Robert Lowery (actor)
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|Born||Robert Lowery Hanks
October 17, 1913
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||December 26, 1971
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery|
|Other names||Bob Lowery
|Spouse(s)||Jean Parker (m. 1951) 1 son
Vivan Wilcox (1941–1944) (divorced)
Rusty Farrell (1947–1948) (divorced)
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Lowery grew up on Wayne Avenue near the long-demolished Electric Park. Lowery's father was a local attorney and oil investor who worked several years for the Pullman Corporation as a railroad agent; his mother, Leah Thompson Hanks, was a concert pianist.
He graduated from Paseo High School in Kansas City, and soon was invited to sing with the Slats Randall Orchestra in the early 1930s. Lowery played on the Kansas City Blues minor league baseball team and was overall considered a versatile athlete; his physique and strength were gained from a stint working in a paper factory as a teenager. After the death of his father in 1935, he traveled to Hollywood with his mother and their housekeeper, and enrolled in the Lila Bliss acting school before being signed by Twentieth Century Fox in 1937.
During his career, Lowery was primarily known for roles in action movies such as The Mark of Zorro (1940), The Mummy's Ghost (1944), and Dangerous Passage (1944). He became the second actor to play DC Comics' Batman (succeeding Lewis Wilson), starring in a 1949's Batman and Robin serial.
Lowery also had roles in a number of Western films including The Homesteaders (1953), The Parson and the Outlaw (1957), Young Guns of Texas (1962), and Johnny Reno (1966). He was also a stage actor and appeared in Born Yesterday, The Caine Mutiny, and in several other productions.
On television, Lowery was best known for the role of Big Tim Champion on the series Circus Boy (1956–1957). In 1956, he guest starred in "The Deadly Rock," an episode of The Adventures of Superman (which was the first time a Batman actor shared screen time with a Superman actor, although Lowery and Reeves had appeared together in their pre-superhero days in the 1942 World War II anti-VD propaganda film, Sex Hygiene.) Lowery also had guest roles on Perry Mason, featured as murder victim Amos Bryant in "The Case of the Roving River," Playhouse 90 ("The Helen Morgan Story"), Cowboy G-Men, Maverick, Tales of Wells Fargo, Rawhide, 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, and Pistols 'n' Petticoats.
Personal life and death
His other wives were Vivan Wilcox and Barbara "Rusty" Farrell, whom he married on March 21, 1947, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Although a divorce action was filed in his last marriage to Parker, it was never finalized.
|1936||Great Guy||Mr. Parker||Uncredited|
|Wake Up and Live||Chauffeur|
|Life Begins in College||Sling|
|1938||Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm||Attendant||Uncredited|
|Safety in Numbers||Harry|
|Passport Husband||Ted Markson|
|Submarine Patrol||Sparks, radioman|
|1939||Drums Along the Mohawk||John Weaver|
|Young Mr. Lincoln||Juror Bill Killian||Uncredited|
|Charlie Chan in Reno||Wally Burke|
|Mr. Moto in Danger Island||Lt. George Bently|
|Hollywood Calvacde||Henry Potter|
|1940||Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise||Dick Kenyon|
|The Mark of Zorro||Rodrigo|
|Murder Over New York||David Elliot|
|City of Chance||Ted Blaine|
|Free, Blonde and 21||Dr. Stephen Craig|
|Shooting High||Bob Merritt|
|1941||Remember the Day||Hotel P.A. Announcer||Uncredited|
|Ride on Vaquero||Carlos Martinez|
|Private Nurse||Henry Holt|
|1942||My Gal Sal||Sally's friend||Uncredited|
|Who Is Hope Schuyler?||Robert Scott|
|She's in the Army||Navy Lt. Jim Russell|
|Lure of the Islands||Wally|
|Criminal Investigator||Bob Martin|
|Rhythm Parade||Jimmy Trent|
|Dawn on the Great Divide||Terry Wallace|
|1943||Tarzan's Desert Mystery||Prince Selim|
|So's Your Uncle||Roger Bright|
|Revenge of the Zombies||Larry Adams|
|A Scream in the Dark||Mike Brooker|
|Campus Rhythm||Buzz O'Hara|
|The North Star||Russian gunner|
|1944||Hot Rhythm||Jimmy O'Brien|
|The Navy Way||Johnny Zumano|
|The Mummy's Ghost||Tom Hervey|
|Dark Mountain||Don Bradley|
|Mystery of the River Boat||Steve Langtry|
|Dangerous Passage||Joe Beck|
|1945||The Monster and the Ape||Ken Morgan|
|High Powered||Tim Scott|
|Fashion Model||Jimmy O'Brien|
|Road to Alcatraz||John Norton|
|Sensation Hunters||Danny Burke|
|Prison Ship||Tom Jeffries|
|1946||House of Horrors||Steven Morrow|
|Gas House Kids||Eddie O'Brien|
|God's Country||Lee Preston/Leland Bruce|
|They Made Me a Killer||Tom Durling|
|Lady Chaser||Peter Kane|
|1947||Killer at Large||Paul Kimberly|
|Danger Street||Larry Burke|
|Queen of the Amazons||Gary Lambert|
|Big Town||Pete Ryan|
|I Cover Big Town||Pete Ryan|
|Jungle Flight||Kelly Jordon|
|1948||Mary Lou||Steve Roberts|
|Heart of Virginia||Dan Lockwood|
|Shep Come Home||Mark Folger|
|Highway 13||Hank Wilson|
|1949||Batman and Robin||Bruce Wayne/Batman|
|Arson, Inc.||Joe Martin|
|The Dalton Gang||Blackie Dalton/BlackieMallet|
|Call of the Forest||Sam Harrison|
|1950||Western Pacific Agent||Bill Stuart|
|I Shot Billy the Kid||Sheriff Pat Garrett|
|Gunfire||Sheriff John Kelly|
|Train to Tombstone||Marshall Staley|
|1953||Jalopy||Skid Wilson||with The Bowery Boys|
|The Homesteaders||Clyde Moss|
|Cow Country||Harry O'Dell|
|1955||Lay That Rifle Down||Nick Stokes/Poindexter March, III|
|Two Gun Lady||"Big Mike" Doughterty|
|The Parson and the Outlaw||Col Jefferson Morgan|
|1960||The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond||Arnold Rothstein|
|1062||Deadly Duo||Jay Flagg|
|When the Girls Take Over||Maximo Toro|
|Young Guns of Texas||Jesse Glendenning|
|1963||McLintock!||Gov. Cuthbert H. Humphrey|
|1964||Stage to Thunder Rock||Deputy Sheriff Seth Barrington|
|1965||Zebra in the Kitchen||Preston Heston|
|1966||Johnny Reno||Jake Reed|
|Waco||Mayor Ned Wood|
|The Undertaker and his Pals|
|1967||The Ballad of Josie||Whit Minick, Town Drunk||Last movie|
|1954||The Joe Palooka Story||Don Jackson||1 episode|
|The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse||George Loring||1 episode|
|1955||Letter to Loretta||Gordy||1 episode|
|1956||The Millionaire||David Hanley||1 episode|
|1956–1957||Circus Boy||Big Tim Champion||49 episodes|
|1958||Casey Jones||Greg Pontus||1 episode|
|26 Men||Red Tanner||3 episodes|
|Yancy Derringer||Blair Devon||2 episodes|
|1959||The Texan||Coy Bennet||1 episode|
|Bronco||Mike Kirk||1 episode|
|Cimarron City||Harris||1 episode|
|1960||Richard Diamond, Private Detective||Mark Sutro||1 episode|
|Cheyenne (1955 TV series)||Episode: "Counterfeit Gun", Giff Murdock / Richard Scott||1 episode|
|Hotel de Paree||Trent||1 episode|
|COronado 9||Miller||1 episode|
|1961||Whispering Smith||Dave Markson||1 episode|
|1962||Frontier Circus||Marshal Taggert||1 episode|
|Gunsmoke||Idaho Smith||1 episode|
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