Robert Stanton (actor)

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Robert Stanton
Born Robert Lloyd Stanton
(1963-03-08) March 8, 1963 (age 54)
San Antonio, Texas, United States
Occupation Actor, director, playwright
Years active 1985–present

Robert Lloyd Stanton (born March 8, 1963) is an American film, television and stage actor, director and playwright. He may be best known for his role in the 1993 film Dennis the Menace as Henry Mitchell, the title character's father.

Early life[edit]

Stanton was born in San Antonio and raised in Annandale, Virginia, the son of federal workers Billie Loree (née Baker) and Lloyd Winter Stanton, Jr.[1]



Stanton trained at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program[2] and began his acting career in Joseph Papp's production of the play Measure for Measure, at the Delacorte Theater in 1985. He was in the resident company of the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1989 to 1991.

His Broadway credits include John Guare's A Free Man of Color, Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart and Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia. Off Broadway credits include David Lindsay-Abaire's Fuddy Meers, A. R. Gurney's A Cheever Evening and Caryl Churchill's Owners and Traps. He won an Obie Award and a Clarence Derwent Award for his performance in David Ives's All in the Timing in 1994. He directed the premiere of Ives's play Don Juan in Chicago Off-Broadway in 1995.

In 2008 and 2009, he appeared in Off-Broadway productions of Love Child, a two-man play that he wrote and performed with fellow actor Daniel H. Jenkins.

In March and April 2012, he appeared in the Eugene O'Neill play Strange Interlude at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, in the role of Charles Marsden; he returned in January 2016 to play Mr. Puff in Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Critic and Moon in Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound on a double-bill, winning the company's Emery Battis Award for his performances.[3]

Film and television roles[edit]

Stanton made a brief appearance in the 1988 thriller, The House on Carroll Street. In 1992, he appeared in the films A League of Their Own and Bob Roberts. In 1993, he had what may be his most famous role, playing Henry Mitchell in Dennis the Menace.

He played John Chapman in the 1994-95 television show The Cosby Mysteries.

He later appeared in a variety of films, including Don't Drink the Water (1994 film), Striptease, Washington Square, Red Corner, Next Stop Wonderland, Mercury Rising, The Quiet American, Head of State, The Stepford Wives, Find Me Guilty, and Confessions of a Shopaholic.

Stanton appeared in episodes of the television shows Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Frasier, Ed, Third Watch, Damages, NYC 22, The Good Wife, and Orange Is the New Black.

He also appeared in the two sequels to Luc Besson's Arthur and the Invisibles, playing Armand Montgomery, father to Freddie Highmore's Arthur.




Video Games[edit]

  • Manhunt (2003) - Smilie member
  • Bully (2006) - Mr. Galloway


  1. ^ Robert Stanton biography at
  2. ^ "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  3. ^ "Emery Battis Award 2016". Stages Donor Update 2016-2017 Season, Issue 1. January 2017. 

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