Biography

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Robert Shayne (October 4, 1900 – November 29, 1992), born Robert Shaen Dawe, was an American actor whose career lasted for over 60 years. He was best known for portraying Inspector Bill Henderson in the American television series Adventures of Superman.

Shayne became an actor after having worked as a reporter at the Illustrated Daily Tab in Miami, Florida. His initial acting experience came with repertory companies in Alabama, including the Birmingham Players.

Shayne's first Broadway appearance came by 1931 in The Rap. His other Broadway shows include Yellow Jack (1934), The Cat and the Canary (1935), Whiteoaks (1938), with Ethel Barrymore, and Without Love (1942), with Katharine Hepburn.

Shayne began his film career in 1934, appearing in two features. In 1942, he became a contract actor with Warner Bros.. He played many character roles in movies and television, including a film series of Warner Bros. featurettes called the "Santa Fe Trail" series such as Wagon Wheels West, and as a mad scientist in the 1953 horror film The Neanderthal Man.

He appears briefly in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest, seated at a booth in a hotel bar, where his character meets Cary Grant's character, just as the latter is about to be kidnapped. He also had a small but pivotal role in the 1953 sci-fi classic Invaders From Mars as a scientist. He also enjoyed a brief rebirth in his career when he was cast as the blind newspaper vendor in The Flash television show. He was by this time actually blind and learned his lines by having his wife read them to him and then rehearse until he memorized them.

Shayne portrayed Police Inspector William "Bill" Henderson on the 1950s TV series Adventures of Superman. He appeared sporadically in the early episodes of the series, in part because he came under HUAC scrutiny and was briefly blacklisted on unproven and unspecific charges of association with Communism. As the program evolved, especially in the color episodes, he was brought into more and more of them, to the point where he was a regular on the series.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Robert Shayne (October 4, 1900 – November 29, 1992), born Robert Shaen Dawe, was an American actor whose career lasted for over 60 years. He was best known for portraying Inspector Bill Henderson in the American television series Adventures of Superman.

Shayne became an actor after having worked as a reporter at the Illustrated Daily Tab in Miami, Florida. His initial acting experience came with repertory companies in Alabama, including the Birmingham Players.

Shayne's first Broadway appearance came by 1931 in The Rap. His other Broadway shows include Yellow Jack (1934), The Cat and the Canary (1935), Whiteoaks (1938), with Ethel Barrymore, and Without Love (1942), with Katharine Hepburn.

Shayne began his film career in 1934, appearing in two features. In 1942, he became a contract actor with Warner Bros.. He played many character roles in movies and television, including a film series of Warner Bros. featurettes called the "Santa Fe Trail" series such as Wagon Wheels West, and as a mad scientist in the 1953 horror film The Neanderthal Man.

He appears briefly in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest, seated at a booth in a hotel bar, where his character meets Cary Grant's character, just as the latter is about to be kidnapped. He also had a small but pivotal role in the 1953 sci-fi classic Invaders From Mars as a scientist. He also enjoyed a brief rebirth in his career when he was cast as the blind newspaper vendor in The Flash television show. He was by this time actually blind and learned his lines by having his wife read them to him and then rehearse until he memorized them.

Shayne portrayed Police Inspector William "Bill" Henderson on the 1950s TV series Adventures of Superman. He appeared sporadically in the early episodes of the series, in part because he came under HUAC scrutiny and was briefly blacklisted on unproven and unspecific charges of association with Communism. As the program evolved, especially in the color episodes, he was brought into more and more of them, to the point where he was a regular on the series.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 79

Birthday 1900-10-04

Day of Death 1992-11-29

Place of Birth Yonkers, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Robert Shane
  • Bob Shayne

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2005 The Naked Monster as Prof. Bradshaw
1975 The Specialist as Chairman Hopkins
1972 Emergency!(1 episode)
1965 Runaway Girl as Walter Quillen
1964 A Tiger Walks as Governor's Advisor
1961 20,000 Eyes as Police Lieutenant
1960 Cage of Evil as Victor Delmar
1960 Why Must I Die as Charlie Munro
1960 Valley of the Redwoods as Capt. Sid Walker
1959 The Third Man(1 episode)
1959 North by Northwest as Larry Wade (uncredited)
1959 The Rebel Set as Lt. Cassidy
1959 I, Mobster as Senator
1958 Teenage Caveman as The Fire Maker
1958 War of the Satellites as Cole Hotchkiss
1957 26 Men(2 episodes)
1957 Spook Chasers as Police Lt. Harris
1957 The Giant Claw as Gen. Van Buskirk
1957 Footsteps in the Night as Fred Horner - Victim
1957 Kronos as Air Force General
1956 Hot Shots as Pierre M. Morley
1956 Rumble on the Docks as Judge
1956 Indestructible Man as Dr. Bradshaw
1955 Navy Log(4 episodes)
1955 Sheena, Queen of the Jungle(1 episode)
1955 King of the Carnival as Jess Carter
1955 Double Jeopardy as Mr. Ross
1955 Murder Is My Beat as Police Captain Bert Rawley
1955 The Millionaire(1 episode)
1953 Flight Nurse as Surgeon
1953 The Neanderthal Man as Prof. Clifford Groves
1953 Invaders from Mars as Dr. William Wilson
1953 Prince of Pirates as Prime Minister Treeg
1953 Marshal of Cedar Rock as Paul Jackson / Fake John Harper
1952 Mr. Walkie Talkie as Capt. Burke
1952 Adventures of Superman(118 episodes) as Inspector Henderson
1952 Without Warning! as Dr. Werner, Police Psychiatrist
1952 Indian Uprising as Maj. Nathan Stark
1951 Criminal Lawyer as Clark Sommers
1951 The Dakota Kid as Ace Crandall
1951 The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok(1 episode)
1951 Missing Women as Cincotta
1950 Experiment Alcatraz as Barry Morgan
1950 When You're Smiling as Jack Lacey
1950 State Penitentiary as Stanley Brown
1950 Rider from Tucson as John Avery
1950 Customs Agent as West Coast Chief Agent J.G. Goff
1950 Dynamite Pass as Jay Wingate
1950 Federal Man as Chief Agent Charles Stuart
1949 The Threat as Insp. 'Murph' Murphy
1949 Forgotten Women as Richard Marshall
1948 Loaded Pistols as Don Mason
1948 Let's Live a Little as Dr. Richard Field
1948 The Strange Mrs. Crane as Floyd Durant
1948 Best Man Wins as Judge Leonidas K. Carter
1948 The Inside Story as T.W. "Tom" O'Connor
1948 The Swordsman
1947 The Spirit of West Point as Col. Earl 'Red' Blaik
1947 Welcome Stranger as Roy Chesley
1947 Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman as Mr. Gordon
1947 Backlash as James O'Neil
1947 I Cover Big Town as Chief Tom Blake
1946 Wife Wanted as Bill Tyler
1946 Nobody Lives Forever as Chet King
1946 Behind the Mask as Brad Thomas
1946 I Ring Doorbells as Dick Meadows
1946 Three Strangers as Bertram Fallon
1946 The Face of Marble as Dr. David Cochran
1945 Christmas in Connecticut as Dudley Beecham
1945 Frontier Days as Marshal Jim Blake
1945 San Antonio as Captain Morgan
1944 I Won't Play as Chaplain aka 'Padre'
1944 Make Your Own Bed as Lester Knight
1944 Mr. Skeffington as MacMahon
1944 Shine on Harvest Moon as Dan Costello
1944 Gun to Gun as Steve Randall
1943 Wagon Wheels West as Jan Colburn
1934 Wednesday's Child as Howard Benson
1934 Keep 'Em Rolling as Maj. James Parker

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