Robert Cornthwaite

Robert Cornthwaite was a thin man with an aristocratic bearing who radiated intelligence; in Hollywood, that got him typecast as a cold, intellectual scientist. This was despite the range he displayed in his many acting ... Read more »
Born: 04/28/1917 in St. Helens, Oregon, USA

Filmography

Actor (39)

Chicago Hope 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Picket Fences 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Frame Up 1990 (Movie)

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Perfect Strangers 1988 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ed Begley, Jr. Show 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Trackers 1989 (Movie)

Alistair Craig (Actor)

Who's That Girl 1987 (Movie)

Minister (Actor)

Deal of the Century 1983 (Movie)

Huddleston (Actor)

Futureworld 1976 (Movie)

Mr Reed (Actor)

Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Six-Million-Dollar Man 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Journey Through Rosebud 1971 (Movie)

Rearing Officer (Actor)

Colossus: The Forbin Project 1970 (Movie)

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Get Smart 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Peace Killers 1970 (Movie)

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The Ride to Hangman's Tree 1966 (Movie)

T L Harper (Actor)

Waterhole Number 3 1966 (Movie)

Hotel Clerk (Actor)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 1962 (Movie)

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Day of the Outlaw 1958 (Movie)

Tommy (Actor)

Ten Seconds to Hell 1958 (Movie)

Loeffler (Actor)

The Spirit of St. Louis 1957 (Movie)

Knight (Actor)

Kiss Me Deadly 1955 (Movie)

FBI Man (Actor)

Stranger on Horseback 1955 (Movie)

Arnold Hammer (Actor)

The Purple Mask 1955 (Movie)

Napoleon (Actor)

Monkey Business 1952 (Movie)

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His Kind of Woman 1951 (Movie)

Hernandez (Actor)

The Thing 1951 (Movie)

Professor Carrington (Actor)

Beggarman, Thief (TV Show)

Actor

Daniel Boone (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Man's Revenge (TV Show)

Actor

Killer By Night (TV Show)

Actor

Love's Savage Fury (TV Show)

Actor

Mark of the Renegade (Movie)

Innkeeper (Actor)

Something to Live For (Movie)

Young Man (Actor)

The Day the Bubble Burst (TV Show)

Actor

The Devil's Daughter (TV Show)

Actor

The Longest Night (TV Show)

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Two on a Bench (TV Show)

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White Dwarf (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Robert Cornthwaite was a thin man with an aristocratic bearing who radiated intelligence; in Hollywood, that got him typecast as a cold, intellectual scientist. This was despite the range he displayed in his many acting roles, which ran the gamut from Napoleon Bonaparte (in "The Purple Mask", a 1955 period film about French rebels just after the Revolution) to an Alzheimer's-afflicted mayor in the oddball small-town TV drama "Picket Fences" (1992). Perhaps the stereotype is due to Cornthwaite's memorable turn as Dr. Carrington, the ultimate science fiction egghead scientist in the self-descriptive 1951 hit "The Thing From Another World". Throughout his career, the actor played enough characters with the title "Dr." to staff the faculty of a major university. Among the more notable of these appearances was as a medical practitioner in "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane" (1962), a thriller about a demented former child star (played by Bette Davis) tormenting her sister. Cornthwaite took variations of this character to TV, but he also branched out into non-intellectual roles. He played a butler in a two-episode stretch of the popular Boston bar-set sitcom "Cheers" (1992) and a diplomat in the space saga "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" (1979). During his working life, the actor was also extensively involved with productions in the theater, his preferred medium.

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