Robert Shayne


Actor
Robert Shayne

About

Also Known As
Robert Shaen Dawe
Birth Place
Yonkers, New York, USA
Born
October 04, 1900
Died
November 29, 1992
Cause of Death
Lung Cancer

Biography

Prolific supporting player of the Broadway stage, screen and TV, whose career lasted for over 60 years. Best known as Inspector Henderson on the popular syndicated series "The Adventures of Superman" (1952-57), Shayne's last role was the recurring part of Reggie, the blind news vendor, on another superhero series, "The Flash" (1990-91). On Broadway, he worked with Katherine Hepburn and E...

Family & Companions

Mary Crouch
Wife
Married and divorced in the late 1920s.
Mary Sheffield
Wife
Married c. 1931; divorced after ten years of marriage.
Ayn Rand
Companion
Author. Had relationship around 1935.
Elizabeth Shayne
Wife
Worked in stills department at Warner Bros.; married c. 1943 until his death.

Notes

He is a member of the Boston stock exchange.

Biography

Prolific supporting player of the Broadway stage, screen and TV, whose career lasted for over 60 years. Best known as Inspector Henderson on the popular syndicated series "The Adventures of Superman" (1952-57), Shayne's last role was the recurring part of Reggie, the blind news vendor, on another superhero series, "The Flash" (1990-91). On Broadway, he worked with Katherine Hepburn and Ethel Barrymore. Shayne appeared in nearly 100 films, sometimes as a lead, but usually a supporting player, often in B movies. His feature credits include "Hollywood Canteen" (1944), "Mr. Skeffington," "Rhapsody in Blue" (both 1945), "Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman" (1947), "Let's Live a Little" (1948) and "Tora! Tora! Tora!" (1970).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Gentleman Tramp (1975)
Voice
Cool Breeze (1972)
Gynecologist
The Barefoot Executive (1971)
Sponsor
The Million Dollar Duck (1971)
1st refinery clerk
The Priest Killer (1971)
Father Wendell
Runaway Girl (1966)
Walter Quillen
Son of Flubber (1963)
Assistant to defense secretary
20,000 Eyes (1961)
Police lieutenant
From the Terrace (1960)
Partner
Valley of the Redwoods (1960)
Capt. Sid Walker
Cage of Evil (1960)
Victor Delmar
Why Must I Die? (1960)
Charlie Munro
I, Mobster (1959)
Senator
Battle Flame (1959)
Lt. Norris
North by Northwest (1959)
Larry Wade
The Rebel Set (1959)
Lt. Cassidy
How to Make a Monster (1958)
Gary Droz
Teenage Cave Man (1958)
Clan member
The Book of Israel (1958)
Revolt in the Big House (1958)
Mickey
War of the Satellites (1958)
Mr. Hodgekiss
Kronos (1957)
General
The Giant Claw (1957)
Gen. Van Buskirk
Death in Small Doses (1957)
Frank Ainsley
Spook Chasers (1957)
Lt. Harris
Footsteps in the Night (1957)
Fred Horner
Hot Shots (1956)
P. M. Morley
Indestructible Man (1956)
Prof. Bradshaw
Dance with Me, Henry (1956)
[Martin] Proctor
Accused of Murder (1956)
Doctor
Murder Is My Beat (1955)
Det. Bert Rawley
The Eternal Sea (1955)
Com. Dean
Double Jeopardy (1955)
Ross
King of the Carnival (1955)
Flight Nurse (1954)
Surgeon
Sea of Lost Ships (1954)
Executive officer
The Desperado (1954)
Prosecutor
Tobor the Great (1954)
General
The Lady Wants Mink (1953)
Cecil
Invaders from Mars (1953)
Dr. William Wilson
Marshal of Cedar Rock (1953)
Paul Jackson
Prince of Pirates (1953)
Treeg
The Neanderthal Man (1953)
Prof. Clifford Groves
Eyes of the Jungle (1953)
Mr. Walkie Talkie (1952)
Capt. Burke
Indian Uprising (1952)
Maj. Nathan Stark
The Ring (1952)
Police officer
Without Warning! (1952)
Psychiatrist
Behind Southern Lines (1952)
The Dakota Kid (1951)
Ace Crandall
Criminal Lawyer (1951)
Clark Sommers
Missing Women (1951)
Cincotta
When You're Smiling (1950)
Jack Lacey
Customs Agent (1950)
J. G. Goff
Big Timber (1950)
Dixon
Federal Man (1950)
[Charles] Stuart
State Penitentiary (1950)
Stanley Brown
Dynamite Pass (1950)
Jay Wingate
Rider from Tucson (1950)
John Avery
Experiment Alcatraz (1950)
Barry Morgan
Loaded Pistols (1949)
Don Mason
The Threat (1949)
Murphy
Forgotten Women (1949)
Richard Marshall
Law of the Barbary Coast (1949)
Michael Lodge
The Inside Story (1948)
Tom O'Connor
The Strange Mrs. Crane (1948)
Floyd Durant
Shaggy (1948)
Bob Calvin
Best Man Wins (1948)
Judge Leonidas K. Carter
Let's Live a Little (1948)
Dr. Richard Fields
Smash Up--The Story of a Woman (1947)
Mr. Gordon
The Swordsman (1947)
Ronald MacArden
Backlash (1947)
James O'Neil
The Spirit of West Point (1947)
Col. Earl [Red] Blaik
I Cover Big Town (1947)
Chief Tom Blake
Nobody Lives Forever (1946)
Chet King
Behind the Mask (1946)
Brad Thomas
I Ring Doorbells (1946)
Dick Meadows
The Face of Marble (1946)
David Cochran
Wife Wanted (1946)
Bill Tyler
Three Strangers (1946)
Fallon
San Antonio (1945)
Captain Morgan
Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
Dudley Beecham
Hollywood Canteen (1944)
Mr. Skeffington (1944)
MacMahon
Shine on Harvest Moon (1944)
Dan Costello
Make Your Own Bed (1944)
Lester Knight
The Meadville Patriot (1944)
Mission to Moscow (1943)
Engineer
Keep 'Em Rolling (1934)
Major [James] Parker
Wednesday's Child (1934)
Howard Benson

Cast (Special)

Mystery and Mrs (1950)
Villain (Guest)

Cast (Short)

Frontier Days (1945)
Law of the Badlands (1945)
Trial by Trigger (1944)
I Won't Play (1944)
Roaring Guns (1944)
Gun to Gun (1944)
Wagon Wheels West (1943)
Oklahoma Outlaws (1943)

Life Events

1934

Feature acting debut, "Keep `Em Rolling"

1953

Played Inspector Henderson on the syndicated superhero series, "The Adventures of Superman"

1971

Final film role in Disney's "The Million Dollar Duck"

Videos

Movie Clip

Threat, The (1949) - Open, Kluger's Out Straight to business, no attempt to disguise the locale (L-A) or the state prison (Folsom), but only Robert Shayne as cop Murphy is properly introduced, though the danger (in the person of un-seen Charles McGraw) is made clear, in The Threat, 1949, directed by Felix Feist, with Michael O’Shea and Virginia Grey.
Face Of Marble, The (1946) - We Have Conquered Joining first scene for Dr. Randolph (John Carradine) and Cochran (Robert Shayne), who’ve found a body (Clark Kuney) near their coastal lab, revealing their well-intended mission, though the doc’s wife (Claudia Drake) seems worried, in the Monogram programmer The Face Of Marble, 1946.
Face Of Marble, The (1946) - Severe Brain Injury Happy cop Norton (Thomas E. Jackson) provides exposition on Elaine (Claudia Drake), wife of the scientist (not-seen John Carradine) he’s come to visit, as we learn that maid Maria (Rosa Rey) was behind the voodoo item delivered to assistant Cochran (Robert Shayne), in Face Of Marble, 1946.
Murder Is My Beat (1955) - I Don't Think I'll Ever Get Clean Opening grim and getting worse, director Edgar G. Ulmer introduces characters Bert Rawley (Robert Shayne) then Ray Patrick (Paul Langton) who, we soon learn, are both cops, expressing disgust and regret leading to the initial flashback, in Murder Is My Beat, 1955, also starring Barbara Payton.
Federal Man - Tony Solano Narration describes law enforcement plans setting up the big elevator scene featuring Carlo Schipa as the crook "Tony Solano," who meets his end in the Eagle-Lion programmer Federal Man, 1950.
Federal Man - Pretty Little Head The chief agent (Robert Shayne) checks in with Special Agent Sherrin (William Henry) who heads to Mexico to meet Lolita (Movita Castaneda) who knew the deceased, in Federal Man, 1950.
Federal Man - Open, Taxpayers Opening credits and it's worth noting, the hero (William Edwards) does not die, after cuddling with his worried wife (Pamela Blake) in the Eagle-Lion production Federal Man, 1950.

Trailer

Threat, The (1949) -- (Original Trailer) RKO’s relatively compelling, plot-driven trailer for the 1949 Noir programmer The Threat, with Michael O’Shea, Virginia Grey, Charles McGraw and Julie Bishop.
Criminal Lawyer - (Original Trailer) An alcoholic lawyer (Pat O'Brien) sobers up to defend his friend in a murder case in Criminal Lawyer (1951).
San Antonio -- (Original Trailer) An ex-rustler tracks down a band of cattle thieves and tries to reform a crooked dance-hall girl in the Warner Bros. Technicolor Western San Antonio (1945) starring Errol Flynn and Alexis Smith.
Mr. Skeffington - (Original Trailer) A flighty beauty (Bette Davis) marries a stockbroker (Claude Rains) for convenience and almost ruins both their lives in Mr. Skeffington (1944).
Three Strangers - (Original Trailer) Three people who share a sweepstakes ticket travel a tangled road to collect their winnings in Three Strangers (1946) starring Peter Lorre.
Shine On Harvest Moon - (Original Trailer) Shine On Harvest Moon is a song-filled look behind the scenes of vaudeville, based on the lives of Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth. It stars Ann Sheridan, Dennis Morgan and Jack Carson.
Nobody Lives Forever - (Original Trailer) A con artist falls for the rich widow he's trying to fleece in the film noir Nobody Lives Forever (1946) starring John Garfield.
Hot Shots - (Original Trailer) The Bowery Boys get jobs as sitters for a temperamental child star in Hot Shots (1956).
Spook Chasers - (Original Trailer) The Bowery Boys go after crooks hiding in a haunted house in Spook Chasers (1957).
Christmas in Connecticut - (Original Trailer) A magazine editor who specializes in articles on domestic matters can't even boil water but is forced to provide a family holiday for a war hero in Christmas in Connecticut (1945) starring Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan.

Family

Dorothy Dawe
Daughter
Mother, Mary Crouch.
Roberta Dawe
Daughter
Mother, Mary Sheffield.
Robert Dawe Jr
Son
Born in 1947; died of cancer at age 36 in August 1983.
Stephanie Dawe
Daughter
Actor. Born in 1950.

Companions

Mary Crouch
Wife
Married and divorced in the late 1920s.
Mary Sheffield
Wife
Married c. 1931; divorced after ten years of marriage.
Ayn Rand
Companion
Author. Had relationship around 1935.
Elizabeth Shayne
Wife
Worked in stills department at Warner Bros.; married c. 1943 until his death.

Bibliography

Notes

He is a member of the Boston stock exchange.