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Robert J. Wilke is a Actor American born on 18 may 1914 at Ohio (USA)

Robert J. Wilke

Robert J. Wilke
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Birth name Robert Joseph Wilke
Nationality USA
Birth 18 may 1914 at Ohio (USA)
Death 28 march 1989 (at 74 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Robert J. Wilke (May 18, 1914 – March 28, 1989) was a prolific American film and television actor noted primarily for his roles as villains, mostly in Westerns.

Wilke started as a stuntman in the 1930s and his first appearance on screen was in San Francisco (1936). He soon began to acquire regular character parts, mainly as a heavy, and made his mark when, along with Lee Van Cleef and Sheb Wooley, he played one of the "three men waiting at the station" in High Noon (1952).

A western "bad guy", Wilke was among those actors who fall into the "man with no name" category. While his face was instantly recognizable, few cinemagoers actually knew his name.


Au cinéma, Robert J. Wilke débute comme figurant dans San Francisco de W. S. Van Dyke (avec Clark Gable et Jeanette MacDonald), sorti en 1936. À partir des années 1950 (auparavant, il a le plus souvent des petits rôles non-crédités), Il tient régulièrement des seconds rôles de caractère, souvent de « méchants » et principalement dans des westerns.

Parmi ses films notables appartenant à ce genre, mentionnons Le train sifflera trois fois de Fred Zinnemann (1952, avec Gary Cooper et Grace Kelly), Je suis un aventurier (1954, avec James Stewart et Walter Brennan) et L'Homme de l'Ouest (1958, avec Gary Cooper et Julie London) d'Anthony Mann, ainsi que Les Sept Mercenaires (1960, avec Yul Brynner et Steve McQueen) et Sur la piste de la grande caravane (1965, avec Burt Lancaster et Lee Remick) de John Sturges.

En dehors du western, citons Vingt mille lieues sous les mers de Richard Fleischer (1954, avec Kirk Douglas et James Mason), Écrit sur du vent de Douglas Sirk (1956, avec Rock Hudson et Lauren Bacall), Spartacus de Stanley Kubrick (1960, avec Kirk Douglas et Laurence Olivier), ou encore Les Moissons du ciel de Terrence Malick (1978, avec Richard Gere et Brooke Adams), un de ses ultimes films. Le dernier de ses cent-quatre-vingt-dix neuf films américains est Les Bleus d'Ivan Reitman (avec Bill Murray et Harold Ramis), sorti en 1981, année où il se retire.

Très actif également à la télévision (souvent là-aussi dans le domaine du western), Robert J. Wilke contribue à quatre-vingt-quatorze séries entre 1951 et 1981, dont Zorro (quatre épisodes, 1959), Les Incorruptibles (trois épisodes, 1961-1962) et Gunsmoke (sept épisodes, 1958-1967). Il apparaît aussi dans cinq téléfilms, le premier en 1960, le dernier en 1981.

Best films

Days of Heaven (1978)

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Filmography of Robert J. Wilke (88 films)

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Stripes (1981)
, 1h46
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action
Themes Military humor in film, Political films, Buddy films
Actors Bill Murray, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, Sean Young, John Candy, Harold Ramis
Roles General Barnicke
Rating68% 3.4487753.4487753.4487753.4487753.448775
John Winger is a cab driver, who, in the span of a few hours, loses his job, his apartment, his car, and his girlfriend. Realizing that his life is a failure, he decides to join the United States Army. Talking his best friend Russell Ziskey (a teacher of English to foreign students) into joining with him, they go to a recruiting office and are soon off to basic training.
Days of Heaven, 1h34
Directed by Terrence Malick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz, Robert J. Wilke, Stuart Margolin
Roles The Farm Foreman
Rating78% 3.948253.948253.948253.948253.94825
The story is set in 1916. Bill (Gere), a Chicago manual laborer, knocks down and kills a boss (Margolin) in the steel mill where he works. He flees to the Texas Panhandle with his girlfriend Abby (Adams) and younger sister Linda (Manz),
The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, 1h33
Directed by Nathan Juran
Origin USA
Genres Horror
Themes Films about animals, Wolves in film, Werewolves in film
Actors Kerwin Mathews, Elaine Devry, Robert J. Wilke, Paul Baxley, George Gaynes, Harold Goodwin
Roles The Sheriff
Rating52% 2.6158652.6158652.6158652.6158652.615865
Robert Bridgestone (Kerwin Mathews), a divorced father, takes his son, Richie, to the family mountain cabin. During a moonlight hike, the two are attacked in the darkness by a werewolf. During the struggle, the werewolf falls into a ravine and is impaled on a wooden fence, but not before biting Robert. Upon investigation, they find their attacker to be human. Unable to identify the body, the local sheriff concludes their attacker was a crazy drifter. Richie insists it was a werewolf but his father and the sheriff laugh it off as childish imagination.
Santee (1973)
, 1h33
Directed by Gary Nelson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Western
Actors Glenn Ford, Dana Wynter, Michael Burns, Jay Silverheels, Harry Townes, John Larch
Roles Deaks (as Robert Wilke
Rating58% 2.9043752.9043752.9043752.9043752.904375
Jody Deakes joins up with his father after many years, just to discover that his dad is part of an outlaw gang on the run from a relentless bounty hunter named Santee. Jody is orphaned soon after Santee catches up to the gang, and follows Santee in hopes of taking vengeance for his father's death. Instead, however, Jody discovers that Santee is a good and loving man, tormented by the death of his young son at the hands of another outlaw gang. Santee and his wife take Jody in and a father and son relationship begins to grow. Then the gang that shot Santee's son shows up. The film was produced by Edward Platt of Get Smart fame.
A Gunfight
A Gunfight (1971)
, 1h29
Directed by Lamont Johnson
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Kirk Douglas, Johnny Cash, Jane Alexander, Karen Black, Dana Elcar, Robert J. Wilke
Roles Marshal Tom Cater
Rating63% 3.197863.197863.197863.197863.19786
Will Tenneray and Abe Cross are two aging, famous gunfighters, both in need of money.
The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler, 1h40
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller
Actors Leslie Nielsen, Bradford Dillman, Angie Dickinson, James Daly, Robert J. Wilke, Jack Carter
Roles Hugh Fielding
Rating55% 2.773732.773732.773732.773732.77373
Reporter Harry Walsh (Nielsen) witnesses an auto accident in which two people are killed. Recognizing the survivor as Senator Clayton Zachary Wheeler, (Dillman) he rides with him in the ambulance.
The Cheyenne Social Club, 1h43
Directed by Gene Kelly
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Western
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution
Actors James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Shirley Jones, Sue Ane Langdon, Robert Middleton, Elaine Devry
Roles Corey Bannister
Rating68% 3.4467853.4467853.4467853.4467853.446785
In 1867, John O'Hanlan (Stewart) and Harley Sullivan (Fonda) are aging cowboys working on open cattle ranges in Texas. O'Hanlan gets a letter from an attorney in Cheyenne, Wyoming, that his disreputable and now deceased brother, DJ, left him something called The Cheyenne Social Club in his will.
Tony Rome
Tony Rome (1967)
, 1h50
Directed by Gordon Douglas
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Crime
Actors Frank Sinatra, Jill St John, Richard Conte, Sue Lyon, Gena Rowlands, Simon Oakland
Roles Ralph Turpin
Rating65% 3.298143.298143.298143.298143.29814
Tony Rome is an ex-cop turned private investigator who lives on a powerboat in Miami called the Straight Pass. This a reference to the fact that Tony also has a gambling problem.
The Hallelujah Trail, 2h45
Directed by John Sturges
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Western
Actors Burt Lancaster, Lee Remick, Jim Hutton, Pamela Tiffin, Donald Pleasence, Brian Keith
Roles Chief Five Barrels
Rating66% 3.3468753.3468753.3468753.3468753.346875
1867, la disette d'alcool menace la cité de Denver, Colorado. Chaque habitant de la ville pense que l’hiver sera rude et risque d'empêcher l'arrivée d'un convoi de quarante fourgons avec six cents barils de whisky et de champagne. Les Sioux guettent, le long de la piste Hallelujah, le convoi en provenance de Julesburg, tandis que les dames de la Ligue de Tempérance, avec à leur tête Cora Templeton Massingale, entendent s'opposer à l'arrivée de l'alcool. À la tête du convoi, se trouve Frank Wallingham sous la protection du détachement de cavalerie du capitaine Paul Slater.
Fate Is the Hunter, 1h46
Directed by Ralph Nelson
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Disaster films, American disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents
Actors Glenn Ford, Nancy Kwan, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Jane Russell, Constance Towers
Roles Stillman
Rating70% 3.5424953.5424953.5424953.5424953.542495
Pilot Jack Savage (Rod Taylor) is suspected of drinking and causing an airliner crash that kills 53 people and leaves only a single survivor, Martha Webster (Susanne Pleshette), a flight attendant. The captain's wartime buddy, airline executive Sam C. McBane (Glenn Ford), is convinced of his friend's innocence and investigates doggedly. Flashbacks deal with both Jack's past and Sam meeting him, plus others they used to know.
Shock Treatment, 1h34
Directed by Denis Sanders
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical
Themes Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Films about psychiatry, Films set in psychiatric hospitals
Actors Stuart Whitman, Carol Lynley, Ossie Davis, Roddy McDowall, Lauren Bacall, Timothy Carey
Roles Technician Mike Newton
Rating67% 3.3920453.3920453.3920453.3920453.392045
A crazed gardener (Roddy McDowall) is sent to a mental hospital after he goes berserk and beheads his wealthy boss.
Blueprint For Robbery, 1h27
Directed by Jerry Hopper
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Heist films
Actors J. Pat O'Malley, Robert J. Wilke, Robert Gist, Henry Corden, Romo Vincent, Jay Barney
Roles Capt. Swanson
Rating64% 3.2101853.2101853.2101853.2101853.210185
À Boston, Chips McCann, patron d'une boîte de nuit, forme un commando afin de braquer un fourgon blindé transportant un magot de 2 millions de dollars. Il confie l'opération à Red Mack, attendant alors la sortie de prison de son vieil ami Pop Kane. Quand ce dernier est enfin libéré, les préparatifs du coup débutent et durent plusieurs semaines. Le braquage se déroule à merveille, les voyous portant des masques d'Halloween...
The Magnificent Seven, 2h8
Directed by John Sturges
Origin USA
Genres Action, Adventure, Western
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Samurai films
Actors Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Charles Bronson
Roles Wallace
Rating76% 3.8492853.8492853.8492853.8492853.849285
A Mexican village is periodically raided for food and supplies by Calvera (Eli Wallach) and his bandits. As he and his men ride away from their latest visit, Calvera promises to return to loot the village again. Taking what meager goods they have, the village leaders ride to a town just inside the American border hoping to barter for weapons to defend themselves. While there, they encounter Chris Adams (Yul Brynner), a veteran Cajun gunslinger. After listening to their tale, Chris suggests that the village hire gunfighters, which would be cheaper than guns and ammunition. The village men relentlessly try to convince him to be their gunman. At first he agrees only to help them find men, but later he decides to recruit six other men to help him defend the village, despite the poor pay offered.