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Also Known As: Robert Ritterbusch, Bob Ridgely Died: February 8, 1997
Born: December 24, 1931 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Teaneck, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor

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Known for his robust voice, Robert Ridgely began his career as an actor. In the 1960s Ridgely guest-starred on such TV shows as the adventure series "Sea Hunt" and the ABC Western "Maverick." In 1962 he landed a recurring role as Lt. Frank Kimbro on "The Gallant Men," a series based on soldiers in World War II. That show was cancelled after a single season, but Ridgely continued to find acting work, most notably as a sleazy game show host in director Jonathan Demme's "Melvin and Howard." It was Ridgely's voice, however, described as both "smooth" and "booming," that earned him a steady paycheck. From the 1960s well into the 1990s he lent his voice to countless animated TV programs, with a specialty for voicing superheroes. Some of the more notable characters he voiced included Tarzan in "Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle" and Flash Gordon in "Flash Gordon." Oddly enough, one of Ridgely's most memorable acting roles, as the breezy adult film producer Colonel James in 1997's "Boogie Nights," would also turn out to be his last. He died of cancer a few months before the film was released.

Known for his robust voice, Robert Ridgely began his career as an actor. In the 1960s Ridgely guest-starred on such TV shows as the adventure series "Sea Hunt" and the ABC Western "Maverick." In 1962 he landed a recurring role as Lt. Frank Kimbro on "The Gallant Men," a series based on soldiers in World War II. That show was cancelled after a single season, but Ridgely continued to find acting work, most notably as a sleazy game show host in director Jonathan Demme's "Melvin and Howard." It was Ridgely's voice, however, described as both "smooth" and "booming," that earned him a steady paycheck. From the 1960s well into the 1990s he lent his voice to countless animated TV programs, with a specialty for voicing superheroes. Some of the more notable characters he voiced included Tarzan in "Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle" and Flash Gordon in "Flash Gordon." Oddly enough, one of Ridgely's most memorable acting roles, as the breezy adult film producer Colonel James in 1997's "Boogie Nights," would also turn out to be his last. He died of cancer a few months before the film was released.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Fire Down Below (1997) Simon
2.
 Boogie Nights (1997) The Colonel
3.
 That Thing You Do! (1996) Hollywood Showcase Announcer
4.
 Multiplicity (1996) Laura'S Father
5.
 Hard Eight (1996) Keno Bar Manager
6.
 Daisy-Head Mayzie (1995) Voice
7.
 Ref, The (1994) Bob Burley
8.
 Philadelphia (1993) Walter Kenton
9.
 Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) Hangman
10.
 Life Stinks (1991) Fergueson
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1974:
Appeared in Mell Brook's "Blazing Saddles"
1987:
Featured in "Beverly Hills Cop II"
1993:
Starred in "Philadelphia" and "Robin Hood: Men In Tights"
:
Worked in off broadway production of "The Threepenny Opera"
1994:
Worked on "The Ref"
1957:
Performed in "Fire Down Below"
:
Began carrer by performinng in Manhattan supper clubs
1997:
Final film perfomance, as 'The Colonel' in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights"
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wife:
Patricia Ridgely. Survived him.

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brother:
William Ritterbusch. Doctor. Survived him.

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