Robert Young

Actor, Extra
An affable, forthright lead with prototypical "average guy" good looks, Robert Young entered films in 1931 and for 25 years embodied the easygoing but eminently sensible US male. Headlining many programmers and ... Read more »
Born: 02/22/1907 in Chicago, Illinois, USA


Actor (80)

Family Edition 1991 - 1993 (TV Show)


Marcus Welby, MD -- A Holiday Affair 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


Conspiracy of Love 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)


Little Women 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)


Celebration: The American Spirit 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)


Marcus Welby, M.D. 1969 - 1976 (TV Show)


A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)


Robert Young With the Young 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)


Robert Young and the Family 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)


Vanished 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)


Marcus Welby, M.D. 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)


Father Knows Best 1954 - 1967 (TV Show)


Secret of the Incas 1954 (Movie)

Dr Stanley Moorehead (Actor)

Goodbye, My Fancy 1950 (Movie)

Dr. James Merrill (Actor)

And Baby Makes Three 1949 (Movie)


That Forsyte Woman 1949 (Movie)

Philip Bosinney (Actor)

Crossfire 1947 (Movie)

Finlay (Actor)

They Won't Believe Me 1947 (Movie)


The Canterville Ghost 1944 (Movie)

Cuffy Williams (Actor)

Three Comrades 1937 (Movie)


The Bride Wore Red 1936 (Movie)

Rudi Pal (Actor)

Secret Agent 1935 (Movie)


Hollywood Party 1934 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Spitfire 1933 (Movie)


The Kid From Spain 1931 (Movie)

Ricardo (Actor)

Guilty Generation 1930 (Movie)

Marco Ricca (Actor)

Adventure in Baltimore (Movie)

Dr. Sheldon (Actor)

All My Darling Daughters (TV Show)


Bride for Sale (Movie)

Steve Adams (Actor)

Claudia and David (Movie)

David Naughton (Actor)

Climax! (TV Show)


Dangerous Number (Movie)

Hank Medhill (Actor)

Death on the Diamond (Movie)

Larry Kelly (Actor)

Dr. Kildare's Crisis (Movie)

Douglas Lamont (Actor)

Hell Below (Movie)

Lt. Brick Walters (Actor)

Hell Divers (Movie)

Young Officer (Actor)

Honolulu (Movie)

Brooks Mason (Actor)

I Met Him in Paris (Movie)

Gene Anders (Actor)

It's Love Again (Movie)

Peter Carlton (Actor)

Joe Smith, American (Movie)

Joe Smith (Actor)

Josette (Movie)

Pierre Brossard (Actor)

Lady Be Good (Movie)

Eddie Crane (Actor)

Lady Luck (Movie)

Larry Scott (Actor)

Little Women (TV Show)


Maisie (Movie)

Slim Martin (Actor)

Married Bachelor (Movie)

Randolph Haven (Actor)

Mercy or Murder? (TV Show)


Navy Blue and Gold (Movie)

Roger Ash (Actor)

Northwest Passage (Movie)

Langdon Towne (Actor)

Remember Last Night (Movie)

Tony Milburn (Actor)

Rich Man, Poor Girl (Movie)

Bill Harrison (Actor)

Sitting Pretty (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Slightly Dangerous (Movie)

Bob Stuart (Actor)

Sporting Blood (Movie)

Myles Vanders (Actor)

Stowaway (Movie)

Tommy Randall (Actor)

The Black Camel (Movie)

Jimmy Bradshaw (Actor)

The Bride Comes Home (Movie)

Jack Bristow (Actor)

The Bride Walks Out (Movie)

Hugh McKenzie (Actor)

The Emperor's Candlesticks (Movie)

Grand Duke Peter (Actor)

The Enchanted Cottage (Movie)

Oliver Bradford (Actor)

The House of Rothschild (Movie)

Captain Fitzroy (Actor)

The Mortal Storm (Movie)

Fritz Marberg (Actor)

The Right to Romance (Movie)

Bob Preble (Actor)

The Searching Wind (Movie)

Alex Hazen (Actor)

The Shining Hour (Movie)

David Linden (Actor)

The Sin of Madelon Claudet (Movie)

Dr. Jacques Claudet (Actor)

The Toy Wife (Movie)

Andre Vallane (Actor)

The Trial of Mary Dugan (Movie)

Jimmy Blake (Actor)

The Wet Parade (Movie)

Kip Tarleton (Actor)

Today We Live (Movie)

Claude (Actor)

Tugboat Annie (Movie)

Alec Brennan (Actor)

Unashamed (Movie)

Dick Ogden (Actor)

Vagabond Lady (Movie)

Tony Spear (Actor)

West Point of the Air (Movie)

Little Mike (Actor)

Western Union (Movie)

Richard Blake (Actor)


An affable, forthright lead with prototypical "average guy" good looks, Robert Young entered films in 1931 and for 25 years embodied the easygoing but eminently sensible US male. Headlining many programmers and medium-sized "A" productions, he made films in every genre, and was often cast as an agreeable consort to more dominant star actresses. Like the star whose career and image most parallels his, Fred MacMurray, Young moved smoothly in middle age to TV, producing and starring in the landmark family sitcom, "Father Knows Best" (CBS and NBC, 1954-1960). It was only one step from paternal ideal to the avuncular, and Young later enjoyed another popular series with the similarly soothing medical drama, "Marcus Welby, M.D." (ABC, 1969-1976). Not as big in films as MacMurray, Young was never as edgy or whimsical as James Stewart, or as earnest and striving as Henry Fonda. His TV success was greater than that of any other Golden Era Hollywood Everyman, though, because, regardless of his real talent as an actor, he was relaxed and unthreatening.


Elizabeth Young

married from 1933 until her death in 1994

Thomas Young


Barbara Young

survived him

Carol Young

survived him

Elizabeth Young

survived him

Kathleen Young

survived him


Lincoln High School

Los Angeles , California



Again reprised the role of Marcus Welby in the TV-movie, "Marcus Welby, M.D.--A Holiday Affair"


Reprised the role of Marcus Welby in the TV-movie, "The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D."


Played grandfather James Lawrence on the short-lived NBC drama series, "Little Women"


Starred in two NBC "extension sequels", 90 minutes long each: "Father Knows Best: The Father Knows Best Reunion" and "Father Knows Best: Home from Christmas"


First TV-movie, the two-part "Vanished"; received an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actor


Played the title role of Nick Holloway on the detective comedy series pilot, "Holloway's Daughters"; option for possible series not picked up


Last feature film, "Secret of the Incas"


TV series debut, "Father Knows Best", in the title role of Jim Anderson; also marked TV producing debut


Began acting in "Father Knows Best" on radio


Contract with MGM ended; last film there for five years, "The Canterville Ghost"; thereafter free-lanced for all of Hollywood major studios, working most often at RKO over the next decade


Only feature film credits outside the US: traveled to England to play leading roles in "Secret Agent" and "It's Love Again"


Played first male leads in films, "Unashamed" and "New Morals for Old"


Began touring on a recurring basis with a production of the play, "The Ship"


Signed by MGM; first film there, "The Sin of Madelon Claudet"


Made film debut in "The Black Camel", produced by Fox


At age 10, moved with family to Los Angeles (date approximate)

Played the starring role of Cameron Garrett Brooks on the CBS comedy-drama series, "Window on Main Street"

Began career at Pasadena Playhouse; acted in productions there for four years

Toured major US cities in a production of the play, "Generation", in the role of Bolton

As a baby moved with family to Seattle

Played the title role on the ABC-TV medical drama series, "Marcus Welby M.D."

Bonus Trivia


Young is not to be confused with a substantial number of other Robert Youngs, including at least two other actors, one of whom worked in silent films in the U.S. This Robert Young never made any silent movies.There are also several filmmakers also named Robert Young; the best-known is most often credited as Robert M. Young, much of whose most important work is in documentary.