Robert Easton (actor)
|Born||Robert Easton Burke
November 23, 1930
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Died||December 16, 2011
Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||June Bettine Grimstead (1961-2005) (her death) (1 child)|
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.
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", Sgt. Jonesie in When Hell Broke Loose with Charles Bronson 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. He appeared in the baseball film Long Gone (1987) as Cletis Ramey. One of his more unusual voices and acting roles was that of a Klingon judge in the movie Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). He appeared in Gods and Generals (2003) as John Janney, and starred in Spiritual Warriors (2007).
On British television he was cast in the 1962 second episode of The Saint, "The Latin Touch", with Roger Moore and also provided the voices of "Phones" and "X-2-0" in Gerry Anderson's Stingray. Of the many American television series he appeared on were several episodes of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show on CBS in 1957–58 as the dimwitted USC student Brian McAfee and the ABC-TV world war two drama Combat as Woody in the 1967 episode "A Little Jazz".
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 younger 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. He also voiced Bart Rathbone in Adventures in Odyssey.
- Undertow (1949) as Fisher
- Union Station (1950) as Con Victim (uncredited)
- Call Me Mister (1951) as Tennessee (uncredited)
- The Red Badge of Courage (1951) as Thompson
- Cause for Alarm! (1951) as Tex (uncredited)
- Savage Drums (1951) as Tex Channing
- Comin' Round the Mountain (1951) as Tex (uncredited)
- The Tall Target (1951) as Young Southerner (uncredited)
- Drums in the Deep South (1951) as Jerry
- Havana Rose (1951) as Hotel Clerk
- With a Song in My Heart (1952) as Kansas GI (uncredited)
- Belles on Their Toes (1952) as Franklin Dykes (uncredited)
- Dreamboat (1952) as Man in TV Hair Commercial (uncredited)
- O. Henry's Full House (1952) as Yokel (segment "The Ransom of Red Chief") (uncredited)
- Fearless Fagan (1952) as Corpora - Fagan's Guard (uncredited)
- Feudin' Fools (1952) as Caleb Smith
- The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) as Deckhand (uncredited)
- The Neanderthal Man (1953) as Danny - Townsman
- Take Me to Town (1953) as Train Vendor (uncredited)
- Combat Squad (1953) as Lewis
- The High and the Mighty (1954) as Cargo Clerk (uncredited)
- The Raid (1954) as Rebel Soldier (uncredited)
- Deep in My Heart (1954) as Cumberly (uncredited)
- The Kettles in the Ozarks (1956) as Lafe (uncredited)
- The Bold and the Brave (1956) as Tall Blonde G.I. (uncredited)
- Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) as Cpl. Quinbury (uncredited)
- Hold Back the Night (1956) as Ackerman
- When Hell Broke Loose (1958) as Jonesie
- Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) as Sparks
- The Nun and the Sergeant (1962) as Orville Nupert
- The War Lover (1962) as Handown: Crew of 'The Body'
- Come Fly with Me (1963) as Navigator
- The Loved One (1965) as Dusty Acres
- One of Our Spies Is Missing (1966) as Mr. Bentley - the Texan
- Paint Your Wagon (1969) as Atwell
- Johnny Got His Gun (1971) as Third Doctor
- The Touch of Satan (1971) as Mr. Keitel
- Squares (1972) as Frank Warren
- Heavy Traffic (1973)
- Alias Big Cherry (1975)
- The Giant Spider Invasion (1975) as Kester
- Mr. Sycamore (1975) as Fred Staines
- Timber Tramps (1975)
- Pete's Dragon (1977) as Store Proprietor
- The Last of the Mohicans (1977, TV) as David Gamut
- When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? (1979) as Customs Man
- The American Adventure (1982) as Thomas Jefferson (voice)
- Invitation to the Wedding (1983) as American Husband
- Tai-Pan (1986)
- Long Gone (1987) as Cletis Ramey
- Working Girl (1988) as Armbrister
- Georg Elser - Einer aus Deutschland (1989) as Hecht
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) as Klingon Judge
- Pet Sematary Two (1992) as Priest
- Little Sister (1992) as M.C.
- Needful Things (1993) as Lester Pratt
- The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) as Mayor Amos Jasper
- Storybook (1996) as Hoot (voice)
- Merchants of Venus (1998) as Oleg
- Primary Colors (1998) as Dr. Beauregard
- Just One Night (2000) as Drunk Cab Driver
- Gods and Generals (2003) as John Janney
- Red Roses and Petrol (2003) as Old Geezer
- Lost (2004) as Minister
- Spiritual Warriors (2007) as Roger
- The Grift (2008) as Henry Addams
- Horrorween (2011) as Neighbor
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- "Robert Easton Speaks: From Beverly Hillbilly to Hollywood's Henry Higgens" (Part one of two) article and interview by Anthony Petkovich, FILMFAXplus magazine, Summer 2014, number 138 (cover). Filmfax, Inc., Evanston, Illinois USA. Seven pages (38-44) with 38 small black-and-white photographs.
- "Robert Easton Speaks: From Beverly Hillbilly to Hollywood's Henry Higgens" (Part two of two) article and interview by Anthony Petkovich, FILMFAXplus magazine, Fall/Winter 2014, number 139 (cover). Filmfax, Inc., Evanston, Illinois USA. Eight pages (50-55; 106-107) with 38 small black-and-white photographs, mostly from films and TV shows in which he appeared (not all the photos depict him), including some movie posters.