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Luis Van Rooten (1906–1973)

Ethnic bald-domed character actor Luis Van Rooten was born November 29, 1906, in Mexico City, but raised in the United States and would become known in post-war Hollywood as a specialist in multiple dialects. Studying at the University of Pennsylvania, he received his B.A. and set up a sturdy practice as an architect before making a dramatic ... See full bio »

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 1968 What's So Bad About Feeling Good?
Dr. Fowler (uncredited)
 1963 The Defenders (TV Series)
Dr. William Claremont
- The Colossus (1963) ... Dr. William Claremont
 1963 Naked City (TV Series)
Mr. Banks
- Alive and Still a Second Lieutenant (1963) ... Mr. Banks
 1960 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
- The Maître d' (1960) ... Riviera (as Louis Van Rooten)
 1960 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
- Kim (1960) ... Chundar
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
The President
- Night of the Auk (1960) ... The President
 1960 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
- Return to San Dede (Capital City) (1960) ... Salazar
 1960 Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond (TV Series)
- The Mask (1960) ... Brimley
 1960 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
Pop Hackett
- S.O.S. Dad (1960) ... Pop Hackett
 1960 Bourbon Street Beat (TV Series)
- The 10% Blues (1960) ... Paul (uncredited)
 1960 The Right Man (TV Movie)
 1959 Northwest Passage (TV Series)
Mr. Duren
- Stab in the Back (1959) ... Mr. Duren
 1959 Deadline (TV Series)
- Clean Kill (1959) ... Collins
 1958 Curse of the Faceless Man
Dr. Carlo Fiorillo
 1952-1958 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Maurice Moskovitz / Bruno
- Kidnap Story: Hold for Release (1958) ... Maurice Moskovitz
- I Was Accused (1955)
- Domenico (1952) ... Bruno
 1958 Fräulein
Fritz Graubach
 1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1958 The Californians (TV Series)
Alonzo Hicks
- The Foundling (1958) ... Alonzo Hicks
 1958 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Mel Tucker
- Hanging Man (1958) ... Mel Tucker
 1958 The Thin Man (TV Series)
Mr. Dudley
- Bookworms (1958) ... Mr. Dudley
 1958 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
- The Return of the Hero (1958) ... Leon
 1958 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Samuel Carlin
- The Case of the One-Eyed Witness (1958) ... Samuel Carlin (as Louis Van Rooten)
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
- A Touch of Evil (1958) ... Rossi (as Louis Van Rooten)
 1958 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV Series)
Mr. Grant
- The Space Society (1958) ... Mr. Grant
 1957 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Peter Gregson
- Power Play (1957) ... Peter Gregson
 1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Papa Bardi
- Rich Man, Poor Man (1957) ... Papa Bardi
 1957 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
 1957 The Unholy Wife
Ezra Benton
 1957 Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot (Short)
2nd Planter
 1955-1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Vito / Bernstein / Foster / ...
- A Double Life (1957) ... Vito
- The Big Vote (1956) ... Bernstein
- The President (1956) ... Foster
- A Patch of Faith (1956)
- Thunder in Washington (1955) ... President
 1950-1956 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Dad / Stefan Baum
- A Christmas Surprise (1956) ... Dad
- Away from It All (1950) ... Stefan Baum
 1956 The Honeymooners (TV Series)
Mr. Johnson / Landlord Johnson
- Dial J for Janitor (1956) ... Mr. Johnson (uncredited)
- Please Leave the Premises (1956) ... Landlord Johnson (uncredited)
 1955-1956 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- Pistolero (1956) ... Juan
- The Stranger (1955)
- The Killer (1955)
 1956 As the World Turns (TV Series)
Henry Miller (early 1960s)
 1955 I Spy (TV Series)
 1952-1955 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Takers (1955) ... Dante
- O Romany (1952)
 1955 The Sea Chase
 1955 Star Tonight (TV Series)
- Ile (1955)
 1955 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Harry Shelton
- Play Me Hearts and Flowers (1955) ... Harry Shelton
 1954 Inner Sanctum (TV Series)
Tony / Remo, Witness
- Dream of Murder (1954) ... Tony
- Killer's Choice (1954) ... Remo, Witness
 1954 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
- Second Dawn (1954) ... George
 1953 The Great Adventure
Narrator (Anders as an adult) (U.S. version) (voice)
 1953 The Wonderful John Acton (TV Series)
 1952 Suspense (TV Series)
Monsieur Vidocq / Police Inspector Jules Maigret
- Monsieur Vidocq (1952) ... Monsieur Vidocq
 1952 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
- The Exile (1952)
- The Diamond Lens (1952)
 1952 Lydia Bailey
General Charles LeClerc
 1951 My Favorite Spy
Rudolf Hoenig
 1951 Major Dell Conway of the Flying Tigers (TV Series)
Caribou Jones (1951)
 1950 Beulah (TV Series)
Mr. Rogers
- Beulah Meets the Eel (1950) ... Mr. Rogers
 1950 Cinderella
King / Grand Duke (voice)
 1949 One Man's Family (TV Series)
Dr. Thompson (1949-1950)
 1949 Champion
 1949 City Across the River
Joe Cusack
 1949 Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture
Bill Craddock (as Louis Van Rooten)
 1948 Night Has a Thousand Eyes
Mr. Myers
 1948 The Gentleman from Nowhere
F.B. Barton
 1948 Beyond Glory
Dr. White (as Louis Van Rooten)
 1948 To the Victor
 1948 Saigon
 1948 The Big Clock
Edwin Orlin
 1948 To the Ends of the Earth
Commissioner Alberto Berado
 1946 Two Years Before the Mast
2nd Mate Foster
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Other Works:

Book. "Mots d'Heures: Gousses, Rames: The d'Antin Manuscript," discovered, edited and annotated by Luis d'Antin van Rooten. New York: Grossman Publishers. 1967

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Louis Van Rooten

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In addition to his talents as a stage, screen, radio and television actor, van Rooten was an accomplished artist and author of three sophisticated humor books: "Van Rooten's Book of Improbable Saints" (Viking, 1975); "The Floriculturist's Vade Mecum of Exotic and Recondite Plants, Shrubs and Grasses, and One Malignant Parasite" (Doubleday, 1973); and "Mots D'Heures: Gousses, Rames" (Viking, 1967).... See more »

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