Robert Montgomery (actor)

Robert Montgomery (actor)

Infobox actor
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name = Robert Montgomery



imagesize = 230px
caption = from the trailer for the film "Night Must Fall" (1937)
birthname = Henry Montgomery Jr.
birthdate = birth date|1904|5|21|mf=y
location = Beacon, New York
deathdate = death date and age|1981|9|27|1904|5|21|mf=y
deathplace = New York City, New York
othername =
yearsactive =
spouse =
academyawards =
emmyawards =
tonyawards = Best Direction of a Play
1955 "The Desperate Hours"
awards = Hollywood Walk of Fame
6440 Hollywood Boulevard
1631 Vine Street

Robert Montgomery (May 21, 1904 – September 27, 1981) was an American actor and director.

Montgomery was born Henry Montgomery Jr. in Beacon, New York then known as "Fishkill Landing", the son of Mary Weed (née Barney) and Henry Montgomery, Sr. [ [http://www.bewitched.net/lizgenealogy.htm Elizabeth Montgomery's Family Tree ] ] His early childhood was one of privilege, since his father was President of the New York Rubber Company. When his father died, the family's fortune was gone, and young Robert went to New York City to try his hand at writing and acting. Sharing a stage with George Cukor gave him an in to Hollywood, where, in 1929, he debuted in "So This is College". Norma Shearer chose him to star opposite her in "Private Lives" in 1931, and he became a star. During this time, Montgomery appeared in the first filmed version of "When Ladies Meet" (1933).

In 1935, Montgomery became President of the Screen Actors Guild, and was elected again in 1946. In 1937 he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor as a psychopath in the chiller "Night Must Fall", and again in 1942 for "Here Comes Mr. Jordan". During World War II, he joined the Navy, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

In 1945 he returned to Hollywood, making his uncredited directing debut with "They Were Expendable", where he directed some of the PT Boat scenes when director John Ford was unable to work for health reasons. His first credited film as director was "Lady in the Lake" (1947), in which he also starred, and which brought him mixed reviews. Active in Republican politics, Montgomery was a friendly witness before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. The next year, Montgomery hosted the Academy Awards. He hosted a popular television series, "Robert Montgomery Presents", in the 1950s. "The Gallant Hours", a 1960 film Montgomery directed and co-produced with its star, his friend James Cagney, was the last film or television production he was connected with in any capacity, as actor, director or producer.

Montgomery died of cancer at age 77 in New York City. His daughter, actress Elizabeth Montgomery (1933-1995), and son, Robert Montgomery, Jr. (1936-2000) both died of cancer as well.

Montgomery has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for movies at 6440 Hollywood Blvd., and another for television at 1631 Vine Street. He was a longtime summer resident of North Haven, Maine.

Filmography

*"Untamed" (1929)
*"Their Own Desire" (1929)
*"The Divorcee" (1930)
*"The Big House" (1930)
*"The Sins of the Children" (1930)
*"Our Blushing Brides" (1930)
*"Private Lives" (1931)
*"The Easiest Way" (1931)
*"Hell Below" (1933)
*"When Ladies Meet" (1933)
*"Forsaking All Others" (1934)
*"Hide-Out" (1934)
*"No More Ladies" (1935)
*"Night Must Fall" (1937)
*"The Last of Mrs. Cheyney" (1937)
*"Ever Since Eve" (1937)
*"Live, Love and Learn" (1937)
*"Yellow Jack" (1938)
*"Three Loves Has Nancy" (1938)
*"Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (1941)
*"Rage in Heaven" (1941)
*"Here Comes Mr. Jordan" (1941)
*"They Were Expendable" (1945)
*"Lady in the Lake" (1947) (also directed)
*"Ride the Pink Horse" (1947) (also directed)
*"June Bride" (1948)
*"The Saxon Charm" (1948)
*"The Gallant Hours" (1960) (narration only, also directed)

References

External links

*ibdb|53470|Robert Montgomery
*imdb|0599910|Robert Montgomery
* [http://film.virtual-history.com/person.php?personid=642 Robert Montgomery images]


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