Robert Montgomery

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    Date of Birth
    21 May 1904, Beacon, New York, USA

    Date of Death
    27 September 1981, New York, New York, USA (cancer)

    Birth Name

    Henry Montgomery Jr.

    Height
    6' 1" (1.85 m)

    Mini Biography
    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.

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    Source: IMDb & The Earl of Hollywood (A Robert Montgomery fan site)
     
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    Robert was an undeniably talented actor. (One of my all-time favorites). Some of the first films that I watched of his include No More Ladies, Forsaking All Others, and The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (all of which co-starred Joan Crawford). :heart:


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    On May 21, 2009 (his birthday) TCM will air the following of his films:

    The Big House
    Mr. and Mrs. Smith
    Strangers May Kiss
    Hide-Out
    Their Own Desire
    Here Comes Mr. Jordan
    The First Hundred Years
    Lady in the Lake
    The Last of Mrs. Cheyney

    Source: TCM

    His birthday is the day after Jimmy Stewart's.
    TCM is also airing a selection of Stewart's films on May 20.
     
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    Robert with his wife, Elizabeth Allen

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    Robert with Greta Garbo, in Inspiration

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    Robert with Anita Page
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    Robert with Robert Benchley in Piccadilly Jim
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    Robert with Ramon Novarro
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    Robert With Joan Crawford, in Our Blushing Brides
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    Robert with Joan in Untamed
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    Mr. & Mrs. Smith

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    Mr. & Mrs. Smith

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    Mr. & Mrs. Smith

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    The First Hundred Years

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    Robert on select magazine covers:

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