Biography

Effective light comedian of '30s and '40s films and '50s and '60s TV series, Robert Cummings was renowned for his eternally youthful looks (which he attributed to a strict vitamin and health-food diet). He was educated at Carnegie Tech and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Deciding that Broadway producers would be more interested in an upper-crust Englishman than a kid from Joplin, Missouri, Cummings passed himself off as Blade Stanhope Conway, British actor. The ploy was successful. Cummings decided that if it worked on Broadway, it would work in Hollywood, so he journeyed west and assumed the identity of a rich Texan named Bruce Hutchens. The plan worked once more, and he began securing small parts in films. He soon reverted to his real name and became a popular leading man in light comedies, usually playing well-meaning, pleasant but somewhat bumbling young men. He achieved much more success, however, in his own television series in the '50s, The Bob Cummings Show (1955) and My Living Doll (1964).

Cummings was born June 10, 1910, in Joplin, Missouri, and he died of kidney failure December 2, 1990, in Woodland Hills, California. He is interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, in the Great Mausoleum, Columbarium of Sanctity.

Effective light comedian of '30s and '40s films and '50s and '60s TV series, Robert Cummings was renowned for his eternally youthful looks (which he attributed to a strict vitamin and health-food diet). He was educated at Carnegie Tech and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Deciding that Broadway producers would be more interested in an upper-crust Englishman than a kid from Joplin, Missouri, Cummings passed himself off as Blade Stanhope Conway, British actor. The ploy was successful. Cummings decided that if it worked on Broadway, it would work in Hollywood, so he journeyed west and assumed the identity of a rich Texan named Bruce Hutchens. The plan worked once more, and he began securing small parts in films. He soon reverted to his real name and became a popular leading man in light comedies, usually playing well-meaning, pleasant but somewhat bumbling young men. He achieved much more success, however, in his own television series in the '50s, The Bob Cummings Show (1955) and My Living Doll (1964).

Cummings was born June 10, 1910, in Joplin, Missouri, and he died of kidney failure December 2, 1990, in Woodland Hills, California. He is interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, in the Great Mausoleum, Columbarium of Sanctity.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 95

Birthday 1910-06-10

Day of Death 1990-12-02

Place of Birth Joplin, Missouri, USA

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Also Known As

  • Charles Clarence Robert Orville Cummings
  • Bob Cummings
  • Blade Stanhope Conway
  • Bruce Hutchens

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1982 Matt Houston (1 episode)
1973 The Great American Beauty Contest as Dan Carson (as Bob Cummings)
1970 Arnie (1 episode)
1969 Gidget Grows Up as Russell Lawrence
1969 Love, American Style (1 episode)
1968 Here's Lucy (2 episodes)
1967 Five Golden Dragons as Bob Mitchell
1966 Stagecoach as Henry Gatewood (as Bob Cummings)
1966 Promise Her Anything as Dr. Philip Brock (as Bob Cummings)
1965 Hollywood My Home Town
1965 Green Acres (1 episode)
1964 Bewitched (1 episode)
1964 What a Way to Go! as Dr. Victor Stephanson
1964 The Carpetbaggers as Dan Pierce
1964 The Hollywood Palace (1 episode)
1963 The Great Adventure (1 episode)
1963 Beach Party as Prof. Robert 'Bob' Orwell Sutwell
1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up
1962 The Beverly Hillbillies (1 episode)
1962 My Geisha as Bob Moore
1961 The New Bob Cummings Show (22 episodes)
1959 The Twilight Zone (1 episode) as Capt. James Embry
1958 Bomber's Moon as Colonel Culver
1957 The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (4 episodes)
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1 episode)
1956 The Steve Allen Show (2 episodes)
1955 How To Be Very, Very Popular as Fillmore 'Wedge' Wedgewood
1955 The Bob Cummings Show (173 episodes) as Bob Collins
1954 Twelve Angry Men as Juror #8
1954 Dial M for Murder as Mark Halliday
1954 Lucky Me as Dick Carson
1953 Marry Me Again as Bill
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1952 My Hero (US) (33 episodes) as Robert Beanblossom
1952 This Is Your Life (1 episode)
1952 The First Time as Joe Bennett
1951 The Barefoot Mailman as Sylvanus Hurley
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (2 episodes)
1950 For Heaven's Sake as Jeff Bolton
1950 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1 episode)
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (3 episodes)
1950 The Petty Girl as George Petty, aka Andrew 'Andy' Tapp
1950 Your Show of Shows (2 episodes)
1950 Paid in Full as Bill Prentice
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (2 episodes)
1949 Tell It to the Judge as Pete
1949 Free For All as Christopher Parker
1949 Reign of Terror as Charles D'Aubigny
1949 The Accused as Warren Ford
1948 Let's Live a Little as Duke Crawford
1948 Studio One (2 episodes)
1948 Sleep, My Love as Bruce Elcott
1947 The Lost Moment as Lewis Venable
1947 Heaven Only Knows as Michael, aka Mike
1946 The Chase as Chuck Scott
1946 The Bride Wore Boots as Jeff Warren
1945 You Came Along as Maj. Bob Collins
1943 Flesh and Fantasy as Michael (Episode 1)
1943 Princess O'Rourke as Eddie O'Rourke
1943 Forever and a Day as Ned
1942 Between Us Girls as Jimmy Blake
1942 Saboteur as Barry Kane
1942 Kings Row as Parris Mitchell
1942 Breakdowns of 1942 as Himself (uncredited)
1941 It Started with Eve as Jonathan 'Johnny' Reynolds Jr.
1941 Moon Over Miami as Jeffrey 'Jeff' Boulton II
1941 The Devil and Miss Jones as Joe O'Brien
1941 Free and Easy as Max Clemington
1940 One Night in the Tropics as Steve Harper
1940 Spring Parade as Corporal Harry Marten
1940 And One Was Beautiful as Ridley Crane
1939 Rio as Bill Gregory
1939 Everything Happens at Night as Ken Morgan
1939 Charlie McCarthy, Detective as Scotty Hamilton
1939 The Under-Pup as Dennis Lane
1939 Three Smart Girls Grow Up as Harry Loren
1938 The Texans as Alan Sanford
1938 Touchdown, Army as Cadet Jimmy Howal
1938 You and Me as Jim
1938 College Swing as Radio Announcer
1937 Wells Fargo as Dan Trimball, prospector
1937 Souls at Sea as George Martin
1937 The Last Train from Madrid as Juan Ramos
1936 Arizona Mahoney as Phillip Randall
1936 Hideaway Girl as Mike Winslow
1936 The Accusing Finger as Jimmy Ellis
1936 Hollywood Boulevard as Jay Wallace
1936 Border Flight as Lt. Bob Dixon
1936 Desert Gold as Fordyce 'Ford' Mortimer
1935 So Red the Rose as George Pendleton
1935 The Virginia Judge as Jim Preston
1933 Sons of the Desert as Steamship Announcement Witness (uncredited)
1933 Seasoned Greetings as The Beau/Husband in 'Sunny Weather' Number (uncredited)

Writing

The Tracking of a Russian Spy Screenplay

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