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Robert Young

Docteur Marcus Welby in Marcus Welby, M.D.

Photos Robert Young Birth name: Robert Young
Birth date: 1907/02/22
Date of death : 1998/07/21 (91 years old)
Birth place : Chicago (Illinois, Etats-Unis)

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Biography for Robert Young

Quiet, soft-spoken Robert grew up in California and had some stage experience with the Pasadena Playhouse before entering films in 1931. His movie career consisted of playing characters who were charming, good-looking--and bland. In fact, his screen image was such that he usually never got the girl. Louis B. Mayer would say, "He has no sex appeal," but he had a work ethic that prepared him for every role that he played. And he did play in as many as eleven films per year for a decade starting with The Black Camel (1931). He was notable as the spy in Alfred Hitchcock's Secret Agent (1936), but the '40s was the decade in which he was to have most of his best roles. These included Northwest Passage (1940); Western Union (1941); and H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941). Good roles followed, from the husband of Dorothy McGuirein Claudia (1943) to the detective in Crossfire (1947), but they were becoming scarce. In 1949, Robert started a radio show called "Father Knows Best" wherein he played Jim Anderson, an average father with average situations--a role which was tailor-made for him. Basically retiring from films, he starred in this program for five years on radio before it went to television in 1954. After a slight falter in the ratings and a switch from CBS to NBC, it became a mainstay of television until it was canceled in 1960. He continued making guest appearances on various television shows and working in television movies. In 1969, he starred as Dr. Marcus Welby in the TV movie Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) (TV). The Marcus Welby series that followed ran from 1969 through 1976 and featured James Brolin as his assistant, Dr. Steven Kiley--the doc with the bike. After the series ended, Robert, now in his seventies, finally licked his 30-year battle with alcohol and occasionally appeared in television movies through the 1980s.


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Title Role
Marcus Welby, M.D.: A Holiday Affair (1988) (TV) Dr. Marcus Welby
A Conspiracy of Love (1987) (TV) Joe Woldarski
Mercy or Murder? (1987) (TV) Roswell Gilbert
The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D. (1984) (TV) Dr. Marcus Welby
Little Women (1979) TV series Mr. Laurence
Little Women (1978) (TV) Grandpa James Lawrence
Father Knows Best: Home for Christmas (1977) (TV) Jim Anderson
Father Knows Best James 'Jim' Anderson / ... (57 episodes, 1954-1977)
Marcus Welby, M.D. Dr. Marcus Welby (167 episodes, 1969-1976)
My Darling Daughters' Anniversary (1973) (TV) Judge Charles Raleigh
All My Darling Daughters (1972) (TV) Judge Charles Raleigh
Vanished (1971) (TV) Sen. Earl Gannon
Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969) (TV) Dr. Marcus Welby
The Name of the Game Herman Allison (1 episode, 1968)
ABC Stage 67 Host (1 episode, 1967)
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Admiral Matt Callahan / ... (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Dr. Kildare Dr. Gilbert Winfield (1 episode, 1965)
The Christophers (1 episode, 1964)
Window on Main Street (1961) TV series Cameron Garrett Brooks (unknown episodes, 1961-1962)
Climax! Lieutenant Commander Knowles (1 episode, 1955)
Secret of the Incas (1954) Stanley Moorehead
The Ford Television Theatre Tom Warren (1 episode, 1954)
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) Capt. Finlay
They Won't Believe Me (1947) Larry Ballentine
Lady Luck (1946) Larry 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
Claudia (1943) David Naughton
Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943) Sam MacKeever
Slightly Dangerous (1943) Bob Stuart
Journey for Margaret (1942) John Davis
Cairo (1942) Homer Smi
Joe Smith, American (1942) Joe Smith
H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941) Harry Moulton Pulham
Married Bachelor (1941) Randolph 'Randy' Haven
Lady Be Good (1941) Edward '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
Northwest Passage (1940) Langdon Towne
Miracles for Sale (1939) Michael 'Mike' Morgan
Maisie (1939) Charles 'Slim' Martin
Bridal Suite (1939) Neil McGill
Honolulu (1939) Brooks Mason&George Smith&David in the movie
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) Henry 'Hank' Medhill
Stowaway (1936) Tommy Randall
The Longest Night (1936) Charley Phelps
Sworn Enemy (1936) Henry 'Hank' Sherman
The Bride Walks Out (1936) Hugh McKenzie
Secret Agent (1936) Robert Marvin
The Three Wise Guys (1936) Joe Hatcher
It's Love Again (1936) Peter Carlton
The Bride Comes Home (1935) Jack Bristow
Remember Last Night? (1935) Tony Milburn
Red Salute (1935) Jeff
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 Kelly
Paris Interlude (1934) Patrick 'Pat' Wells
Whom the Gods Destroy (1934) Jack Forrester
Lazy River (1934) William 'Bill' Drexel
The House of Rothschild (1934) Captain Fitzroy
Spitfire (1934) John Stafford
Carolina (1934) Will Connelly
The Right to Romance (1933) Bob 'Bobby' Preble
Saturday's Millions (1933) Jim Fowler
Tugboat Annie (1933) Alexander 'Alec' Brennan
Hell Below (1933) Lieut. (JG) Ed 'Brick' Walters
Today We Live (1933) Claude
Men Must Fight (1933) Lt. Geoffrey Aiken
Strange Interlude (1932) Gordon Evans as a Young Man
The Kid from Spain (1932) Ricardo
Unashamed (1932) Richard 'Dick' Ogden
New Morals for Old (1932) Ralph Thomas
The Wet Parade (1932) Kip Tarleton
Hell Divers (1931) (uncredited) Graham (pilot reporting missing airplanes)
The Guilty Generation (1931) Marco Ricca, a.k.a. John Smith
The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931) Dr. Lawrence Claudet
The Black Camel (1931) Jimmy Bradshaw


Interred at Forest Lawn (Glendale), Glendale, California, USA, in the Graceland section, lot #5905.

Originating his "Father Knows Best" (1954) role on radio, he was the only member of the radio cast to transfer his role to TV.

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].

Following his sobriety, he was once chosen Honorary Chairman of National Health Week.

Sold Sanka coffee on TV for 5 years.

Had a nervous breakdown in 1966 and it took him nearly 4 years to recover.

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.

Attempted suicide in 1991 as a result of a chemical imbalance and while battling Alzheimer's disease and heart problems.

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.

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).

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.

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 the fact that he never tried to steal the spotlight.

Was employed as a bank clerk and a reporter during his fledgling actor days and even found extra work in Keystone Cops movies.

MGM talent agents spotted him in a 1931 touring stage production of "The Ship" and signed him up.

Living in Los Angeles by the age of 10, he attended Lincoln High School in Santa Monica, 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.

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.

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.



Spouse : Elizabeth Louise Henderson (1933 - 4 April 1994) (her death) 4 children

He has four daughters: Betty Lou Gleason, Carol Proffitt, Barbara Beebe, and Kathy Young. He has six grandchildren.

Older brother of actor Roger Moore (no relation to the popular British actor who is a former James Bond).

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