Hosted the "Maxwell House Good News" program "Behind the Scenes of the Making of The Wizard of Oz
(1939)". This marked the first time that songs from the film were ever performed on radio and, because this program was broadcast two months before the film's actual release, it also marked the first time that most of the public ...
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[asked why he returned to television in the late 1960s] Films were already changing into what they are today when I became "available" in 1962. The kind of role I was supposedly best suited for -- light romantic comedy leads -- no longer existed. There wasn't a place for me. Feature films, you might say, passed me by.
His Irish Protestant carpenter father abandoned the family when Robert was 10 years old. He was a newspaper boy during this time in order to help the family income.