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Robert Shayne

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Robert Shayne (October 4, 1900 – November 29, 1992), born Robert Shaen Dawe, was an American actor whose career lasted for over 60 years. He was best known for portraying Inspector Bill Henderson in the American television series Adventures of Superman. Shayne became an actor after having worked as a reporter at the Illustrated Daily Tab in Miami, Florida. His initial acting experience came with repertory companies in Alabama, including the Birmingham Players. Shayne's first Broadway appearance came by 1931 in The Rap. His other Broadway shows include Yellow Jack (1934), The Cat and the Canary (1935), Whiteoaks (1938), with Ethel Barrymore, and Without Love (1942), with Katharine Hepburn. Shayne began his film career in 1934, appearing in two features. In 1942, he became a contract actor with Warner Bros.. He played many character roles in movies and television, including a film series of Warner Bros. featurettes called the "Santa Fe Trail" series such as Wagon Wheels West, and as a mad scientist in the 1953 horror film The Neanderthal Man. He appears briefly in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest, seated at a booth in a hotel bar, where his character meets Cary Grant's character, just as the latter is about to be kidnapped. He also had a small but pivotal role in the 1953 sci-fi classic Invaders From Mars as a scientist. He also enjoyed a brief rebirth in his career when he was cast as the blind newspaper vendor in The Flash television show. He was by this time actually blind and learned his lines by having his wife read them to him and then rehearse until he memorized them. Shayne portrayed Police Inspector William "Bill" Henderson on the 1950s TV series Adventures of Superman. He appeared sporadically in the early episodes of the series, in part because he came under HUAC scrutiny and was briefly blacklisted on unproven and unspecific charges of association with Communism. As the program evolved, especially in the color episodes, he was brought into more and more of them, to the point where he was a regular on the series.

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Oct 4, 1900 In Yonkers, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Keep 'Em Rolling 1934-03-02
Latest Project:
Movie The Naked Monster 2005-04-22
Known For
Poster of Emergency!
Poster of Land of the Giants
Poster of Indestructible Man
Poster of The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok
Movie The Naked Monster Prof. Bradshaw 2005-04-22
Movie The Specialist Chairman Hopkins 1975-05-01
Series Emergency! Unknown 1972-01-22
Movie The Million Dollar Duck Refinery Executive (uncredited) 1971-06-30
Movie Winning Well-Wisher at Indy Victory (uncredited) 1969-05-22
Series Land of the Giants Mr. Clinton 1968-09-22
Movie Runaway Girl Walter Quillen 1965-05-10
Movie A Tiger Walks Governor's Advisor 1964-04-12
Movie 20,000 Eyes Police Lieutenant 1961-06-14
Movie Toby Tyler Husband - Circus Spectator 1960-01-01
Movie Valley of the Redwoods Capt. Sid Walker 1960-05-08
Movie Why Must I Die Charlie Munro 1960-06-01
Movie Cage of Evil Victor Delmar 1960-07-01
Movie The Rebel Set Lt. Cassidy 1959-06-28
Movie I, Mobster Senator 1959-01-01
Movie North by Northwest Larry Wade (uncredited) 1959-07-08
Series The Third Man Unknown 1959-10-02
Movie War of the Satellites Cole Hotchkiss 1958-05-18
Movie Teenage Caveman The Fire Maker 1958-07-01
Movie How to Make a Monster Gary Droz 1958-07-01
Movie Kronos Air Force General 1957-03-31
Movie The Giant Claw Gen. Van Buskirk 1957-06-01
Movie Footsteps in the Night Fred Horner 1957-04-14
Series 26 Men Unknown 1957-11-01
Movie Spook Chasers Police Lt. Harris 1957-06-02
Movie Indestructible Man Dr. Bradshaw 1956-03-24
Movie Rumble on the Docks Judge 1956-12-01
Movie Dance With Me, Henry District Attorney Martin Proctor 1956-12-17
Movie Hot Shots Pierre M. Morley 1956-12-23
Movie Murder Is My Beat Bert Rawley 1955-02-27
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Movie Double Jeopardy Mr. Ross 1955-06-23
Series Navy Log Unknown 1955-09-20
Movie King of the Carnival Jess Carter 1955-06-27
Series Sheena, Queen of the Jungle Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie Trader Tom of the China Seas Kurt Daley 1954-01-06
Series Stories of the Century Colonel Marsh 1954-01-23
Movie Flight Nurse Surgeon 1953-11-15
Movie Marshal of Cedar Rock Paul Jackson / Fake John Harper 1953-02-01
Movie Prince of Pirates Prime Minister Treeg 1953-03-07
Movie The Neanderthal Man Prof. Clifford Groves 1953-06-19
Movie Invaders from Mars Dr. William Wilson 1953-04-22
Movie Indian Uprising Maj. Nathan Stark 1952-01-02
Movie Without Warning! Dr. Werner, Police Psychiatrist 1952-05-08
Movie Mr. Walkie Talkie Capt. Burke 1952-11-28
Series Adventures of Superman Inspector Henderson 1952-09-19
Movie Missing Women Cincotta 1951-02-23
Series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Unknown 1951-04-15
Movie Criminal Lawyer Clark Sommers 1951-08-23
Movie The Dakota Kid Ace Crandall 1951-07-01
Movie Dynamite Pass Jay Wingate 1950-03-23
Movie Federal Man Chief Agent Charles Stuart 1950-01-01
Movie Rider from Tucson John Avery 1950-06-07
Movie Customs Agent West Coast Chief Agent J.G. Goff 1950-05-18
Movie State Penitentiary Stanley Brown 1950-06-08
Movie Big Timber 1950-09-10
Movie When You're Smiling Jack Lacey 1950-08-30
Movie Experiment Alcatraz Barry Morgan 1950-11-21
Movie Forgotten Women Richard Marshall 1949-07-17
Movie The Threat Insp. 'Murph' Murphy 1949-12-01
Movie The Inside Story T.W. "Tom" O'Connor 1948-03-14
Movie The Swordsman Ronald MacArden 1948-01-02
Movie Best Man Wins Judge Leonidas K. Carter 1948-05-06
Movie Let's Live a Little Dr. Richard Field 1948-12-09
Movie The Strange Mrs. Crane Floyd Durant 1948-10-07
Movie Loaded Pistols Don Mason 1948-12-15
Movie Backlash James O'Neil 1947-03-01
Movie I Cover Big Town Chief Tom Blake 1947-02-27
Movie Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman Mr. Gordon 1947-03-01
Movie Welcome Stranger Roy Chesley 1947-06-13
Movie The Spirit of West Point Col. Earl 'Red' Blaik 1947-10-03
Movie Three Strangers Bertram Fallon 1946-01-28
Movie I Ring Doorbells Dick Meadows 1946-02-28
Movie The Face of Marble Dr. David Cochran 1946-01-19
Movie Wife Wanted Bill Tyler 1946-11-02
Movie Behind the Mask Brad Thomas 1946-05-25
Movie Nobody Lives Forever Chet King 1946-11-01
Movie Law of the Badlands Bob Tate 1945-04-14
Movie Christmas in Connecticut Dudley Beecham 1945-07-27
Movie San Antonio Captain Morgan 1945-12-29
Movie Frontier Days Marshal Jim Blake 1945-12-08
Movie Shine on Harvest Moon Dan Costello 1944-03-10
Movie Gun to Gun Steve Randall 1944-01-08
Movie Mr. Skeffington MacMahon 1944-05-25
Movie Roaring Guns Jared Whitney 1944-02-19
Movie Trial by Trigger Bill Cardigan 1944-05-27
Movie Make Your Own Bed Lester Knight 1944-06-10
Movie Hollywood Canteen Busboy (uncredited) 1944-12-15
Movie I Won't Play Chaplain aka 'Padre' 1944-11-11
Movie Mission to Moscow Engineer (uncredited) 1943-04-29
Movie Wagon Wheels West U.S. Marshal Frankie Wilson 1943-10-30
Movie Oklahoma Outlaws Ned Kincaid 1943-09-14
Movie Keep 'Em Rolling Maj. James Parker 1934-03-02
Movie Wednesday's Child Howard Benson 1934-10-26