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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 23 November 1930Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Date of Death 16 December 2011Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameRobert Easton Burke
Nicknames Bob
The Henry Higgins of Hollywood
Height 6' 4½" (1.94 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Robert Easton was born on November 23, 1930 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Robert Easton Burke. He is known for his work on Working Girl (1988), Stingray (1964) and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). He was married to June Bettine Grimstead. He died on December 16, 2011 in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

June Bettine Grimstead (18 March 1961 - 2 April 2005) (her death) (1 child)

Trivia (12)

Lived for a time in San Antonio, Texas.
While a student at the University of Texas in the Spring of 1949, he was inititated into Phi Eta Sigma, a national honorary scholastic fraternity for men.
Was a "Quiz Kid", a renowned group of high-IQ children in the 1930s and 1940s.
He appeared in the original The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) TV series, as well as the movie version (The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)).
Is known as the "Henry Higgins of Hollywood". Is a master of dialects, and frequently coaches other actors.
Cast as "Sparks " in the film of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961), only 3 years later he had a regular spot on a submarine as the voice of "Phones" in the UK Children's TV series Stingray (1964).
Coached actor Forest Whitaker to an Oscar and Golden Globe with his Ugandan dialect as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland (2006).
Began his young career on radio as a teenager in 1945 when he was heard on "Quiz Kids".
After his marriage to June Grimstead, an English woman, he lived several years in England and studied phonetics at University College in London, England.
His parents divorced when he was about 7 years old. He moved with his mother to San Antonio, Texas where he was first aware of regional dialect. He had a childhood stutter problem.
He is survived by his daughter, Heather Woodruff Perry; and granddaughter.
He was cremated.

Personal Quotes (3)

[on his childhood stuttering] When you have a big problem like that you overcompensate. I found it easier to do voices other than my own.
[on being typecast as a Texan] dopey deputy and half-wit hayseed.
[on not helping Meryl Streep with her accents] No it wasn't me. But I wished it was.

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