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Robert Young

Best known for his leading roles as Jim Anderson, the father character in Father Knows Best, and the physician Marcus Welby in Marcus Welby, M.D. even though he had a movie career that spanned over 20 years.

Robert Young 1930's - by Tanner (MGM).

Filmography

1931      

The Black Camel

The Sin of Madelon Claudet

The Guilty Generation

 

1932      

Hell Divers

The Wet Parade

The Kid from Spain

New Morals for Old

Strange Interlude

 

1933      

Men Must Fight

Today We Live

Hell Below

Tugboat Annie

The Right to Romance

 

1934      

Death on the Diamond

The House of Rothschild

Spitfire

Lazy River

Paris Interlude

 

1935      

West Point of the Air

Red Salute

The Bride Comes Home

 

1936      

It’s Love Again

Secret Agent

Stowaway

The Bride Walks Out

 

1937      

I Met Him in Paris

The Emperor’s Candlesticks

The Bride Wore Red

Navy Blue and Gold

Dangerous Number

 

1938      

Paradise for Three

Three Comrades

The Toy Wife

The Shining Hour

Josette

Rich Man, Poor Girl

 

1939      

Honolulu

Maisie

Miracles for Sale

Bridal Suite

 

1940      

Northwest Passage

Florian

The Mortal Storm

 

1941      

Western Union

Lady Be Good

Journey for Margaret

H. M. Pulham, Esq.

Married Bachelor

 

1942      

Cairo

 

1943      

Slightly Dangerous

Sweet Rosie O’Grady

 

1944      

The Canterville Ghost

 

1945      

The Enchanted Cottage

Those Endearing Young Charms

 

1946      

Lady Luck

 

1947      

They Won’t Believe Me

Crossfire

 

1948      

Sitting Pretty

Relentless

 

1949      

That Forsyte Woman

And Baby Makes Three

Bride for Sale

Adventure in Baltimore

 

1950      

The Second Woman

 

1951      

Goodbye, My Fancy

 

1952      

The Half-Breed

 

1954      

Secret of the Incas

Awards

Robert Young was never nominated for an Academy Award.

[on his favorite role: ‘The Enchanted Cottage’] The role symbolized my own life, though I wasn’t a veteran who returned from war tragically disfigured. It demonstrated my theory that we are all, somehow, handicapped. Shyness and fear of people were my invisible scars. These were finally overcome, just as in the movie, because of the love of a woman who saw the ‘perfect man’ through all the imperfections. ~ Robert Young

Robert Young was born Robert George Young on February 22, 1907 in Chicago. When Young was young, the family moved to different locations within the U.S.: Seattle, followed by Los Angeles, where Young became a student at Abraham Lincoln High School. After graduation, he studied and performed at the Pasadena Playhouse while working at odd jobs and appearing in bit parts in silent films. While touring with a stock company producing The Ship, Young was discovered by a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer talent scout with whom he subsequently signed a contract. Young made his sound film debut for MGM in the 1931 Charlie Chan film, Black Camel.

Young appeared in over 100 films between 1931 and 1952. After appearing on stage, Young was signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and, despite having a “tier B” status, he co-starred with some of the studio’s most illustrious actresses, such as Katharine Hepburn, Margaret Sullavan, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Helen Hayes, Luise Rainer, Hedy Lamarr, and Helen Twelvetrees. Yet, most of his assignments consisted of B movies, also known as “programmers,” which required two to three weeks of shooting (considered very brief shooting periods at the time). Actors who were relegated to such a hectic schedule appeared, as Young did, in some six to eight movies per year.

As an MGM contract player, Young was resigned to the fate of most of his colleagues—to accept any film assigned to him or risk being placed on suspension—and many actors on suspension were prohibited from earning a salary from any endeavor at all (even those unrelated to the film industry). In 1936, MGM summarily loaned Young to Gaumont British for two films; the first was directed by Alfred Hitchcock with the other co-s