from the trailer for the film Little Women (1933)
|Born||Robert Douglass Montgomery
October 29, 1907
Los Angeles, California, US
|Died||July 23, 1966
Norwalk, Connecticut, US
|Other names||Kent Douglas|
|Spouse(s)||Kay Young (1952-1966) (his death)|
Robert Douglass Montgomery (October 29, 1907 – July 23, 1966) was an American film actor.
The son of a jeweler, he used the stage name Douglass Montgomery when he started acting in New York. He often appeared as a ruggedly handsome, if slightly naive, fair-haired young man.
He began his career in Hollywood at MGM in 1930, playing the second male lead in films such as "Paid" and "Five and Dime". When he signed his contract at the studio his name was changed to Kent Douglass, to avoid confusion with that studio's star Robert Montgomery. Upon leaving MGM in 1932, he changed it back to Douglass Montgomery.
After serving in the Canadian Air Force during World War II, Montgomery moved to Great Britain and made films there. He later returned to the U.S. and appeared in a number of television shows.
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In 1934, Montgomery was the victim of a murder attempt.
He had been rehearsing a play nightly at the Pasadena Community Theatre. It had become his habit each night to park his car in a lot next to the theater. The lot was dark and Montgomery generally parked his car in the corner. After rehearsals he would drive to his mother's house in Altadena. One night as he was leaving the theater he received a call from Universal Studios asking him to return to the studio for a retake. He climbed in his car and headed for Hollywood, instead of up the hilly road to Altadena.
As he drove along, one of the front wheels of the car came flying off sending the car into a tilt and eventually crashing to the ground. The wheel ended up hitting a nearby house. It was then discovered that someone had removed all the lug nuts from every wheel and then replaced the hubcaps so Montgomery would not notice. There was no fingerprint evidence leaving police to surmise the would be killer wore gloves to mask his identity. Had Montgomery gone his usual route he might have ended up down the side of a canyon. Police reportedly theorized that a mad killer was on the loose.
Montgomery married British actress Kay Young (born Kathleen Tamar Young) on March 14, 1952 at Bethlehem Federated Church. He was her second husband. Young had divorced film actor Michael Wilding the year before she wed Montgomery. (Wilding remarried in 1952, to Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor.) Young and Montgomery remained married until his death.
- Paid (1930) UK title: Within the Law - Bob Gilder
- Daybreak (1931) - Von Lear
- Five and Ten (1931) - Avery Rarick
- Waterloo Bridge (1931) (Credited as Kent Douglass) - Roy Cronin
- A House Divided (1931) - Matt Law
- Little Women (1933) - Laurie
- Eight Girls in a Boat (1934) - David Perrin
- Little Man, What Now? (1934) - Hans Pinneberg
- Music in the Air (1934) - Karl Roder
- The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935) - Neville Landless
- Lady Tubbs (1935) - Phil Ash-Orcutt
- Harmony Lane (1935) - Stephen Foster
- Everything Is Thunder (1936) - Hugh McGrath
- Tropical Trouble (1936) - George Masterman
- Life Begins With Love (1937) - William Addington Drake IV
- Counsel for Crime (1937) - Paul Maddox
- The Cat and the Canary (1939) - Charlie Wilder
- The Way to the Stars (1945) (US title Johnny in the Clouds)
- Woman to Woman (1947) - David Anson
- Sinfonia fatale (1946) (When in Rome) - John Savage
- Forbidden (1949) - Jim Harding
- Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951)
- Cameo Theatre (1952) - Peer Gynt
- Robert Montgomery Presents (1952)
- Kraft Television Theater (1954)
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