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Birth 26 july 1931 (89 years) at Long Beach (USA)

Robert Colbert (born July 26, 1931 in Long Beach, California) is an American actor most noted for his leading role portraying Dr. Doug Phillips on the ABC television series, The Time Tunnel, and his two appearances as Brent Maverick, a third Maverick brother in the ABC/Warner Brothers western, Maverick starring James Garner, Jack Kelly and Roger Moore.

Colbert began acting when he was a soldier based on the Pacific island of Okinawa. He was a clerk typist with a Military Police unit and also worked as a disc jockey for Radio Free Asia in the evenings. A woman in Air Force Special Services heard his voice and recruited him to act in a performance of The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial. Hooked on acting, Colbert returned to the United States and performed on stage, where he was noticed by Mickey Shaughnessy, who recommended him to a talent agency.

Colbert appeared in a number of minor films, including Have Rocket, Will Travel starring the Three Stooges, and was signed to a contract with Warner Brothers and subsequently cast in the feature film A Fever in the Blood (1961) along with many guest appearances on television series.

In 1960, he appeared in three episodes of the ABC/WB western, Colt .45, including the episode "Showdown at Goldtown", with Donald May in the lead series role as Sam Colt, Jr. Colbert plays Johnny Moore, a young ex-convict whose parole officer is Sam Colt. Moore drives a stagecoach in a mining town. The outlaw Clay Hooper, portrayed by Harry Shannon, pressures Moore, his old partner in crime, to help him rob a gold shipment. Ruta Lee is cast in this episode as Molly Perkins, and Dan Sheridan plays the part of Driscoll. Colbert also appeared as Bill Mannix with Vaughn Taylor as Dr. Bryan Craig in another 1960 Colt .45 episode, entitled "Strange Encounter."

On October 28, 1960, Colbert was cast as Army Corporal Howie Burch in the episode "Two Trails to Santa Fe" of the ABC/WB western series Cheyenne, with Clint Walker in the titular role. In the story line, Burch tries to steal gold from miners working a claim near the fort where he is stationed. He is also trying to win back the affection of his former wife (Randy Stuart), whose unsuspecting husband (Richard Webb) is one of the miners. Then the Army decides to abandon the fort. Cheyenne Bodie, meanwhile, comes to the defense of an Apache woman, Aleeah (Sonya Wilde), left for dead after the masaacre of her white husband.

In 1961, Colbert was forced by Warner Brothers to dress exactly as lookalike James Garner had done in Garner's earlier role of Bret Maverick to play a character called "Brent Maverick." Thinking of the inevitable comparisons to Garner that were bound to ensue, Colbert famously said to his bosses, "Put me in a dress and call me Brenda, but don't do this to me!" Garner had been a huge success in the role and was in the process of moving into a movie career in the wake of winning a contentious lawsuit with Warner Brothers. Colbert played his part in two episodes and was not called back for the following season since the studio decided to alternate new episodes featuring only Bret and Brent's brother "Bart Maverick" (Jack Kelly) with reruns from earlier seasons starring the popular Garner during the series' fifth and final season.

Before Roger Moore, who played Bart's cousin Beau Maverick, left Maverick during the same season in which Colbert appeared, the studio shot numerous publicity photographs of Colbert, Kelly and Moore cavorting in costume together that are readily accessible on Google Images; the rights to many of the pictures are currently owned by Getty Images. By the time Colbert's two episodes were telecast, however, Moore had already quit the show and Moore and Colbert never appeared together in the series itself. James Garner reminisced in his Archive of American Television interview that the studio lit Colbert darkly as well as dressing him like Garner in an attempt to mislead the public that Garner had returned but that when Colbert spoke, the audience realized that it wasn't Garner. A viewing of the episodes themselves, however, reveals that Garner was mistaken about this and that Colbert was lit normally during his shows although he was certainly dressed precisely as Garner had been earlier in the series.

In 1962, Colbert played Lonzo Green in the episode "Footlights" of the ABC/WB crime drama, The Roaring 20s. Moreover, he guest starred on most of the ABC/WB series, including 77 Sunset Strip and Hawaiian Eye (seven times each), Bronco (six times), Bourbon Street Beat (three times), Sugarfoot, The Alaskans, and Surfside 6 (twice each), and Cheyenne and Lawman, once each.

In 1965 Colbert made two guest appearances on Perry Mason as Deputy District Attorney Snell; first in "The Case of the Grinning Gorilla," then in "The Case of the Hasty Honeymooner." Raymond Burr appeared as the oft-filmed attorney in this television series based on Erle Stanley Gardner's novels.

In 1966-1967, Colbert played the part of Doug Phillips in thirty episodes of the Irwin Allen science fiction ABC series, The Time Tunnel, the second lead in a show about two time travelers. James Darren and Lee Meriweather starred with Colbert. Historical events like the Alamo, the Titanic, Krakatoa, and Custer's last stand were fictionalized.

Colbert also appeared as the character Stuart Brooks on the television soap opera, The Young and the Restless, from March 1973 to March 1983, being honored at the show's tenth anniversary. His character of Stuart Brooks faded into the woodwork after his four daughters had been written out, and died off-screen sometime after the four Brooks sisters returned to town for Victor and Nikki's wedding. They mentioned at that time that Stuart was still running the newspaper, but Colbert did not appear at this reunion. Stuart's young son-in-law, Snapper Foster, was played by a then unknown David Hasselhoff.

In 1981, Colbert and Robert Culp were suggested by CBS as possible replacements for Larry Hagman on Dallas after Hagman decided to hold out for more money (as his friend Carroll O'Connor had successfully done in 1974) but Hagman returned to the series.


Colbert was married to dancer/songwriter Dotty Harmony in 1961 for 15 years. Harmony wrote for Metric Music with Sharon Sheeley and had songs recorded by Rick Nelson. They have two children, Cami and Clay. Cami is married to filmmaker Jon Freeman (Flesh Wound Films) who produces the highly successful "Crusty Demon" series of DVDs.

Today Robert Colbert is 'retired' though he still makes occasional cameo appearances, takes part in science fiction conventions and Western conventions all across America, and enjoys celebrity golf tournaments for fundraising events.

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Filmography of Robert Colbert (11 films)

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La Classe américaine, 1h10
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius, Dominique Mézerette
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors John Wayne, Christine Delaroche, Dustin Hoffman, Burt Lancaster, Robert Redford, Marc Cassot
Roles A Future Man (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating80% 4.03134.03134.03134.03134.0313
The film begins with the following lines appearing on screen, complete with deliberate spelling mistakes: "Attention! Ce flim n'est pas un flim sur le cyclimse. Merci de votre compréhension." ("Attention! This flim is not a flim about cyclign. Thank you for your understanding.")
Timescape (1992)
, 1h39
Directed by David Twohy
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction
Themes Time travel films, Films based on science fiction novels
Actors Jeff Daniels, Ariana Richards, Marilyn Lightstone, George Murdock, Nicholas Guest, Robert Colbert
Roles Undersecretary
Rating64% 3.24833.24833.24833.24833.2483
Haunted by the death of his wife, Ben Wilson (Jeff Daniels), has recently returned to his hometown and purchased an old guest house on the outskirts of town, which he is renovating with his young daughter Hillary (Ariana Richards). When local bus driver Oscar arrives with a tour group from "South California", the group's leader insists on renting out the rooms at the guest house, pointedly rejecting Ben's suggestion that they could stay at his friends' large hotel in the middle of town. Ben soon begins to note their peculiar behaviour, manner and dress. Oscar points out the fact that, while they purport to be tourists, they do not carry cameras or take photographs. Shortly after they settle into their rooms, another stranger, Quish (David Wells), arrives to join them, and Ben notices the odd fact that Quish's clothes have a fine covering of ash.
The Nutt House, 1h34
Directed by Adam Rifkin, Scott Spiegel
Origin USA
Actors Amy Yasbeck, Traci Lords, Barry Livingston, Ben Stiller, Robert Trebor, Stella Stevens
Roles Board Doctor
Rating36% 1.832831.832831.832831.832831.83283
Identical twins Philbert and Nathan were separated at birth. Philbert is married to a wealthy heiress (Amy Yasbeck) with a mistress (Traci Lords) and a political campaign for President of the United States. Nathan suffers from a severe case of multiple personality disorder and has spent his life in a lunatic asylum. Nathan shows up on his brother's doorstep and what begins as a case of mistaken identity spirals out of control.
La Classe américaine, 39minutes
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius, Dominique Mézerette
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors John Wayne, Christine Delaroche, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Marc Cassot, Steve McQueen
Roles A Future Man (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating72% 3.6445953.6445953.6445953.6445953.644595
Diffusé pour les fêtes de fin d'année, ce second détournement (qui fait suite à Derrick contre Superman) est un Ça cartoon déjanté mêlant des séquences originales présenté par Valérie Payet et Philippe Dana à des extraits redoublés de dessins animés avec Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck... et de films avec Steve McQueen, Burt Lancaster, Jack Nicholson, Jean Gabin, etc. Il s'agit du second des trois téléfilms du Grand Détournement.
La Classe américaine
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius, Dominique Mézerette
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors John Wayne, Christine Delaroche, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Marc Cassot, Paul Newman
Roles A Future Man (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating80% 4.028364.028364.028364.028364.02836
George Abitbol, l'homme le plus classe du monde, meurt tragiquement lors d'une croisière. Dans un dernier souffle, il murmure : « Monde de merde ». Pourquoi ? Ces mots intriguent le rédacteur en chef d'un quotidien américain. Il dépêche ses trois meilleurs enquêteurs : Dave, Peter et Steven (prononcer « Pétère et Stéveune ») pour éclaircir ce mystère...
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, 1h28
Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Crime
Actors Isaac Hayes, Steve James, Bernie Casey, Antonio Fargas, John Vernon, Ja'net DuBois
Roles Farrell
Rating65% 3.2984053.2984053.2984053.2984053.298405
Jack Spade (Keenen Ivory Wayans) returns from the Army to his old neighborhood following the death of his brother, Junebug. The police determine Junebug's death to be the result of an "OG", or "Over Gold" — the victim has overdosed on gold chains. A brief image of Junebug is shown featuring him covered, head-to-toe, with gold chains. When not distracted by his old girlfriend and Junebug's widow Cheryl (Dawnn Lewis), Jack seeks revenge for his brother's death.
Amazon Women on the Moon, 1h25
Directed by Joe Dante, John Landis, Peter Horton, Carl Gottlieb, Robert K. Weiss
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Comic science fiction
Themes Space adventure films, Films about television, Sur la Lune, Comedy science fiction films, Space opera
Actors Arsenio Hall, Lou Jacobi, Griffin Dunne, Steve Forrest, Robert Colbert, Michelle Pfeiffer
Roles Blackie
Rating62% 3.100013.100013.100013.100013.10001
Fictional television station WIDB-TV (channel 8) experiences problems with its late-night airing of science-fiction classic Amazon Women on the Moon, a 1950s B movie in which Queen Lara (Sybil Danning) and Captain Nelson (Steve Forrest) battle exploding volcanoes and man-eating spiders on the moon. Waiting for the film to resume, an unseen viewer begins channel surfing—simulated by bursts of white noise—through late night cable, with the various segments and sketches of the film representing the programming found on different channels. The viewer intermittently returns to channel 8, where Amazon Women continues to resume airing before faltering once more.
City Beneath the Sea, 1h38
Directed by Irwin Allen
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Films set in the future
Actors Stuart Whitman, Rosemary Forsyth, Robert Colbert, Burr DeBenning, Robert Wagner, Richard Basehart
Roles Commander Woody Patterson
Rating53% 2.6581152.6581152.6581152.6581152.658115
Au 21e siècle, la population de la cité sous-marine Pacifica principalement composée de scienfitiques doit recevoir une cargaison d'or provenant de la réserve de Fort Knox. L'ancien dirigeant de cette colonie est de retour à cette occasion. Il planifie son vol alors que la cité est sous la menace d'un astéroïde venant de l'espace.
The Lawyer
The Lawyer (1970)
, 2h
Directed by Sidney J. Furie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Barry Newman, Diana Muldaur, Harold Gould, Booth Colman, Robert Colbert, Warren J. Kemmerling
Rating67% 3.3831253.3831253.3831253.3831253.383125
Tony Petrocelli is a Harvard-educated attorney of Italian heritage who practices in an unidentified part of the American Southwest. He works (and drives) at a frenetic pace, not only because he is a zealous advocate for his defendants (which includes a regular run of drunks and other small-time criminal cases) but because of the vast distances of western prairie he must cross in order to meet clients, investigate his cases and make court appointments.
Claudelle Inglish, 1h39
Directed by Gordon Douglas
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Diane McBain, John Arthur Kennedy, Will Hutchins, Claude Akins, Constance Ford, Frank Overton
Roles Rip Guyler
Rating60% 3.005523.005523.005523.005523.00552
Pretty and shy young Georgia farmgirl Claudelle Inglish (Diane McBain), the daughter of a poor sharecropper Clyde Inglish (Arthur Kennedy) and his wife Jessie (Constance Ford), starts dating the poor neighbor, handsome farmboy Linn Varner (Chad Everett) during the spring of their senior year in high school. Claudelle and Linn instantly hit it off together and soon they fall in love. Her mother objects to the relationship, fearing Claudelle will end up in the same rut she is being married to a poor farmer resulting in a stormy marriage. Claudelle is forced to endure her parents' many arguments stemming from Jessie's unhappiness having to be married to Clyde, a poor but hard-working farmer.
A Fever in the Blood, 1h57
Directed by Vincent Sherman
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Efrem Zimbalist II, Angie Dickinson, Jack Kelly, Don Ameche, Ray Danton, Herbert Marshall
Roles Thomas J. Morely
Rating63% 3.1949453.1949453.1949453.1949453.194945
A man murders a woman who rejects him, then creates a fire to make the death look accidental. The district attorney, Dan Callahan, on a hunting trip with Judge Leland Hoffman, is summoned back to the city to handle the murder investigation. Callahan and Hoffman both have political ambitions, eyeing the upcoming election for governor.
Have Rocket, Will Travel
Directed by David Lowell Rich
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Comic science fiction
Themes Comedy science fiction films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Buddy films, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe DeRita, Anna-Lisa, Robert Colbert, Jerome Cowan
Roles Dr. Ted Benson
Rating58% 2.902482.902482.902482.902482.90248
The Stooges are janitors working at a space center who accidentally blast off to Venus. They encounter a talking unicorn, a giant fire breathing tarantula, and an alien computer who has destroyed all human life on the planet and creates three evil duplicates of the Stooges. When the boys return home triumphant, they are given a hero's welcome.


Some of My Best Friends Are, 1h50
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Christmas films, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Fannie Flagg, Rue McClanahan, Candy Darling, Dick O'Neill, John Calvin Culver, Paul Blake
Roles Boom Operator
Rating61% 3.094933.094933.094933.094933.09493
On Christmas Eve 1971 in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, a group of gay men and lesbians meet at the Blue Jay Bar to talk about their lives and relationships.