Robert Lansing

Actor
While he played a number of different parts in film and television, some of Robert Lansing's most recognizable roles were as cops or men with military backgrounds. The tough-looking actor--who took his stage name from ... Read more »
Born: 06/05/1928 in San Diego, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (35)

Orgazmo 1998 (Movie)

Young Ben (Actor)

Firefighters 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Barnum's Big Top 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Narrator

Murder, She Wrote 1990 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek 1966 - 1969, 1990 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Equalizer 1985 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Private Tutor 1988 (Movie)

CA Thomas (Actor)

The Nest 1988 (Movie)

Mayor Elias Johnson (Actor)

Automan 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

S*H*E 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Acapulco Gold 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bittersweet Love 1976 (Movie)

Howard (Actor)

Empire of the Ants 1976 (Movie)

Dan Stokely (Actor)

Crime Club 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

False Face 1975 (Movie)

Dr Phillip Reynolds (Actor)

The Evil Touch 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Astronaut 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild in the Sky 1971 (Movie)

Major Reason (Actor)

Black Jack 1970 (Movie)

Major Reason (Actor)

The Grissom Gang 1970 (Movie)

Dave Fenner (Actor)

12 O'Clock High 1964 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Namu, the Killer Whale 1966 (Movie)

Hank Donner (Actor)

Young Dr. Malone 1958 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

87th Precinct 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

A Gathering of Eagles 1962 (Movie)

Sgt Banning (Actor)

Under the Yum Yum Tree 1962 (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

The Pusher 1959 (Movie)

Steve Carella (Actor)

Killer By Night (TV Show)

Actor

Life on the Mississippi (TV Show)

Actor

The Deadly Triangle (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

Widow (TV Show)

Actor
Other (3)

Synecdoche, New York 2008 (Movie)

(Transportation Co-Captain)

A Price Above Rubies 1998 (Movie)

driver-(lecric) (Driver)

Marvin's Room 1996 (Movie)

(Driver)

Biography

While he played a number of different parts in film and television, some of Robert Lansing's most recognizable roles were as cops or men with military backgrounds. The tough-looking actor--who took his stage name from Michigan's state capital because another thespian was using his birth name--started his career in the 1950s, and established himself as a small-screen leading man by the early '60s. He appeared in the 1961 crime drama "87th Precinct", based on a series of novels by Ed McBain, in which he played the driven Detective Steve Carella. In this program and many others, Lansing's noticeably bushy eyebrows lent him an unkemptness that made him seem more human, and helped set him apart from other star actors on television. Later that decade, he played Brigadier General Frank Savage in "12 O'Clock High", based on the movie of the same name (he reprised the role first played by Gregory Peck), although his participation lasted only one season. An appearance in a '68 episode of "Star Trek" entitled "Assignment: Earth" was intended to lead to a spin-off series for Lansing but unfortunately, the show never aired. During the '70s and early '80s, his most notable work was guest-starring in various series--although he did fight giant mutated insects in the '77 B-film "Empire of the Ants". Then came a supporting part in "The Equalizer", an '80s action series about an urban vigilante. He played Control, the head of a secret agency who provided the main character with assignments.

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