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Robert J. Wilke

Prolific American character actor of primarily villainous roles. The son of German parents, Cincinnati feed-store manager August Wilke and his wife Rose, Robert Joseph Wilke grew up in Cincinnati. He worked as a lifeguard at a Miami, Florida, hotel, where he made contacts in the film business. He was able to obtain work as a stuntman and continued as such until the mid-'40s, when he began getting actual roles in low-budget westerns and serials. A prominent appearance as one of the heavies in Le train sifflera trois fois (1952) led to work in higher-quality films. He worked extensively in television as well as movies, and became an enormously familiar face, though a fairly anonymous one to the general public. His weathered visage made him a perfect western bad guy, but he occasionally played sympathetic parts as well, as in Les moissons du ciel (1978). An expert golfer, he was said by his friend Claude Akins to have earned more money on the golf course than he ever did in movies. He died in 1989. -


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Born:
May 18, 1914 In Cincinnati - Ohio - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
135
First Appeared:
In the movie That Man's Here Again 1937-04-16
Latest Project:
Movie Days of Heaven 1978-09-13
Known For
Poster of The Long Rope
Poster of The Magnificent Seven
Poster of Cyclone Fury
Poster of Gunplay
Filmography

Days of Heaven (1978)

Drama Romance
Movie
as The Farm Foreman
7.6 184 votes

How the West Was Won (1976)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

Run, Joe, Run (1974)

Family
Series
as Unknown

The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973)

Horror
Movie
as The Sheriff
6.5 2 votes

Santee (1973)

Drama Action Western
Movie
as Deaks (as Robert Wilke
2 2 votes

Kung Fu (1972)

Action & Adventure Drama Western
Series
as Unknown
7.6 22 votes

The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler (1971)

Science Fiction Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Hugh Fielding
5.3 2 votes

A Gunfight (1971)

Western
Movie
as Marshal Tom Cater
5.1 6 votes

They Call It Murder (1971)

Movie
5 1 votes

The Cheyenne Social Club (1970)

Action Comedy Western
Movie
as Corey Bannister
6.4 13 votes

The Desperate Mission (1969)

Western Action Adventure Drama
Movie
as Gant

The Outcasts (1968)

Western
Series
as Unknown

Lancer (1968)

Western
Series
as Unknown
0.5 1 votes

Rango (1967)

Series
as Unknown

Cimarron Strip (1967)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown

The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967)

Western
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

Tony Rome (1967)

Crime Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Ralph Turpin
6.2 13 votes

Smoky (1966)

Western
Movie
as Jeff Nicks
5 1 votes

Tarzan (1966)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
4 2 votes

The Monroes (1966)

Western
Series
as Unknown

The Hallelujah Trail (1965)

Action Comedy Western
Movie
as Chief Five Barrels
5.7 16 votes

The Legend of Jesse James (1965)

Western Drama
Series
7 1 votes

Daniel Boone (1964)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.8 5 votes

Fate Is the Hunter (1964)

Drama
Movie
as Stillman
7 4 votes

The Dakotas (1963)

Western
Series
as Unknown

The Gun Hawk (1963)

Movie
5 2 votes

The Greatest Show on Earth (1963)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Fugitive (1963)

Action & Adventure Drama Mystery
Series
as Unknown
7.9 11 votes

Sam Benedict (1962)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Beachcomber (1962)

Series
as Unknown

The Virginian (1962)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
7 1 votes

The Long Rope (1961)

Movie
as Ben Matthews

Target: The Corruptors! (1961)

Series
as Unknown

The Slowest Gun in the West (1960)

Western Comedy
Movie
as Billy the Kid Blake

The Tall Man (1960)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

Spartacus (1960)

Action Drama History
Movie
as Guard captain
7.2 373 votes

The Outlaws (1960)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Action Adventure Western
Movie
as Wallace
7.3 358 votes

Riverboat (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
9 1 votes

Rawhide (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.7 9 votes

Wichita Town (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
0.5 1 votes

Never Steal Anything Small (1959)

Drama
Movie
as Lennie

Laramie (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
9 1 votes

Law of the Plainsman (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown

Adventures in Paradise (1959)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.5 2 votes

Bourbon Street Beat (1959)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Third Man (1959)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Bronco (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7 1 votes

Peter Gunn (1958)

Crime
Series
as Unknown
8.7 3 votes

Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.6 7 votes

Return To Warbow (1958)

Western
Movie
as Red
6 1 votes

The Texan (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown

The Rifleman (1958)

Action & Adventure Western
Series
as Unknown
8 11 votes

Bat Masterson (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.5 2 votes

77 Sunset Strip (1958)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown
7.8 6 votes

Lawman (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

Man of the West (1958)

Action Western
Movie
as Ponch
6.2 23 votes

Have Gun – Will Travel (1957)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
8.2 12 votes

Night Passage (1957)

Action Drama Thriller Western
Movie
as Concho
5.6 11 votes

The Thin Man (1957)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.7 3 votes

Hot Summer Night (1957)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Tom Ellis (as Robert Wilke)

Maverick (1957)

Comedy Western
Series
as Unknown
8.6 8 votes

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.8 21 votes

Zorro (1957)

Western Action & Adventure Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown
8.3 7 votes

The Tarnished Angels (1957)

Drama
Movie
as Hank
6.8 12 votes

The Walter Winchell File (1957)

Series
as Unknown

Backlash (1956)

Western Romance Mystery
Movie
as Jeff Welker
6.5 10 votes

The Lone Ranger (1956)

Adventure Western
Movie
as Cassidy (as Robert Wilke)
5.4 6 votes

Canyon River (1956)

Western
Movie
as Joe Graycoe
6 1 votes

Gun The Man Down (1956)

Western Action
Movie
as Matt Rankin
6 1 votes

The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1956)

Western
Series
as Unknown

Written on the Wind (1956)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Dan Willis
7 33 votes

Smoke Signal (1955)

Western
Movie
as 1st Sgt. Daly (as Robert Wilke)
6 2 votes

Strange Lady In Town (1955)

Western
Movie
as Karg
3.5 2 votes

Gunsmoke (1955)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.5 17 votes

Cheyenne (1955)

Action & Adventure Western
Series
as Unknown
7.5 4 votes

Two Guns and a Badge (1954)

Western
Movie

The Far Country (1954)

Drama Romance Western
Movie
as Madden
6.4 20 votes

Lassie (1954)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
4.1 9 votes

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Adventure Drama Science Fiction
Movie
as First Mate of the Nautilus
6.8 131 votes

Powder River (1953)

Western
Movie
as Will Horn (as Bob Wilke)
5 1 votes

Cow Country (1953)

Western
Movie
as Sledge
3.3 2 votes

Arrowhead (1953)

Action Western
Movie
as Sgt. Stone
5.4 7 votes

War Paint (1953)

Western Adventure War
Movie
as Trooper Grady
4.6 4 votes

Road Agent (1952)

Western
Movie
as Slab Babcock

Hellgate (1952)

Western
Movie
as Sgt. Maj. Kearn (as Robert Wilkie)
6.3 3 votes

The Las Vegas Story (1952)

Drama
Movie
as Clayton (as Robert Wilke)
4.9 7 votes

Cattle Town (1952)

Western
Movie
as Keeno

High Noon (1952)

Western
Movie
as Jim Pierce
7.5 264 votes

Cavalcade of America (1952)

Series
as Unknown

Fargo (1952)

Action Western
Movie
as Link - Henchman (as Robert Wilke)

The Maverick (1952)

Western
Movie
as Massey (as Robert Wilke)

Wyoming Roundup (1952)

Western
Movie
as Wyatt - Henchman

Adventures of Superman (1952)

Action & Adventure Sci-Fi & Fantasy Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.4 13 votes

Best of the Badmen (1951)

Western
Movie
as Jim Younger
6.5 4 votes

Gunplay (1951)

Western
Movie
as Henchman Winslow (as Robert Wilke)
6 1 votes

Saddle Legion (1951)

Western
Movie
as Henchman Hooker

Cyclone Fury (1951)

Western
Movie
as Henchman Bunco (as Bob Wilke)
5 1 votes

Hot Lead (1951)

Western
Movie
as Stoney Dawson (as Robert Wilke)

Overland Telegraph (1951)

Western
Movie
as Bellew - Henchman (as Robert Wilke)

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown

Pistol Harvest (1951)

Western
Movie
as Andy Baylor (as Robert Wilke)

The Desert Hawk (1950)

Action Adventure
Movie
as Camel Driver

Frontier Outpost (1950)

Western
Movie
as Krag Benson

The Wyoming Bandit (1949)

Western
Movie
as Sam - Henchman (as Bob Wilke)

Earl Carroll Vanities (1948)

Romance Music
Movie
as Cab Driver

Homicide for Three (1948)

Crime
Movie
as Policeman

Twilight on the Rio Grande (1947)

Romance Western Adventure Music
Movie
as Henchman

Law of the Canyon (1947)

Western
Movie
as Knife-Throwing Henchman (uncredited)

Blackmail (1947)

Action Crime
Movie
as Policeman
3.5 2 votes

Web of Danger (1947)

Adventure Action
Movie
as Station Wagon Driver
3.5 1 votes

The Ghost Goes Wild (1947)

Fantasy Comedy Romance Mystery
Movie
as Burglar

The Catman of Paris (1946)

Horror Thriller
Movie
as The Catman
6 1 votes

The Inner Circle (1946)

Thriller Crime Mystery
Movie
as Police Officer Cummings (as Bob Wilke)
6 1 votes

Passkey to Danger (1946)

Crime Mystery
Movie
as Police Sergeant

Sheriff of Cimarron (1945)

Western
Movie
as Henchman Dobie
6 1 votes

Corpus Christi Bandits (1945)

Western Action Romance
Movie
as Henchman Steve

Santa Fe Saddlemates (1945)

Western
Movie

Bandits of the Badlands (1945)

Western
Movie
as Henchman Keller (as Bob Wilke)
3.3 2 votes

Cowboy and the Senorita (1944)

Western
Movie
as Townsman (uncredited)

Call of the Rockies (1944)

Western
Movie
as Deputy Jim

The Fighting Seabees (1944)

Action War
Movie
as Construction Worker
6.6 5 votes

Faces in the Fog (1944)

Drama
Movie
as Photographer

Bordertown Trail (1944)

Western
Movie
as Henchman

Vigilantes of Dodge City (1944)

Western
Movie
as Bill (as Bob Wilke)

San Antonio Kid (1944)

Western
Movie
as Henchman (as Bob Wilke)

Sierra Sue (1941)

Adventure Music Romance Western
Movie
as Carnival Spectator (uncredited)

Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc. (1941)

Movie
as Cutter Helmsman

In Old Missouri (1940)

Adventure Comedy Drama
Movie
as Hillbilly
5.5 1 votes

Adventures of Red Ryder (1940)

Action Western
Movie
as Henchman

Grand Ole Opry (1940)

Comedy Music
Movie
as Hillbilly (uncredited)

Star Reporter (1939)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Reporter
5.5 1 votes

Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939)

Action Crime
Movie
as G-Man

In Old Monterey (1939)

Western
Movie
as Man on Wagon
5 1 votes

That Man's Here Again (1937)

Romance Comedy
Movie
as Extra in Park