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Born in California, Robert Shields literally ran away from home and joined the circus as a young boy. He studied mime in Paris and, eventually, became a street mime performer in San Francisco. He met Lorene Yarnell Jansson and formed the "Shields and Yarnell" mime duo. They played stages, worldwide, and appeared in TV and film productions. After ... See full bio »

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The Conversation
The Conversation The Mime
Tomcats Chief Henderson
The Wild Wild West Revisited
The Wild Wild West Revisited Alan (Miguelito's $600 bionic man)


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 2011 Sedona
 1994 Count DeClues' Mystery Castle (TV Movie)
 1986 Zoobilee Zoo (TV Series)
Elmo the Clown
- Whazzat the Clown (1986) ... Elmo the Clown
 1984 The Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series)
Bobby Joe, the Robot
- Robot P. Coltrane (1984) ... Bobby Joe, the Robot
 1984 Steadfast Tin Soldier (TV Movie)
Tin Soldier
 1980 Hagen (TV Series)
- Hear No Evil (1980) ... Toby
 1979 The Wild Wild West Revisited (TV Movie)
Alan (Miguelito's $600 bionic man)
 1978 Wonder Woman (TV Series)
- Formicida (1978) ... Doug
 1977 Shields and Yarnell (TV Series)
 1977 Tomcats
Chief Henderson
 1976-1977 The Sonny and Cher Show (TV Series)
Regular Performer
- Episode #2.22 (1977) ... Regular Performer (as Shields and Yarnell)
- Episode #2.20 (1977) ... Regular Performer (as Shields and Yarnell)
- Episode #2.11 (1976) ... Regular Performer
- Episode #2.9 (1976) ... Regular Performer
- Episode #2.6 (1976) ... Regular Performer
 1974 The Mac Davis Show (TV Series) (1976)
 1974 The Conversation
The Mime
 1972 Fol-de-Rol (TV Movie)
 1971 Banyon (TV Series)
Mechanical Man
- Pilot (1971) ... Mechanical Man
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He and then-wife Lorene Yarnell Jansson performed in a musical revue, "Broadway Follies," at the Nederlander Theater in New York City. The show closed after one performance after receiving poor notices. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Shields & Yarnell | Shields and Yarnell

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Gained early experience by performing as a robot in a department-store window, complete with a fake power cord extending from his leg. Passers-by never knew for sure if he was human, or really a robot, and the store never let on; his performance was too good for business. See more »

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