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Robert Cornthwaite (1917–2006)

Robert Cornthwaite first got hooked on acting at age 13, when he was forced to play a one-line part in an eighth grade play. He did his first work with professionals five years later, in a 1935 production of "Twelfth Night" on the Reed College campus in Portland. He worked in radio in Southern California before he was inducted into the Air Force ... See full bio »

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 1996 The Pretender (TV Series)
Mr. Hollis
- Flyer (1996) ... Mr. Hollis
 1995 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Harry Brunner
- Wild Cards (1995) ... Harry Brunner
 1995 White Dwarf (TV Movie)
King Joist of the Dark Side
 1994 Dead Man's Revenge (TV Movie)
Storekeeper
 1992-1993 Cheers (TV Series)
Hives
- Ill-Gotten Gaines (1992) ... Hives
 1993 Matinee
Dr. Flankon (uncredited)
 1991 Frame Up
Earl Cott
 1990 Equal Justice (TV Series)
Abe Wooly
- Curses (1990) ... Abe Wooly
 1989 The Ed Begley Jr. Show (TV Movie)
Judge Withers
 1989 Time Trackers
Dr. Alistair Craig
 1988-1989 Beauty and the Beast (TV Series)
Old Man / Morrison
- Labyrinths (1989) ... Old Man
- Down to a Sunless Sea (1988) ... Morrison
 1988 Perfect Strangers (TV Series)
Bobo Sr.
- High Society (1988) ... Bobo Sr.
 1987 Who's That Girl
Minister
 1987 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Judge Timothy O'Grady
- Favors (1987) ... Judge Timothy O'Grady
 1985 Kate & Allie (TV Series)
Dr. Edward Adams
- Picture of an Affair (1985) ... Dr. Edward Adams
 1984 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Coroner
- It's a Dog's Life (1984) ... Coroner
 1983 Deal of the Century
Huddleston
 1983 Doctor Detroit
Professor Blount
 1982 Father Murphy (TV Series)
Warren Hays
- The Spy (1982) ... Warren Hays
 1982 The Day the Bubble Burst (TV Movie)
 1979 Beggarman, Thief (TV Movie)
 1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV Series)
Warwick
- Unchained Woman (1979) ... Warwick
 1979 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Dr. Evans
- Hot Ice (1979) ... Dr. Evans
 1979 Love's Savage Fury (TV Movie)
Dr. Tighe
 1977 Laverne & Shirley (TV Series)
Dr. Futoran
- Guinea Pigs (1977) ... Dr. Futoran
 1976 Futureworld
Mr. Reed
 1976 Lincoln (TV Mini-Series)
Draper
- Crossing Fox River (1976) ... Draper (uncredited)
 1976 Barbary Coast (TV Series)
Reverend Wilcox
- Mary Had More Than a Little (1976) ... Reverend Wilcox
 1975 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Stephen Osterwald
- The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument (1975) ... Stephen Osterwald (uncredited)
 1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV Series)
Dr. Hartfield
- The Energy Eater (1974) ... Dr. Hartfield
 1974 Kung Fu (TV Series)
Bank Teller
- The Passion of Chen Yi (1974) ... Bank Teller
 1966-1973 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
A.M. Munsey / Creighton Atwood / Fielder / ...
- Break-In (1973) ... A.M. Munsey
- Center of Peril (1971) ... Creighton Atwood
- The Flaw (1968) ... Fielder
- The Price of Death (1966) ... Dr. Woolsey
- The Defector: Part 1 (1966) ... Adam Rogers
 1973 The Six Million Dollar Man (TV Movie)
Dr. Ashburn
 1973 The Devil's Daughter (TV Movie)
Pastor Dixon
 1972 The Longest Night (TV Movie)
Frank Cavanaugh
 1972 Journey Through Rosebud
Hearing Officer
 1972 Killer by Night (TV Movie)
Dr. Bradville
 1971 Two on a Bench (TV Movie)
Mr. Hayes
 1971 The Peace Killers
Ben
 1957-1971 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Clerk / Lou Staley
- Cleavus (1971) ... Clerk
- Mavis McCloud (1957) ... Lou Staley
 1971 Mayberry R.F.D. (TV Series)
Minister / Reverend Keith
- Goober, the Elder (1971) ... Minister
- The Kid from Hong Kong (1971) ... Reverend Keith
 1970 The Young Lawyers (TV Series)
Judge Green
- A Busload of Bishops (1970) ... Judge Green
 1969-1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Phil Ott / Andrew Black
- Little Bear Died Running (1970) ... Phil Ott
- Breakout to a Fast Buck (1969) ... Andrew Black
 1970 Men at Law (TV Series)
Judge
- Survivors Will Be Prosecuted (1970) ... Judge
 1970 Bonanza (TV Series)
Blake
- What Are Pardners For? (1970) ... Blake
 1970 Colossus: The Forbin Project
First Scientist
 1968-1970 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Sir Ives / Governor Carleton / Sir Ives Wallace
- The Landlords (1970) ... Sir Ives
- The Traitor (1969) ... Governor Carleton
 1969 Land of the Giants (TV Series)
Machine
- A Place Called Earth (1969) ... Machine (voice, uncredited)
 1969 The High Chaparral (TV Series)
Belding
- No Irish Need Apply (1969) ... Belding
 1968 Ironside (TV Series)
Judson Trumbull
- Sergeant Mike (1968) ... Judson Trumbull
 1968 Lancer (TV Series)
Homer Ord
- The Last Train for Charlie Poe (1968) ... Homer Ord
 1968 The Legend of Lylah Clare
Studio Photo Archivist (uncredited)
 1967-1968 Garrison's Gorillas (TV Series)
Col. Brenheim / Bank Manager
- The Big Lie (1968) ... Col. Brenheim
- Banker's Hours (1967) ... Bank Manager
 1967 Dragnet 1967 (TV Series)
Dr. Edgar Sundstrom
- The Pyramid Swindle (1967) ... Dr. Edgar Sundstrom
 1967 Gomer Pyle: USMC (TV Series)
Markham
- The Prize Boat (1967) ... Markham
 1967 The Monkees (TV Series)
Nyetovitch
- The Card Carrying Red Shoes (1967) ... Nyetovitch
 1967 Waterhole #3
George - Hotel Clerk
 1967 Insight (TV Series)
- Madam (1967)
 1967 Ride to Hangman's Tree
T.L. Harper
 1966-1967 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Marv Bayless / Luther Kirby
- The Lady from Mesa (1967) ... Marv Bayless
- A Time to Kill (1966) ... Luther Kirby
 1967 Jericho (TV Series)
 1966 Iron Horse (TV Series)
Dowell
- Big Deal (1966) ... Dowell
 1963-1966 The Virginian (TV Series)
Judge / Reverend
- Ride to Delphi (1966) ... Judge
- It Takes a Big Man (1963) ... Reverend
 1965-1966 Laredo (TV Series)
Filmore Wills / Wilson Jones
- A Taste of Money (1966) ... Filmore Wills
- Pride of the Rangers (1965) ... Wilson Jones
 1966 Gidget (TV Series)
Brian Mack
- Don't Defrost the Alligator (1966) ... Brian Mack
 1965-1966 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Dr. Max Gunther / Dr. Sisler
- The Taste of Crow (1966) ... Dr. Max Gunther
- Behold the Great Man (1965) ... Dr. Sisler
 1966 The Farmer's Daughter (TV Series)
 1966 The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
Lawyer Springer
 1965 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Reverend Mr. Farr
- Canary Harris vs. the Almighty (1965) ... Reverend Mr. Farr
 1965 Get Smart (TV Series)
Windish
- Satan Place (1965) ... Windish
- KAOS in CONTROL (1965) ... Windish
 1964-1965 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
Gen. Reed Michaels / Zeigler
- The Deadliest Game (1965) ... Gen. Reed Michaels
- Turn Back the Clock (1964) ... Zeigler
 1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Dr. Waldo Bannister
- The Prisoners of Mr. Sin (1965) ... Dr. Waldo Bannister
 1965 The Munsters (TV Series)
Mr. Parker
- Happy 100th Anniversary (1965) ... Mr. Parker
 1965 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Pickett
- Conspiracy of Silence (1965) ... Pickett
 1965 Combat! (TV Series)
Captain Priller
- The Steeple (1965) ... Captain Priller
 1965 Tom, Dick and Mary (TV Series)
Tate
- Penicillin or Chicken Soup (1965) ... Tate
 1965 Diamond Jim: Skulduggery in Samantha (TV Movie)
Enwright
 1964 Mr. Novak (TV Series)
Mr. Gentry
- 'A' Is for Anxiety (1964) ... Mr. Gentry
 1957-1964 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Duval / Carl Bruner / Bill Worth / ...
- The Case of the Ancient Romeo (1962) ... Carl Bruner
- The Case of the Wandering Widow (1960) ... Bill Worth
- The Case of Paul Drake's Dilemma (1959) ... Anders
- The Case of the Nervous Accomplice (1957) ... Herbert Dean
 1964 Channing (TV Series)
Eric Northway
- A Bang and a Whimper (1964) ... Eric Northway
 1964 Destry (TV Series)
Anthony Payne
- Stormy Is a Lady (1964) ... Anthony Payne
 1959-1964 Rawhide (TV Series)
Laughton Wallace / Martin Gedwell / Ronald Smith
- Incident at Zebulon (1964) ... Laughton Wallace
- The Long Count (1962) ... Martin Gedwell
- Incident of the 13th Man (1959) ... Ronald Smith
 1962-1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Mr. Bleeker / The District Attorney
- Three Wives Too Many (1964) ... Mr. Bleeker
- Day of Reckoning (1962) ... The District Attorney
 1961-1963 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Byron Lowe / Dr. Wilson / Reverend
- The Fenton Canaby Story (1963) ... Byron Lowe
- The Orly French Story (1962) ... Dr. Wilson
- The Mark Miner Story (1961) ... Reverend
 1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Doc
- Seven Miles of Bad Road (1963) ... Doc
 1963 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series)
Raynor
- Shadow of a Man (1963) ... Raynor
 1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Marvin Carmichael
- The Checkmate Caper (1963) ... Marvin Carmichael
 1963 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
Mr. Somerset
- Dogs, Dogs, Dogs (1963) ... Mr. Somerset
 1963 Stoney Burke (TV Series)
- Color Him Lucky (1963)
 1962-1963 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Hanford / Director
- No Time Like the Past (1963) ... Hanford
- Showdown with Rance McGrew (1962) ... Director
 1963 Laramie (TV Series)
Heron
- Naked Steel (1963) ... Heron
 1962 Hazel (TV Series)
Mr. Perkins
- Hazel's Tax Deduction (1962) ... Mr. Perkins
 1962 This Is the Life (TV Series)
Charlot
- Laugh, Clown (1962) ... Charlot
 1962 Wide Country (TV Series)
Rev. Raymond Hill
- Journey Down a Dusty Road (1962) ... Rev. Raymond Hill
 1960-1962 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Anthony Boaz / Dodd
- Remember the Yazoo (1962) ... Anthony Boaz
- The Journey (1960) ... Dodd
 1962 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Uncle Derwent
- The Secret Place (1962) ... Uncle Derwent
 1961 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
Jason Street
- Pattern for a Frame (1961) ... Jason Street
 1955-1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Frank Munson / Dr. Nicholson
- Money and the Minister (1961) ... Frank Munson
- The Blond Dog (1955) ... Dr. Nicholson
 1961 Thriller (TV Series)
Mr. Phillips / Mr. Spengler
- The Grim Reaper (1961) ... Mr. Phillips
- The Devil's Ticket (1961) ... Mr. Spengler
 1961 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Inspector Jim Goodrich / Mr. Wendell
- The Seventh Vote (1961) ... Inspector Jim Goodrich
- Testimony of Evil (1961) ... Mr. Wendell
 1961 Lawman (TV Series)
Edward Coughill
- The Grubstake (1961) ... Edward Coughill
 1961 The Roaring 20's (TV Series)
Counselor
- The Red Carpet (1961) ... Counselor
 1961 All Hands on Deck
Naval Inspector (uncredited)
 1961 Reptilicus
Man (voice, uncredited)
 1961 Hong Kong (TV Series)
Fless
- The Hunted (1961) ... Fless
 1957-1961 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Tom Benson / Senator Tom Benton
- Texas John Slaughter: A Holster Full of Law (1961) ... Tom Benson (uncredited)
- The Saga of Andy Burnett: Andy's First Chore (1957) ... Senator Tom Benton
 1960-1961 Maverick (TV Series)
Honest John Crippen / Jasper Wembly
- Family Pride (1961) ... Honest John Crippen
- Last Wire from Stop Gap (1960) ... Jasper Wembly
 1960 Coronado 9 (TV Series)
Joseph Brand
- Stroll in the Park (1960) ... Joseph Brand
 1960 The Detectives (TV Series)
Judd Winters
- The Retirement of Maria Muir (1960) ... Judd Winters
 1960 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Maj. Damler
- The Deserter (1960) ... Maj. Damler
 1960 Johnny Midnight (TV Series)
Kessler
- Mother's Boy (1960) ... Kessler
 1959 Destination Space (TV Movie)
Senator Royce
 1958-1959 Rescue 8 (TV Series)
Professor Oliver Lawrence / Robert Stark
- The Birdman (1959) ... Professor Oliver Lawrence
- Heat Wave (1959) ... Robert Stark
- The Trap (1959)
 1959 Men Into Space (TV Series)
Reporter
- Moon Probe (1959) ... Reporter
 1959 Day of the Outlaw
Tommy Preston, Wyoming Hotel Owner
 1959 Ten Seconds to Hell
Franz Loeffler
 1957-1959 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
John Scobie / Sheridan Wade
- Mission to Marathon (1959) ... John Scobie
- Dangerous Orders (1957) ... Sheridan Wade
 1959 The Third Man (TV Series)
Sacha
- The Indispensible Man (1959) ... Sacha
 1959 Yancy Derringer (TV Series)
Mathew Brady
- Collector's Item (1959) ... Mathew Brady
 1959 The D.A.'s Man (TV Series)
Christo
- The Witness (1959) ... Christo
 1959 Behind Closed Doors (TV Series)
Andrews
- Crypto 40 (1959) ... Andrews
 1959 Man with a Camera (TV Series)
Lt. Fields
- The Big Squeeze (1959) ... Lt. Fields
 1958 Trackdown (TV Series)
Jim Martin / Jerome Ballard
- The Schoolteacher (1958) ... Jim Martin
- Right of Way (1958) ... Jerome Ballard
 1957-1958 The Californians (TV Series)
Brother Evans / Charles Girard / Dr. Henry Jameson
- A Girl Named Sam (1958) ... Brother Evans
- The Man from Paris (1958) ... Charles Girard
- Man from Boston (1957) ... Dr. Henry Jameson
 1958 The Thin Man (TV Series)
Hartwick
- Robot Client (1958) ... Hartwick
 1957 Suspicion (TV Series)
Fitzgerald
- Doomsday (1957) ... Fitzgerald
 1957 Casey Jones (TV Series)
Colonel Bullock
- Spurline to Danger (1957) ... Colonel Bullock
 1957 Hell on Devil's Island
Gov. Renault
 1957 The Spirit of St. Louis
Harry Knight, Lindbergh Student (uncredited)
 1957 Telephone Time (TV Series)
- Bullet Lou Kirn (1957)
 1957 State Trooper (TV Series)
Gil Miller
- Rocking Chair Bandit (1957) ... Gil Miller
 1957 Crossroads (TV Series)
Sanki
- God of Kandikur (1957) ... Sanki
 1957 Wire Service (TV Series)
Heggert
- World of the Lonely (1957) ... Heggert
 1956 Broken Arrow (TV Series)
Lieutenant Haskell
- Return from the Shadows (1956) ... Lieutenant Haskell
 1956 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
Higgins
- Susanna Strikes Back (1956) ... Higgins
 1956 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (TV Series)
Ranier
- The De Santre Story (1956) ... Ranier
 1956 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Chris
- No More Tears (1956) ... Chris
 1956 The Leather Saint
Dr. Lomas
 1955-1956 Crusader (TV Series)
Joe Brennan / Stefan
- The Visitors (1956) ... Joe Brennan
- One Way Train (1955) ... Stefan
 1955-1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Doctor Agar / Egan
- Criminal Code (1956) ... Doctor Agar
- The Creaking Gate (1955) ... Egan
 1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Judge George Bates
- The Silent Strangers (1956) ... Judge George Bates
 1956 Lassie (TV Series)
District Attorney
- The Trial (1956) ... District Attorney
 1956 Dr. Christian (TV Series)
Belford
- Locked Memory (1956) ... Belford
 1953-1955 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Dr. Cabot / Durand / Dr. Ellsworth
- A Gift of Life (1955) ... Dr. Cabot
- Who's the Blonde? (1955) ... Durand
- The Black Mate (1954)
- Pursuit (1953) ... Dr. Ellsworth
 1955 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Professor Henry Brand
- Win a Cigar (1955) ... Professor Henry Brand
- Rainy Night (1955)
 1955 Kiss Me Deadly
FBI Agent
 1955 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Quentin Harwood
- The Quentin Harwood Story (1955) ... Quentin Harwood
 1955 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
Guide
- A Matter of Courage (1955) ... Guide
 1955 Stranger on Horseback
Arnold Hammer
 1955 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Henry Kennard
- A Kiss for Mr. Lincoln (1955) ... Henry Kennard
 1954 Public Defender (TV Series)
 1954 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
Professor Como
- Gracie Buys Old Movies to Sell to Television (1954) ... Professor Como
 1953-1954 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Kazta / Young Mark Twain / Thomas Nast
- Smyrna Incident (1954) ... Kazta
- The Tiger's Tail (1953) ... Thomas Nast
- The Tenderfoot (1953)
 1953 The Studebaker Story (Short)
Frederick S. Fish
 1953 You Are There (TV Series)
Andrei Vishinsky
- The First Moscow Purge Trials (August 24, 1936) (1953) ... Andrei Vishinsky
 1953 The War of the Worlds
Dr. Pryor (as Bob Cornthwaite)
 1952 Monkey Business
Dr. Zoldeck
 1952 Something to Live For
Young Man (uncredited)
 1951 His Kind of Woman
Hernandez (uncredited)
 1951 The Mark of the Renegade
Innkeeper
 1950 Gambling House
Stefan (uncredited)
 1950 Union Station
Emergency Room Orderly (uncredited)
Show Show Self (7 credits)
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Alternate Names:

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5' 8" (1.73 m)
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I prefer theater; it's far more liberating for the actor than film. Writers, directors, editors and cameramen -- those are the creative people in film. Actors are out of necessity farther down on the totem pole, although they don't like to think so and many of them don't admit it. But they're relatively unimportant. They are things being manipulated by these other people. I like theater because ... See more »

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His single role as Dr. Carrington in The Thing from Another World (1951) earned him entry into the "Science Fiction Hall of Fame" in 1993. See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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