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Robert Cummings

Effective light comedian of '30s and '40s films and '50s and '60s TV series, Robert Cummings was renowned for his eternally youthful looks (which he attributed to a strict vitamin and health-food diet). He was educated at Carnegie Tech and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Deciding that Broadway producers would be more interested in an upper-crust Englishman than a kid from Joplin, Missouri, Cummings passed himself off as Blade Stanhope Conway, British actor. The ploy was successful. Cummings decided that if it worked on Broadway, it would work in Hollywood, so he journeyed west and assumed the identity of a rich Texan named Bruce Hutchens. The plan worked once more, and he began securing small parts in films. He soon reverted to his real name and became a popular leading man in light comedies, usually playing well-meaning, pleasant but somewhat bumbling young men. He achieved much more success, however, in his own television series in the '50s, The Bob Cummings Show (1955) and My Living Doll (1964). Cummings was born June 10, 1910, in Joplin, Missouri, and he died of kidney failure December 2, 1990, in Woodland Hills, California. He is interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, in the Great Mausoleum, Columbarium of Sanctity.

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Jun 10, 1910 In Joplin, Missouri, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Jungle 1914-05-25
Latest Project:
Movie The Great American Beauty Contest 1973-02-13
Known For
Movie The Great American Beauty Contest Dan Carson (as Bob Cummings) 1973-02-13
Movie Gidget Grows Up Russell Lawrence 1969-12-30
Movie Five Golden Dragons Bob Mitchell 1967-08-03
Movie Stagecoach Henry Gatewood (as Bob Cummings) 1966-04-21
Movie Promise Her Anything Dr. Philip Brock (as Bob Cummings) 1966-02-22
Movie Hollywood My Home Town 1965-12-31
Movie The Carpetbaggers Dan Pierce 1964-04-08
Movie What a Way to Go! Victor Stephanson 1964-10-12
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963-07-01
Movie Beach Party Prof. Robert 'Bob' Orwell Sutwell 1963-08-07
Movie My Geisha Bob Moore 1962-03-09
Series The New Bob Cummings Show 1961-10-05
Movie Bomber's Moon Colonel Culver 1958-05-22
Series The Bob Cummings Show Bob Collins 1955-01-02
Movie How To Be Very, Very Popular Fillmore 'Wedge' Wedgewood 1955-07-22
Movie Dial M for Murder Mark Halliday 1954-05-29
Movie Lucky Me Dick Carson 1954-04-09
Movie Twelve Angry Men Juror #8 1954-09-20
Movie Marry Me Again Bill 1953-09-22
Movie The First Time Joe Bennett 1952-01-31
Series My Hero (US) Robert Beanblossom 1952-11-08
Movie The Barefoot Mailman Sylvanus Hurley 1951-12-03
Movie For Heaven's Sake Jeff Bolton 1950-12-15
Movie Paid in Full Bill Prentice 1950-02-15
Movie The Petty Girl George Petty, aka Andrew 'Andy' Tapp 1950-08-17
Movie Reign of Terror Charles D'Aubigny 1949-10-15
Movie The Accused Warren Ford 1949-01-14
Movie Free For All Christopher Parker 1949-11-01
Movie Tell It to the Judge Pete Webb 1949-11-18
Movie Sleep, My Love Bruce Elcott 1948-02-18
Movie Let's Live a Little Duke Crawford 1948-12-09
Movie Heaven Only Knows Michael, aka Mike 1947-09-12
Movie The Chase Chuck Scott 1946-11-16
Movie The Bride Wore Boots Jeff Warren 1946-06-05
Movie You Came Along Maj. Bob Collins 1945-07-04
Movie Forever and a Day Ned 1943-01-21
Movie Princess O'Rourke Eddie O'Rourke 1943-10-23
Movie Flesh and Fantasy Michael (segment 1) 1943-10-29
Movie Kings Row Parris Mitchell 1942-02-02
Movie Breakdowns of 1942 Himself (uncredited) 1942-01-01
Movie Saboteur Barry Kane 1942-04-24
Movie Between Us Girls Jimmy Blake 1942-09-04
Movie The Devil and Miss Jones Joe O'Brien 1941-04-11
Movie Free and Easy Max Clemington 1941-02-28
Movie Moon Over Miami Jeffrey 'Jeff' Boulton II 1941-07-04
Movie It Started with Eve Jonathan 'Johnny' Reynolds Jr. 1941-09-26
Movie And One Was Beautiful Ridley Crane 1940-04-05
Movie One Night in the Tropics Steve Harper 1940-11-15
Movie Spring Parade Corporal Harry Marten 1940-09-27
Movie The Under-Pup Dennis Lane 1939-08-31
Movie Three Smart Girls Grow Up Harry Loren 1939-03-24
Movie Everything Happens at Night Ken Morgan 1939-12-22
Movie Charlie McCarthy, Detective Scotty Hamilton 1939-12-22
Movie Rio Bill Gregory 1939-12-29
Movie You and Me Jim 1938-06-01
Movie College Swing Radio Announcer 1938-04-29
Movie Touchdown, Army Cadet Jimmy Howal 1938-08-04
Movie The Texans Alan Sanford 1938-08-12
Movie The Last Train from Madrid Juan Ramos 1937-06-11
Movie Souls at Sea George Martin 1937-09-03
Movie Wells Fargo Dan Trimball, prospector 1937-12-31
Movie Desert Gold Fordyce 'Ford' Mortimer 1936-03-26
Movie Hollywood Boulevard Jay Wallace 1936-08-20
Movie Border Flight Lt. Bob Dixon 1936-05-29
Movie Lady Be Careful First Officer 1936-09-03
Movie Arizona Mahoney Phillip Randall 1936-12-04
Movie The Accusing Finger Jimmy Ellis 1936-11-17
Movie So Red the Rose George Pendleton 1935-12-20
Movie Seasoned Greetings The Beau/Husband in 'Sunny Weather' Number (uncredited) 1933-09-23
Movie Sons of the Desert Steamship Announcement Witness (uncredited) 1933-12-29
Movie Betsy Ross Joel Radley 1917-09-16
Movie The Law of Compensation Horace Benton 1917-04-01
Movie Alias Jimmy Valentine Doyle 1915-02-22
Movie The Jungle Connor 1914-05-25
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