( b. Jun 09, 1908 Joplin, Missouri, USA - d. Dec 02, 1990 Woodland Hills, California, USA ) Male
Robert "Bob" Cummings was an affable, ever-youthful actor who starred in scores of films and four television series, including the situation comedy "The Bob Cummings Show."
The lean, clean-cut actor specialized in light comedy. But he excelled in superior dramatic roles -- as an innocent aircraft worker gulled by spies in Alfred Hitchcock's "Saboteur" (1942), a stalwart youth in "King's Row" (1942), an idealistic publisher in "The Lost Moment," the 1947 Gothic romance, and a murderer's nemesis in Hitchcock's "Dial M for Murder" (1954). However, it was on television that he won his greatest public, particularly as a swinging photographer seeking out beautiful women in the first "Bob Cummings Show," broadcast from 1955 to 1959, and later repeatedly shown in syndication under the title "Love That Bob." In "The New Bob Cummings Show," from 1961 to 1962, the actor celebrated his enthusiasm for aviation as an adventurous and high-living charter pilot and amateur detective.
He won an Emmy Award for his 1954 portrayal of a conscientious juror in a murder case in the "Studio One" production of Reginald Rose's "12 Angry Men," in the role performed by Henry Fonda in the 1957 film version. In 1988, Mr. Cummings recalled the award as pivotal because he had previously done many dramatic roles that audiences had forgotten, and after that he won better parts.
Also in television, he performed in many plays on the major anthology series and in two other sitcoms, as a real-estate salesman in "My Hero" from 1952 to 1953 and as a psychiatrist in "My Living Doll" from 1964 to 1965.
He started a Broadway career in 1931, faking a British accent and using the name Blade Stanhope Conway, and he speedily won roles in several plays and the revues Earl Carroll's Vanities and The Ziegfeld Follies.
He sought recognition in Hollywood in 1934 and, learning that Southwestern characters were voguish, adopted a drawl and sought roles in the guise of Brice Hutchens of Texas. But he soon reclaimed his own name and began making about half a dozen movies a year. In World War II, he served as an Army flight instructor.
His more than 100 films included "So Red the Rose" (1935), "College Swing" (1938), "Three Smart Girls Grow Up" (1939), "The Devil and Miss Jones" (1941), "Princess O'Rourke" (1943), "Flesh and Fantasy" (1943), "You Came Along" (1945), "Sleep My Love" (1948), "The Petty Girl" (1950) and "The Carpetbaggers (1964).
Mr. Cummings wrote a book on nutrition, "Stay Young and Vital," which was published in 1960.
Source: The New York Times obituary
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