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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 20 November 1918New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 15 May 2007Santa Barbara, California, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameRobert Joseph Sully
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The New York City-born, Pittsburgh-raised Robert Joseph Sully showed brief leading man potential in the early WWII years but alas came up short in the end. Born on November 20, 1928 to Reginald Sully of Union Carbide Corp., Robert started at the bottom rung to learn his father's business. Accepted to Duquesne University, he eventually transferred to the University of Pennsylvania where he majored in engineering and finance. Following graduation, he became a technical sales rep for Union Carbide.

Unable to be drafted to due medical ailments, Robert instead moved to California and found work at Lockheed building airplanes and pipelines. Tall, dark and good-looking, he was offered a film lead following a simple "letter of introduction" but turned it down fearing his lack of experience. Instead he signed with MGM and started in unbilled roles. Bobbysoxers took notice of him in the featured role of an astronomer in the William Powell starrer The Heavenly Body (1944), which was followed by his best remembered role as Lucille Bremer's beau in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). When his career failed to catch on with these two roles, MGM dropped him.

Paramount picked him up and offered him small but poignant roles in The Affairs of Susan (1945), You Came Along (1945) and especially Love Letters (1945) as a romantic interest to Jennifer Jones. Again, more roles failed to materialize and Sully headed off to Broadway where he appeared in "Single People" (1945), which was short-lived.

Leaving show business altogether, he opened Sully Engineering plant until 1949. Returning to college, received his Ph.D and became a top=notch architect in the Southern California area.

Marrried three times, Sully died of natural causes on May 15, 2007, at age 88. in Santa Barbara.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (3)

Jeanne Hall (18 July 1953 - 1992) (her death) (2 children)
Kitty Kehr (1945 - 1950) (1 child)
Susan Stuckey (? - 15 May 2007) (his death)

Trivia (8)

Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Discovered and contracted by MGM for films appearing in a number of minor roles for about a decade. More prominent roles occurred in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) and Love Letters (1945).
Owned Sully Engineering from 1944-1949; was made executive with Raymond Loewy Associates, U.S. and International design from 1951-1953; then associate designer at Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall from 1953-1961.
Earned his Masters and Ph.D from Claremont Graduate School.
Moved to Santa Barbara from L.A. in 1992 and taught courses at UCSB's College of Creative Studies, "Creative Thinking...The Magic of Ideas" and "Advertising and Culture".
Originally planned to follow his father into the Union Carbide Company but bypassed it and a job at Lockheed building airplanes for a chance at an acting career.
In 1961, he founded the Argonaut Company, specializing in design and planning for commercial, industrial and residential projects.
According to Laura Wagner's article, Robert was married three times. First wife was Adrian model Kitty Kehr and had one son, Robert Jr. (1946), by her, Had two children, Reggie (1954) and Adrienne (1958) by second wife Jeanne Hall. Third wife, Susan Stuckey, was a teacher and survived him by five years.

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