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Also Known As: Robert George Young Died: July 21, 1998
Born: February 22, 1907 Cause of Death: respiratory failure
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, extra

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An affable, forthright lead with prototypical "average guy" good looks, Robert Young entered films in 1931 and for 25 years embodied the easygoing but eminently sensible US male. Headlining many programmers and medium-sized "A" productions, he made films in every genre, and was often cast as an agreeable consort to more dominant star actresses. Like the star whose career and image most parallels his, Fred MacMurray, Young moved smoothly in middle age to TV, producing and starring in the landmark family sitcom, "Father Knows Best" (CBS and NBC, 1954-1960). It was only one step from paternal ideal to the avuncular, and Young later enjoyed another popular series with the similarly soothing medical drama, "Marcus Welby, M.D." (ABC, 1969-1976). Not as big in films as MacMurray, Young was never as edgy or whimsical as James Stewart, or as earnest and striving as Henry Fonda. His TV success was greater than that of any other Golden Era Hollywood Everyman, though, because, regardless of his real talent as an actor, he was relaxed and unthreatening.

An affable, forthright lead with prototypical "average guy" good looks, Robert Young entered films in 1931 and for 25 years embodied the easygoing but eminently sensible US male. Headlining many programmers and medium-sized "A" productions, he made films in every genre, and was often cast as an agreeable consort to more dominant star actresses. Like the star whose career and image most parallels his, Fred MacMurray, Young moved smoothly in middle age to TV, producing and starring in the landmark family sitcom, "Father Knows Best" (CBS and NBC, 1954-1960). It was only one step from paternal ideal to the avuncular, and Young later enjoyed another popular series with the similarly soothing medical drama, "Marcus Welby, M.D." (ABC, 1969-1976). Not as big in films as MacMurray, Young was never as edgy or whimsical as James Stewart, or as earnest and striving as Henry Fonda. His TV success was greater than that of any other Golden Era Hollywood Everyman, though, because, regardless of his real talent as an actor, he was relaxed and unthreatening.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Secrets of the Reef (1956) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Marcus Welby, MD -- A Holiday Affair (1988) Dr Marcus Welby
2.
 Conspiracy of Love (1987) Grampa Jo
3.
 Mercy Or Murder (1987) Roswell Gilbert
4.
 Return of Marcus Welby, M.D., The (1984) Marcus Welby
5.
 My Darling Daughters' Anniversary (1973) Judge Charles Raleigh
6.
 All My Darling Daughters (1972) Judge Charles Raleigh
7.
 Born Free (1966) James
8.
 Secret of the Incas (1954) Dr. Stanley Moorehead
9.
 The Half-Breed (1952) Dan Craig
10.
 Love Nest (1951) The meter reader
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As a baby moved with family to Seattle
1917:
At age 10, moved with family to Los Angeles (date approximate)
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Began career at Pasadena Playhouse; acted in productions there for four years
1931:
Began touring on a recurring basis with a production of the play, "The Ship"
1931:
Made film debut in "The Black Camel", produced by Fox
1931:
Signed by MGM; first film there, "The Sin of Madelon Claudet"
1932:
Played first male leads in films, "Unashamed" and "New Morals for Old"
1936:
Only feature film credits outside the US: traveled to England to play leading roles in "Secret Agent" and "It's Love Again"
1944:
Contract with MGM ended; last film there for five years, "The Canterville Ghost"; thereafter free-lanced for all of Hollywood major studios, working most often at RKO over the next decade
1949:
Began acting in "Father Knows Best" on radio
1954:
Last feature film, "Secret of the Incas"
1954:
TV series debut, "Father Knows Best", in the title role of Jim Anderson; also marked TV producing debut
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Played the starring role of Cameron Garrett Brooks on the CBS comedy-drama series, "Window on Main Street"
1966:
Played the title role of Nick Holloway on the detective comedy series pilot, "Holloway's Daughters"; option for possible series not picked up
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Toured major US cities in a production of the play, "Generation", in the role of Bolton
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Played the title role on the ABC-TV medical drama series, "Marcus Welby M.D."
1971:
First TV-movie, the two-part "Vanished"; received an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actor
1977:
Starred in two NBC "extension sequels", 90 minutes long each: "Father Knows Best: The Father Knows Best Reunion" and "Father Knows Best: Home from Christmas"
1979:
Played grandfather James Lawrence on the short-lived NBC drama series, "Little Women"
1984:
Reprised the role of Marcus Welby in the TV-movie, "The Return of Marcus Welby, M.D."
1988:
Again reprised the role of Marcus Welby in the TV-movie, "Marcus Welby, M.D.--A Holiday Affair"
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Education

Lincoln High School: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Young is not to be confused with a substantial number of other Robert Youngs, including at least two other actors, one of whom worked in silent films in the U.S. This Robert Young never made any silent movies.

There are also several filmmakers also named Robert Young; the best-known is most often credited as Robert M. Young, much of whose most important work is in documentary.

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wife:
Elizabeth Louise Young. Married from 1933 until her death in 1994.

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father:
Thomas Young. Contractor.
daughter:
Elizabeth Louise Young. Survived him.
daughter:
Carol Anne Young. Survived him.
daughter:
Barbara Queen Young. Survived him.
daughter:
Kathleen Joy Young. Survived him.
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