Robert Cummings


Actor
Robert Cummings

About

Also Known As
Brice Hutchens, Charles Clarence Robert Orville Cummings, Blade Stanhope Conway, Bob Cummings
Birth Place
Joplin, Missouri, USA
Born
June 09, 1910
Died
December 01, 1990
Cause of Death
Kidney Failure And Complications From Pneumonia

Biography

Amiable leading man who hit his peak in the early 1940s. Perennially youthful, Cummings started his film career in light comedies but proved his dramatic talents in the two Hitchcock films in which he starred: as the naive, innocent aircraft worker in "Saboteur" (1942) and "Dial M For Murder" (1954) as well as Sam Wood's "King's Row" (1942) and Martin Gabel's "The Lost Moment" (1947).Alt...

Photos & Videos

Family & Companions

Edna Emma Myers
Wife
Divorced.
Vivian Janis
Wife
Actor.
Mary Elliott
Wife
Actor. Married in 1945; divorced in 1969; married by Cummings' mother; died on March 5, 2000 at age 82.
Regina Fong
Wife
Secretary. Married on March 27, 1971; was Cummings' secretary; one son together; time and date of wedding chosen after consulting three astrologers.

Bibliography

"How to Stay Young and Vital"
Robert Cummings (1960)

Notes

Robert Cummings suffered from Parkinson's disease.

Biography

Amiable leading man who hit his peak in the early 1940s. Perennially youthful, Cummings started his film career in light comedies but proved his dramatic talents in the two Hitchcock films in which he starred: as the naive, innocent aircraft worker in "Saboteur" (1942) and "Dial M For Murder" (1954) as well as Sam Wood's "King's Row" (1942) and Martin Gabel's "The Lost Moment" (1947).

Although he appeared in dramatic roles in many of the anthology series of early TV and won an Emmy for his starring performance in Reginald Rose's drama "12 Angry Men" (1954), Cummings was best known as the playboy photographer in his popular series "The Bob Cummings Show" (aka "Love That Bob," 1955-59).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Airheads (1994)
Singer
Three on a Date (1978)
The Great American Beauty Contest (1973)
Dan Carson
Partners in Crime (1973)
Promise Her Anything (1966)
Dr. Peter Brock
Stagecoach (1966)
Mr. Gatewood
What a Way To Go! (1964)
Dr. Stephanson
The Carpetbaggers (1964)
Dan Pierce
Beach Party (1963)
Professor Sutwell
My Geisha (1962)
Bob Moore
How To Be Very, Very Popular (1955)
Fillmore "Wedge" Wedgewood
Lucky Me (1954)
Brad Carson
Dial M for Murder (1954)
Mark Halliday
Marry Me Again (1953)
Bill Anderson
The First Time (1952)
Joe Bennet
Confidence Girl (1952)
Narrator
The Barefoot Mailman (1951)
Sylvanus Hurley
The Petty Girl (1950)
George Petty
Paid in Full (1950)
Bill Prentice
For Heaven's Sake (1950)
Jeff Bolton
Tell It to the Judge (1949)
Peter Webb
The Accused (1949)
Warren Ford
Free for All (1949)
Christopher Parker
The Black Book (1949)
Charles D'Aubigny
Sleep, My Love (1948)
Bruce Elcott
Let's Live a Little (1948)
Duke Crawford
Heaven Only Knows (1947)
Mike
The Lost Moment (1947)
Lewis Venable, also known as William Burton
The Bride Wore Boots (1946)
Jeff Warren
The Chase (1946)
Chuck Scott
You Came Along (1945)
Bob Collins
Princess O'Rourke (1943)
Eddie O'Rourke
Forever and a Day (1943)
Ned Trimble
Flesh and Fantasy (1943)
Michael
Saboteur (1942)
Barry [Kane, also known as Barry Mason]
Between Us Girls (1942)
Jimmy Blake
Kings Row (1942)
Parris Mitchell
The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)
Joe [O'Brien]
Free and Easy (1941)
Max Clemington
It Started with Eve (1941)
J. [Johnny] Reynolds, Jr.
Moon Over Miami (1941)
Jeffrey Bolton
One Night in the Tropics (1940)
Steve [Harper]
Spring Parade (1940)
Harry Marten
And One Was Beautiful (1940)
Ridley Crane
Private Affairs (1940)
Jimmy Nolan
Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939)
Harry [Loren]
The Underpup (1939)
Denis
Everything Happens at Night (1939)
Ken Morgan
Charlie McCarthy, Detective (1939)
Scotty Hamilton
Rio (1939)
Bill Gregory
Oklahoma Frontier (1939)
Rankins
College Swing (1938)
Radio announcer
You and Me (1938)
Jim
The Texans (1938)
Alan Sanford
I Stand Accused (1938)
Frederick A. Davis
Touchdown, Army (1938)
Jimmy Howal
I Am the Law (1938)
Witness
Wells Fargo (1937)
Dan Trimball, prospector
Souls at Sea (1937)
George Martin
The Last Train from Madrid (1937)
Juan Ramos
Sophie Lang Goes West (1937)
Curly Griffin
Lady Be Careful (1936)
First officer
Desert Gold (1936)
Fordyce [Ford] Mortimer
Three Cheers for Love (1936)
Jimmy Tuttle
Arizona Mahoney (1936)
Phil Randall
Hideaway Girl (1936)
Michael Winslow
Hollywood Boulevard (1936)
Jay Wallace
Border Flight (1936)
Lieutenant, Junior, Bob Dixon
The Accusing Finger (1936)
Jimmy Ellis
Forgotten Faces (1936)
Clinton Faraday
So Red the Rose (1935)
Archie Pendleton
The Virginia Judge (1935)
Jim Preston
Millions in the Air (1935)
Jimmy
It Happened in Paris (1932)
The Convict's Code (1930)
Governor Johnson
The Face at Your Window (1920)
Kravo
The Golden Shower (1919)
"Broadway Al" Campbell
The Song of Songs (1918)
Phineas Bennett
The Trap (1918)
David Shaw
Betsy Ross (1917)
Joel Radley
The Law of Compensation (1917)
Horace Benton
Crime and Punishment (1917)
Porphyus
The Devil's Playground (1917)
The Father
A Rich Man's Plaything (1917)
"Smash" Regan
The Yellow Passport (1916)
Ivan
Romeo and Juliet (1916)
Friar Laurence
Paying the Price (1916)
General Corbin, U.S.A.
The Awakening of Helena Richie (1916)
Lloyd Pryor
A Million a Minute (1916)
Timothy O'Farrell
The Brand of Cowardice (1916)
Colonel Gordon West
Fruits of Desire (1916)
Thomas Henley
The Wall Between (1916)
Colonel Dickinson
From the Valley of the Missing (1915)
Lem Crabbe
Alias Jimmy Valentine (1915)
Doyle
The Running Fight (1915)
Peter V. Wilkinson
The Cub (1915)
Captain White
The Heart of the Blue Ridge (1915)
Dan Hodges
Camille (1915)
Monsieur Duval
The Ivory Snuff Box (1915)
Prefect of police
The Little Gray Lady (1914)
Richard Graham
The Jungle (1914)
Connor
The Spitfire (1914)
Tracy

Producer (Feature Film)

Let's Live a Little (1948)
Producer

Cast (Special)

Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration (1990)
The American Film Institute Salute to Barbara Stanwyck (1987)
Performer
The 38th Annual Emmy Awards (1986)
Performer
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood (1960)
Guest
Best Foot Forward (1954)
Jack Haggerty

Cast (Short)

Seasoned Greetings (1933)

Life Events

1931

Broadway debut as Blade Stanhope Conway

1935

Film acting debut in "So Red the Rose"

1939

Began playing leading roles in features (date approximate)

1952

TV series debut in "My Hero"

Photo Collections

Saboteur - Lobby Card
Here is a Lobby Card from Saboteur (1942), directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Beach Party - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Beach Party (1963). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Moon Over Miami (1941) - You Started Something A duet with Robert Cummings to You Started Something by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger sets up a Betty Grable tap number with the brilliant Condos Brothers, in Moon Over Miami, 1941, from 20th Century Fox.
Moon Over Miami (1941) - Is That Good? Dismissing the principals (Betty Grable, Robert Cummings, Carole Landis, Don Ameche), supporting players Jack Haley and Charlotte Greenwood perform Is That Good?, by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger in Moon Over Miami, 1941.
Saboteur (1942) - You're Being Followed Barry (Robert Cummings), wrongly wanted and now on his own seeking the culprit in an act of wartime industrial sabotage, rides with a trucker (Murray Alper) and sees co-star Priscilla Lane, for the first time, on a billboard, early in Alfred Hitchcock’s Saboteur 1942.
Saboteur (1942) - Here Come The Wolves California warrplane factory workers Barry (Robert Cummings) and Mason (Virgil Summers) encounter the mysterious Fry (Norman Lloyd), then a disaster, in the opening scene from Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur 1942.
Saboteur (1942) - Bullets, I'm Afraid In his reckless attempt to find the wartime saboteur, fugitive factory-worker Barry (Robert Cummings), watching the innocent grandchild, realizes too late that California gentleman rancher Tobin (Otto Kruger) is involved, the servant Adele (Belle Mitchell) conspiring, in Alfred Hitchcock’s Saboteur 1942.
Black Book, The (1949) - Dictator Of France D'Aubigny (Robert Cummings), posing as executioner Duval, led by Fouche (Arnold Moss) through the bakery to the secret lair of Robespierre (Richard Basehart), in Anthony Mann's The Black Book (a.k.a. Reign Of Terror), 1949.
Saboteur (1942) - They Must Be Terribly In Love Single-gal model Pat (Priscilla Lane) is secretly taking handcuffed fugitive industrial saboteur Barry (Robert Cummings) to the cops instead of the neighbor blacksmith, against the wishes of her kindly uncle, but he improvises, in Alfred Hitchcock’s Saboteur, 1942.
Saboteur (1942) - Hurry Up With The Rope! Cornered villain Fry (Norman Lloyd) flees Pat (Priscilla Lane), Barry (Robert Cummings) and the cops in this signature scene atop the Statue of Liberty from Hitchcock's Saboteur, 1942.
Dial M For Murder (1954) - We Shall Be As Quiet As Mice Tony (Ray Milland) hits a snag in obtaining the key from Margot (Grace Kelly) as he connives to be out with Mark (Robert Cummings) while she's killed, in Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M For Murder, 1954.
Kings Row (1942) - One Of These Country Quacks Following a childhood prologue, now in the 1890's Midwest, Parris (Robert Cummings) meets one-time playmate Cassie (Betty Field), who grew up mostly isolated by her father Dr. Tower (Claude Rains), with whom he's beginning medical studies, in Kings Row, 1942.
Kings Row (1942) - I Never See People Parris (Robert Cummings) makes a surreptitious visit to Cassie (Betty Field), his childhood romance whom he's not been allowed to see while he spends his days studying medicine with her doctor father, tumult in Warner Bros.' Kings Row, 1942.
Kings Row (1942) - He Says You're Wild Orphan Midwestern heir Drake (Ronald Reagan) picks up buddy Parris (Robert Cummings) who's been busy with medical studies, then visits girlfriend Louise (Nancy Coleman) with whose parents (Charles Coburn, Judith Anderson) he's having trouble, in Kings Row, 1942.

Trailer

Family

Charles Cummings
Father
Physician. Nurtured him with a high-protein diet and food supplements that Cummings later credited for maintaining his youth and vigor.
Ruth Cummings
Mother
Minister.
Robert Cummings Jr
Son
Doctor. Earned part of medical school expenses by working as his father's stand-in on remake of "Stagecoach" (1966); mother, Edna Myers.
Melinda Cummings
Daughter
Mother, Mary Elliott.
Patricia Cummings
Daughter
Mother, Mary Elliott.
Laurel Cummings
Daughter
Mother, Mary Elliott.
Anthony Cummings
Son
Born in 1957; mother, Mary Elliott.

Companions

Edna Emma Myers
Wife
Divorced.
Vivian Janis
Wife
Actor.
Mary Elliott
Wife
Actor. Married in 1945; divorced in 1969; married by Cummings' mother; died on March 5, 2000 at age 82.
Regina Fong
Wife
Secretary. Married on March 27, 1971; was Cummings' secretary; one son together; time and date of wedding chosen after consulting three astrologers.
Janie Cummings
Wife
Married from 1989 until his death.

Bibliography

"How to Stay Young and Vital"
Robert Cummings (1960)

Notes

Robert Cummings suffered from Parkinson's disease.