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Jay Robinson (I) (1930–2013)

Character actor Jay Robinson owned a pair of the narrowest, cruelest-looking eyes in 1950s Hollywood. To complement them was an evil-looking sneer, crisp and biting diction and a nefarious-sounding cackle. These were all draped upon a lean, bony physique that could slither about menacingly like a ready-to-pounce cobra. With that in mind, he made ... See full bio »

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 1994 The Nanny (TV Series)
The Maitre'd
- The Playwright (1994) ... The Maitre'd
 1994 Murder Between Friends (TV Movie)
 1993 Dying to Remember (TV Movie)
Dr. James Portman
 1993 Skeeter
 1992 Ghost Ship
Crusoe - pirate
 1992 Sinatra (TV Movie)
Major Bowes
 1987-1991 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Bishop Burkhardt / Paddock
- Murder, Plain and Simple (1991) ... Bishop Burkhardt
- The Way to Dusty Death (1987) ... Paddock
 1989 Cheers (TV Series)
- For Real Men Only (1989) ... Larry
 1989 Transylvania Twist
Uncle Ephram
 1988 Big Top Pee-wee
 1987 Night Court (TV Series)
Roland Jeffries
- Christine's Friend (1987) ... Roland Jeffries
 1986 Mr. and Mrs. Ryan (TV Movie)
 1985 George Burns Comedy Week (TV Series)
- The Couch (1985)
 1983 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Series)
- The ACM Kid (1983) ... Wilson
 1983 Tales of the Gold Monkey (TV Series)
The Governor
- Last Chance Louie (1983) ... The Governor
 1983 CHiPs (TV Series)
Arms Buyer
- Firepower (1983) ... Arms Buyer
 1983 Amanda's (TV Series)
Judge Leo Thornton
- Oh, Promise Me (1983) ... Judge Leo Thornton
 1982 Richard II (Video)
 1982 Memories Never Die (TV Movie)
Dr. Max Heilbrunn
 1982 Voyagers! (TV Series)
- Created Equal (1982) ... Cicero
 1982 Partners
 1982 The Sword and the Sorcerer
King Charles
 1976-1982 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Horace Sharp / Morton Hackler
- The Tontine (1982) ... Horace Sharp
- The Sniper (1976) ... Morton Hackler
 1981 Macbeth (Video)
The Porter
 1980 The Man with Bogart's Face
Wolf / Zinderneuf
 1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV Series)
Cassius Thorne
- Planet of the Amazon Women (1979) ... Cassius Thorne
 1979 The Secret Empire (TV Series)
- Powerhouse (1979) ... Demeter
- Escape to the Stars ... Demeter
 1978 Born Again
David Shapiro
 1978 The Bay City Rollers Show (TV Series)
Dr. Deathray / Igor Strange
- Episode #1.1 (1978) ... Dr. Deathray / Igor Strange
 1978 A.E.S. Hudson Street (TV Series)
- Shut Down (1978) ... Pratt
 1976 Dr. Shrinker (TV Series)
Dr. Shrinker
 1976 Phyllis (TV Series)
Maitre D
- A Man, a Woman and Another Woman (1976) ... Maitre D
 1975 I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now?
Insane Actor
 1975 Harry O (TV Series)
Karl Singleton
- Group Terror (1975) ... Karl Singleton
 1975 Doc (TV Series)
- Quartet (1975) ... Hollister
 1975 Shampoo
 1975 Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV Series)
Prof. Eli Strig
- Chopper (1975) ... Prof. Eli Strig
 1968-1974 Mannix (TV Series)
Kilburn / Eddie Richter / Overkill / ...
- Picture of a Shadow (1974) ... Kilburn
- Trap for a Pigeon (1974) ... Eddie Richter
- Overkill (1971) ... Overkill
- Pressure Point (1968) ... McClure
 1974 Planet of the Apes (TV Series)
- Tomorrow's Tide (1974) ... Bandor
 1974 Nightmare Honeymoon
 1974 Three the Hard Way
Monroe Feather
 1974 Banacek (TV Series)
Bradley Merrick / Kurt Steiner
- Now You See Me, Now You Don't (1974) ... Bradley Merrick / Kurt Steiner
 1973 She Lives! (TV Movie)
Dr. Mayhill
 1973 This Is a Hijack
Simon Scott
 1973 Search (TV Series)
Claude Johansen
- Ends of the Earth (1973) ... Claude Johansen
 1972 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
- Cloth of Gold (1972) ... Mingo
 1972 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (TV Series)
George Cadlin
- Operation: White Fire (1972) ... George Cadlin
 1971 Room 222 (TV Series)
- Hail and Farewell (1971) ... Freebush
 1971 Bunny O'Hare
John C. Rupert
 1971 The D.A. (TV Series)
- The People vs. Hendry (1971) ... Cowan
 1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Abel Hewitt
- Lady at the Bar (1970) ... Abel Hewitt
 1969-1970 Bewitched (TV Series)
Professor Poindexter Phipps / Julius Caesar
- The Phrase Is Familiar (1970) ... Professor Poindexter Phipps
 1969 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
D.A. Roberts
- Visitation (1969) ... D.A. Roberts
 1968 Star Trek (TV Series)
Lord Petri
 1968 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Dr. Maitland
- The Night of the Sedgewick Curse (1968) ... Dr. Maitland
 1965 Days of Our Lives (TV Series)
Monty Dolan (1988-1989)
 1965 Tell Me in the Sunlight
 1957 My Man Godfrey
 1956 The Wild Party
Gage Freeposter
 1956 Wire Service (TV Series)
- The Tower (1956) ... Usher
 1955 The Virgin Queen
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His trademark "scary voice", which he developed in his elder years, became a mainstay of his post-retirement career. His voice is sometimes mistaken for that of the late Tony Jay, a brilliant British voice-actor. Jay has not been in the public light since his retirement from acting in 1994, aside from a brief stint as the host of Beyond Bizarre (1997). It was during this time that Tony Jay's ... See more »


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