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Robert Coote (4 February 1909 – 26 November 1982) was an English actor. He played aristocrats or British military types in many films, and created the role of Colonel Hugh Pickering in the long-running original Broadway production of My Fair Lady.

Coote was born in London and educated at Hurstpierpoint College in Sussex. He began his stage career at the age of 16, performing in Britain, South Africa, and Australia before arriving in Hollywood in the late 1930s. He played a succession of pompous British types in supporting roles, including a brief but memorable turn as Sgt. Bertie Higginbotham in Gunga Din (1939). His acting career was interrupted by his service as a squadron leader in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. He played Bob Trubshawe in Powell and Pressburger's A Matter of Life and Death (1946), chosen for the first-ever Royal Film Performance on 1 November 1946, before he returned to Hollywood, where his films included The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), Forever Amber (1947), The Three Musketeers (1948), and Orson Welles' Othello (1952).

In 1956, Coote created the role of Colonel Pickering in the original Broadway production of My Fair Lady (1956–62), which he reprised in the musical's 1976–77 Broadway revival. He also originated the role of King Pellinore in the Broadway production of Camelot (1960–63). He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performance as Timmy St. Clair in the NBC TV series The Rogues (1964–65). In 1966, Coote appeared with Jackie Gleason and Art Carney in an episode of The Honeymooners entitled "The Honeymooners in England", broadcast on CBS-TV from Miami.

In his last feature film performance, Coote portrayed one of the critics dispatched by Vincent Price in Theatre of Blood (1973).

His final role was on television, playing orchid nurse Theodore Horstmann in the 1981 NBC-TV series Nero Wolfe, starring William Conrad in the title role. In most film and TV adaptations of Nero Wolfe mysteries, before and since, Horstmann has been a very minor character, but Coote's Horstmann got considerable screen time in the series.

The veteran British character actor died in his sleep at the New York Athletic Club in November 1982, at the age of 73.

Coote was a close friend of actor David Niven, sharing a house with Niven for a time in the late 1930s and living in a flat over Niven's garage for several years after the Second World War.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Robert Coote (4 February 1909 – 26 November 1982) was an English actor. He played aristocrats or British military types in many films, and created the role of Colonel Hugh Pickering in the long-running original Broadway production of My Fair Lady.

Coote was born in London and educated at Hurstpierpoint College in Sussex. He began his stage career at the age of 16, performing in Britain, South Africa, and Australia before arriving in Hollywood in the late 1930s. He played a succession of pompous British types in supporting roles, including a brief but memorable turn as Sgt. Bertie Higginbotham in Gunga Din (1939). His acting career was interrupted by his service as a squadron leader in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. He played Bob Trubshawe in Powell and Pressburger's A Matter of Life and Death (1946), chosen for the first-ever Royal Film Performance on 1 November 1946, before he returned to Hollywood, where his films included The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), Forever Amber (1947), The Three Musketeers (1948), and Orson Welles' Othello (1952).

In 1956, Coote created the role of Colonel Pickering in the original Broadway production of My Fair Lady (1956–62), which he reprised in the musical's 1976–77 Broadway revival. He also originated the role of King Pellinore in the Broadway production of Camelot (1960–63). He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his performance as Timmy St. Clair in the NBC TV series The Rogues (1964–65). In 1966, Coote appeared with Jackie Gleason and Art Carney in an episode of The Honeymooners entitled "The Honeymooners in England", broadcast on CBS-TV from Miami.

In his last feature film performance, Coote portrayed one of the critics dispatched by Vincent Price in Theatre of Blood (1973).

His final role was on television, playing orchid nurse Theodore Horstmann in the 1981 NBC-TV series Nero Wolfe, starring William Conrad in the title role. In most film and TV adaptations of Nero Wolfe mysteries, before and since, Horstmann has been a very minor character, but Coote's Horstmann got considerable screen time in the series.

The veteran British character actor died in his sleep at the New York Athletic Club in November 1982, at the age of 73.

Coote was a close friend of actor David Niven, sharing a house with Niven for a time in the late 1930s and living in a flat over Niven's garage for several years after the Second World War.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 52

Birthday 1909-02-04

Day of Death 1982-11-26

Place of Birth London, England, UK

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Best Of Enemies(7 episodes)
1983 Nero Wolfe(14 episodes)
1979 Sweepstakes(1 episode)
1978 Filming Othello
1973 Theatre of Blood as Oliver Larding
1969 Charley's Aunt as Col. Sir Francis Chesney
1968 Prudence and the Pill as Henry Hardcastle
1968 Kenner
1967 The Cool Ones as Stanley Krum
1967 The Whitehall Worrier(7 episodes)
1966 The Swinger as Sir Hubert Charles
1966 Alice Through the Looking Glass as The Red King
1966 A Man Could Get Killed as Hatton / Jones
1964 The Rogues(30 episodes)
1963 The V.I.P.s as John Coburn
1960 The League of Gentlemen as Bunny Warren
1959 Rawhide(1 episode)
1958 The Horse's Mouth as Sir William Beeder
1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse(1 episode)
1958 Merry Andrew as Dudley Larabee
1955 The Honeymooners(1 episode)
1952 The Prisoner of Zenda as Fritz von Tarlenheim
1952 The Merry Widow as Marquis De Crillon
1952 Scaramouche as Gaston Binet
1951 Othello as Roderigo
1951 Soldiers Three as Maj. Mercer
1950 Lux Video Theatre(3 episodes)
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents(3 episodes)
1949 The Red Danube as Brigadier C.M.V. Catlock
1948 Studio One(1 episode)
1948 The Three Musketeers as Aramis
1948 Berlin Express as Sterling
1947 The Exile as Dick Pinner
1947 Forever Amber as Sir Thomas Dudley
1947 Lured as Officer Barret
1947 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir as Mr. Coombe
1946 A Matter of Life and Death as Bob
1942 Commandos Strike at Dawn as Robert Bowen
1940 You Can't Fool Your Wife as Battincourt
1940 Vigil in the Night as Dr. Caley
1939 Nurse Edith Cavell as Bungey
1939 Bad Lands as Eaton
1939 The House of Fear as Robert Morton
1939 Gunga Din as Sgt. Bertie Higginbotham
1939 Mr. Moto's Last Warning as Rollo Venables
1938 The Girl Downstairs as Karl
1938 Blond Cheat as Gilbert Potts
1937 The Sheik Steps Out as Lord Eustace Byington
1937 The Thirteenth Chair as Stanby
1936 Rangle River as Reggie Mannister, Flight-Lieutenant
1933 Loyalties as Robert
1931 Sally in Our Alley as Waiter At Party

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