Biography

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Robert Montgomery (born Henry Montgomery Jr.; May 21, 1904 – September 27, 1981) was an American film and television actor, director, and producer. He was also the father of actress Elizabeth Montgomery.

Montgomery settled in New York City to try his hand at writing and acting. He established a stage career, and became popular enough to turn down an offer to appear opposite Vilma Bánky in the film This Is Heaven (1929). Sharing a stage with George Cukor gave him an entry to Hollywood and a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where he debuted in So This Is College (also 1929).

Montgomery initially played exclusively in comedy roles, but portrayed a character in his first drama film in The Big House (1930). MGM was initially reluctant to assign him in such a role, until "his earnestness, and his convincing arguments, with demonstrations of how he would play the character" won him the assignment. From The Big House on, he was in constant demand. Appearing as Greta Garbo's romantic interest in Inspiration (1930) started him toward stardom with a rush. Norma Shearer chose him to star opposite her in The Divorcee (1930), Strangers May Kiss (1931), and Private Lives (1931), which led him to stardom.

In another challenging role, Montgomery played a psychopath in the chiller Night Must Fall (1937), for which he received an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination.

After World War II broke out in Europe in September, 1939, and while the United States was still officially neutral, Montgomery enlisted in London for American field service and drove ambulances in France until the Dunkirk evacuation. He then returned to Hollywood and addressed a massive rally on the MGM lot for the American Red Cross in July 1940. Montgomery returned to playing light comedy roles, such as Alfred Hitchcock's Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) with Carole Lombard. He continued his search for dramatic roles. For his role as Joe Pendleton, a boxer and pilot in Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), Montgomery was nominated for an Oscar a second time. After the U.S. entered World War II in December 1941, he joined the United States Navy, rising to the rank of lieutenant commander, and served on the USS Barton (DD-722) which was part of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944.

In 1945, Montgomery returned to Hollywood, making his uncredited directing debut with They Were Expendable, where he directed some of the PT boat scenes when director John Ford was unable to work for health reasons. Montgomery's first credited film as director and his final film for MGM was the film noir Lady in the Lake (1947), in which he also starred, which received mixed reviews. Adapted from Raymond Chandler's detective novel and sanitized for the censorship of the day, the film is unusual because it was filmed entirely from Marlowe's vantage point. Montgomery only appeared on camera a few times, three times in a mirror reflection.

Active in Republican politics and concerned about communist influence in the entertainment industry, Montgomery was a friendly witness before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947.

Montgomery has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for movies at 6440 Hollywood Boulevard, and another for television at 1631 Vine Street.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Robert Montgomery (born Henry Montgomery Jr.; May 21, 1904 – September 27, 1981) was an American film and television actor, director, and producer. He was also the father of actress Elizabeth Montgomery.

Montgomery settled in New York City to try his hand at writing and acting. He established a stage career, and became popular enough to turn down an offer to appear opposite Vilma Bánky in the film This Is Heaven (1929). Sharing a stage with George Cukor gave him an entry to Hollywood and a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where he debuted in So This Is College (also 1929).

Montgomery initially played exclusively in comedy roles, but portrayed a character in his first drama film in The Big House (1930). MGM was initially reluctant to assign him in such a role, until "his earnestness, and his convincing arguments, with demonstrations of how he would play the character" won him the assignment. From The Big House on, he was in constant demand. Appearing as Greta Garbo's romantic interest in Inspiration (1930) started him toward stardom with a rush. Norma Shearer chose him to star opposite her in The Divorcee (1930), Strangers May Kiss (1931), and Private Lives (1931), which led him to stardom.

In another challenging role, Montgomery played a psychopath in the chiller Night Must Fall (1937), for which he received an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination.

After World War II broke out in Europe in September, 1939, and while the United States was still officially neutral, Montgomery enlisted in London for American field service and drove ambulances in France until the Dunkirk evacuation. He then returned to Hollywood and addressed a massive rally on the MGM lot for the American Red Cross in July 1940. Montgomery returned to playing light comedy roles, such as Alfred Hitchcock's Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) with Carole Lombard. He continued his search for dramatic roles. For his role as Joe Pendleton, a boxer and pilot in Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), Montgomery was nominated for an Oscar a second time. After the U.S. entered World War II in December 1941, he joined the United States Navy, rising to the rank of lieutenant commander, and served on the USS Barton (DD-722) which was part of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944.

In 1945, Montgomery returned to Hollywood, making his uncredited directing debut with They Were Expendable, where he directed some of the PT boat scenes when director John Ford was unable to work for health reasons. Montgomery's first credited film as director and his final film for MGM was the film noir Lady in the Lake (1947), in which he also starred, which received mixed reviews. Adapted from Raymond Chandler's detective novel and sanitized for the censorship of the day, the film is unusual because it was filmed entirely from Marlowe's vantage point. Montgomery only appeared on camera a few times, three times in a mirror reflection.

Active in Republican politics and concerned about communist influence in the entertainment industry, Montgomery was a friendly witness before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947.

Montgomery has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for movies at 6440 Hollywood Boulevard, and another for television at 1631 Vine Street.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 76

Birthday 1904-05-21

Day of Death 1981-09-27

Place of Birth Fishkill Landing [now Beacon], New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Bob Montgomery
  • Comdr. Robert Montgomery U.S.N.R.
  • Robert Montgomery Comdr. U.S.N.R.
  • Henry Montgomery Jr.

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2005 Jornal Português (1938-1951) as Himself (archive footage)
2003 Complicated Women as Himself (archive footage)
1976 That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1974 That's Entertainment! as Clip from 'Free and Easy' (archive footage)
1966 Batman (1 episode)
1960 The Gallant Hours as Narration (American scenes)
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1950 Your Witness as Adam Heyward
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (10 episodes) (317 episodes) as Host
1949 Once More, My Darling as Collier Laing
1949 Breakdowns of 1949 as Himself
1948 June Bride as Carey Jackson
1948 The Secret Land as Narrator
1948 The Saxon Charm as Matt Saxon
1947 Ride the Pink Horse as Lucky Gagin
1946 Lady in the Lake as Philip Marlowe
1945 They Were Expendable as Lt. John Brickley
1941 Unfinished Business as Tommy Duncan
1941 Here Comes Mr. Jordan as Joe Pendleton
1941 Rage in Heaven as Philip Monrell
1941 Mr. & Mrs. Smith as David
1940 Busman's Honeymoon as Lord Peter Wimsey
1940 The Earl of Chicago as Robert Kilmount
1940 The Miracle of Sound
1939 From the Ends of the Earth
1939 Fast and Loose as Joel Sloane
1938 Three Loves Has Nancy as Malcolm 'Mal' Niles
1938 Hollywood Goes to Town
1938 Hollywood Handicap as Himself
1938 Yellow Jack as John O'Hara
1938 The First Hundred Years as David Conway
1937 Live, Love and Learn as Bob Graham
1937 The Romance of Celluloid as Himself
1937 Ever Since Eve as Freddy Matthews
1937 Night Must Fall as Danny
1937 The Last of Mrs. Cheyney as Lord Arthur Dilling
1936 Piccadilly Jim as James Crocker, Jr.
1936 Trouble for Two as Prince Florizel
1936 Petticoat Fever as Dascom Dinsmore
1935 Starlit Days at the Lido
1935 No More Ladies as Sheridan Warren
1935 Vanessa: Her Love Story as Benjamin Herries
1935 Biography of a Bachelor Girl as Richard 'Dickie' Kurt
1934 Forsaking All Others as Dillon 'Dill" Todd
1934 Hide-Out as Jonathan 'Lucky' Wilson
1934 Riptide as Tommie Trent
1934 The Mystery of Mr. X as Revel
1934 Fugitive Lovers as Paul Porter, aka Stephen Blaine
1933 Going Hollywood as Himself - Premiere Clip (archive footage)
1933 Night Flight as Auguste Pellerin
1933 Another Language as Victor Hallam
1933 When Ladies Meet as Jimmie
1933 Hell Below as Lieut. Thomas Knowlton USN
1933 Made on Broadway as Jeff
1932 Faithless as William 'Bill' Wade
1932 Blondie of the Follies as Larry Belmont
1932 Letty Lynton as Hale Darrow
1932 But the Flesh is Weak as Max Clement
1932 Lovers Courageous as Willie Smith
1931 Private Lives as Elyot Chase
1931 The Man in Possession as Raymond Dabney
1931 Shipmates as John Paul Jones
1931 Strangers May Kiss as Steve
1931 The Easiest Way as Jack Madison
1931 Inspiration as André Montell
1930 War Nurse as Wally O'Brien
1930 Love in the Rough as Kelly
1930 Our Blushing Brides as Tony
1930 The Sins of the Children as Nick Higginson
1930 The Big House as Kent Marlowe
1930 The Divorcee as Don
1930 Free and Easy as Larry
1929 Their Own Desire as John 'Jack' Douglas Cheever
1929 Untamed as Andy McAllister
1929 So This Is College as Biff
1929 Three Live Ghosts as William Foster

Directing

1960 The Gallant Hours Director
1950 Your Witness Director
1949 Once More, My Darling Director
1947 Ride the Pink Horse Director
1946 Lady in the Lake Director

Production

1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (317 episodes)Producer

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