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Beacon, New York, USA
Place of Death
New York, New York, USA
Cause of Death
Claim to Fame
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Profile Bio Text
As a child, Robert Montgomery enjoyed a privileged life, as his father was the president of the New York Rubber Co. When he died, the fortune was gone and Robert worked at a number of jobs. He later went to New York to be a writer, and on the advice of a friend tried acting. He worked with George Cukor on the stage and his first film, at MGM, was So This Is College (1929). When Norma Shearer picked him to be her leading man in Private Lives (1931), he was set. He played many likable characters over the years, covering the gamut from very poor to very rich. In 1935, he became President of the Screen Actors Guild. His stay with MGM lasted 16 years, and was only interrupted by WWII when he joined the navy. He saw action in both Europe and the Pacific. He returned to MGM in 1945 and co-starred with John Wayne in the John Ford-directed They Were Expendable (1945) and then made his directorial debut with Lady in the Lake (1947) (although he had directed a few scenes, uncredited, in They Were Expendable (1945) when John Ford took ill). He then left MGM to become an independent director, preferring work behind the camera instead of in front. He was a friendly witness before the House Un-American Activities in 1947 during the McCarthy era and then spent most of his time on television and stage. His popular show, Robert Montgomery Presents (1950), was where daughter Elizabeth Montgomery (who later gained fame as beautiful witch Samantha on TV's popular Bewitched (1964)) got her first acting job.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana
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Full Name at Birth
Henry Montgomery Jr.
Mary Weed Barney
Gene Markey, Myrna Loy, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Madge Evans, Anita Page, James Cagney
Elizabeth Montgomery (daughter), Robert Montgomery Jr (son)
North Haven, Maine
Producer, Actor/Actress, Soundtrack
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Robert Montgomery (May 21, 1904 – September 27, 1981) was an American film and television actor, director and producer. He was also the father of actress Elizabeth Montgomery.
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