January 29, 1943
Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
|Spouse(s)||Divorced from Ida Random|
Robert Random (born January 29, 1943 in Chilliwack, British Columbia), usually billed as Bob Random, is a Canadian-born character actor, who appeared in both movies and television from the mid-1960s to the late 1980s.
Television and film roles
Random's television work tended to be in dramatic roles, in venerable programs like Dr. Kildare, Mr. Novak, Ben Casey, and Lassie, or Western series, such as Gunsmoke, The Virginian, The Iron Horse, and The Legend of Jesse James (which starred Christopher Jones). He did occasional comedies, including The Dick Van Dyke Show and Gidget (in a recurring role as Gidget's friend Mark).
His best-remembered movie role is as Rick, one of Beau Bridges and Joy Harmon's co-villains in the 1965 teen comedy Village of the Giants. He also appeared in This Property Is Condemned (1966) and ...tick...tick...tick... (1970). Mosby's Marauders (1967), in which he played Private Lomax, was later repeated on The Wonderful World of Disney under the title Willie and the Yank.
His last appearances were in an episode of Get Christie Love, and as the biker Reaper in the second and third The Danger Zone movies, taking over from Robert Canada, who played the character in the original.
Random played John Dale in Orson Welles's unfinished film The Other Side of the Wind, appearing alongside John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich and Dennis Hopper. Filmed in 1972, cable network Showtime may finally release the film in 2011, provided the Welles estate agrees.
Random was divorced from Ida Random, who received an Academy Award nomination in 1988 for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration on Rain Man. Random currently resides near Qualicum Beach, British Columbia.
- http://www.croatiantimes.com/news/Panorama/2011-01-27/16742/Orson_Welles_partner_unsure_about__Showtime_completing_his_movie Oja Kodar unsure about Showtime completing the Welles film