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Overview (5)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameMead Howard Horton Jr.
Nickname Bob
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Robert Horton was born on July 29, 1924 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Mead Howard Horton Jr. He was an actor, known for Wagon Train, The Green Slime (1968), Apache War Smoke (1952) and Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955). He was married to Marilynn Bradley, Barbara Ruick and Mary Catherine Jobe. He died on March 9, 2016 in Los Angeles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: TB

Spouse (3)

Marilynn Bradley (31 December 1960 - 9 March 2016) ( his death)
Barbara Ruick (22 August 1953 - 24 April 1956) ( divorced)
Mary Catherine Jobe (27 June 1946 - 1950) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

Nice rugged voice.
Roles in Westerns.
Hairy chest, frequently bared for "beefcake" appeal

Trivia (54)

Born at 12:07pm-PDT
Honorary Marshal of Tombstone, Arizona. [6 July 2002].
Had worked with Harry Morgan in three movies: Apache War Smoke (1952), Arena (1953) and Prisoner of War (1954).
A cowboy buff.
Robert Horton received the Cowboy Spirit Award at the 16th Annual Bison Homes Festival in Phoenix, Arizona, for "embodying the integrity, strength of spirit, and moral character depicted by the American cowboy." [18 March 2006].
Attended the Festival of The West alongside fellow actors, Robert Fuller and James Drury, from 2003 to 2011.
His wife was originally from Boston, Massachusetts.
Recorded an album of pop songs on Columbia, "The Very Thought of You," in 1964.
Just 1 week after his 80th birthday, he was awarded the Golden Boot Award. [7 August 2004].
Graduated from Hollywood High School, in Hollywood, California, in 1942.
Made the list of the Ten Best Dressed Men in 1963, along with President John F. Kennedy, James Garner, and Joey Bishop.
Did all of his own riding and stunts on most of the Wagon Train (1957) and A Man Called Shenandoah (1965) series, and he owned the Appaloosa horse he often rode in both series.
Best known by the public for his role as Flint McCollough on Wagon Train (1957).
Graduated, Sum Laude at University of California-Los Angeles.
Celebrated his 50th Wedding Anniversary to Marilynn Bradley. [31 December 2010].
Met his future wife, Marilynn Bradley, in the play 'Guys and Dolls,' at a theater in Ohio.
Had worked with James Best in episodes of two different series: Wagon Train (1957) and The Barbara Stanwyck Show (1960).
Was featured in 34 musical plays.
Moved to New York City in the 1980s, prior to filming As the World Turns (1956).
Is a Republican.
Shortened his name from Meade Howard Horton Jr. to Robert Horton to become an actor.
Attended the funeral of Ward Bond when the actor passed away in 1960.
Prior to Horton's marriage, his wife, Marilynn limited her professional appearances to performing with her husband in such shows as 'Brigadoon,' 'Showboat,' 'Carousel,' '1776,' 'Kismet,' 'Man of LaMancha,' 'The Odd Couple,' 'Same Time Next Year,' '6 Rooms Riv Vu,' 'Under the Yum-yum Tree,' 'Pajama Game,' 'I Do, I Do,' and 'Oklahoma,' to name a few.
Began his contract career at MGM in 1952.
Was regarded as one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, who would either work in television, movies or on the stage.
Had to cancel his appearance at the Williambsurg Film Festival in Williamsburg, Virginia, due to health problems. [7 March 2007].
Did not have a very good relationship with Ward Bond on Wagon Train (1957). Horton said Bond constantly spread rumors about his sexuality.
Missed 20 episodes of his final season of Wagon Train (1957), due to his work in musical theater.
Owned his own plane, a Piper Comanche 250, from 1957 to 1998.
Acting mentors were Ward Bond and John McIntire.
After his final guest-starring role on Murder, She Wrote (1984), he retired from acting at 65.
Made his stage debut at 23.
Went to the same school with Gloria Grahame, Jason Robards and Judy Garland.
Prior to starring on Wagon Train (1957), he was also a nightclub singer.
Before his future Wagon Train (1957) co-star, Frank McGrath would co-star in the series with Horton, he was Robert's stuntman, who did some of the work for him in his movies Pony Soldier (1952) and Apache War Smoke (1952).
With Terry Wilson's death on March 30, 1999, Horton became the last original surviving cast member of Wagon Train (1957).
Created the character of Flint McCollough on Wagon Train (1957), which was based on 'The Jean LeBec Story'.
He was an uncredited extra in Lewis Seiler's The Tanks Are Coming (1951).
Was a longtime friend of future president Ronald Reagan. Horton said that years later, when Reagan was the Governor of California, he and Marilynn were scheduled to perform in Man of LaManche in Sacramento. They received the nicest note from Reagan, apologizing that he and Nancy wouldn't be able to attend the performance since they would be out of town, but he wished them well and said he knew they'd give a great performance.
Beat out John Smith for the role of Flint McCollough in Wagon Train (1957).
Friends with Robert Fuller, they share the same birthday.
Had resided in the same house for 55 years, between 1960 and 2016.
Met Robert Fuller and James Drury when the three were all under contract with MGM in 1954.
Received the Cowboy Spirit Award at the 16th Annual Bison Homes Festival held in Phoenix for "embodying the integrity, strength of spirit, and moral character depicted by the American cowboy." [March 2006]
He was widely known to be a very private person.
On his 90th Birthday, the Presentation of the Western Legend Award was bestowed to him. [29 July 2014].
As a little boy, he survived many surgeries such as: hernia and an enlarged kidney.
Just before his death, he suffered a fall.
Horton, one of two siblings, acknowledged that, as a hotheaded child, he never felt that he fit into the Mormon household in which he was reared. This was exacerbated by his becoming an actor, something which displeased his conservative parents. As a little boy, he survived many surgeries such as: hernia and an enlarged kidney.
His hobbies were: flying and collecting and driving, vintage, and mid-century automobiles.
Upon his death, he was cremated, his ashes were given to his family.
His beloved residence of Encino, as well as several pieces of notable furniture in the home, was built by the actor and woodworker, George Montgomery.
Lived not too far from Julie London.
Despite being nine years apart, both Horton and Robert Fuller celebrated their own birthdays, every July 29 of each year, for 61 years, until Horton's death in 2016.

Personal Quotes (5)

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Persistence and determination are omnipotent.
I don't show my cars, I drive them. The two don't go together. My hobby is my cars, and they keep me very busy.
[Regarding the future of Wagon Train (1957)]: I have one more season to go with Wagon Train (1957), and I have every intention of carrying out my contract. They asked me to sign on for another five years, but I won't do it. That makes me 10 years in 1 series-half my professional life. I can't see it.
[About a new series' lead who replaced 'Ward Bond (I)', whom he had a feuding relationship]: Twice last year, before Mr. Bond passed away, I suggested for parts in the show, I have long admired him as a talent; we work very much the same way.
No doubt about it, I was in another series---'King Row,' for Warner Brothers. It did nothing for me: in fact, it died after 13 weeks. But Wagon Train (1957) is the best thing that has happened to me. Fortunately, I held out against an exclusive contract. I'm able to do outside TV once a month. And I can do different things so I won't be typed as a Western actor.

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