Robert Easton (actor)

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Robert Easton
Born Robert Easton Burke
(1930-11-23)November 23, 1930
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died December 16, 2011(2011-12-16) (aged 81)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor

Robert Easton (November 23, 1930 – December 16, 2011) was an American actor whose career in film and television spanned more than 60 years. His mastery of English dialect earned him the epithet "The Man of a Thousand Voices". For decades, he was a leading Hollywood dialogue or accent coach.[1]

Easton was born Robert Easton Burke in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Mary Easton (née Kloes) and John Edward Burke.[2]


Beginning in 1945, he was heard on radio's Quiz Kids. He portrayed Magnus Proudfoot on radio's Gunsmoke and also appeared in other radio programs, including Fibber McGee and Molly, The Fred Allen Show, The Halls of Ivy, Our Miss Brooks, Suspense, William Shakespeare—A Portrait in Sound and The Zero Hour.


On film, one of his earliest appearances was in The Red Badge of Courage. He appeared in the feature film Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea as Sparks (a variation on Stingray's "Phones") and was also the character "Handown" a gunner crew-member of a B-17 of World War II in the film The War Lover which starred Steve McQueen and a very young Michael Crawford. One of his more unusual voices was that of a Klingon judge for the movie Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. He appeared in Gods and Generals (2003) as John Janney, and he recently starred in Spiritual Warriors (2007). He appeared in the baseball film Long Gone (1987) as Cletis Ramey.


On television, he made many guest appearances and also provided the voices of "Phones" and "X-2-0" in Gerry Anderson's Stingray. He appeared as Woody in "Combat" episode "A Little Jazz". He also appeared as Brian MacAfee on several Burns and Allen shows.[3]

During the late 1940s through the 1960s, he was mostly known for his portrayal of slow-talking, blank-faced hicks (as in The Munsters episode "All-Star Munster" as Moose Mallory). He also appeared in Season One (1955) of TVs Gunsmoke as Magnus Goode, Chester's older brother.


He was the voice of Thomas Jefferson in The American Adventure at Disney's Epcot in Florida. It may be noted that Robert Easton was a great grandson of Rufus Easton, who was appointed by Thomas Jefferson first postmaster of St. Louis and simultaneously appointed Rufus Easton judge of the largest territory of North America, The Louisiana Territory. [4] Voiced Bart Rathbone in Adventures in Odyssey.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Woo, Elaine (1930-11-23). "Robert Easton, the Henry Higgins of Hollywood, dies at 81". Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  2. ^ Robert Easton Biography (1930-)
  3. ^ Burns and Allen TV shows
  4. ^ The Life and Papers of Rufus Easton, pub. 1988, by Bruce Campbell Adamson.

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