Robert Blakely Hays
July 24, 1947
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
(m. 1990; div. 1997)
Robert Hays (born July 24, 1947) is an American actor, known for a variety of television and film roles since the 1970s. He came to prominence around 1980, co-starring in the two-season domestic sitcom Angie, and playing the central role of pilot Ted Striker in the hit spoof film Airplane! (also known as Flying High) and its sequel. Other film roles include the lead role in the comedy Take This Job and Shove It (1981), and Bob Seaver, one of the main human characters in Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993). On television, he starred in the science fiction series Starman (1986–1987) and the short-lived workplace sitcom FM (1989–1990), played the voice of Tony Stark on Iron Man (1994), and had a guest role as Bud Hyde on That '70s Show (2000).
Early life and career
Hays was born in Bethesda, Maryland. Before relocating to Hollywood, he lived in San Diego, and picked up acting roles in San Diego's local theater scene. He worked in several productions at the Old Globe Theatre, including the role of Petruchio in a touring production of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.
In 1977, Hays played a military corporal in an episode of the television series Wonder Woman. He starred in several short-lived television series, including the 1978 production The Young Pioneers on ABC; the 1979–1980 series Angie; Starman, and FM.
He was cast as Ted Striker, the washed up pilot who needs to save the day in Airplane! (1980), a spoof of disaster films such as the Airport series, and returned for Airplane II: The Sequel. In 1981, he hosted the sketch comedy television series Saturday Night Live. He played a man thought to be Hyde's dad in several episodes of That '70s Show. Hays also directed and produced for films and television.
He has performed in many television movies and done voice work, such as the title character in the Marvel Comics adaptation of Iron Man. In 2013, Hays appeared in a slapstick-laden TV spot promoting tourism in Wisconsin, which also reunited him with Airplane! co-director David Zucker.
|1980||Airplane!||Ted Striker||Alternative title: Flying High!|
|1981||Take This Job and Shove It||Frank Macklin|
|1982||Airplane II: The Sequel||Ted Striker||Alternative title: Flying High II: The Sequel|
|1985||Cat's Eye||Johnny Norris||Alternative title: Stephen King's Cat's Eye|
|1989||Honeymoon Academy||Sean Mcdonald||Alternative title: For Better or For Worse|
|1993||Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey||Bob Seaver|
|1993||Partners||Grave Squad Lawyer||Short film|
|1994||Raw Justice||Mitch McCullum||Alternative titles: Good Cop, Bad Cop and Strip Girl|
|1994||No Dessert, Dad, till You Mow the Lawn||Ken Cochran|
|1996||Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco||Bob Seaver|
|1999||An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster||Reed Daley (voice)|
|2000||Dr. T & the Women||Harlan|
|2001||Sex and a Girl||Dan||Alternative title: Alex in Wonder|
|2004||The Nutcracker and the Mouse King||Squeak (voice)||English dub|
|2005||Freezerburn||Michael Reed the Talent|
|2007||Universal Remote||Dr. Anderson|
|2007||Nicky's Birthday Camera||Bob|
|2008||Superhero Movie||Blaine Riker|
|2016||Miracle in the Valley||Pastor Reign|
|1975||The Rockford Files||Darren Weeks||Episode: "The Deep Blue Sleep"|
|1975||Marcus Welby, M.D.||Officer Gilpin / Officer Hanson||3 episodes|
|1976||The Streets of San Francisco||Lester||Episode: "Judgment Day"|
|1976||Cannon||Michael Narak||Episode: "Bloodlines"|
|1976||Young Pioneers||Dan Gray||TV movie|
|1976||Laverne & Shirley||Tom||Episode: "Dating Slump"|
|1976||The Blue Knight||Officer Wells||4 episodes|
|1976||Spencer's Pilots||Jack||Episode: "The Hitchhiker"|
|1976||Most Wanted||Bruce Collins||Episode: "The Heisman Killer"|
|1976||Young Pioneers' Christmas||Dan Gray||TV movie|
|1977||Wonder Woman||Corporal Jim Ames||Episode: "Wonder Woman in Hollywood"|
|1977||Delta County, U.S.A.||Bo||TV movie|
|1978||The Love Boat||Sam Bradley||Episode: "Family Reunion"|
|1978||The Initiation of Sarah||Scott Rafferty||TV movie|
|1978||The Young Pioneers||Dan Gray||Miniseries|
|1978||Almost Heaven||Dave Leland||TV movie|
|1978||Will Rogers: Champion of the People||Will Rogers||TV special|
|1979||The Fall of the House of Usher||Jonathan Cresswell||TV movie|
|1979–80||Angie||Brad Benson||36 episodes|
|1979||Battle of the Network Stars VII||Himself||TV special|
|1980||Battle of the Network Stars VIII||Himself||TV special|
|1980||The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything||Kirby Winter||TV movie|
|1981||Saturday Night Live||Himself / Host||Episode: "Robert Hays/14 Karat Soul/Joe 'King' Carrasco & The Crowns"|
|1981||California Gold Rush||Bret Harte / Narrator||TV movie|
|1982||The Day the Bubble Burst||Gregory Winslow||TV movie|
|1984||Mister Roberts||Lieutenant Douglas Roberts||TV movie|
|1986–87||Starman||Paul Forrester||22 episodes|
|1987||Murder by the Book||D.H. Mercer / Biff Deegan||TV movie|
|1989–90||FM||Ted Costas||13 episodes|
|1990||Running Against Time||David Rhodes||TV movie|
|1992||The Larry Sanders Show||Himself||Episode: |
"The Garden Weasel"
|1992||Hot Chocolate||Eric Ferrier||TV movie|
|1993||Cutters||Joe Polachek||5 episodes|
|1993||Sex, Shock and Censorship in the '90s||Martin Day||TV special|
|1994–96||Iron Man||Tony Stark / Iron Man
|1995||Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare||Chad Ingram||TV movie|
|1995||Vanished||John Taylor||TV movie|
|1996||Guys Like Us||Mike Hanson||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1996||The Abduction||Paul Olavsky||TV movie|
|1996||Unabomber: The True Story||David Kaczynski||TV movie|
|1996||The Incredible Hulk||Tony Stark / Iron Man
|Episode: "Helping Hands, Iron Fist"|
|1996||Touched by an Angel||Scott Walden||Episode: "Groundrush"|
|1996–97||Spider-Man||Tony Stark / Iron Man
|1996||Christmas Every Day||Henry Jackson||TV movie|
|1997||Superman: The Animated Series||Edward
Lytener / Luminus
|1997||Promised Land||Mark Gerhart||Episode: "Mr. Muscles"|
|1997||I'll Be Home for Christmas||Michael Greiser||TV movie|
|1998||Kelly Kelly||Doug Kelly||7 episodes|
|1998||30 Years to Life||Vincent Dawson||TV movie|
|1999||The Outer Limits||Dr. Peter Halstead||Episode: "Donor"|
|2000||Deadly Appearances||Andy Boychuk||TV movie|
|2000||That '70s Show||Bud Hyde||2 episodes|
|2001||The Retrievers||Tom Lowry||TV movie|
|2002||Spin City||Los Angeles Mayor Stone Taylor||Episode: "A Tale of Four Cities"|
|2002||The Santa Trap||Bill Emerson||TV movie|
|2003||Robbery Homicide Division||Eddie||Episode: "Hellbound Train"|
|2012||Shooting Gallery||Himself||Episode: "Survival Trail"|
|2014||Sharknado 2: The Second One||Captain Bob Wilson||TV movie|
|2020||Smartphone Theatre||Jonathan 'Johnny' Cooper||Episode: "Holy Water"|
|1986||Starman||Director||Episode: "The Test"|
|2001||Sex and a Girl||Producer|
|2007||Nicky's Birthday Camera||Producer|
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- Hal Erickson (2014). "Robert Hays-biography". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on November 23, 2013.
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- Davis, Stacy Vogel (March 18, 2013). "Zucker, Hays poke fun at summer in Wisconsin in latest tourism ad". Milwaukee Business Journal. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
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