Biography

Robert Sterling, born William Sterling Hart (November 13, 1917 – May 30, 2006) was an American film and television actor.

The son of baseball player and umpire Bill Hart, he was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Pittsburgh and worked as a clothing salesman before pursuing an acting career.

After signing with Columbia Pictures in 1939, he changed his name to Robert Sterling to avoid confusion with silent western star William S. Hart. In 1941, Sterling went to MGM. He worked steadily as a supporting player for several years. After serving in World War II as an Army Air Force flight instructor, he returned to Hollywood, but by the end of the decade, his film career had faltered. He did, however, play the non-singing role of Steve Baker, opposite Ava Gardner as Julie, in the hit MGM 1951 film version of Show Boat.

Sterling later revived his acting career on the small screen with numerous appearances on Television.

Robert Sterling, born William Sterling Hart (November 13, 1917 – May 30, 2006) was an American film and television actor.

The son of baseball player and umpire Bill Hart, he was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Pittsburgh and worked as a clothing salesman before pursuing an acting career.

After signing with Columbia Pictures in 1939, he changed his name to Robert Sterling to avoid confusion with silent western star William S. Hart. In 1941, Sterling went to MGM. He worked steadily as a supporting player for several years. After serving in World War II as an Army Air Force flight instructor, he returned to Hollywood, but by the end of the decade, his film career had faltered. He did, however, play the non-singing role of Steve Baker, opposite Ava Gardner as Julie, in the hit MGM 1951 film version of Show Boat.

Sterling later revived his acting career on the small screen with numerous appearances on Television.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 61

Birthday 1917-11-13

Day of Death 2006-05-30

Place of Birth New Castle, Pennsylvania

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1984 Murder, She Wrote (1 episode)
1983 Masquerade (1 episode)
1983 Hotel (1 episode)
1981 Simon & Simon (1 episode)
1979 Beggarman, Thief as Colonel Day
1973 Letters from Three Lovers as Bob
1972 The Brian Keith Show (1 episode)
1970 Nanny and the Professor (1 episode)
1964 A Global Affair as Randy Sterling
1961 Ichabod and Me (36 episodes)
1961 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea as Capt. Lee Crane
1961 Return to Peyton Place as Mike Rossi
1959 The Twilight Zone (1 episode)
1958 Naked City (1 episode)
1958 Love That Jill (13 episodes)
1956 The Steve Allen Show (1 episode)
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour (1 episode)
1954 Climax! (1 episode)
1953 Topper (78 episodes)
1953 Letter to Loretta (1 episode)
1953 Column South as Capt. Lee Whitlock
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1952 Cavalcade of America (1 episode)
1951 Show Boat as Steven Baker
1950 Lux Video Theatre (5 episodes)
1950 Bunco Squad as Det. Sgt. Steve Johnson
1950 The Sundowners as Tom Cloud
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (4 episodes)
1949 Lights Out (2 episodes)
1949 Roughshod as Clay Phillips
1949 Suspense (2 episodes)
1948 Studio One (3 episodes)
1948 Ford Theatre (1 episode)
1946 The Secret Heart as Chase N. Addams
1945 Front Row Center (27 episodes)
1942 Somewhere I'll Find You as Kirk 'Junior' Davis
1942 This Time for Keeps as Lee White
1942 Dr. Kildare's Victory as Dr. Donald 'Don' Winthrop
1941 Johnny Eager as Jimmy Courtney
1941 Two-Faced Woman as Dick 'Dickie' Williams
1941 Ringside Maisie as Terry Dolan, aka Young O'Hara
1941 The Get-Away as Jeff Crane
1941 I'll Wait for You as 'Lucky' Wilson
1941 The Penalty as Edward McCormick
1940 The Gay Caballero as Billy Brewster
1940 Manhattan Heartbeat as Johnny Farrell
1940 The Heckler as Trophy Presenter
1940 Nothing But Pleasure as Gangster at Cozy Auto Court
1940 Mandrake the Magician as Henchman
1939 Glove Slingers as Warehouseman Taking Fight Pool Money (uncredited)
1939 The Amazing Mr. Williams as Elevator Boy (uncredited)
1939 Blondie Brings Up Baby as Dithers' Employee
1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as Senate Reporter (uncredited)
1939 Golden Boy as Elevator Boy
1939 The Man They Could Not Hang as First Reporter
1939 Good Girls Go to Paris as Student (uncredited)
1939 Pest from the West as Cigarette Customer at Adjacent Table (uncredited)
1939 Only Angels Have Wings as Bit Role
1939 Mandrake the Magician as Henchman
1939 Sorority House as Soda Shop Extra
1939 Blondie Meets the Boss as Office Worker / Man Dancing with Millie

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