Robert Brubaker

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Robert Brubaker (October 9, 1916 – April 15, 2010) was an American character actor best known for his roles in television and movie westerns, including Gunsmoke and 40 Guns to Apache Pass.

Early years[edit]

Brubaker was born in Robinson, Illinois, on October 9, 1916, the son of George Brubaker.[1] His interest in acting developed when he was a student[2] at Robinson Township High School. He dropped out of Northwestern University after two years[1] and went to New York.[2]

Military service[edit]

During World War II, Brubaker was an aircraft commander in the U.S. Army Air Force. Later, he served during the Berlin Airlift, and in the Korean War he was a part of the Strategic Air Command.[2]


Brubaker debuted as a professional actor in Oh Say Can You Sing, Dance or Act (1936), a production of the Federal Theatre Project.[2] While he worked at radio station KMPC, Brubaker caught the attention of an executive of Paramount Pictures,[1] and his film debut came in a bit part in Blonde Alibi (1946).[2]

Brubaker portrayed a deputy in the syndicated television series U.S. Marshal.[3] He was the only actor to have two recurring roles on the television series, Gunsmoke,[4] portraying both a bartender named Floyd and a stagecoach driver named Jim Buck.[2] Some of Brubaker's other credits included the Rock Hudson film, Seconds, and television crime drama The Walter Winchell File , Perry Mason and the television police drama The Asphalt Jungle.[

Later years[edit]

After he left acting, Brubaker worked for Forest Lawn Cemetery as a director in the training department. When he retired from that job, he moved to Lake Elsinore, California.[1]


Brubaker died on April 15, 2010, at the age of 93. He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.[4]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Goldrup, Tom and Jim (2012). The Encyclopedia of Feature Players of Hollywood, Volume 1. BearManor Media. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Lentz, Harris M. III (2011). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2010. McFarland. pp. 48–49. ISBN 9780786441754. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  3. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 1134. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  4. ^ a b Aaker, Everett (2017). Television Western Players, 1960-1975: A Biographical Dictionary. McFarland. p. 72. ISBN 9781476662503. Retrieved 28 May 2018.

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