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Overview (2)

Born in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Culver City, California, USA
Height 6' 11" (2.11 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Robby was the brainchild of, and designed by industrial designer, Japanese-American engineer Robert Kinoshita. It was built in mid-1955 by the MGM prop department, at a reported cost of $125,000, to 'star' in the epic science fiction classic Forbidden Planet (1956) and its B-movie followup The Invisible Boy (1957) a year later. Robby the Robot has become one of the most popular robot icons in the history of movies and media, as recognizable as George Lucas' erstwhile comedy team of R2-D2 and C-3PO who 'co-starred' in his epic sci-fi fantasy Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Donald John Long <djlprojects@usa.net>

Trivia (13)

Today, Robby the Robot is a superstar of science fiction, appearing first in Forbidden Planet (1956). Some would say he is the perfect realization of Isaac Asimov's famous "Three Laws of Robotics", which Asimov first promulgated in his 1950 story collection, I, Robot.
The Barton brothers completed their full-size replica of Robby in the spring of 1975, and celebrated by booking him at as many Star Trek and sci-fi conventions as they could. Robby was a big hit, a major media star once again, even though the clone made all the personal appearances while the original MGM robot stood gathering dust in an Orange County movie museum.
Robby is now owned by the top Forbidden Planet collector in the world, film director Bill Malone.
Robby's voice was provided by talented actor and announcer Marvin Miller.
Robby stands at a height of 7' 6" tall, weighs about 300 lbs., and was originally operated by an MGM special effects technician Glen Robinson, who subsequently worked on MGM's Logan's Run (1976).
Robby was designed by Robert Kinoshita, and built in mid-1955 by the MGM prop department, at a reported cost of $125,000.00.
In Forbidden Planet (1956) he was played by Frankie Darro.
He made a personal appearance at the opening of 'This is Tomorrow' at London's Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1956. The event is sometimes regarded as the first launch of 'Pop Art'.
He speaks 188 languages.
Robby's exact twin from TV and Movie fame is owned by HighTechScience.org in Florida, USA. They own the world's largest robot collection which is loaned to museums across the United States.
Built in 1955 for $125000.00 (1,126,773.05 in Febuary 2016) dollars.
In the 1990's, Robbie the Robot, made a guest-prop appearance at a 'Save the Rose Theatre' event, as part of an exhibition nearby upon the London Southbank, his numerous guest cameo's linking many other 'Live-Actors', who came from the U.S. to participate in variety of film industry conventions during the same weekend.
The original Robby the Robot and his jeep were sold by Bonhams Auctioneers in New York on November 21, 2017, for US$5,375,000. It became the most expensive film prop ever sold at auction.

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