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.
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
Spouse Elizabeth Louise Henderson
Children Carol Proffitt, Betty Lou Gleason, Barbara Beebe, Kathy Young
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MGM talent agents spotted him in a 1931 touring stage production of "The Ship" and signed him up.
Was employed as a bank clerk and a reporter during his fledgling actor days and even found extra work in Keystone Cops movies.
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.
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.
Attempted suicide in 1991 as a result of a chemical imbalance and while battling Alzheimer's disease and heart problems.
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.
Had a nervous breakdown in 1966 and it took him nearly 4 years to recover.
Sold Sanka coffee on TV for 5 years.
Following his sobriety, he was once chosen Honorary Chairman of National Health Week.
He has four daughters: Betty Lou Gleason, Carol Proffitt, Barbara Beebe, and Kathy Young. He has six grandchildren.
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].
Originating his Father Knows Best (1954) role on radio, he was the only member of the radio cast to transfer his role to TV.
Younger brother of actor Roger Moore (no relation to the popular British actor who is a former James Bond).
Interred at Forest Lawn (Glendale), Glendale, California, USA, in the Graceland section, lot #5905.
Suicide attempt due to alcoholism and depression. 
Had 4 daughters with Betty Henderson. He was 17 and she was 14 when they met in high school.
Marcus Welby, M.D.: A Holiday Affair
Dr. Marcus Welby
A Conspiracy of Love
Mercy or Murder?
The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D.
Dr. Marcus Welby
Grandpa James Lawrence
Father Knows Best: Home for Christmas
The Father Knows Best Reunion
Marcus Welby, M.D.
Dr. Marcus Welby
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law
Dr. Marcus Welby
My Darling Daughters' Anniversary
Judge Charles Raleigh
All My Darling Daughters
Judge Charles Raleigh
Sen. Earl Gannon
The Name of the Game
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
Nick Holloway / Adm. Matt Callahan
Dr. Gilbert Winfield
Window on Main Street
Cameron Garrett Brooks / Cam Brooks
Father Knows Best
Jim Anderson / Tate Ibsen
Secret of the Incas
The Ford Television Theatre
Goodbye, My Fancy
Doctor James Merrill
The Second Woman
And Baby Makes Three
Vernon 'Vern' Walsh
Bride for Sale
That Forsyte Woman
Adventure in Baltimore
Pastor Andrew Sheldon
They Won't Believe Me
The Searching Wind
Claudia and David
Those Endearing Young Charms
Lt. Hurley 'Hank' Travers
The Enchanted Cottage
The Canterville Ghost
Sweet Rosie O'Grady
Samuel A. Magee
Journey for Margaret
Joe Smith, American
H.M. Pulham, Esq.
Lady Be Good
The Trial of Mary Dugan
Dr. Kildare's Crisis
Douglas 'Doug' Lamont
The Mortal Storm
Miracles for Sale
Brooks Mason / George Smith
The Shining Hour
Rich Man, Poor Girl
The Toy Wife
Paradise for Three
Navy Blue and Gold
Roger 'Rog' Ash
The Bride Wore Red
The Emperor's Candlesticks
Grand Duke Peter
Married Before Breakfast
I Met Him in Paris
The Longest Night
Henry 'Hank' Sherman
The Bride Walks Out
M. Hugh McKenzie
The 3 Wise Guys
It's Love Again
The Bride Comes Home
Remember Last Night?
Preston 'Pat' Patton
West Point of the Air
Little Mike Stone
The Band Plays On
Death on the Diamond
Whom the Gods Destroy
William 'Bill' Drexel
The House of Rothschild
The Right to Romance
Alexander 'Alec' Brennan
Lieut. (JG) 'Brick' Walters
Today We Live
Men Must Fight
The Kid from Spain
Gordon as a Young Man
New Morals for Old
The Wet Parade
The Guilty Generation
Graham - Pilot Reporting Missing Airplanes (uncredited)
The Sin of Madelon Claudet
The Black Camel
The Godless Girl
Student (unconfirmed, uncredited)
The Campus Vamp
Student at Dance / at Beach (uncredited)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
TV Series performer - 1 episode
That's Entertainment, Part II
Documentary performer: "Oh, Lady Be Good" 1924 - uncredited
[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.
[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.
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.
I was an introvert in an extrovert profession.
All those years at MGM I hid a black terror behind a cheerful face.
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