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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 18 May 1914Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Date of Death 28 March 1989Los Angeles, California, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameRobert Joseph Wilke
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Prolific American character actor of primarily villainous roles. The son of German parents, Cincinnati feed-store manager August Wilke and his wife Rose, Robert Joseph Wilke grew up in Cincinnati. He worked as a lifeguard at a Miami, Florida, hotel, where he made contacts in the film business. He was able to obtain work as a stuntman and continued as such until the mid-'40s, when he began getting actual roles in low-budget westerns and serials. A prominent appearance as one of the heavies in High Noon (1952) led to work in higher-quality films. He worked extensively in television as well as movies, and became an enormously familiar face, though a fairly anonymous one to the general public. His weathered visage made him a perfect western bad guy, but he occasionally played sympathetic parts as well, as in Days of Heaven (1978). An expert golfer, he was said by his friend Claude Akins to have earned more money on the golf course than he ever did in movies. He died in 1989.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Spouse (1)

Patricia Wilke (? - 28 March 1989) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (2)

Once a lifeguard in a Miami hotel and a high-diver at Chicago's World Fair in 1933-1934.
Father, with Patricia Wilke, of a son.

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