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Robert Armstrong is a Actor American born on 19 november 1890 at Saginaw (USA)

Robert Armstrong

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Nationality USA
Birth 19 november 1890 at Saginaw (USA)
Death 20 april 1973 (at 82 years) at Santa Monica (USA)

Robert Armstrong (November 20, 1890 – April 20, 1973) was an American film actor remembered for his role as Carl Denham in the 1933 version of King Kong by RKO Pictures. He uttered the famous exit quote, "'Twas beauty killed the beast," at the film's end. Months later, he starred as Carl Denham again in the sequel, Son of Kong, released the same year. Sixteen years later, in 1949, Armstrong played a similar role as showman Max O'Hara in another giant ape movie, Mighty Joe Young. He appeared in 127 films between 1927 and 1964; very prolific in the late 1920s and early 1930s, he made nine movies in 1928 alone. The Most Dangerous Game was filmed at night on the same jungle sets as King Kong, which was being shot during the day, with Armstrong and Fay Wray simultaneously starring in both pictures.

In the 1950s, Armstrong appeared as Sheriff Andy Anderson on Rod Cameron's syndicated western-themed television series, State Trooper. Cameron played the role of Rod Blake, chief investigator for the Nevada Department of Public Safety. Armstrong made four guest appearances on Perry Mason during its nine-year run on CBS: in 1961 he played the title character and murder victim Capt. Bancroft in "The Case of the Malicious Mariner;" in 1962 he played defendant Jimmy West in "The Case of the Playboy Pugilist;" and in 1964 he played murderer Phil Jenks in "The Case of the Accousted Accountant."


Born Robert William Armstrong in Saginaw, Michigan, lived in Bay City, Michigan until about 1902 and moved to Seattle, Washington. Armstrong studied to be a lawyer but gave it up to manage his uncle's touring companies. He attended the University of Washington where he became a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity. In his spare time he wrote plays, which eventually led to him appearing in one of them when it was produced. Armstrong served in the United States Army in World War I, and upon his return home after the war, Armstrong discovered his uncle had died while he was away. In 1926 he went to London and appeared for a season on the British stage. Armstrong's silver screen career began in 1927 when he appeared in Pathé's silent drama The Main Event.

Armstrong resembled King Kong producer and adventurer Merian C. Cooper, and Cooper used him in several films as more or less a version of himself (they coincidentally died sixteen hours apart). In 1937 Armstrong starred in With Words and Music (also referred to as The Girl Said No) released by Grand National Films Inc. He also worked throughout the 1930s and 1940s for many film studios. Prior to World War II, in the early 1940s, Universal Pictures released Enemy Agent, about a plot to thwart the Nazis. In the film, Armstrong co-starred with Helen Vinson, Richard Cromwell and Jack La Rue. Later, in 1942, he played again opposite Cromwell in Baby Face Morgan, a notable "B" effort for PRC (Producers Releasing Corporation). Later in that decade, Armstrong played another Carl Denham-like leading character role as "Max O'Hara" in 1949's Mighty Joe Young. This film was yet another stop-motion animation giant gorilla fantasy, made by the same King Kong team of Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack.

Best films

The Paleface (1948)
Blood on the Sun (1945)
Mighty Joe Young (1949)
The Leatherneck (1929)

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Filmography of Robert Armstrong (96 films)

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For Those Who Think Young, 1h36
Directed by Leslie H. Martinson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Paul Lynde, Tina Louise, Bob Denver, Robert Middleton
Roles Norman Armstrong
Rating52% 2.6112252.6112252.6112252.6112252.611225
Rich kid and party animal Gardner Pruitt III (James Darren), known as “Ding” to his friends, is on the prowl for a new conquest in the form of teenager Sandy Palmer (Pamela Tiffin). In the meantime, Ding’s influential grandfather, B.S. Cronin (Robert Middleton) wants to curtail the romance and shut down a popular local college teen hangout.
Johnny Cool, 1h43
Directed by William Asher
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Henry Silva, Elizabeth Montgomery, Richard Anderson, Jim Backus, Joey Bishop, Brad Dexter
Roles Underworld Leader
Rating63% 3.1928853.1928853.1928853.1928853.192885
Johnny Colini, an exiled American living in Rome, rescues Salvatore Giordano, a young Sicilian outlaw, from the police. After Giordano is groomed, polished, and renamed "Johnny Cool," Colini sends him on a mission of vengeance to the United States to assassinate the men who plotted his downfall and enforced exile. Johnny arrives in New York and quickly kills several of the underworld figures on Colini's list.
The Pace That Thrills, 1h3
Origin USA
Genres Action
Actors Bill Williams, Carla Balenda, Robert Armstrong, Frank McHugh, Michael St. Angel, Cleo Moore
Roles J.C. Barton
Rating56% 2.8219052.8219052.8219052.8219052.821905
Los Angeles newspaper reporter Eve Drake is assigned to cover a motorcycle race. There she sees Dusty Weston win a race using questionable tactics. She is asked to present the winner's trophy afterward, but when Dusty plants a kiss on her, she slaps his face.
Mighty Joe Young, 1h33
Directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Films about apes, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Robert Armstrong, Frank McHugh, Douglas Fowley, Nestor Paiva
Roles Max O'Hara
Rating69% 3.493913.493913.493913.493913.49391
In 1937 Tanganyika Territory, Africa, eight-year-old Jill Young (Lora Lee Michel) is living with her father on his ranch. While in her yard, two Africans come by with an orphaned baby gorilla; Jill so wants a pet that she trades her toys and money for him, vowing to always care for the gorilla.
The Lucky Stiff, 1h39
Directed by Lewis R. Foster
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors Dorothy Lamour, Brian Donlevy, Claire Trevor, Irene Hervey, Marjorie Rambeau, Robert Armstrong
Roles Insp. Von Flanagan
Rating61% 3.0907453.0907453.0907453.0907453.090745
Lawyer John Malone (Donlevy) is an ardent admirer of the sultry night club singer Anna Marie St. Clair (Lamour). After meeting her at the club, he is present when her boss is killed, and she is arrested for the crime. Sentenced to death, Malone and his secretary Maggie Seaton (Trevor) set out to find the real murderer, who is probably also responsible for a protection racket Malone is investigating. At the last possible moment Anne Marie is saved from execution. When she learns that the newspapers have reported that she is dead she decides to use her status as a "corpse" to her advantage.
Return of the Bad Men, 1h30
Directed by Ray Enright
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Western
Actors Randolph Scott, Robert Ryan, George "Gabby" Hayes, Anne Jeffreys, Jacqueline White, Steve Brodie
Roles Wild Bill Doolin
Rating62% 3.1479353.1479353.1479353.1479353.147935
In 1880s Indian Territory (future Oklahoma), a rancher reluctantly agrees to take up the post of federal marshal and tackle a violent gang of outlaws ravaging the territory.
The Paleface, 1h31
Directed by Norman Z. McLeod, Alvin Ganzer
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Western
Actors Bob Hope, Jane Russell, Robert Armstrong, Iris Adrian, Bobby Watson, Charles Trowbridge
Roles Terris
Rating65% 3.2964153.2964153.2964153.2964153.296415
Peter "Painless" Potter (Bob Hope) is a dentist of doubtful competence. Out west, after the partner of Calamity Jane (Jane Russell) is killed while trying to discover who's been illegally selling guns to Indians, the cowardly Painless ends up married to Jane, who needs to keep her true identity a secret.
The Sea of Grass, 2h3
Directed by Elia Kazan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Romance, Western
Actors Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Melvyn Douglas, Robert Walker, Phyllis Thaxter, Edgar Buchanan
Roles Floyd McCurtin
Rating62% 3.1492353.1492353.1492353.1492353.149235
The film opens in St. Louis, Missouri, on Lutie Cameron's (Katharine Hepburn) wedding day. She has had a short courtship with a cattle rancher of New Mexico. As she dresses, she receives a telegram from her fiancé Col. Brewton (Spencer Tracy) telling her to board the train for New Mexico to marry him in the small town of Salt Fork. The first person she meets in town is Brice Chamberlain (Melvyn Douglas), who warns her of likely unhappiness with Brewton, locally considered a tyrant. He takes her to the courthouse, where she sees Brewton testifying against a settler who had tried to stake a claim to part of the government-owned land where Brewton runs his cattle.
Fall Guy
Fall Guy (1947)
, 1h4
Directed by Reginald Le Borg
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Noir, Crime
Actors Leo Penn, Robert Armstrong, Teala Loring, Elisha Cook, Jr., Douglas Fowley, Charles Arnt
Roles Mac McLaine
Rating58% 2.943242.943242.943242.943242.94324
With no memory of the night in question and a few clues, a man tries to prove he did not murder an attractive woman.
The Fugitive, 1h44
Directed by John Ford, Emilio Fernández
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical, Western
Themes Films about religion
Actors Henry Fonda, Dolores del Río, Pedro Armendáriz, Mel Ferrer, Ward Bond, J. Carrol Naish
Roles Police sergeant
Rating62% 3.1470253.1470253.1470253.1470253.147025
A nameless and conflicted Catholic priest is a fugitive in an unnamed Latin American country where religion is outlawed. Another fugitive, a murderous bandit dubbed "El Gringo", comes to town. He and a beautiful Indian woman conspire to help the priest escape. Taken to safety, the priest is then convinced by a police informant to return to the town on the pretense that "El Gringo" is dying and wishes to receive the last rites. The priest is captured and sentenced to death, but forgives the informant for betraying him. The priest's execution by firing squad brings an outpouring of public grief and shows the authorities that it is impossible to stamp out religion as long as it exists in people's hearts and minds.
Criminal Court, 1h
Directed by Robert Wise
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Tom Conway, Martha O' Driscoll, June Clayworth, Robert Armstrong, Addison Richards, Steve Brodie
Roles Vic Wright
Rating58% 2.9487652.9487652.9487652.9487652.948765
Hotshot lawyer Steve Barnes is a candidate to be district attorney. His girlfriend Georgia Gale has a job singing for nightclub owner Vic Wright, a gangster who works for the mob boss, Marquette.
Decoy (1946)
, 1h16
Directed by Jack Bernhard
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir, Crime
Actors Jean Gillie, Robert Armstrong, Edward Norris, Herbert Rudley, Sheldon Leonard, Philip Van Zandt
Roles Frank Olins
Rating67% 3.3934153.3934153.3934153.3934153.393415
The story picks up in Margot Shelby's apartment, as she is dying from a gunshot wound. Police detective Joe Portugal arrives at the scene to hear her last moments and possible confession. Margot recounts all the events that lead to Dr. Lloyd Craig shooting her shortly after arriving at her apartment. Via flash-back, we travel back to the beginning: