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Robert Emhardt

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Robert Emhardt
Emhardt in an episode of One Step Beyond (1959)
Robert Christian Emhardt

(1914-07-24)July 24, 1914
DiedDecember 26, 1994(1994-12-26) (aged 80)
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1939–1982
Spouse(s)Martha Rofheart (Martha Jones; 1943–1950)
Silvia Sideli (1954–1994; his death; 4 children)

Robert Emhardt (July 24, 1914 – December 26, 1994)[1] was an American character actor who worked on stage, in film, and on television.[2] Emhardt was frequently cast as a villain, often a crooked businessman or corrupt politician.

Early years[edit]

Emhardt was born in Indianapolis, Indiana.[3]


Emhardt studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.[3] He began his Broadway career in the 1930s as an understudy for the equally heavyset Sydney Greenstreet. Emhardt made his stage debut in The Pirate (1942).[2][4] One of the founding members of the Actors Studio,[5] Emhardt was a member of the cast of the original 1952 Broadway stage production of The Seven Year Itch. He won the Critics Circle Award for best supporting actor for his performance in Life with Mother in the 1948–1949 season.[2]

His notable film appearances include 3:10 to Yuma (1957) and Underworld U.S.A. (1961).

On television, he was the first actor to play Mac Cory on Another World. He also made over 250 guest appearances on such series as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Riverboat, The Tall Man, The Twilight Zone, GE True, Stoney Burke, Going My Way, The Untouchables, Perry Mason (three episodes), The Naked City, The Tom Ewell Show, My Three Sons, The Wild Wild West, The Andy Griffith Show (two episodes), Gunsmoke, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Invaders, Adam-12, The Brady Bunch, Cannon, Kojak, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Bonanza, Have Gun, Will Travel and Quincy, M.E.

Personal life and death[edit]

Emhardt married actress Martha Jones (later married name Martha Rofheart) in 1943,[6][7] with whom he had appeared on Broadway in both Harriet and The Pirate. After the dissolution of the marriage, he married actress Silvia Sideli in 1954. They had a son named Christopher and a daughter named Mia.

Emhardt died of heart problems at his home in Ojai, California, on December 26, 1994, at the age of 80.[2]


Partial television credits[edit]


  1. ^ "Obituaries : Robert Emhardt; Actor, School Board Member". December 30, 1994 – via LA Times.
  2. ^ a b c d "Character actor Emhardt dies of heart failure". San Bernardino County Sun. Associated Press. January 2, 1995 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  3. ^ a b "Robert Emhardt; Character Actor (obituary)". New York Times. January 5, 1995. Retrieved July 6, 2008.
  4. ^ IBDB, The Internet Broadway Database. "The Pirate – Opening Night Cast". Retrieved October 21, 2022.
  5. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Birth of The Actors Studio: 1947-1950". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 52. ISBN 0-02-542650-8. Also [in Lewis' class were] Henry Barnard, Jay Barney, John Becher, Philip Bourneuf, Joan Chandler, Peter Cookson, Stephen Elliott, Robert Emhardt, Joy Geffen, William Hansen, Will Hare, Jane Hoffman, George Keane, Don Keefer, George Matthews, Peggy Meredith, Ty Perry, Margaret Phillips, David Pressman, William Prince, Elliot Reid, Frances Reid, Kurt Richards, Elizabeth Ross, Thelma Schnee, Joshua Shelley, Fed Stewart, John Straub, Michael Strong, John Sylvester, Julie Warren, Mary Welch, Lois Wheeler, and William Woodson.
  6. ^ City Clerk, City of New York (1943). "Emhardt Jones Marriage Certificate". Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
  7. ^ "Emhardt Jones Marriage License". City Clerk, City of New York. 1943. Retrieved April 28, 2014.

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