Cash and Carry Maisie) Terry Dolan, aka Young O'Hara 1941
No Score Yet The Getaway (The Get-Away) Jeff Crane 1941
33% The Two-Faced Woman Dick Williams 1941
No Score Yet I'll Wait For You Actor 1941
No Score Yet My Son Is Guilty Clerk 1940
No Score Yet Golden Boy Elevator Boy 1939
No Score Yet Blondie Meets the Boss Office Worker / Man Dancing with Millie (uncredited) 1939

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Ben Shipley
  • 1986
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Douglas Winter
  • 1963

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