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Robert Middleton

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Robert Middleton, born Samuel G. Messer (May 13, 1911 – June 14, 1977), was an American film and television actor known for his large size and beetle-like brow. With a deep, booming voice, Middleton trained for a musical career at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked steadily as a radio announcer and actor. One of his early works was as the narrator of the educational film "Duck and Cover". After appearing on the Broadway stage and live television, Middleton began appearing in films in 1954. He's also remembered on television as the boss Mr. Marshall on The Jackie Gleason Show and in film opposite Humphrey Bogart in The Desperate Hours (1955), Gary Cooper in Friendly Persuasion (1956), Richard Egan and Elvis Presley in Love Me Tender (1956), Dorothy Malone and Robert Stack in The Tarnished Angels (1958), and Dean Martin in Career (1959). A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Middleton appeared in many television programs in the 1950s and 1960s, including the CBS anthology series Appointment with Adventure. He was cast as "The Tichborne Claimant" in the NBC anthology series The Joseph Cotten Show. He appeared in ten episodes of ABC's family Western The Monroes, with costars Michael Anderson, Jr., and Barbara Hershey. Among his several appearances in the long-running Alfred Hitchcock Presents, he portrayed a gangster in high places, Mr. Koster, in the 1956 episode "The Better Bargain". In 1958, he played the villain in the first episode of Bat Masterson. In 1961, he appeared in the episode "Accidental Tourist" on the James Whitmore ABC legal drama The Law and Mr. Jones. That same year, he portrayed the highly sympathetic but fiercely dedicated state executioner in an episode of Thriller (U.S. TV series) entitled "Guillotine". He also appeared in at least one episode of Bonanza (1964). In the early 1950s, Middleton appeared on Broadway in Ondine. Other significant film roles include The Court Jester (1956) as a grim and determined knight who jousts with Danny Kaye in the famous "pellet with the poison" sequence, and as a sinister politician in The Lincoln Conspiracy (1977). Betwixt and between were an array of brutish mountain daddies, corrupt, cigar-chomping town bosses and lynch mob leaders. Occasionally he showed a bit of levity, as in his recurring role as Jackie Gleason's boss on The Honeymooners (1955) sketches. Middleton died of congestive heart failure in Hollywood at the age of sixty-six. Description above from the Wikipedia article Robert Middleton, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
May 13, 1911 In Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
71
First Appeared:
In the series Suspense 1949-01-06
Latest Project:
Movie James Dean: Forever Young 2005-05-20
Known For
Poster of The Mark of Zorro
Poster of Don't Give Up the Ship
Poster of No Place to Land
Poster of Something for an Empty Briefcase
Filmography

James Dean: Forever Young (2005)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself (archive footage)
7 1 votes

Hunter (1977)

Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

The Lincoln Conspiracy (1977)

Drama
Movie
as Edwin M. Stanton
6.5 2 votes

The Mark of Zorro (1974)

Western Action Adventure
Movie
as Don Luis Quintero
8 1 votes

Even Angels Eat Beans (1973)

Crime Action Comedy
Movie
as Angelo
6.5 27 votes

The Harrad Experiment (1973)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Sid Bower
3 1 votes

Kung Fu (1972)

Action & Adventure Drama Western
Series
as Unknown
7.4 20 votes

Alias Smith and Jones (1971)

Action & Adventure Western
Series
as Unknown
6.4 8 votes

The Cheyenne Social Club (1970)

Action Comedy Western
Movie
as Barkeeper - Great Plains Saloon
6.4 13 votes

McCloud (1970)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7 11 votes

Which Way to the Front? (1970)

Comedy
Movie
as Colonico
4.3 5 votes

Columbo (1968)

Crime Drama Mystery
Series
as Victor Norris
7.6 72 votes

Mannix (1967)

Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.4 9 votes

A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)

Western
Movie
as Dennis Wilcox
6 17 votes

Mission: Impossible (1966)

Action & Adventure Crime Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.1 31 votes

The Monroes (1966)

Western
Series
as Unknown

The Big Valley (1965)

Western
Series
as Unknown
5.5 4 votes

The Wild Wild West (1965)

Western Drama Comedy Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
7.9 13 votes

Get Smart (1965)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.6 33 votes

For Those Who Think Young (1964)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Burford Sanford Cronin
5.3 2 votes

Daniel Boone (1964)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.8 5 votes

Vacation Playhouse (1963)

Series
as Unknown

Burke's Law (1963)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
8 4 votes

Cattle King (1963)

Western
Movie
as Clay Mathews
5 1 votes

Gold Of The Seven Saints (1961)

Western Adventure
Movie
as Amos Gondora
6.5 2 votes

The Americans (1961)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Great Impostor (1961)

Comedy
Movie
as R.C. Brown
8 1 votes

Target: The Corruptors! (1961)

Series
as Unknown

The New Breed (1961)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
9 1 votes

Hell Bent for Leather (1960)

Western
Movie
as Ambrose
5.1 7 votes

The Tall Man (1960)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

Thriller (1960)

Horror Thriller
Series
as Unknown
4.5 3 votes

Wichita Town (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
0.5 1 votes

Rawhide (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.4 8 votes

Don't Give Up the Ship (1959)

Comedy
Movie
as Vice Adm. Philo Tecumseh Bludde
6.8 3 votes

The Rebel (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown

Adventures in Paradise (1959)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.5 2 votes

The Detectives (1959)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown

Career (1959)

Drama
Movie
as Robert Kensington

Day of the Badman (1958)

Western
Movie
as Charlie Hayes
6 1 votes

The Law and Jake Wade (1958)

Action Western
Movie
as Ortero
5.5 7 votes

Bat Masterson (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.5 2 votes

No Place to Land (1958)

Movie
as Buck LaVonne

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.8 20 votes

The Lonely Man (1957)

Action Western
Movie
as Ben Ryerson
5 1 votes

The Walter Winchell File (1957)

Series
as Unknown

The Tarnished Angels (1957)

Drama
Movie
as Matt Ord
6.8 10 votes

Telephone Time (1956)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

Red Sundown (1956)

Western
Movie
as Rufus Henshaw
4.9 7 votes

The Proud Ones (1956)

Action Western
Movie
as Honest John Barrett
5.5 4 votes

Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1956)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

Friendly Persuasion (1956)

Drama War Western
Movie
as Sam Jordan
6.1 19 votes

Love Me Tender (1956)

Drama Action Western Music Romance
Movie
as Mr. Siringo
5.5 15 votes

The Honeymooners (1955)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
9.3 11 votes

Gunsmoke (1955)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.4 16 votes

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)

Mystery Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.7 40 votes

The Big Combo (1955)

Drama Action Thriller Crime Mystery
Movie
as Police Capt. Peterson
7.2 24 votes

The Court Jester (1955)

Action Adventure Comedy Family
Movie
as Sir Griswold
7.4 33 votes

The Desperate Hours (1955)

Crime Drama Thriller Action
Movie
as Sam Kobish
6.6 21 votes

Matinee Theater (1955)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Trial (1955)

Drama
Movie
as A.A. 'Fats' Sanders
8 3 votes

Climax! (1954)

Drama Mystery
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

The Silver Chalice (1954)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Idbash
4.5 3 votes

General Electric Theater (1953)

Comedy Drama
Series
as Unknown

Something for an Empty Briefcase (1953)

Movie
as Sloane

Letter to Loretta (1953)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Cavalcade of America (1952)

Series
as Unknown

Tales of Tomorrow (1951)

Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown

Lux Video Theatre (1950)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Suspense (1949)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes