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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 compliment 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
Drake
 1992 Ghost Ship
Crusoe
 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)
Larry
- For Real Men Only (1989) ... Larry
 1989 Transylvania Twist
Uncle Ephram
 1988 Big Top Pee-wee
Cook
 1987 Night Court (TV Series)
Roland Jeffries
- Christine's Friend (1987) ... Roland Jeffries
 1986 Mr. and Mrs. Ryan (TV Movie)
Auctioneer
 1985 George Burns Comedy Week (TV Series)
- The Couch (1985)
 1983 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Series)
Wilson
- The ACM Kid (1983) ... Wilson
 1983 Tales of the Gold Monkey (TV Series)
The Governor
- Last Chance Louie (1983) ... The Governor
 1983 Amanda's (TV Series)
Judge Leo Thornton
- Oh, Promise Me (1983) ... Judge Leo Thornton
 1982 Richard II (Video)
Gardener
 1982 Memories Never Die (TV Movie)
Dr. Max Heilbrunn
 1982 Voyagers! (TV Series)
Cicero
- Created Equal (1982) ... Cicero
 1982 Partners
Halderstam
 1982 The Sword and the Sorcerer
King Charles
 1976-1982 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Horace Sharpe / Morton Hackler
- The Tontine (1982) ... Horace Sharpe
- 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)
Demeter
- 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)
Pratt
- 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)
Hollister
- Quartet (1975) ... Hollister
 1975 Shampoo
Norman
 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)
Bandor
- Tomorrow's Tide (1974) ... Bandor
 1974 Nightmare Honeymoon
Ruskin
 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)
Mingo
- 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)
Freebush
- Hail and Farewell (1971) ... Freebush
 1971 Bunny O'Hare
John C. Rupert
 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
Barber
 1957 My Man Godfrey
Vincent
 1956 The Wild Party
Gage Freeposter
 1956 Wire Service (TV Series)
Usher
- The Tower (1956) ... Usher
 1955 The Virgin Queen
Chadwick
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Stage Play: As You Like It. Comedy (revival). See more »
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In 1958, Robinson was arrested on a narcotics violation. His conviction was overturned, but he later served 15 months in prison after unknowingly missing a date for retrial. See more »

Trademark:

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Star Sign:

Aries

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