Robert Arthur (actor)

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Robert Arthur
Born(1925-06-18)June 18, 1925
DiedOctober 1, 2008(2008-10-01) (aged 83)
Aberdeen, Washington, U.S.
Years active1945-1995

Robert Paul Arthur (June 18, 1925 – October 1, 2008) was an American motion picture actor who appeared in dozens of films in the 1940s and 1950s.


After working in radio and serving in the Navy during World War II,[1] Arthur moved to Hollywood, where his first role was as Rosalind Russell’s son in Roughly Speaking in 1945. He soon was signed to a studio contract with Warners and appeared in films including Too Young to Know, Night and Day and Nora Prentiss. He also appeared in the 1949 war film Twelve O'Clock High as the comic relief–providing Sgt. McIllhenny, in the 1951 Billy Wilder film Ace in the Hole, and in the 1950s television program The Lone Ranger. Arthur was known for playing youthful teenage or young adult roles.

Arthur supported Barry Goldwater in the 1964 United States presidential election.[2]

In his later years, Arthur became an activist for gay rights on behalf of senior citizens, and was involved with the Log Cabin Republicans.[3]

Robert Arthur died in Aberdeen, Washington, on October 1, 2008, from heart failure, aged 83.

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  1. ^ Actor Robert Arthur Dies at 83. Variety. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ Critchlow, Donald T. (2013-10-21). When Hollywood Was Right: How Movie Stars, Studio Moguls, and Big Business Remade American Politics. ISBN 9781107650282.
  3. ^ "Passings", Los Angeles Times, 6 October 2008, archived from the original on October 12, 2008, retrieved 2008-10-29

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