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Robert Young

Biography

Performed leading roles in the series Pops Knows Preferred and Marcus Welby, M.D. He made an appearance in minor assignments in silent movies and toured using a share company before getting uncovered by an MGM skill scout. He was a B list professional having experienced over 100 movies between 1932-1951. He wedded Betty Henderson in 1933 as well as the couple acquired 4 children jointly. He co-starred with Jane Wyatt on Dad Knows Best.

Quick Facts


Full Name Robert Young
Date Of Birth February 22, 1907
Died July 21, 1998, Westlake Village, California, United States
Place Of Birth Chicago, IL
Height 1.83 m
Profession TV Actor
Education Clayton College of Natural Health, University of Utah
Nationality American
Spouse Elizabeth Louise Henderson
Children Carol Proffitt, Betty Lou Gleason, Barbara Beebe, Kathy Young
Parents Thomas E. Young, Margaret Fife
Siblings Roger Moore
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Continuing Performance - Actor in a Dramatic Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Continuing Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Dramatic or Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Series, British Academy Television Alan Clarke Award, BAFTA Award for Best Specialised Film
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, TV Land Classic TV Doctor of the Year Award
Movies The Enchanted Cottage, Crossfire, Secret Agent, Northwest Passage, They Won't Believe Me, The Black Camel, Journey for Margaret, H. M. Pulham, Esq., Three Comrades, The Mortal Storm, The Canterville Ghost, Sitting Pretty, Goodbye, My Fancy, The Sin of Madelon Claudet, Today We Live, The House of Rothschild, Stowaway, The Bride Wore Red, The Bride Walks Out, The Shining Hour, Lady Be Good, The Half-Breed, Secret of the Incas, Joe Smith, American, Navy Blue and Gold, The Second Woman, New Morals for Old, It's Love Again, The Bride Comes Home, Adventure in Baltimore, Those Endearing Young Charms, Tugboat Annie, I Met Him in Paris, That Forsyte Woman, Strange Interlude, Sweet Rosie O'Grady, Maisie, The Right to Romance, The Kid from Spain, Rich Man Poor Girl, Bridal Suite, West Point of the Air, Dangerous Number, Death on the Diamond, Paradise for Three, Married Bachelor, Married Before Breakfast, Bride for Sale, Men Must Fight, Paris Interlude, Mercy or Murder?
TV Shows Marcus Welby, M.D., Window on Main Street, Father Knows Best, Little Women (US)
Star Sign Pisces

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#Fact
1 Robert Young is on page 50 of the 1926 Year Book of Lincoln High School, Los Angeles, California. Next to his name and picture are his accomplishments that include: Head Yell Leader, Commissioner (Boys' Sports), Playcrafters, Lead in Taming of the Shrew, Pals and Sherwood, Leading part in opera Briar Rose.
2 Acting mentor and friends of Elinor Donahue and James Brolin.
3 He escorted Anita Page to her 21st birthday party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1931.
4 His wife of 61 years, Elizabeth Henderson, died on April 4, 1994.
5 On Father Knows Best (1954), he created the character of one of his co-stars, Elinor Donahue's character, Betty Anderson, after one of his real-life daughters.
6 Attended the same high school with John Huston.
7 Graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Los Angeles, California, in 1925.
8 After his last Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) TV reunion movie, he retired from acting at age 81.
9 Was friends with Jane Wyatt, Elena Verdugo, Shirley Temple, Pernell Roberts, Billie Burke, Ruth Hussey, Joan Crawford, Maureen O'Sullivan, Reginald Owen, Henry Hull, Laraine Day, Halliwell Hobbes and Florence Rice.
10 Had suffered depression for 45 years, beginning in 1946, and finally recovered in 1991, along with his wife, who was depressed herself.
11 His ex-Father Knows Best (1954) co-stars, Jane Wyatt, Billy Gray and Elinor Donahue, all came to his 90th birthday party in 1997.
12 He was a lifelong member of the Republican party and was a solid supporter of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan.
13 He was awarded 3 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard; for Radio at 1620 Vine Street; and for Television at 6360 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
14 Best remembered by the public for his starring roles as Jim Anderson on Father Knows Best (1954) and the title character on Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969).
15 Today, those who fondly recall him in the archetypal 1950s family sitcom Father Knows Best (1954) may be surprised to learn that when the series debuted in 1954, the show did so poorly in the ratings that CBS canceled it in March of 1955. A flood of protests came from viewers insisting that the show be reinstated. The show was moved to an earlier time, and it gradually became a hit.
16 Was the fourth of five children born to Thomas and Margaret (Fyfe) Young. His family moved from his native Chicago to Seattle, Washington, when he was less than a year old.
17 His Irish Protestant carpenter father abandoned the family when Robert was 10 years old. He was a newspaper boy during this time in order to help the family income.
18 Living in Los Angeles by the age of 10, he attended Lincoln High School in Los Angeles, where he met his future wife Elizabeth. It was she who prodded the shy guy into trying acting at the Pasadena Community Playhouse after graduation.
19 MGM talent agents spotted him in a 1931 touring stage production of "The Ship" and signed him up.
20 Was employed as a bank clerk and a reporter during his fledgling actor days and even found extra work in Keystone Cops movies.
21 Was a favorite co-star among Tinseltown's biggest female stars, including Margaret Sullavan, Joan Crawford, Janet Gaynor, Loretta Young, Norma Shearer Katharine Hepburn and Claudette Colbert, primarily because his acting was always reliable, complimentary and professional...plus the fact that he never tried to steal the spotlight.
22 Did not renew his MGM contact after filming The Canterville Ghost (1944) and chose to free-lance instead. After a great start in post-war pictures, his film career declined rapidly and he wisely moved to radio in 1949 and eventually TV.
23 Took a seven year sabbatical from TV in 1962 following the failure of his second TV series Window on Main Street (1961). Triumphantly returned in 1969 as Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969).
24 His patented shyness and painful insecurity turned his social drinking into a chronic alcohol problem during his MGM years that lasted nearly three decades. He recovered with the aid and encouragement of his wife Elizabeth and through spiritual metaphysics (Science of Mind), not to mention Alcoholics Anonymous. He often held AA meetings in his home.
25 Attempted suicide in 1991 as a result of a chemical imbalance and while battling Alzheimer's disease and heart problems.
26 In later years, Robert and Elizabeth lived in a house in Westlake Village, California called "The Enchanted Cottage," named after the 1945 film in which he starred with Dorothy McGuire.
27 Had a nervous breakdown in 1966 and it took him nearly 4 years to recover.
28 Sold Sanka coffee on TV for 5 years.
29 Following his sobriety, he was once chosen Honorary Chairman of National Health Week.
30 He has four daughters: Betty Lou Gleason, Carol Proffitt, Barbara Beebe, and Kathy Young. He has six grandchildren.
31 Jim Anderson, Young's character on Father Knows Best (1954), was ranked #6 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
32 Originating his Father Knows Best (1954) role on radio, he was the only member of the radio cast to transfer his role to TV.
33 Younger brother of actor Roger Moore (no relation to the popular British actor who is a former James Bond).
34 Interred at Forest Lawn (Glendale), Glendale, California, USA, in the Graceland section, lot #5905.
35 Suicide attempt due to alcoholism and depression. [1991]
36 Had 4 daughters with Betty Henderson. He was 17 and she was 14 when they met in high school.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Marcus Welby, M.D.: A Holiday Affair 1988 TV Movie Dr. Marcus Welby
A Conspiracy of Love 1987 TV Movie Joe Woldarski
Mercy or Murder? 1987 TV Movie Roswell Gilbert
The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D. 1984 TV Movie Dr. Marcus Welby
Little Women 1978 TV Mini-Series Grandpa James Lawrence
Father Knows Best: Home for Christmas 1977 TV Movie Jim Anderson
The Father Knows Best Reunion 1977 TV Movie James Anderson
Marcus Welby, M.D. 1969-1976 TV Series Dr. Marcus Welby
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law 1971-1974 TV Series Dr. Marcus Welby
My Darling Daughters' Anniversary 1973 TV Movie Judge Charles Raleigh
All My Darling Daughters 1972 TV Movie Judge Charles Raleigh
Vanished 1971 TV Movie Sen. Earl Gannon
The Name of the Game 1968 TV Series Herman Allison
Broome Stages 1966 TV Mini-Series The Earl
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1965-1966 TV Series Nick Holloway / Adm. Matt Callahan
Dr. Kildare 1965 TV Series Dr. Gilbert Winfield
The Christophers 1964 TV Series
Window on Main Street 1961-1962 TV Series Cameron Garrett Brooks / Cam Brooks
Father Knows Best 1954-1960 TV Series Jim Anderson / Tate Ibsen
Perry Mason 1958 TV Series Townsperson
Secret of the Incas 1954 Stanley Moorehead
The Ford Television Theatre 1954 TV Series Tom Warren
The Half-Breed 1952 Dan Craig
Goodbye, My Fancy 1951 Doctor James Merrill
The Second Woman 1950 Jeff Cohalan
And Baby Makes Three 1949 Vernon 'Vern' Walsh
Bride for Sale 1949 Steve Adams
That Forsyte Woman 1949 Philip Bosinney
Adventure in Baltimore 1949 Pastor Andrew Sheldon
Sitting Pretty 1948 Harry King
Relentless 1948 Nick Buckley
Crossfire 1947 Finlay
They Won't Believe Me 1947 Larry
Lady Luck 1946 Scott
The Searching Wind 1946 Alex Hazen
Claudia and David 1946 David Naughton
Those Endearing Young Charms 1945 Lt. Hurley 'Hank' Travers
The Enchanted Cottage 1945 Oliver Bradford
The Canterville Ghost 1944 Cuffy Williams
Sweet Rosie O'Grady 1943 Samuel A. Magee
Slightly Dangerous 1943 Bob Stuart
Claudia 1943 David Naughton
Journey for Margaret 1942 John Davis
Cairo 1942 Homer Smith
Joe Smith, American 1942 Joe Smith
H.M. Pulham, Esq. 1941 Harry Pulham
Married Bachelor 1941 Randolph Haven
Lady Be Good 1941 Eddie Crane
The Trial of Mary Dugan 1941 Jimmy Blake
Western Union 1941 Richard Blake
Dr. Kildare's Crisis 1940 Douglas 'Doug' Lamont
Sporting Blood 1940 Myles Vanders
The Mortal Storm 1940 Fritz Marberg
Florian 1940 Anton Erban
Northwest Passage 1940 Langdon Towne
Miracles for Sale 1939 Michael Morgan
Maisie 1939 'Slim' Martin
Bridal Suite 1939 Neil McGill
Honolulu 1939 Brooks Mason / George Smith
The Shining Hour 1938 David Linden
Rich Man, Poor Girl 1938 Bill Harrison
The Toy Wife 1938 Andre Vallaire
Josette 1938 Pierre Brassard
Three Comrades 1938 Gottfried Lenz
Paradise for Three 1938 Fritz Hagedorn
Navy Blue and Gold 1937 Roger 'Rog' Ash
The Bride Wore Red 1937 Rudi Pal
The Emperor's Candlesticks 1937 Grand Duke Peter
Married Before Breakfast 1937 Tom Wakefield
I Met Him in Paris 1937 Gene Anders
Dangerous Number 1937 Hank Medhill
Stowaway 1936 Tommy Randall
The Longest Night 1936 Charley Phelps
Sworn Enemy 1936 Henry 'Hank' Sherman
The Bride Walks Out 1936 M. Hugh McKenzie
The 3 Wise Guys 1936 Joe Hatcher
It's Love Again 1936 Peter Carlton
Secret Agent 1936 Robert Marvin
The Bride Comes Home 1935 Jack Bristow
Remember Last Night? 1935 Tony Milburn
Red Salute 1935 Uncle Sam
Calm Yourself 1935 Preston 'Pat' Patton
Vagabond Lady 1935 Tony Spear
West Point of the Air 1935 Little Mike Stone
The Band Plays On 1934 Tony Ferrera
Death on the Diamond 1934 Larry
Paris Interlude 1934 Pat
Whom the Gods Destroy 1934 Jack Forrester
Lazy River 1934 William 'Bill' Drexel
The House of Rothschild 1934 Capt. Fitzroy
Spitfire 1934 John Stafford
Carolina 1934 Will Connelly
The Right to Romance 1933 Bobby Preble
Saturday's Millions 1933 Jim Fowler
Tugboat Annie 1933 Alexander 'Alec' Brennan
Hell Below 1933 Lieut. (JG) 'Brick' Walters
Today We Live 1933 Claude
Men Must Fight 1933 Geoffrey Aiken
The Kid from Spain 1932 Ricardo
Strange Interlude 1932 Gordon as a Young Man
Unashamed 1932 Dick Ogden
New Morals for Old 1932 Ralph Thomas
The Wet Parade 1932 Kip Tarleton
The Guilty Generation 1931 Marco Ricca
Hell Divers 1931 Graham - Pilot Reporting Missing Airplanes (uncredited)
The Sin of Madelon Claudet 1931 Dr. Claudet
The Black Camel 1931 Jimmy Bradshaw
The Godless Girl 1929 Student (unconfirmed, uncredited)
The Campus Vamp 1928 Short Student at Dance / at Beach (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1998 TV Series performer - 1 episode
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary performer: "Oh, Lady Be Good" 1924 - uncredited
Father Knows Best 1954-1960 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
The Canterville Ghost 1944 "Gertie from Bizerte" 1943, uncredited
Journey for Margaret 1942 performer: "Loch Lomond" pub. 1841, "Loch Lomand" pub. 1841 - uncredited
Cairo 1942 : uncredited - 1920, Home, Sweet Home, 1823, performer: "Avalon", "There's No Place Like Home", uncredited
H.M. Pulham, Esq. 1941 "Where Do We Go From Here" 1917, uncredited / lyrics: "Bridal Chorus Here Comes the Bride" 1850 - uncredited / performer: "Three O'Clock in the Morning" 1922 - uncredited
Lady Be Good 1941 performer: "Your Words and My Music" 1941, "Oh ! Lady Be Good" 1924 - uncredited
Northwest Passage 1940 performer: "Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes" 1780? - uncredited
Bridal Suite 1939 "When I Gave My Smile to You" 1939, "Bridal Chorus Here Comes the Bride" 1850, uncredited
The Shining Hour 1938 "Waltz in C sharp minor, Op.64, No. 2" 1846-47, uncredited
Three Comrades 1938 performer: "The Comrade Song" 1938 - uncredited
Married Before Breakfast 1937 performer: "Fit as a Fiddle" 1932 - uncredited
Stowaway 1936 performer: "Goodnight, My Love" 1936
Vagabond Lady 1935 performer: "The Man On the Flying Trapeze" 1934, "Merrily We Roll Along"
West Point of the Air 1935 "You're In The Army Now" 1917, uncredited
Hell Below 1933 performer: "Show Me the Way To Go Home" 1925 - uncredited
New Morals for Old 1932 "Good Night Sweetheart" 1931, "La Marseillaise" 1792, uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Window on Main Street 1961-1962 TV Series producer - 7 episodes

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hour Magazine 1987 TV Series Himself
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration 1986 TV Special documentary Himself
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan 1985 TV Special Himself
Donny and Marie 1977-1978 TV Series Himself
Over Easy 1978 TV Series Himself
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration 1978 TV Special Himself
The 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1977 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Dinah! 1975-1976 TV Series Himself
Stars on Sunday 1971-1973 TV Series Himself
Robert Young with the Young 1973 TV Special Himself
Zenith Presents: A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary 1972 TV Special Himself
Salute to Oscar Hammerstein II 1972 TV Special Himself - Host
The ABC Comedy Hour 1972 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself
Robert Young and the Family 1971 TV Special Himself - Host
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1966-1971 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The Kraft Music Hall 1970 TV Series Himself
The 12th Annual TV Week Logie Awards 1970 TV Special Himself
The 27th Annual Golden Globes Awards 1970 TV Special Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1969 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1969 TV Series Himself
ABC Stage 67 1967 TV Series Himself - Host
The Bell Telephone Hour 1964-1965 TV Series Himself - Host
Highball Highway 1963 Documentary short Narrator (uncredited)
I've Got a Secret 1956-1961 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards 1961 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
What About Linda? 1961 TV Special Himself
This Is Your Life 1960 TV Series Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1957-1959 TV Series Himself - Recipient / Himself - Guest
The 11th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1959 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Garry Moore Show 1958 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1956-1958 TV Series Himself
What's My Line? 1954-1958 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest Duo / Himself - Guest Panelist / Himself - Mystery Guest / ...
The Ken Murray Show 1951 TV Series Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 27, No. 1: Hollywood Cowboys 1947 Documentary short Himself
Northward, Ho! 1940 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 19, No. 3: Outdoor Parties 1939 Documentary short Himself, Party Guest
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 9 1939 Documentary short Himself, Horse Owner
Hollywood Hobbies 1939 Short Himself (uncredited)
Hollywood Goes to Town 1938 Short documentary Himself
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 5 1938 Documentary short Himself
The Candid Camera Story (Very Candid) of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures 1937 Convention 1937 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 14, No. 11 1935 Documentary short Himself
Hollywood Party 1934 Himself as Radio Announcer (uncredited)
La ciudad de cartón 1934 Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's Entertainment! III 1994 Documentary Performer in Clip from 'Hollywood Party' (uncredited)
Hollywood Remembers: Myrna Loy - So Nice to Come Home to 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
Kisses 1991 TV Movie documentary Edited from archival footage (uncredited)
American Masters 1987 TV Series documentary Himself
Sex Violence & Values: Changing Images 1986 TV Movie Father (uncredited)
TV: The Fabulous Fifties 1978 TV Movie Himself
That's Entertainment, Part II 1976 Documentary Clip from 'Lady Be Good'
That's Entertainment! 1974 Himself - at Banquet (uncredited)
The Dick Cavett Show 1971 TV Series Himself
Some of the Best: Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership 1949 Documentary short Himself (uncredited)
Twenty Years After 1944 Short
The Miracle of Sound 1940 Documentary short Himself
Hollywood: Style Center of the World 1940 Documentary short Himself
The Romance of Celluloid 1937 Short Rudi Pal
Pioneers of Television 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Dr. Marcus Welby - Marcus Welby Jim Anderson - Father Knows Best
Out of My Dreams: Oscar Hammerstein II 2012 TV Movie documentary Edward 'Eddie' Crane (Lady Be Good)
Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War 2011 TV Series documentary Jim Anderson in 'Father Knows Best'
Crawford at Warners 2008 Video documentary short Doctor James Merrill
Biography 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
The 71st Annual Academy Awards 1999 TV Special Himself - Memorial Tribute
Television: The First Fifty Years 1999 Video documentary Jim Anderson
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1998 TV Series Man on TV
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years 1997 TV Movie documentary Actor 'Sitting Pretty' (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 OFTA TV Hall of Fame Online Film & Television Association Actors and Actresses
1979 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Specialised Film Twenty Times More Likely (1978)
1972 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Actor - Drama Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969)
1970 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969)
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6933 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On 8 February 1960. At 6360 Hollywood Blvd.
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Radio On 8 February 1960. At 1620 Vine Street.
1958 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Continuing Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic or Comedy Series Father Knows Best (1954)
1957 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Continuing Performance by an Actor in a Dramatic Series Father Knows Best (1954)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Classic TV Doctor of the Year Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969)
1987 ACE CableACE Awards Directing a Dramatic Series Robin of Sherwood (1984)
1974 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Actor - Drama Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969)
1973 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Actor - Drama Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969)
1972 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969)
1971 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Actor - Drama Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969)
1971 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969)
1971 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Drama Vanished (1971)
1970 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Actor - Drama Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969)
1959 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Comedy Series Father Knows Best (1954)
1956 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Actor - Continuing Performance Father Knows Best (1954)

TitleSalary
The Black Camel (1931) $150 /week

#Quote
1 [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.
2 [asked why he returned to television in the late 1960s] Films were already changing into what they are today when I became "available" in 1962. The kind of role I was supposedly best suited for -- light romantic comedy leads -- no longer existed. There wasn't a place for me. Feature films, you might say, passed me by.
3 I really owe my first big opportunity to Irving Thalberg's technique of remaking pictures to his satisfaction. I was hired for a bit part as Helen Hayes' son in The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931) and, after shooting was completed, Thalberg kept adding scenes and reshooting so that, by accident, my bit part became a significant role.
4 I was an introvert in an extrovert profession.
5 All those years at MGM I hid a black terror behind a cheerful face.


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