Biography

Prolific American character actor of primarily villainous roles. The son of German parents, Cincinnati feed-store manager August Wilke and his wife Rose, Robert Joseph Wilke grew up in Cincinnati. He worked as a lifeguard at a Miami, Florida, hotel, where he made contacts in the film business. He was able to obtain work as a stuntman and continued as such until the mid-'40s, when he began getting actual roles in low-budget westerns and serials. A prominent appearance as one of the heavies in Le train sifflera trois fois (1952) led to work in higher-quality films. He worked extensively in television as well as movies, and became an enormously familiar face, though a fairly anonymous one to the general public. His weathered visage made him a perfect western bad guy, but he occasionally played sympathetic parts as well, as in Les moissons du ciel (1978). An expert golfer, he was said by his friend Claude Akins to have earned more money on the golf course than he ever did in movies. He died in 1989. -

Prolific American character actor of primarily villainous roles. The son of German parents, Cincinnati feed-store manager August Wilke and his wife Rose, Robert Joseph Wilke grew up in Cincinnati. He worked as a lifeguard at a Miami, Florida, hotel, where he made contacts in the film business. He was able to obtain work as a stuntman and continued as such until the mid-'40s, when he began getting actual roles in low-budget westerns and serials. A prominent appearance as one of the heavies in Le train sifflera trois fois (1952) led to work in higher-quality films. He worked extensively in television as well as movies, and became an enormously familiar face, though a fairly anonymous one to the general public. His weathered visage made him a perfect western bad guy, but he occasionally played sympathetic parts as well, as in Les moissons du ciel (1978). An expert golfer, he was said by his friend Claude Akins to have earned more money on the golf course than he ever did in movies. He died in 1989. -

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 151

Birthday 1914-05-18

Day of Death 1989-03-28

Place of Birth Cincinnati - Ohio - USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Bob Wilke
  • Robert Wilke

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1978 Days of Heaven as The Farm Foreman
1976 How the West Was Won (1 episode)
1974 Run, Joe, Run (1 episode)
1973 Santee as Deaks (as Robert Wilke
1973 The Boy Who Cried Werewolf as The Sheriff
1972 Kung Fu (1 episode)
1971 They Call It Murder
1971 The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler as Hugh Fielding
1971 A Gunfight as Marshal Tom Cater
1970 The Cheyenne Social Club as Corey Bannister
1969 The Desperate Mission as Gant
1968 Lancer (1 episode)
1968 The Outcasts (1 episode)
1967 Tony Rome as Ralph Turpin
1967 The Guns of Will Sonnett (2 episodes)
1967 Cimarron Strip (2 episodes)
1967 Rango (1 episode)
1966 Tarzan (3 episodes)
1966 The Monroes (1 episode)
1966 Smoky as Jeff Nicks
1965 The Legend of Jesse James (34 episodes)
1965 The Hallelujah Trail as Chief Five Barrels
1964 Fate Is the Hunter as Stillman
1964 Daniel Boone (3 episodes)
1963 The Greatest Show on Earth (1 episode)
1963 The Fugitive (1 episode)
1963 The Gun Hawk as Johnny Flanders
1963 The Dakotas (1 episode)
1962 The Virginian (2 episodes)
1962 Sam Benedict (2 episodes)
1962 The Beachcomber (2 episodes)
1961 Target: The Corruptors! (1 episode)
1961 The Long Rope as Ben Matthews
1960 The Magnificent Seven as Wallace
1960 Spartacus as Guard captain
1960 Outlaws (1 episode)
1960 The Tall Man (1 episode)
1960 The Slowest Gun in the West as Billy the Kid Blake
1959 Adventures in Paradise (1 episode)
1959 Bourbon Street Beat (2 episodes)
1959 The Third Man (1 episode)
1959 Law of the Plainsman (1 episode)
1959 Wichita Town (1 episode)
1959 Laramie (1 episode)
1959 Riverboat (2 episodes)
1959 Never Steal Anything Small as Lennie
1959 Rawhide (3 episodes)
1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)
1958 Bat Masterson (2 episodes)
1958 Lawman (2 episodes)
1958 The Rifleman (2 episodes)
1958 Man of the West as Ponch
1958 The Texan (4 episodes)
1958 Bronco (1 episode)
1958 Peter Gunn (1 episode)
1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (3 episodes)
1958 Return To Warbow as Red
1957 The Tarnished Angels as Hank
1957 Zorro (3 episodes)
1957 The Walter Winchell File (1 episode)
1957 Maverick (2 episodes)
1957 Perry Mason (1 episode)
1957 The Thin Man (1 episode)
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel (5 episodes)
1957 Night Passage as Concho
1957 Hot Summer Night as Tom Ellis (as Robert Wilke)
1956 Written on the Wind as Dan Willis
1956 Gun The Man Down as Matt Rankin
1956 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1 episode)
1956 Canyon River as Joe Graycoe
1956 The Rawhide Years as Neal (as Robert Wilke)
1956 Backlash as Jeff Welker
1956 Raw Edge as Sile Doty (as Robert Wilke)
1956 The Lone Ranger as Cassidy (as Robert Wilke)
1955 Cheyenne (5 episodes)
1955 Gunsmoke (7 episodes)
1955 Wichita as Ben Thompson (as Robert Wilke)
1955 Shotgun as Bentley (as Robert Wilke)
1955 Strange Lady in Town as Karg
1955 Smoke Signal as 1st Sgt. Daly (as Robert Wilke)
1954 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as First Mate of the Nautilus
1954 Lassie (1 episode)
1954 Two Guns and a Badge as Moore - Outlaw (as Robert Wilke)
1954 The Far Country as Madden
1954 The Lone Gun as Hort Moran (as Robert Wilke)
1953 War Paint as Trooper Grady
1953 Arrowhead as Sgt. Stone
1953 Powder River as Will Horn (as Bob Wilke)
1953 Cow Country as Sledge
1952 The Maverick as Massey (as Robert Wilke)
1952 Wyoming Roundup as Wyatt - Henchman
1952 Cavalcade of America (1 episode)
1952 Adventures of Superman (1 episode)
1952 Fargo as Link - Henchman (as Robert Wilke)
1952 Cattle Town as Keeno
1952 Hellgate as Sgt. Maj. Kearn (as Robert Wilkie)
1952 Road Agent as Slab Babcock
1952 High Noon as Jim Pierce
1952 The Las Vegas Story as Clayton (as Robert Wilke)
1951 Overland Telegraph as Bellew - Henchman (as Robert Wilke)
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1951 Hot Lead as Stoney Dawson (as Robert Wilke)
1951 Pistol Harvest as Andy Baylor (as Robert Wilke)
1951 Cyclone Fury as Henchman Bunco (as Bob Wilke)
1951 Best of the Badmen as Jim Younger
1951 Gunplay as Henchman Winslow (as Robert Wilke)
1951 Saddle Legion as Henchman Hooker
1950 Frontier Outpost as Krag Benson
1950 Across the Badlands as Duke Jackson / Keno Jackson (as Bob Wilke)
1950 The Desert Hawk as Camel Driver
1950 Outcasts of Black Mesa as Curt - Henchman (as Bob Wilke)
1949 Coyote Canyon as Deputy Sheriff Ed (as Bob Wilkie)
1949 The Wyoming Bandit as Sam - Henchman (as Bob Wilke)
1948 Homicide for Three as Policeman
1948 Carson City Raiders as Ed Noble (as Bob Wilke)
1947 The Ghost Goes Wild as Burglar
1947 Blackmail as Policeman
1947 Web of Danger as Station Wagon Driver
1947 Law of the Canyon as Knife-Throwing Henchman (uncredited)
1947 Twilight on the Rio Grande as Henchman
1946 The Inner Circle as Police Officer Cummings (as Bob Wilke)
1946 Rendezvous with Annie as MP
1946 Traffic in Crime as Hogan's Driver
1946 Passkey to Danger as Police Sergeant
1946 The Catman of Paris as The Catman
1945 Rough Riders of Cheyenne as Smoke - Henchman (as Bob Wilke)
1945 Sunset in El Dorado as Curley Roberts - Henchman (as Bob Wilke)
1945 Bandits of the Badlands as Henchman Keller (as Bob Wilke)
1945 Trail of Kit Carson as Dave MacRoy (as Bob Wilke)
1945 Santa Fe Saddlemates as Rawhide
1945 Corpus Christi Bandits as Henchman Steve
1945 Earl Carroll Vanities as Cab Driver
1945 Sheriff of Cimarron as Henchman Dobie
1944 Faces in the Fog as Photographer
1944 Vigilantes of Dodge City as Bill (as Bob Wilke)
1944 Sheriff of Sundown as Bradley - Henchman (as Bob Wilke)
1944 San Antonio Kid as Henchman (as Bob Wilke)
1944 Bordertown Trail as Henchman
1944 Call of the Rockies as Deputy Jim
1944 Cowboy and the Senorita as Townsman (uncredited)
1944 The Fighting Seabees as Arriving Construction Worker (uncredited)
1941 Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc. as Cutter Helmsman
1941 Sierra Sue as Carnival Spectator (uncredited)
1940 Adventures of Red Ryder as Henchman
1940 Grand Ole Opry as Hillbilly (uncredited)
1940 In Old Missouri as Hillbilly
1939 In Old Monterey as Man on Wagon
1939 Daredevils of the Red Circle as G-Man
1939 S.O.S Tidal Wave as Man in TV Studio
1939 Star Reporter as Reporter
1937 That Man's Here Again as Extra in Park

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