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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 15 April 1940New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameRobert Hudson Walker Jr.
Nickname Bobby Junior

Mini Bio (1)

Born at Queens Hospital on April 14, 1940. As the son of actors Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones, Robert Walker Jr. certainly had the right pedigree to make the grade in Hollywood. His parents separated when Robert was only three, and at age 9 his stepfather became the powerful film mogul David O. Selznick who by this time had already taken firm control of his mother's career.

Robert Walker Jr. began training at the Actors' Studio in the early 1960s. He also married wife Ellie Wood in the early 60s and they had three children. Walker Jr. preferred to find his own place in the entertainment field and tried to avoid the obvious comparisons, but his startling resemblance to his late father made it extremely difficult for film audiences to separate the two. He started his film career in good company and with two strong roles in The Hook (1963), a morality story set during the Korean war starring Kirk Douglas and Nick Adams, and The Ceremony (1963) in which he received a Golden Globe Award for "promising newcomer" as Laurence Harvey's brother. Walker Jr. also worked on TV and earned a Theatre World Award for his two 1964 off-Broadway roles in "I Knock at the Door" and "Pictures in the Hallway."

Of slight build and boyishly handsome, Robert seemed on his way when he was handed the biggest challenge of his film career taking over Jack Lemmon's Oscar-winning role as Ensign Pulver (1964) in the sequel to the popular service comedy Mister Roberts (1955). Unfortunately, his comparison to Lemmon paled significantly and the script had neither the charm nor wit of its predecessor. The film and Walker were torpedoed by the reviewers and Walker lost major ground in Hollywood. Despite his obvious talent, his subsequent films lacked the quality and promise of his first two, which included The Happening (1967), The Savage Seven (1968), Killers Three (1968) and the title role in Young Billy Young (1969) starring Robert Mitchum. He and his wife Ellie appeared in roles in the hit cult film Easy Rider (1969).

Robert had guest roles in many popular television series during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. In The Big Valley episode, "My Son, My Son," aired on November 3, 1965, Walker portrayed Evan Miles, an emotionally disturbed college dropout who becomes obsessed with childhood friend Audra Barkley. He played the title role and another emotionally disturbed character, a troubled actor who lived and performed on the streets and in circuses, in The Naked City episode "Dust Devil on a Quiet Street" from Nov. 28, 1962. He had a memorable role in Star Trek as "Charles 'Charlie' Evans" in the episode "Charlie X", which aired 15 September 1966. In addition, he played Billy the Kid in episode 22 of The Time Tunnel, which originally aired on February 10, 1967, and also portrayed Nick Baxter, an ill alien who caused the deaths of humans by touch, in the episode "Panic" in the television series The Invaders, which aired on April 11, 1967. He played Mark Cole in the October 29, 1967 episode of Bonanza titled 'The Gentle Ones'. He also had a role in an episode of Columbo, "Mind Over Mayhem", (1974) and in the 5th season of the series Combat! in the episode "Ollie Joe". In later years, Walker maintained on TV episodes, his final appearances occurring in 1991 with L.A. Law and In the Heat of the Night.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: JT Atkin

Spouse (3)

Ellie Wood Walker (1962 - 1976) (divorced) (3 children)
Dawn Walker (? - present) (2 children)
Judy Motulsky (? - ?) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (9)

Brother of Michael Walker.
Stepson of David O. Selznick
His parents, Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones, played lovers in Since You Went Away (1944). However, they separated in the middle of its production.
Best known for his role as Charles Evans in the first season episode of the original Star Trek (1966) series, Star Trek: Charlie X (1966).
His half-sister, Mary Jennifer Selznick, committed suicide at age 20 by jumping from a twenty-two story building in Los Angeles in 1976.
Has two children with his wife, Dawn Walker: Henry and Emily, and three children from his first marriage to Ellie Wood Walker.
Has two children with Judy Motulsky: Jordan Walker (born May 26 1982) and Colette Walker (born July 16, 1984).
He raced cars at one time.

Personal Quotes (1)

I would like to develop as an actor in obscurity.

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