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Overview (5)

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

Mini Bio (1)

Robert Horton was born on July 29, 1924 into a Mormon family in Los Angeles, California as Meade Howard Horton Jr. He began his contract career at MGM in 1952 and adopted the acting name of Robert Horton.

Following his final role (as a guest star on Murder, She Wrote (1984)), Horton retired from acting in 1989. He had appeared in films, musical theatre, and many television series in both starring and guest roles, including Apache War Smoke (1952), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), Wagon Train (1957), The Barbara Stanwyck Show (1960), Matinee Theatre (1955), As the World Turns (1956), and The Green Slime (1968).

Horton was thrice married: to Mary Catherine Jobe, to Barbara Ruick, and to Marilynn Bradley, who survived him. He died on March 9, 2016, aged 91, in his native Los Angeles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Robert Sieger (updated)

Family (1)

Spouse Marilynn Bradley (31 December 1960 - 9 March 2016)  (his death)
Barbara Ruick (22 August 1953 - 27 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 (29)

Born at 12:07pm-PDT
A cowboy buff, Horton was named an Honorary Marshal of Tombstone, Arizona on July 6, 2002. He later 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" on March 18, 2006.
Attended the Festival of The West alongside fellow actors, Robert Fuller and James Drury, from 2003 to 2011.
Recorded an album of pop songs on Columbia, "The Very Thought of You," in 1964.
Shortly after his 80th birthday, he received the Golden Boot Award. [7 August 2004].
Attended Hollywood High School in 1942 (at the same time as Gloria Grahame, Jason Robards and Judy Garland). Then attended the University of Miami for 2 years and later graduated from UCLA (University of California-Los Angeles), summa cum laude.
Made the list of the Ten Best Dressed Men in 1963, along with President John F. Kennedy, James Garner, and Joey Bishop.
Prior to their marriage, his wife Marilynn Bradley, 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". The couple met while appearing in a production of the musical "Guys and Dolls" in Ohio. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 31, 2010. They remained married until his death in 2016.
Had worked with James Best in episodes of two different series: Wagon Train (1957) and The Barbara Stanwyck Show (1960).
Horton made his stage debut at age 23, and was featured in 34 musicals.
Moved to New York City in the 1980s, prior to filming As the World Turns (1956).
Shortened his name from Meade Howard Horton Jr. to Robert Horton to become an actor.
Attended the funeral of Ward Bond in 1960.
Began his contract career at MGM in 1952. After his final guest-starring role on Murder, She Wrote (1984), he retired from acting at age 65 in 1989.
Had to cancel his appearance at the Williambsurg Film Festival in Williamsburg, Virginia, due to health problems. [7 March 2007].
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.
Before Frank McGrath became his future co-star on Wagon Train (1957), McGrath was Horton's stuntman on Pony Soldier (1952) and Apache War Smoke (1952). Horton owned the Appaloosa horse he often rode in both series.
With Terry Wilson's death on March 30, 1999, Horton became the last original surviving cast member of Wagon Train (1957).
Beat out John Smith to create 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.
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]
On his 90th birthday, Horton received the Presentation of the Western Legend Award.
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.
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.
Lived not too far from Julie London.

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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