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Robert Dudley

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.]


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Born:
Sep 13, 1869 In Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
55
First Appeared:
In the movie Seven Keys to Baldpate 1917-10-16
Latest Project:
Movie Strike It Rich 1948-12-01
Known For
Poster of The Palm Beach Story
Poster of The Lady Eve
Poster of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Poster of The Marriage Clause
Filmography
Movie Strike It Rich Pop 1948-12-01
Movie Sleep, My Love Bar Patron at The Maples 1948-02-18
Movie The Sin of Harold Diddlebock Robert McDuffy 1947-04-04
Movie Living in a Big Way Carpenter 1947-06-10
Movie Magic Town Dickey 1947-10-07
Movie Christmas Eve Robert - Matilda's Chauffeur (uncredited) 1947-10-31
Movie San Quentin Fuller 1946-12-16
Movie Singin' in the Corn Gramp McCoy 1946-12-26
Movie Main Street Today Frank Hostetter (uncredited) 1944-03-25
Movie The Doughgirls Hotel Waiter 1944-11-25
Movie It Happened Tomorrow Justice of the Peace (uncredited) 1944-03-31
Movie Casanova Brown Justice Of The Peace 1944-08-23
Movie The Ghost and the Guest Ben Bowron 1943-04-19
Movie Honeymoon Lodge Elderly Man 1943-07-23
Movie The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek Man (uncredited) 1943-12-24
Movie Son of Dracula Justice of the Peace Jonathan Kirby (uncredited) 1943-11-05
Movie Happy Land Old Man Bowers 1943-11-10
Movie The Palm Beach Story Wienie King 1942-08-28
Movie The Lady Eve Husband on Ship (uncredited) 1941-02-25
Movie Citizen Kane Photographer (uncredited) 1941-04-17
Movie The House of the Seven Gables Jury Foreman 1940-02-29
Movie Haunted House Hank Edwards 1940-07-21
Movie When the Daltons Rode Pete Norris - Juror 1940-08-23
Movie Lucky Partners Bailiff 1940-08-02
Movie Stranger on the Third Floor Postman (uncredited) 1940-08-16
Movie Almost a Gentleman Farmer 1939-03-31
Movie Zenobia Court Clerk 1939-04-21
Movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Reporter (uncredited) 1939-10-19
Movie Yankee Doodle Goes to Town Shopkeeper (uncredited) 1939-06-17
Movie The Mighty Treve Rancher at Auction 1937-01-17
Movie The Toast of New York Janitor 1937-07-22
Movie Paddy O'Day Robert - Chauffeur 1936-01-17
Movie Fury Store Owner (uncredited) 1936-06-05
Movie The Perfect Set-Up Theatre Employee Shooting Victim (uncredited) 1936-02-01
Movie 3 Kids and a Queen Shopkeeper 1935-10-21
Movie Midnight Mary Mannering's Night Watchman (uncredited) 1933-06-30
Movie Face in the Sky Minister (uncredited) 1933-01-15
Movie Three Wise Girls Lem - the Druggist 1932-02-10
Movie Scandal Sheet Flint's Secretary 1931-01-31
Movie An American Tragedy Juror (uncredited) 1931-08-22
Movie Wide Open Office Worker 1930-02-01
Movie Burning Up Sheriff 1930-02-02
Movie Conspiracy Mr. Christopher (uncredited) 1930-08-10
Movie Dames Ahoy Parson 1930-02-10
Movie Big News Telegraph Editor 1929-09-06
Movie The Night Flyer Freddy 1928-02-05
Movie Casey at the Bat Farmer (uncredited) 1927-03-08
Movie The Marriage Clause Secretary 1926-09-12
Movie The Last Edition Yes Man 1925-11-08
Movie A Woman of the World French-speaking party guest 1925-12-28
Movie The Tiger's Claw Army Officer 1923-04-22
Movie The Extra Girl Financier 1923-10-28
Movie One a Minute Rogers' Attorney (uncredited) 1921-06-19
Movie The Fourteenth Man Tidmarsh 1920-09-01
Movie Seven Keys to Baldpate Clerk 1917-10-16