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|Born||December 24, 1931|
Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||February 8, 1997 (aged 65)|
|Occupation||Actor, voice artist|
|Spouse(s)||Patricia Ridgely (19??–1997)|
Robert Ridgely (December 24, 1931 – February 8, 1997) was an American actor and voice artist, known for both on-camera roles and extensive voice-over work.
Life and career
Ridgley began acting in the 1960s, serving as a talk show host with Woody Woodbury. Ridgely appeared in commercials, including a classic McDonald's commercial, staged as a Broadway production number, where he sings; "there is nothin' so clean – as my burger machine". Ridgley guest starred on TV series such as Maverick, Sea Hunt, Lawman, and Surfside 6. He landed a regular role as Lieutenant Kimbro in the short-lived World War II ABC series, The Gallant Men. After the series was cancelled, he continued with guest appearances on such shows as Bonanza, WKRP in Cincinnati, Coach, Night Court, Wings, and Designing Women.
Ridgley appeared in various films, including several Mel Brooks productions, amongst them; Blazing Saddles (1974), High Anxiety (1977), Life Stinks (1991), and Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993). Ridgley also worked in some of the prominent films of late 80s and early 90s, including; Something Wild (1986), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Philadelphia (1993), and Boogie Nights (1997).
Ridgely put his strong voice to use in voice-over roles in movies like Down and Dirty Duck (1974), television specials such as Thanksgiving in the Land of Oz, (aka Dorothy in the Land of Oz) (1980), and the video game Blazing Dragons (1996).
He did a great deal of voice work on animated series as well, including the titular heroes in Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, The New Adventures of Flash Gordon, and Thundarr the Barbarian. From 1985 to 1996, Ridgely was one of ABC's main primetime promo announcers. He also voiced the Peculiar Purple Pieman in the 1980s Strawberry Shortcake specials, General "Thunderbolt" Ross on The Incredible Hulk, Finch on Daisy-Head Mayzie, and Commander Chief in Dexter's Laboratory.
On February 8, 1997, Ridgely died of cancer at his Toluca Lake, Los Angeles home. His death occurred only two days after Ernie Anderson. They appeared on ABC only months apart, in 1995 and early 1996, respectively.
|1971||Chrome and Hot Leather||Sergeant Mack|
|1974||The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat||Voice|
|1977||Raspberry||Celebrity Sportsman Host|
|1980||Melvin and Howard||Wally 'Mr. Love' Williams|
|1983||Heart Like a Wheel||Bob Morton, 'Sportsline'|
|1984||The Wild Life||Craig Davis|
|1986||Something Wild||Richard Graves|
|1994||The Ref||Bob Burley|
|1996||Hard Eight||Keno Bar Manager|
|1987||Beverly Hills Cop II||Mayor|
|1996||That Thing You Do!||Hollywood Showcase Announcer|
|1997||Fire Down Below||Simon|
|1997||Boogie Nights||Colonel James|
- Robert Ridgely on IMDb
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- New York Times movie page for Robert Ridgely
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- Robert Ridgely at Find a Grave
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