Willard Robertson (1886–1948)

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Lawyer who abandoned his profession to take up the actor's calling - although lawyer and actor are essentially kindred spirits, each deriving his livelihood from the art of pretending. Robertson acted in Hollywood films from 1930 until the year he died, typically portraying men of authority such as doctors, elected officials, military officers and... See full bio »

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Known For

My Son Is a Criminal Tom Halloran Sr.
Torchy Gets Her Man Charles Gilbert
Renegades Nathan Brockway
The Ox-Bow Incident Sheriff Risley


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 1948 Fury at Furnace Creek
Gen. Leads
 1948 Sitting Pretty
Mr. Ashcroft
 1947 Deep Valley
Sheriff Akers
 1947 My Favorite Brunette
Prison Warden
 1946 Gallant Journey
Zachary Montgomery
 1946 The Virginian
Judge Henry (uncredited)
 1946 Renegades
Nathan Brockway
 1946 Perilous Holiday
 1946 To Each His Own
Dr. Hunt
 1945 Along Came Jones
Luke Packard
 1944 Nine Girls
Capt. Brooks
 1943 Background to Danger
'Mac' McNamara
 1943 Air Force
Colonel at Hickam Field
 1943 No Time for Love
Construction Company President (uncredited)
 1942 The Ox-Bow Incident
Sheriff Risley
 1942 Wake Island
Col. Cameron (uncredited)
 1942 Juke Girl
Mister Just
 1941 Sullivan's Travels
Judge (uncredited)
 1941 The Night of January 16th
Inspector Donegan
 1941 Texas
Wilson - Rancher
 1941 Men of the Timberland
Tim MacGregor
 1941 I Wanted Wings
Judge Advocate
 1941 The Monster and the Girl
Lieutenant Strickland
 1940 North West Mounted Police
Supt. Harrington
 1940 Brigham Young
Heber Kimball
 1940 Lucky Cisco Kid
Judge McQuade
 1940 Castle on the Hudson
 1940 My Little Chickadee
Uncle John
 1940 Remember the Night
Francis X. O'Leary
 1939 Main Street Lawyer
John Ralston
 1939 Two Bright Boys
 1939 Range War
Buck Collins
 1939 Each Dawn I Die
 1939 Heritage of the Desert
 1939 Union Pacific
Oakes Ames
 1939 My Son Is a Criminal
Tom Halloran Sr.
 1939 Jesse James
 1938 Kentucky
Bob Slocum
 1938 Torchy Gets Her Man
Charles Gilbert
 1938 Men with Wings
Col. Hadley
 1938 You and Me
 1938 Gangs of New York
Inspector Sullivan
 1938 Island in the Sky
Walter Rhodes
 1937 The Last Gangster
Mr. Broderick (uncredited)
 1937 Hot Water
Dr. Enfield
 1937 Exclusive
Mr. Franklin
 1937 Roaring Timber
 1937 This Is My Affair
George Andrews
 1937 The Go Getter
Matt Peasely
 1937 Park Avenue Logger
Ben Morton
 1937 John Meade's Woman
The Governor
 1937 Larceny on the Air
Inspector 'Mac' McDonald
 1936 That Girl from Paris
Immigration Officer (uncredited)
 1936 Winterset
Policeman in the Square
 1936 Wanted! Jane Turner
Walter Davies
 1936 The Man Who Lived Twice
Police Insp. Logan
 1936 The Gorgeous Hussy
Secretary Ingham
 1936 The Last of the Mohicans
Captain Winthrop
 1936 I Married a Doctor
Guy Pollock
 1936 The First Baby
Dr. Clarke
 1936 Three Godfathers
Rev. McLane
 1936 Dangerous Waters
Bill MacKeechie
 1935 Forced Landing
Martin Byrd
 1935 The Old Homestead
Uncle Jed
 1935 His Night Out
J.J. Trent
 1935 O'Shaughnessy's Boy
Dan Hastings
 1935 The Virginia Judge
Plato Jones
 1935 Dante's Inferno
Inspector Harris
 1935 Black Fury
Mr. J.J. Welsh
 1935 Straight from the Heart
District Attorney
 1935 Laddie
Mr. John Stanton
 1935 Transient Lady
Ed Goring
 1935 Biography of a Bachelor Girl
Grigsby, the Process Server
 1934 Million Dollar Baby
 1934 The Secret Bride
Representative Grosvenor
 1934 Mills of the Gods
 1934 Elinor Norton
Ranch Foreman (uncredited)
 1934 Death on the Diamond
 1934 Have a Heart
Mr. Schauber
 1934 Housewife
 1934 Here Comes the Navy
Executive Officer
 1934 Murder in the Private Car
Elwood Carson aka Hanks
 1934 Operator 13
Capt. Channing
 1934 Wild Gold
Dam Boss (uncredited)
 1934 Let's Talk It Over
Dr. Preston
 1934 He Was Her Man
Police Captain (uncredited)
 1934 One Is Guilty
Wells Deveroux
 1934 I'll Tell the World
 1934 Upperworld
Police Capt. Reynolds
 1934 Whirlpool
Judge Jim Morrison
 1934 Gambling Lady
District Attorney
 1934 Heat Lightning
Everett Marshall
 1934 Dark Hazard
Bill 'Billy' Fallen
 1934 Two Alone
George Marshall
 1933 Lady Killer
Detective Conroy
 1933 East of Fifth Avenue
Dr. Morgan
 1933 Roman Scandals
Warren Finley Cooper
 1933 The World Changes
Mr. Peterson
 1933 Female
Department Head (uncredited)
 1933 Ever in My Heart
Kennel Caretaker
 1933 The Mad Game
 1933 Wild Boys of the Road
Captain of Detectives
 1933 Tugboat Annie
Red Severn
 1933 Another Language
Harry Hallam
 1933 Heroes for Sale
The Sheriff (scenes deleted)
 1933 Supernatural
Prison Warden
 1933 Trick for Trick
Dr. Frank Fitzgerald
 1933 Central Airport
Havana Airport Manager
 1933 Destination Unknown
Joe Shano
 1932 Born to Fight
Dad Kinney
 1932 Frisco Jenny
Capt. of Police
 1932 Silver Dollar
Al - Yates' Office Manager (uncredited)
 1932 Call Her Savage
Pete Springer
 1932 If I Had a Million
Fred - Glidden Associate (uncredited)
 1932 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
Prison Board Chairman
 1932 Virtue
 1932 Wild Girl
Red Pete
 1932 Okay America!
Bit Role
 1932 Guilty as Hell
Police Sgt. Alcock
 1932 Doctor X
Detective O'Halloran
 1932 Tom Brown of Culver
Capt. White
 1932 The Texas Bad Man
Milton Keefe
 1932 So Big!
The Doctor (scenes deleted)
 1932 The Rider of Death Valley
Bill Joyce
 1932 The Famous Ferguson Case
 1932 The Broken Wing
Sylvester Cross
 1932 Steady Company
Pop Henley
 1932 Behind the Mask
Capt. E.J. Hawkes
 1932 The Gay Caballero
Major Lawrence Blount
 1931 Sooky
Mr. Skinner
 1931 The Cisco Kid
Enos Hankins
 1931 The Ruling Voice
Ed Bailey
 1931 Graft
E. T. Scudder
 1931 Shanghaied Love
 1931/I Silence
Phil Powers
 1931 Murder by the Clock
Police Captain (uncredited)
 1931 The Lawyer's Secret
Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
 1931 City Streets
Detective (uncredited)
 1931 Skippy
Dr. Herbert Skinner
 1931 Fair Warning
Tex Calder
 1931 Once a Sinner
Speaker at Party (uncredited)
 1930 The Last of the Duanes
Texas Ranger Captain
 1924 Daughters of the Night
Prof. Woodbury
Show Show Writer (4 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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(April 13 to 18, 1925) His play, "Desire," was performed in a Pasadena Playhouse production at the Savoy Theatre in Pasadena, California. Gilmor Brown was artistic director and director. See more »


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