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Robert Gist

Robert Marion Gist (October 1, 1917 – May 21, 1998) was an American actor and film director. Gist was reared around the stockyards of Chicago, Illinois, during the Great Depression. Reform school-bound after injuring another boy in a fistfight, Gist instead ended up at Chicago's Hull House, a settlement house originally established by social worker Jane Addams. There he first became interested in acting. Work in Chicago radio was followed by stage acting roles in Chicago and on Broadway (in the long-running Harvey with Josephine Hull).[citation needed] While acting in Harvey, he made his motion picture debut in 20th Century-Fox's Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street (1947). Gist was also seen on Broadway in director Charles Laughton's The Caine Mutiny Court Martial (1954) with Henry Fonda and John Hodiak. While shooting Operation Petticoat (1959), Gist told director Blake Edwards that he was interested in directing. Edwards later hired Gist to helm episodes of the TV series Peter Gunn. Gist also directed episodes of TV shows Naked City, The Twilight Zone, Route 66 and many others.

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Jun 16, 1924 In Chicago, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Miracle on 34th Street 1947-06-11
Latest Project:
Movie Jack the Giant Killer 1962-05-17
Known For
Poster of Operation Petticoat
Poster of Matinee Theater
Poster of Strangers on a Train
Poster of The Stratton Story
Movie Jack the Giant Killer Scottish Captain 1962-05-17
Movie Blueprint for Robbery Chips McGann 1961-02-01
Series The Americans Unknown 1961-01-23
Movie Al Capone Dion O'Banion 1959-03-25
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Unknown 1959-09-21
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Series Men into Space Unknown 1959-09-30
Series Black Saddle Unknown 1959-01-10
Series Hennesey Unknown 1959-09-28
Movie Operation Petticoat Lieutenant Watson 1959-12-05
Series The Detectives Unknown 1959-10-16
Series Hawaiian Eye Unknown 1959-10-07
Movie The FBI Story Medicine Salesman 1959-10-01
Series Johnny Ringo Unknown 1959-10-02
Series Sea Hunt Unknown 1958-01-04
Movie The Naked and the Dead Red 1958-08-06
Movie Wolf Larsen Matthews 1958-10-26
Series Peter Gunn Unknown 1958-09-22
Series Have Gun, Will Travel Unknown 1957-09-14
Series Richard Diamond, Private Detective Unknown 1957-07-01
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series The Walter Winchell File Unknown 1957-10-02
Movie D-Day the Sixth of June Dan Stenick 1956-05-29
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Matinee Theater Unknown 1955-10-31
Movie Angel Face Miller 1953-01-02
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie The Band Wagon Hal 1953-08-07
Movie One Minute to Zero Maj. Carter 1952-09-19
Movie Strangers on a Train Detective Leslie Hennessy 1951-06-27
Movie I Was a Shoplifter Barkie Neff 1950-05-13
Movie The Jackpot Pete Spooner 1950-11-01
Movie Jigsaw Tommy Quigley 1949-03-11
Movie The Stratton Story Earnie 1949-05-12
Movie Scene of the Crime P.J. Pontiac 1949-07-28
Movie A Dangerous Profession Roy Collins, aka Max Gibney 1949-12-10
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie Miracle on 34th Street Department Store Window Dresser (uncredited) 1947-06-11