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Robert May (II) (1905–1976)


Brother-in-law of composer Johnny Marks, who wrote the song, "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," based upon May's original story. See more trivia »

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 2001 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & the Island of Misfit Toys (Video) (character from the story "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - as Robert L. May)
 1998 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie (story "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
 1997 Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas (TV Movie documentary) (story "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - uncredited)
 1964 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (TV Movie) (story)
 1948 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Short) (story - as Robert L. May)

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Alternate Names:

Bob May | Robert L. May

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[on the character of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer] "Everything connected with Rudolph has a touch of miracle about it, a kindly star."


In 1939, as a copywriter for the Montgomery Ward department store chain, he wrote the story "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" as a promotional booklet. It was illustrated by Denver Gillen, a friend from Montgomery Ward's art department. See more »



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