Robert Donner

While never achieving star status, or even top billing in the many films he appeared in, Robert Donner's face is very recognizable as a popular character actor of the '60s, '70s and '80s. Raised in New Jersey and Texas ... Read more »
Born: 04/27/1931 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (57)

Hoot 2006 (Movie)

Kalo (Actor)

Dharma & Greg 1978 - 1982, 1993 - 1996, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Early Edition 1978 - 1982, 1985 - 1986, 1991 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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In the Heat of the Night 1978 - 1982, 1985 - 1986, 1991 - 1996, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1978 - 1982, 1985 - 1986, 1993 - 1996, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Naked Truth 1978 - 1982, 1993 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Legend 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Hearts Afire 1978 - 1982, 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

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Frog Girl: The Jenifer Graham Story 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold 1987 (Movie)

Swarma (Actor)

Scene of the Crime 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Hysterical 1983 (Movie)

Ralph (Actor)

Mork and Mindy 1978 - 1982 (Tv Show)

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The Waltons 1972 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Under the Rainbow 1981 (Movie)

Assassin (Actor)

The Big Hex of Little Lulu 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Five Days From Home 1978 (Movie)

Baldwin (Actor)

The Young Pioneers 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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The Outside Man 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Bite the Bullet 1975 (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

The Last Hard Men 1975 (Movie)

Lee Roy Tucker (Actor)

Take a Hard Ride 1974 (Movie)

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High Plains Drifter 1973 (Movie)

Preacher (Actor)

The Horror at 37,000 Feet 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Santee 1972 (Movie)

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The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing 1972 (Movie)

Dub (Actor)

Mrs. Pollifax - Spy 1971 (Movie)

Larrabee (Actor)

Pickup on 101 1971 (Movie)

Jesse--1st Farmer (Actor)

Sarge: The Badge or the Cross 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

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Something Big 1971 (Movie)

Cobb's Friend (Actor)

Vanishing Point 1971 (Movie)

Older Cop (Actor)

Chisum 1970 (Movie)

Morton (Actor)

Fools' Parade 1970 (Movie)

Willis Hubbard (Actor)

One More Train to Rob 1970 (Movie)

Sheriff Adams (Actor)

Rio Lobo 1970 (Movie)

Whitey Carter (Actor)

Zigzag 1970 (Movie)

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The Undefeated 1969 (Movie)

Judd Mailer (Actor)

Skidoo 1968 (Movie)

Switchboard Operator (Actor)

The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell 1968 (Movie)

Marine Private Ogg (Actor)

Cool Hand Luke 1967 (Movie)

Boss Shorty (Actor)

Agent For H.A.R.M. 1966 (Movie)

Morgue Attendant (Actor)

El Dorado 1966 (Movie)

Milt (Actor)

Captains and the Kings (TV Show)

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Columbo: Undercover (TV Show)

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Mrs. Sundance (TV Show)

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Nakia (TV Show)

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No Place to Run (TV Show)

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Standing Tall (TV Show)

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The HitMan (TV Show)

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The Intruders (TV Show)

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With a Vengeance (TV Show)

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Young Pioneers (TV Show)

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Biography

While never achieving star status, or even top billing in the many films he appeared in, Robert Donner's face is very recognizable as a popular character actor of the '60s, '70s and '80s. Raised in New Jersey and Texas, Donner wound up in Los Angeles after a stint in the Navy. He was working odd jobs when his neighbor, Clint Eastwood, suggested that he try his hand at acting. Gaunt with heavy eyes and angular features, Donner's distinctive look made him easy to cast as menacing bad guys or comic heavies. He debuted in "Rio Bravo" with John Wayne and also appeared in the films "El Dorado" and "Rio Lobo" and on TV in "Rawhide," "Laredo," "The Big Valley," and "Bonanza." As the trend in the '70s switched from Westerns to crime dramas Donner went along, playing on episodes of "The Mod Squad," "Adam-12," and "S.W.A.T.." Still, he remained close to his Western roots, working with Eastwood in "High Plains Drifter" in 1973. Some of his more memorable television roles were as Yancy Tucker on "The Waltons" and the weird Exidor on "Mork and Mindy." He slowed down in the '90s but did find time to take a starring role on the 1995 series "Legend." Donner was just as well known in the Los Angeles celebrity community as he was on screen as an avid golfer, fundraiser, and popular "corporate speaker" in the Hollywood area. He died in 2006 at the age of 75.

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