Robert Webber

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Robert Webber
Robert Webber in The Silencers trailer (1966)
Born Robert L. Webber
(1924-10-14)October 14, 1924
Santa Ana, California, U.S.
Died May 19, 1989(1989-05-19) (aged 64)
Malibu, California, U.S.
Cause of death Lou Gehrig's disease
Occupation Actor
Years active 1950–1989
Spouse(s) Miranda "Sammy" Jones (1953–1958) (divorced)
Del Mertens (1972–1989) (his death)

Robert L. Webber (October 14, 1924 – May 19, 1989) was an American actor.

He appeared in dozens of films and television series, roles that included Juror #12 in the classic 1957 film 12 Angry Men.

Early life[edit]

Webber was born in Santa Ana, California, the son of Alice and Robert Webber, who was a merchant seaman.[1] Webber graduated from Oakland Technical High School,[2] and served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II,[3] serving on Guam and Okinawa.


Webber had a 40-year career as a character actor, during which he appeared as Juror #12 in 12 Angry Men (1957), as Dudley Moore's gay lyricist in 10 (1979) and Cybill Shepherd's father in the hit series Moonlighting. Other notable turns were in the films The Sandpiper, in which he played a supporting role as Elizabeth Taylor's character's former lover, opposite Richard Burton; The Nun and the Sergeant, in which he played the lead; The Dirty Dozen, where he played a general who disliked a character played by Lee Marvin; one of the many L.A. lowlifes Paul Newman encounters in the anti-hero saga Harper; a hitman in Sam Peckinpah's Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia; and a killer in the Dean Martin spy spoof, The Silencers.

Personal life[edit]

Webber was married to actress and model Miranda "Sammy" Jones on October 1, 1953, and was divorced in July, 1958. He died from Lou Gehrig's disease at age 64 in Malibu, California, and is survived by his second wife Del Mertens, whom he married on April 23, 1972.



Television and radio[edit]


  1. ^ Robert Webber Biography (1924–1989)
  2. ^ "Oakland's Tech High is a Rags to Riches Saga". School Historical Archive. Oakland Tribune. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  3. ^ New York Times obituary 20 May 1989

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