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Robert George Young  (February 22, 1907 – July 21, 1998) was an American television, film, and radio actor, best known for his leading roles as Jim Anderson, the father of Father Knows Best (NBC and then CBS) and as physician Marcus Welby in Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC).

Young appeared in over 100 films between 1931 and 1952. After appearing on stage, Young was signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and, in spite of having a "tier B" status, he co-starred with some of the studio's most illustrious actresses, such as Katharine Hepburn, Margaret Sullavan, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Helen Hayes, Luise Rainer, Hedy Lamarr, and Helen Twelvetrees. Yet, most of his assignments consisted of B movies, also known as "programmers," which required two to three weeks of shooting (considered very brief shooting periods at the time). Actors who were relegated to such a hectic schedule appeared, as Young did, in some six to eight movies per year.

As an MGM contract player, Young was resigned to the fate of most of his colleagues—to accept any film assigned to him or risk being placed on suspension—and many actors on suspension were prohibited from earning a salary from any endeavor at all (even those unrelated to the film industry). In 1936, MGM summarily loaned Young to Gaumont British for two films; the first was directed by Alfred Hitchcock with the other co-starring Jessie Matthews. While there he surmised that his employers intended to terminate his contract, but he was mistaken.

He unexpectedly received one of his most rewarding roles late in his MGM career, in H.M. Pulham, Esq., featuring one of Hedy Lamarr's most effective performances. He once remarked that he was assigned only those roles which Robert Montgomery and other A-list actors had rejected.

After his contract ended at MGM, Young starred in light comedies as well as in trenchant dramas for studios such as 20th Century Fox, United Artists, and RKO Radio Pictures. From 1943, Young assayed more challenging roles in films like Claudia, The Enchanted Cottage, They Won't Believe Me, The Second Woman, and Crossfire. His portrayal of unsympathetic characters in several of these later films—which was seldom the case in his MGM pictures—was applauded by numerous reviewers.

Young's career began an incremental and imperceptible decline, despite a propitious beginning as a freelance actor without the nurturing of a major studio. He continued starring as a leading man in the late 1940s and early 1950s, but only in mediocre films, then he subsequently disappeared from the silver screen - only to reappear several years later on a much smaller one.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Robert George Young  (February 22, 1907 – July 21, 1998) was an American television, film, and radio actor, best known for his leading roles as Jim Anderson, the father of Father Knows Best (NBC and then CBS) and as physician Marcus Welby in Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC).

Young appeared in over 100 films between 1931 and 1952. After appearing on stage, Young was signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and, in spite of having a "tier B" status, he co-starred with some of the studio's most illustrious actresses, such as Katharine Hepburn, Margaret Sullavan, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Helen Hayes, Luise Rainer, Hedy Lamarr, and Helen Twelvetrees. Yet, most of his assignments consisted of B movies, also known as "programmers," which required two to three weeks of shooting (considered very brief shooting periods at the time). Actors who were relegated to such a hectic schedule appeared, as Young did, in some six to eight movies per year.

As an MGM contract player, Young was resigned to the fate of most of his colleagues—to accept any film assigned to him or risk being placed on suspension—and many actors on suspension were prohibited from earning a salary from any endeavor at all (even those unrelated to the film industry). In 1936, MGM summarily loaned Young to Gaumont British for two films; the first was directed by Alfred Hitchcock with the other co-starring Jessie Matthews. While there he surmised that his employers intended to terminate his contract, but he was mistaken.

He unexpectedly received one of his most rewarding roles late in his MGM career, in H.M. Pulham, Esq., featuring one of Hedy Lamarr's most effective performances. He once remarked that he was assigned only those roles which Robert Montgomery and other A-list actors had rejected.

After his contract ended at MGM, Young starred in light comedies as well as in trenchant dramas for studios such as 20th Century Fox, United Artists, and RKO Radio Pictures. From 1943, Young assayed more challenging roles in films like Claudia, The Enchanted Cottage, They Won't Believe Me, The Second Woman, and Crossfire. His portrayal of unsympathetic characters in several of these later films—which was seldom the case in his MGM pictures—was applauded by numerous reviewers.

Young's career began an incremental and imperceptible decline, despite a propitious beginning as a freelance actor without the nurturing of a major studio. He continued starring as a leading man in the late 1940s and early 1950s, but only in mediocre films, then he subsequently disappeared from the silver screen - only to reappear several years later on a much smaller one.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 114

Birthday 1907-02-22

Day of Death 1998-07-21

Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Robert George Young
  • Роберт Янг

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1994 That's Entertainment! III
1991 Hollywood Remembers: Myrna Loy - So Nice to Come Home to
1987 A Conspiracy of Love as Joe Woldarski
1979 Little Women(6 episodes) as Grandpa James Lawrence
1977 The Father Knows Best Reunion as James Anderson
1976 That's Entertainment, Part II
1976 Donny & Marie(1 episode)
1974 That's Entertainment! as Himself - at Banquet (archive footage) (uncredited)
1973 My Darling Daughters' Anniversary as Judge Charles Raleigh
1972 All My Darling Daughters as Judge Charles Raleigh
1971 Vanished(2 episodes) as Sen. Earl Gannon
1969 Marcus Welby, M.D.(172 episodes)
1966 ABC Stage 67(1 episode)
1963 Highball Highway as Himself
1961 Window on Main Street(16 episodes)
1961 Dr. Kildare(1 episode)
1956 The Steve Allen Show(2 episodes)
1954 Climax!(1 episode)
1954 Father Knows Best(207 episodes) as Jim Anderson
1954 Secret of the Incas as Stanley Moorehead
1952 This Is Your Life(1 episode)
1952 The Half-Breed as Dan Craig
1951 Goodbye, My Fancy as Doctor James Merrill
1950 The Second Woman as Jeff Cohalan
1949 And Baby Makes Three as Vernon 'Vern' Walsh
1949 Bride for Sale as Steve Adams
1949 That Forsyte Woman as Philip Bosinney
1949 Adventure in Baltimore as Dr. Andrew Sheldon
1948 Relentless as Nick Buckley
1948 Sitting Pretty as Harry King
1947 Crossfire as Finlay
1947 They Won't Believe Me as Larry Ballentine
1946 Lady Luck as Larry Scott
1946 The Searching Wind as Alex Hazen
1946 Claudia and David as David Naughton
1945 Those Endearing Young Charms as Lt. Hurley 'Hank' Travers
1945 The Enchanted Cottage as Oliver Bradford
1944 The Canterville Ghost as Cuffy Williams
1944 Twenty Years After
1943 Claudia as David Naughton
1943 Sweet Rosie O'Grady as Samuel Magee
1943 Slightly Dangerous as Bob Stuart
1942 Journey for Margaret as John Davis
1942 Cairo as Homer Smith, aka Juniper Jones
1942 Joe Smith, American as Joe Smith
1941 H.M. Pulham, Esq. as Harry Moulton Pulham
1941 Married Bachelor as Randolph Haven
1941 Lady Be Good as Edward 'Eddie' Crane
1941 Western Union as Richard Blake
1941 The Trial of Mary Dugan as Jimmy Blake
1940 Dr. Kildare's Crisis as Douglas Lamont
1940 Sporting Blood as Myles Vanders
1940 The Mortal Storm as Fritz Marberg
1940 Florian as Anton Erban
1940 Hollywood: Style Center of the World as Himself
1940 Northwest Passage as Langdon Towne
1940 Northward, Ho! as Himself
1940 The Miracle of Sound as Himself
1939 Miracles For Sale as Michael Morgan
1939 Maisie as Charles 'Slim' Martin
1939 Bridal Suite as Neil McGill
1939 Hollywood Hobbies as Himself
1939 Honolulu as Brooks Mason / George Smith
1938 The Shining Hour as David Linden
1938 Rich Man, Poor Girl as Bill Harrison
1938 Hollywood Goes to Town as Himself
1938 The Toy Wife as Andre Vallaire
1938 Paradise for Three as Fritz Hagedorn
1938 Josette as Pierre Brassard
1938 Three Comrades as Gottfried Lenz
1937 Navy Blue and Gold as Roger 'Rog' Ash
1937 The Bride Wore Red as Rudi Pal
1937 The Romance of Celluloid
1937 The Emperor's Candlesticks as Grand Duke Peter
1937 Married Before Breakfast as Tom Wakefield
1937 I Met Him in Paris as Gene Anders
1937 Dangerous Number as Hank
1936 Stowaway as Tommy Randall
1936 The Longest Night as Charley Phelps
1936 Sworn Enemy as Henry 'Hank' Sherman
1936 The Bride Walks Out as Hugh McKenzie
1936 Secret Agent as Robert Marvin
1936 It's Love Again as Peter Carlton
1935 The Bride Comes Home as Jack Bristow
1935 Remember Last Night? as Tony Milburn
1935 Red Salute as Jeff
1935 Calm Yourself as Preston Patton
1935 Vagabond Lady as Tony Spear
1935 West Point of the Air as Little Mike Stone
1934 The Bands Plays On as Tony Ferrera
1934 Death on the Diamond as Larry Kelly
1934 Paris Interlude as Pat
1934 Whom the Gods Destroy as Jack Forrester
1934 Hollywood Party as Himself as Radio Announcer (uncredited)
1934 The House of Rothschild as Capt. Fitzroy
1934 Lazy River as William 'Bill' Drexel
1934 Spitfire as John Stafford
1934 Carolina as Will Connelly
1933 The Right To Romance as Bobby Preble
1933 Saturday's Millions as Jim Fowler
1933 Tugboat Annie as Alec (Son)
1933 Hell Below as Lieut. (JG) 'Brick' Walters
1933 Today We Live as Claude William Hope
1933 Men Must Fight as Geoffrey Aiken
1932 Strange Interlude as Gordon Evans as a Young Man
1932 The Kid from Spain as Ricardo
1932 Unashamed as Dick Ogden
1932 New Morals For Old as Ralph Thomas
1932 The Wet Parade as Kip Tarleton
1932 Hell Divers as Graham - Pilot Reporting Missing Airplanes (uncredited)
1931 The Guilty Generation as Marco Ricca, also known as Marco Smith
1931 The Sin of Madelon Claudet as Dr.Claudet
1931 Charlie Chan in The Black Camel as Jimmy
1928 The Campus Vamp as Student at Dance / at Beach (uncredited)

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