Robert Montgomery

Robert Montgomery
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Robert Montgomery (born Henry Montgomery Jr.; 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. Montgomery settled in New York City to try his hand at writing and acting. He established a stage career, and became popular enough to turn down an offer to appear opposite Vilma Bánky in the film This Is Heaven (1929). Sharing a stage with George Cukor gave him an entry to Hollywood and a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where he debuted in So This Is College (also 1929). Montgomery initially played exclusively in comedy roles, but portrayed a character in his first drama film in The Big House (1930). MGM was initially reluctant to assign him in such a role, until "his earnestness, and his convincing arguments, with demonstrations of how he would play the character" won him the assignment. From The Big House on, he was in constant demand. Appearing as Greta Garbo's romantic interest in Inspiration (1930) started him toward stardom with a rush. Norma Shearer chose him to star opposite her in The Divorcee (1930), Strangers May Kiss (1931), and Private Lives (1931), which led him to stardom. In another challenging role, Montgomery played a psychopath in the chiller Night Must Fall (1937), for which he received an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination. After World War II broke out in Europe in September, 1939, and while the United States was still officially neutral, Montgomery enlisted in London for American field service and drove ambulances in France until the Dunkirk evacuation. He then returned to Hollywood and addressed a massive rally on the MGM lot for the American Red Cross in July 1940. Montgomery returned to playing light comedy roles, such as Alfred Hitchcock's Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) with Carole Lombard. He continued his search for dramatic roles. For his role as Joe Pendleton, a boxer and pilot in Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), Montgomery was nominated for an Oscar a second time. After the U.S. entered World War II in December 1941, he joined the United States Navy, rising to the rank of lieutenant commander, and served on the USS Barton (DD-722) which was part of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. In 1945, Montgomery returned to Hollywood, making his uncredited directing debut with They Were Expendable, where he directed some of the PT boat scenes when director John Ford was unable to work for health reasons. Montgomery's first credited film as director and his final film for MGM was the film noir Lady in the Lake (1947), in which he also starred, which received mixed reviews. Adapted from Raymond Chandler's detective novel and sanitized for the censorship of the day, the film is unusual because it was filmed entirely from Marlowe's vantage point. Montgomery only appeared on camera a few times, three times in a mirror reflection. Active in Republican politics and concerned about communist influence in the entertainment industry, Montgomery was a friendly witness before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. Montgomery has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for movies at 6440 Hollywood Boulevard, and another for television at 1631 Vine Street.
Name Robert Montgomery
Also Known As Bob Montgomery, Comdr. Robert Montgomery U.S.N.R., Robert Montgomery Comdr. U.S.N.R., Henry Montgomery Jr.
Birthday 1904-05-21
Deathday 1981-09-27
Gender Male
IMDB Robert Montgomery profile on IMDB
Place of Birth Fishkill Landing [now Beacon], New York, USA
As: Philip Marlowe
1947-01-23
Lady in the Lake...
As: Larry Belmont
1932-09-01
Blondie of the Folli...
As: André Montell
1931-01-01
Inspiration...
As: Philip Monrell
1941-03-07
Rage in Heaven...
As: David
1941-01-31
Mr. & Mrs. Smith...
As: Freddy Matthews
1937-07-15
Ever Since Eve...
As: Larry
1930-03-22
Free and Easy...
As: Jonathan 'Lucky' Wil
1934-08-24
Hide-Out...
As: Joe Pendleton
1941-08-07
Here Comes Mr. Jorda...
As: Kent Marlowe
1930-06-14
The Big House...
As: Lt. John Brickley
1945-12-20
They Were Expendable...
As: Lucky Gagin
1947-10-08
Ride the Pink Horse...
As: Malcolm 'Mal' Niles
1938-09-02
Three Loves Has Nanc...
As: Don
1930-04-19
The Divorcee...
As: Himself
1938-05-28
Hollywood Handicap...
As: Lord Arthur Dilling
1937-02-19
The Last of Mrs. Che...
As: Victor Hallam
1933-07-28
Another Language...
As: Adam Heyward
1950-08-26
Your Witness...
As: Danny
1937-04-30
Night Must Fall...
As: Auguste Pellerin
1933-10-06
Night Flight...
As: Tommy Duncan
1941-08-27
Unfinished Business...
As: Raymond Dabney
1931-07-04
The Man in Possessio...
As: Elyot Chase
1931-12-12
Private Lives...
As: John 'Jack' Douglas
1929-12-27
Their Own Desire...
As: Steve
1931-04-04
Strangers May Kiss...
As: Carey Jackson
1948-10-29
June Bride...
As: Dillon 'Dill" Todd
1934-12-23
Forsaking All Others...
As: Sheridan Warren
1935-06-14
No More Ladies...
As: Narrator
1948-10-22
The Secret Land...
As: Dascom Dinsmore
1936-03-20
Petticoat Fever...
As: Robert Kilmount
1940-01-05
The Earl of Chicago...
As: Tony
1930-07-19
Our Blushing Brides...
As: Jack Madison
1931-02-07
The Easiest Way...
As: Lord Peter Wimsey
1940-09-20
Busman's Honeymoon...
As: Matt Saxon
1948-09-28
The Saxon Charm...
As: Revel
1934-02-23
The Mystery of Mr. X...
As: James Crocker, Jr.
1936-08-14
Piccadilly Jim...
As: John O'Hara
1938-05-19
Yellow Jack...
As: Hale Darrow
1932-05-13
Letty Lynton...
As: Wally O'Brien
1930-11-22
War Nurse...
As: Richard 'Dickie' Kur
1935-01-04
Biography of a Bache...
As: Kelly
1930-09-05
Love in the Rough...
As: Nick Higginson
1930-06-27
The Sins of the Chil...
As: John Paul Jones
1931-04-25
Shipmates...
As: William 'Bill' Wade
1932-10-15
Faithless...
As: Willie Smith
1932-01-23
Lovers Courageous...
As: Max Clement
1932-04-09
But the Flesh is Wea...
As: Jeff
1933-05-19
Made on Broadway...
As: Bob Graham
1937-10-29
Live, Love and Learn...
As: Benjamin Herries
1935-03-01
Vanessa: Her Love St...
As: Andy McAllister
1929-11-23
Untamed...
As: Prince Florizel
1936-05-29
Trouble for Two...
As: Jimmie
1933-06-23
When Ladies Meet...
As: Biff
1929-11-08
So This Is College...
As: Paul Porter, aka Ste
1934-01-04
Fugitive Lovers...
As: Tommie Trent
1934-03-29
Riptide...
As: Joel Sloane
1939-02-17
Fast and Loose...
As: Lieut. Thomas Knowlt
1933-06-08
Hell Below...
As: Collier Laing
1949-09-24
Once More, My Darlin...
As: William Foster
1929-09-15
Three Live Ghosts...
As: David Conway
1938-03-12
The First Hundred Ye...
As: Himself - Premiere C
1933-12-22
Going Hollywood...
As: Clip from 'Free and
1974-06-21
That's Entertainment...
As: Narration (American
1960-06-22
The Gallant Hours...
As: Himself
1937-08-26
The Romance of Cellu...
As: Himself
1949-01-01
Breakdowns of 1949...
As: Himself (archive foo
2003-05-06
Complicated Women...
As: (archive footage)
1976-05-17
That's Entertainment...
As: Unknown
1939-05-28
From the Ends of the...
As: Unknown
1940-01-01
The Miracle of Sound...
As: Unknown
1938-07-07
Hollywood Goes to To...
As: Himself (archive foo
2005-12-12
Jornal Português (1...
As: Unknown
1935-09-28
Starlit Days at the ...
As: Unknown
1966-01-12
Batman...
As: Unknown
1950-01-30
Robert Montgomery Pr...
As: Host
1950-01-30
Robert Montgomery Pr...
As: Unknown
1950-09-10
The Colgate Comedy H...