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Born: July 24, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bethesda, Maryland, USA Profession: actor

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An earnest, boyishly handsome actor, Robert Hays has often adopted an amusing deadpan expression as well-meaning but clueless romantic leads caught up in farcical situations. A "Marine brat", Hays grew up in Turkey, India and England before graduating from high school in Nebraska. Attending college in San Diego, he caught the theater bug after studying acting for a semester and promptly joined the Actor's Guild at the Old Globe Theater. Hays stayed with the company for five years, performing in plays ranging from "Richard III" to "The Glass Menagerie" to "Say Who You Are", winning the Globe's Atlas award for the latter. Hays made his TV debut guesting on ABC's detective series "Harry O" and began appearing on TV-movies soon thereafter. A first series, "The Young Pioneers" (ABC, 1978), with Hays as the eponymous couple's neighbor, fizzled after three episodes, but he had more luck with "Angie" (ABC, 1979-80). As clean-cut Brad Benson, Hays played a wealthy young doctor who dealt with sitcom adventures after marrying a poor waitress (Donna Pescow). The show was never a huge hit, but it got Hays noticed, and he made a successful debut in features with the hilarious disaster spoof, "Airplane!" (1980). As...

An earnest, boyishly handsome actor, Robert Hays has often adopted an amusing deadpan expression as well-meaning but clueless romantic leads caught up in farcical situations. A "Marine brat", Hays grew up in Turkey, India and England before graduating from high school in Nebraska. Attending college in San Diego, he caught the theater bug after studying acting for a semester and promptly joined the Actor's Guild at the Old Globe Theater. Hays stayed with the company for five years, performing in plays ranging from "Richard III" to "The Glass Menagerie" to "Say Who You Are", winning the Globe's Atlas award for the latter.

Hays made his TV debut guesting on ABC's detective series "Harry O" and began appearing on TV-movies soon thereafter. A first series, "The Young Pioneers" (ABC, 1978), with Hays as the eponymous couple's neighbor, fizzled after three episodes, but he had more luck with "Angie" (ABC, 1979-80). As clean-cut Brad Benson, Hays played a wealthy young doctor who dealt with sitcom adventures after marrying a poor waitress (Donna Pescow). The show was never a huge hit, but it got Hays noticed, and he made a successful debut in features with the hilarious disaster spoof, "Airplane!" (1980). As Ted Striker (a role he reprised for the 1982 sequel) he was quite funny as the goofy yet stalwart former pilot who must try to land an endangered plane.

Hays' wide-eyed, middle-America good looks suggested promise in films, but the unpopular "Take This Job and Shove It" (1981), based on the hit song, failed to consolidate his fame. Subsequent features were minor farces all cut from the same cloth. In "Trenchcoat" (1982) and "Fifty/Fifty" (1991), he played bumbling spies, while "Honeymoon Academy" (1990) had him married to a spy caught up in work during their honeymoon. "Scandalous" (1984), meanwhile, put Hays in comic suspense once more as a reporter charged with murder. He later did direct-to-video releases like "No Dessert Dad, Till You Mow the Lawn" and "Raw Justice" (both 1994).

The likable Hays, a highly recognizable TV face, kept busy in the comic TV-movies "The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything" (syndicated, 1980) and "Murder by the Book" (NBC, 1987). "Running Against Time" (USA, 1990) found a feckless, time-traveling Hays trying to prevent JFK's assassination, and he also had his hands full with "Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare" (Fox, 1995). Often cast in roles calling for him to react as much as act, he proved a good choice for a TV version of "Mr. Roberts" (NBC, 1984) and did his charming professional best by such short-lived TV series as "Starman" (ABC, 1986-87), "FM" (NBC, 1989-90) and "Cutters" (CBS, 1993). Hays had a rare opportunity to display his underused dramatic ability as Victoria Principal's abusive husband in "The Abduction" (Lifetime, 1996).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Superhero Movie (2008)
2.
 Universal Remote (2007)
4.
 Santa Trap, The (2002)
5.
 Criminal Instinct: Deadly Appearances (2000) Andy Boychuck
6.
 Dr. T and the Women (2000) Harlan
7.
 30 Years To Life (1998) Vincent Dawson
8.
 I'll Be Home For Christmas (1997) Mike Greiser
10.
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Lived in many places as a child as his father, a Marine colonel, served in various places; lived in Turkey for a number of years; also lived in England and Calcutta, India
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Family eventually settled in California
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Left school after studying acting for one semester to join the Actor's Guild at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego; stayed with the company for five years, acting in plays including "The Man in the Glass Booth", "The Glass Menagerie" and "Richard III"
1975:
Made TV debut on an episode of the ABC detective series, "Harry O", starring David Janssen (date approximate)
1976:
Earliest TV work also included a supporting role in the TV-movie pilot for the ABC drama series, "The Young Pioneers"; also acted in the second pilot movie later that year, "The Young Pioneers' Christmas"
1978:
TV series debut: reprised his role as Dan Gray on the short-lived (three episodes) ABC historical drama series, "The Young Pioneers"
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Played leading male role of Dr. Brad Benson on the ABC sitcom, "Angie", starring opposite Donna Pescow in the title role
1980:
Made feature film debut in the leading of the hit disaster-movie spoof, "Airplane!"
1981:
First film made outside the U.S., The Canadian-feature, "Utilities"
1982:
Reprised the role of Ted Striker for the sequel comedy, "Airplane II: The Sequel"
1985:
Last feature film for five years, "Stephen King's Cat's Eye"
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Starred as Paul Forrester--a.k.a. Starman--on the ABC sci-fi action series, "Starman", based on the film which starred Jeff Bridges
1987:
Made TV directorial debut helming "The Test", an episode of the series, "Starman"
1990:
Returned to features as the male lead of the adventure comedy, "Honeymoon Academy"
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Played the leading role of Ted Costas on the NBC sitcom, "FM"
1993:
Played Joe Polachek, one of the leading roles, on the short-lived (five episodes) CBS sitcom, "Cutters"
1994:
Supplied the voice for the title character of Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man) on the animated children's adventure series, "Iron Man"
1996:
Had strong dramatic role as Victoria Principal's abusive husband in the Lifetime TV-movie "The Abduction"
1998:
Co-starred with Shelley Long in The WB sitcom "Kelly Kelly"
2001:
Briefly returned to sitcoms as Bette Midler's husband in episodes of "Bette" (CBS); show was cancelled after only one of those in which he appeared aired
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Education

University of Nebraska: -
Grossmont College: El Cajon , California -
San Diego State University: San Diego , California -

Notes

Hays received an Atlas Award, given by the Old Globe Theater of San Diego, for his performance in the play, "Say Who You Are", while he was tenured with the theater in the early 1970s.

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wife:
Cherle Hays.

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