Robert Ridgely

Actor
Known for his robust voice, Robert Ridgely began his career as an actor. In the 1960s Ridgely guest-starred on such TV shows as the adventure series "Sea Hunt" and the ABC Western "Maverick." In 1962 he landed a ... Read more »
Born: 12/24/1931 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (68)

Dexter's Laboratory 1995 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Boogie Nights 1997 (Movie)

The Colonel (Actor)

Fire Down Below 1997 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

Hard Eight 1997 (Movie)

Keno Bar Manager (Actor)

Designing Women 1989 - 1990, 1993 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Multiplicity 1996 (Movie)

Laura's Father (Actor)

Ned and Stacey 1993 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

That Thing You Do! 1996 (Movie)

Hollywood Showcase Announcer (Actor)

Daisy-Head Mayzie 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

A Flintstone Family Christmas 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

Coach 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Evening Shade 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ref 1994 (Movie)

Bob Burley (Actor)

Tom and Jerry Kids Show 1990 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

Wings 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chipmunks 1983 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

James Bond, Jr. 1991 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Philadelphia 1993 (Movie)

Walter Kenton (Actor)

Robin Hood: Men in Tights 1993 (Movie)

Hangman (Actor)

Spacecats 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Life Stinks 1991 (Movie)

Fergueson (Actor)

Rick Moranis in Gravedale High 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Voice

How I Got Into College 1989 (Movie)

George Kailo (Actor)

A Family Tree 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Sky Commanders 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Voice

The Dirk Diggler Story 1987 (Movie)

Jack Horner (Actor)

Goltar and the Golden Lance 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Voice

Something Wild 1986 (Movie)

Richard Graves (Actor)

The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Voice

The New Jetsons 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Voice

The Paw Paws 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Voice

Mighty Orbots 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Voice

Saturday Supercade 1983 - 1985 (TV Show)

Voice

Beauty and the Beast 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Voice

Domestic Life 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Monchhichis 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Voice

The Wild Life 1984 (Movie)

Craig Davis (Actor)

Heart Like A Wheel 1983 (Movie)

Bob Morton--Sportsline (Actor)

The New Animated Adventures of Flash Gordon 1979 - 1983 (TV Show)

Voice

Goldie Gold and Action Jack 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Voice

The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Voice

Thundarr the Barbarian 1980 - 1982 (TV Show)

Voice

I've Had It Up to Here 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Ladies and Gentleman... Bob Newhart 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Melvin and Howard 1980 (Movie)

Wally "Mr Love" Williams (Actor)

Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle 1976 - 1978 (TV Show)

Voice

The Many Loves of Arthur 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Ark II 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

High Anxiety 1977 (Movie)

Flasher (Actor)

The Mouse and His Child 1976 (Movie)

of Jack in the Box (Voice)

Uncle Croc's Block 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Lester Boggs 1974 (Movie)

Lester Boggs (Actor)

Cheap 1973 (Movie)

(Voice)

Chrome And Hot Leather 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Gallant Men 1962 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

Sam Hill 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

Amelia Earhart (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Sunday (TV Show)

Actor

Bonkers (TV Show)

Voice

Challenge of the GoBots (TV Show)

Voice

Dorothy in the Land of Oz (TV Show)

Voice

Snorks (TV Show)

Voice

Who Am I This Time? (TV Show)

Actor
Other (1)

Hollywood Close-Up 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Other

Biography

Known for his robust voice, Robert Ridgely began his career as an actor. In the 1960s Ridgely guest-starred on such TV shows as the adventure series "Sea Hunt" and the ABC Western "Maverick." In 1962 he landed a recurring role as Lt. Frank Kimbro on "The Gallant Men," a series based on soldiers in World War II. That show was cancelled after a single season, but Ridgely continued to find acting work, most notably as a sleazy game show host in director Jonathan Demme's "Melvin and Howard." It was Ridgely's voice, however, described as both "smooth" and "booming," that earned him a steady paycheck. From the 1960s well into the 1990s he lent his voice to countless animated TV programs, with a specialty for voicing superheroes. Some of the more notable characters he voiced included Tarzan in "Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle" and Flash Gordon in "Flash Gordon." Oddly enough, one of Ridgely's most memorable acting roles, as the breezy adult film producer Colonel James in 1997's "Boogie Nights," would also turn out to be his last. He died of cancer a few months before the film was released.

Relationships

Patricia Ridgely

Wife
survived him

William Ritterbusch

Brother
survived him

Milestones

1997

Final film perfomance, as 'The Colonel' in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights"

1994

Worked on "The Ref"

1993

Starred in "Philadelphia" and "Robin Hood: Men In Tights"

1987

Featured in "Beverly Hills Cop II"

1974

Appeared in Mell Brook's "Blazing Saddles"

1957

Performed in "Fire Down Below"

Worked in off broadway production of "The Threepenny Opera"

Began carrer by performinng in Manhattan supper clubs

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