Robert Dudley

Birthday:
09/13/1869
Place of birth:
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA:
Biography:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Robert Dudley (September 13, 1869 – September 15*, 1955) was a dentist turned film character actor who, in his 35-year career, appeared in more than 115 films. Dudley was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and was educated at Lake Forest College in Evanston, Illinois and Chicago, where he majored in oral surgery. In 1917 he appeared in his first film, Seven Keys to Baldpate, and then made three other silent films through 1921. After 1922 he worked consistently, appearing in three or four films a year, and making the transition to sound films in 1929 with The Bellamy Trial. Dudley often played characters with a quick temper, including jurors, shopkeepers, ticket agents, court clerks and justices of the peace, as well as an occasional farmer, hobo, or laborer. His performances in these small parts were frequently uncredited. In the 1940s, Dudley was part of Preston Sturges' unofficial "stock company" of character actors, appearing in six films written and directed by Sturges. His most distinctive and memorable role for Sturges was the "Wienie King" in 1942's The Palm Beach Story, the funny little self-made rich man with a big hat who spontaneously bankrolls Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea on their escapade. The 5' 9" Dudley, who was the founder of the "Troupers Club of Hollywood", was married to Elaine Anderson, and they had two girls, Jewell and Patricia Lee. He made his final film, As Young as You Feel, in 1951, and died in 1955 in San Clemente, California. *[TMDb note: The California Death Index indicates that Mr. Dudley died on 12 November 1955. That date should therefore be considered accurate and official.]

Credits

Strike It Rich (1948)
as Pop
Sleep, My Love (1948)
as Bar Patron at The Maples
Christmas Eve (1947)
as Robert - Matilda's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Magic Town (1947)
as Dickey
Living in a Big Way (1947)
as Carpenter
The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)
as Robert McDuffy
Singin' in the Corn (1946)
as Gramp McCoy
San Quentin (1946)
as Fuller
The Doughgirls (1944)
as Hotel Waiter
Casanova Brown (1944)
as Justice Of The Peace
It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
as Justice of the Peace
Main Street Today (1944)
as Frank Hostetter (uncredited)
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1943)
as Man
Happy Land (1943)
as Old Man Bowers
Son of Dracula (1943)
as Justice of the Peace Jonathan Kirby
Honeymoon Lodge (1943)
as Elderly Man
The Ghost and the Guest (1943)
as Ben Bowron
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
as Wienie King
Citizen Kane (1941)
as Photographer (uncredited)
The Lady Eve (1941)
as Husband on Ship (uncredited)
When the Daltons Rode (1940)
as Pete Norris - Juror
Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)
as Postman (uncredited)
Lucky Partners (1940)
as Bailiff
Haunted House (1940)
as Hank Edwards
The House of the Seven Gables (1940)
as Jury Foreman
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
as Reporter (uncredited)
Yankee Doodle Goes to Town (1939)
as Shopkeeper (uncredited)
Zenobia (1939)
as Court Clerk
Almost a Gentleman (1939)
as Farmer
The Mighty Treve (1937)
as Rancher at Auction
Fury (1936)
as Store Owner (uncredited)
The Perfect Set-Up (1936)
as Theatre Employee Shooting Victim (uncredited)
Paddy O'Day (1936)
as Robert - Chauffeur
3 Kids and a Queen (1935)
as Shopkeeper
Midnight Mary (1933)
as Mannering's Night Watchman (uncredited)
Face in the Sky (1933)
as Minister (uncredited)
Three Wise Girls (1932)
as Lem - the Druggist
Scandal Sheet (1931)
as Flint's Secretary
Conspiracy (1930)
as Bit Role
Dames Ahoy (1930)
as Parson
Burning Up (1930)
as Sheriff
Wide Open (1930)
as Office worker
Big News (1929)
as Telegraph Editor
The Night Flyer (1928)
Casey at the Bat (1927)
as Farmer (uncredited)
The Marriage Clause (1926)
as Secretary
A Woman of the World (1925)
as French-speaking party guest
The Last Edition (1925)
as Yes Man
The Extra Girl (1923)
as Financier
The Tiger's Claw (1923)
as Army Officer
The Fourteenth Man (1920)
as Tidmarsh
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1917)
as Clerk

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