Robert Middleton

Actor, Radio announcer
Beetle-browed character actor Robert Middleton was known for his distinctive features and deep booming voice, a voice that paved his way in the performing arts. After studying music at the University of Cincinnati's ... Read more »
Born: 05/13/1911 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (30)

Clarence and Angel 1979 (Movie)

Assistant Principal (Actor)

The Lincoln Conspiracy 1976 (Movie)

Secretary of War Edward Stanton (Actor)

The Mark of Zorro 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Anche gli angeli mangiano fagioli 1973 (Movie)

Angelo (Actor)

The Harrad Experiment 1972 (Movie)

Sidney (Actor)

Run Jack Run 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cheyenne Social Club 1970 (Movie)

Great Plains Saloon Barman (Actor)

Company of Killers 1969 (Movie)

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Which Way to the Front? 1969 (Movie)

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A Big Hand For the Little Lady 1966 (Movie)

Dennis wilcov (Actor)

For Those Who Think Young 1963 (Movie)

Edgar J Cronin (Actor)

Cattle King 1962 (Movie)

Clay Matthews (Actor)

Gold of the Seven Saints 1960 (Movie)

Gondora (Actor)

Hell Bent For Leather 1960 (Movie)

Ambrose (Actor)

The Great Impostor 1960 (Movie)

Prison Lieutenant Brown (Actor)

Career 1958 (Movie)

Robert Kensington (Actor)

Day of the Badman 1958 (Movie)

Charlie Hayes (Actor)

Don't Give Up the Ship 1958 (Movie)

Admiral Bludde (Actor)

The Law and Jake Wade 1958 (Movie)

Ortero (Actor)

The Lonely Man 1957 (Movie)

Ben Ryerson (Actor)

The Tarnished Angels 1957 (Movie)

Matt Ord (Actor)

Friendly Persuasion 1956 (Movie)

Sam Jordan (Actor)

Love Me Tender 1956 (Movie)

Siringo (Actor)

On Trial 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

The Court Jester 1956 (Movie)

Sir Griswold (Actor)

The Big Combo 1955 (Movie)

Peterson (Actor)

The Desperate Hours 1955 (Movie)

Kobish (Actor)

Trial 1955 (Movie)

"Fats" Sanders (Actor)

The Silver Chalice 1954 (Movie)

Idbash (Actor)

Remember When (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Beetle-browed character actor Robert Middleton was known for his distinctive features and deep booming voice, a voice that paved his way in the performing arts. After studying music at the University of Cincinnati's Conservatory of Music and at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, his bombastic timbre garnered him work in radio, which sparked his interest in acting. Theater work led to Broadway, after which Middleton made his way onto screen, where his hefty build and dramatic brows led to many villainous roles. Middleton first appeared on television in the early 1950s, steadily building his résumé with a string of one-offs and guest spots on anthology series and comedy programs. While he made his feature film debut in 1954 in the epic Holy Grail adventure "The Silver Chalice," his breakthrough came the next year as the dastardly antagonist of Humphrey Bogart's beleaguered ex-con in the noir-thriller "The Desperate Hours." This proved to be the first in a string of memorable villains, including the darkly ambitious knight who jousts "The Court Jester," played by Danny Kaye in the medieval musical comedy, and a wicked politician in the 1977 alternate history drama "The Lincoln Conspiracy," which supposes the president's assassin escaped to Canada. In between these was a long line of scowling, surly heavies, often chomping on cigars or inspiring lynch mobs. "The Lincoln Conspiracy" was Middleton's 106th production and proved to be his last as the respected character actor died from congestive heart failure at the age of 66.

EDUCATION

University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music

Cincinnati, Ohio

Carnegie Institute of Technology

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
school name later changed to Carnegie-Mellon University

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