Robert Donner

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Robert Donner
Born (1931-04-27)April 27, 1931
New York City, U.S.
Died June 8, 2006(2006-06-08) (aged 75)
Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1959-2006
Spouse(s) Jill Sherman Donner (1982-2006) (his death)

Robert Donner (April 27, 1931 – June 8, 2006) was an American actor who made many appearances in television series and films in a career spanning more than 40 years.

Early life and career[edit]

Donner was raised in New Jersey and Texas, and after graduating from high school he spent 4 years in the U.S. Navy. He ended up in the Los Angeles area, working odd jobs and attending college courses in the evening, until his neighbor Clint Eastwood talked him into pursuing an acting career.

Film career[edit]

Donner's first role was an uncredited part in the 1959 John Wayne Western Rio Bravo; he also appeared in the sequels (which formed a loose trilogy), El Dorado and Rio Lobo. He also appeared in the films Chisum, The Undefeated, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Although never reaching star status, he is a very recognizable character actor. His television appearances have included Rawhide, Bonanza, Ironside, The Young Pioneers, The Incredible Hulk, Falcon Crest, The A-Team, Matlock, MacGyver, and others.

He is best remembered for his recurring roles as the ex-convict informant "T.J." on Adam-12 and as the oddball 'Exidor' on Mork & Mindy. Donner is well remembered for his role as the eccentric Yancy Tucker on The Waltons. Film credits include Cool Hand Luke, The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, High Plains Drifter, Vanishing Point, Damnation Alley, The Undefeated, Under the Rainbow and Hysterical. He also was a celebrity guest on game shows like Match Game, Password Plus, Beat the Clock and Body Language.

He remained actively employed in television and film his entire life, completing his last feature film shortly before his death. Robert Donner married producer/writer Jill Sherman Donner in 1982. Donner died on June 8, 2006 of a cardiac arrhythmia, and is survived by his wife Jill and two brothers.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Related Videos[edit]

Bite the Bullet—Wild west saga of a 700 mile horse race across rugged terrain by nine men and women after big prize money. Cast includes Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, James Coburn, Jan-Micahel Vincent.

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