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Robert J. Wilke

Prolific American character actor of primarily villainous roles. The son of German parents, Cincinnati feed-store manager August Wilke and his wife Rose, Robert Joseph Wilke grew up in Cincinnati. He worked as a lifeguard at a Miami, Florida, hotel, where he made contacts in the film business. He was able to obtain work as a stuntman and continued as such until the mid-'40s, when he began getting actual roles in low-budget westerns and serials. A prominent appearance as one of the heavies in Le train sifflera trois fois (1952) led to work in higher-quality films. He worked extensively in television as well as movies, and became an enormously familiar face, though a fairly anonymous one to the general public. His weathered visage made him a perfect western bad guy, but he occasionally played sympathetic parts as well, as in Les moissons du ciel (1978). An expert golfer, he was said by his friend Claude Akins to have earned more money on the golf course than he ever did in movies. He died in 1989. -

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May 18, 1914 In Cincinnati - Ohio - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie That Man's Here Again 1937-04-16
Latest Project:
Movie James Stewart's Wonderful Life 1988-11-22
Known For
Poster of The Long Rope
Poster of Gun The Man Down
Poster of Raw Edge
Poster of Coyote Canyon
Movie James Stewart's Wonderful Life (archive footage) 1988-11-22
Movie Days of Heaven The Farm Foreman 1978-09-13
Series How the West Was Won Unknown 1976-01-19
Series Run, Joe, Run Unknown 1974-09-07
Movie Santee Deaks (as Robert Wilke 1973-09-01
Movie The Boy Who Cried Werewolf The Sheriff 1973-08-01
Series Kung Fu Unknown 1972-10-14
Movie A Gunfight Marshal Tom Cater 1971-08-25
Movie The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler Hugh Fielding 1971-11-30
Movie They Call It Murder 1971-12-17
Movie The Cheyenne Social Club Corey Bannister 1970-06-12
Movie The Desperate Mission Gant 1969-01-01
Series Lancer Unknown 1968-09-24
Series The Outcasts Unknown 1968-09-23
Movie Tony Rome Ralph Turpin 1967-10-31
Series The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown 1967-09-08
Series Cimarron Strip Unknown 1967-09-07
Series Tarzan Unknown 1966-09-08
Movie Smoky Jeff Nicks 1966-08-03
Movie The Hallelujah Trail Chief Five Barrels 1965-06-23
Movie Fate Is the Hunter Stillman 1964-11-08
Series Daniel Boone Unknown 1964-09-24
Series The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
Movie The Gun Hawk Johnny Flanders 1963-07-19
Series The Dakotas Unknown 1963-01-07
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Series Target: The Corruptors! Unknown 1961-09-29
Movie The Long Rope Ben Matthews 1961-01-01
Movie The Magnificent Seven Wallace 1960-10-23
Movie Spartacus Guard captain 1960-10-06
Series The Tall Man Unknown 1960-09-10
Movie The Slowest Gun in the West Billy the Kid Blake 1960-05-07
Movie Never Steal Anything Small Lennie 1959-02-11
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Series Riverboat Unknown 1959-09-13
Series Laramie Unknown 1959-09-15
Series Law of the Plainsman Unknown 1959-10-01
Series The Third Man Unknown 1959-10-02
Series Adventures in Paradise Unknown 1959-10-05
Series Bronco Unknown 1958-09-23
Movie Return To Warbow Red 1958-01-15
Series Wanted: Dead or Alive Unknown 1958-09-06
Series Peter Gunn Unknown 1958-09-22
Series The Rifleman Unknown 1958-09-30
Series The Texan Unknown 1958-09-29
Movie Man of the West Ponch 1958-10-01
Series Lawman Unknown 1958-10-05
Series Bat Masterson Unknown 1958-10-08
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Series The Thin Man Unknown 1957-09-20
Movie Hot Summer Night Tom Ellis (as Robert Wilke) 1957-02-01
Movie Night Passage Concho 1957-07-24
Series Have Gun – Will Travel Unknown 1957-09-14
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series Maverick Unknown 1957-09-22
Series Zorro Unknown 1957-10-10
Movie The Tarnished Angels Hank 1957-11-21
Movie The Rawhide Years Neal (as Robert Wilke) 1956-04-13
Movie The Lone Ranger Cassidy (as Robert Wilke) 1956-02-25
Movie Backlash Jeff Welker 1956-04-11
Movie Raw Edge Sile Doty (as Robert Wilke) 1956-03-24
Movie Canyon River Joe Graycoe 1956-08-04
Series The Adventures of Jim Bowie Unknown 1956-09-07
Movie Gun The Man Down Matt Rankin 1956-11-15
Movie Written on the Wind Dan Willis 1956-12-01
Series Cheyenne Unknown 1955-09-20
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie Wichita Ben Thompson (as Robert Wilke) 1955-07-03
Movie Shotgun Bentley (as Robert Wilke) 1955-04-23
Movie Strange Lady in Town Karg 1955-04-12
Movie Smoke Signal 1st Sgt. Daly (as Robert Wilke) 1955-03-01
Movie The Far Country Madden 1954-07-22
Movie The Lone Gun Hort Moran (as Robert Wilke) 1954-04-25
Movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea First Mate of the Nautilus 1954-12-23
Series Lassie Unknown 1954-09-12
Movie Two Guns and a Badge Moore - Outlaw (as Robert Wilke) 1954-09-11
Movie War Paint Trooper Grady 1953-08-28
Movie Arrowhead Sgt. Stone 1953-08-03
Movie Powder River Will Horn (as Bob Wilke) 1953-06-07
Movie Cow Country Sledge 1953-04-25
Movie Hellgate Sgt. Maj. Kearn 1952-09-04
Movie The Las Vegas Story Clayton (as Robert Wilke) 1952-01-30
Movie High Noon Jim Pierce 1952-03-27
Movie Road Agent Slab Babcock 1952-03-29
Series Adventures of Superman Unknown 1952-09-19
Movie Cattle Town Keeno 1952-09-06
Movie Fargo Link - Henchman (as Robert Wilke) 1952-09-07
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie Wyoming Roundup Wyatt - Henchman 1952-11-09
Movie The Maverick Massey (as Robert Wilke) 1952-12-14
Movie Best of the Badmen Jim Younger 1951-08-09
Movie Saddle Legion Henchman Hooker 1951-04-07
Movie Gunplay Henchman Winslow (as Robert Wilke) 1951-07-23
Movie Overland Telegraph Bellew - Henchman (as Robert Wilke) 1951-12-15
Movie Cyclone Fury Henchman Bunco (as Bob Wilke) 1951-08-14
Movie Pistol Harvest Andy Baylor (as Robert Wilke) 1951-08-30
Movie Hot Lead Stoney Dawson (as Robert Wilke) 1951-09-30
Movie Frontier Outpost Krag Benson 1950-12-29
Movie Across the Badlands Duke Jackson / Keno Jackson (as Bob Wilke) 1950-09-14
Movie The Desert Hawk Camel Driver 1950-08-05
Movie Outcasts of Black Mesa Curt - Henchman (as Bob Wilke) 1950-04-12
Movie Coyote Canyon Deputy Sheriff Ed (as Bob Wilkie) 1949-11-17
Movie The Wyoming Bandit Sam - Henchman (as Bob Wilke) 1949-07-15
Movie Homicide for Three Policeman 1948-12-08
Movie Carson City Raiders Ed Noble (as Bob Wilke) 1948-05-13
Movie Twilight on the Rio Grande Henchman 1947-03-31
Movie Law of the Canyon Knife-Throwing Henchman (uncredited) 1947-04-23
Movie Web of Danger Station Wagon Driver 1947-06-10
Movie The Ghost Goes Wild Burglar 1947-08-08
Movie Blackmail Policeman 1947-07-24
Movie The Inner Circle Police Officer Cummings (as Bob Wilke) 1946-08-07
Movie Rendezvous with Annie MP 1946-07-22
Movie Traffic in Crime Hogan's Driver 1946-06-28
Movie Passkey to Danger Police Sergeant 1946-05-11
Movie The Catman of Paris The Catman 1946-04-20
Movie Corpus Christi Bandits Henchman Steve 1945-04-20
Movie Sheriff of Cimarron Henchman Dobie 1945-02-28
Movie Earl Carroll Vanities Cab Driver 1945-04-05
Movie Sunset in El Dorado Curley Roberts - Henchman (as Bob Wilke) 1945-09-29
Movie Santa Fe Saddlemates Rawhide 1945-06-01
Movie Trail of Kit Carson Dave MacRoy (as Bob Wilke) 1945-07-11
Movie Bandits of the Badlands Henchman Keller (as Bob Wilke) 1945-09-14
Movie Rough Riders of Cheyenne Smoke - Henchman (as Bob Wilke) 1945-10-31
Movie Call of the Rockies Deputy Jim 1944-07-14
Movie The Fighting Seabees Arriving Construction Worker (uncredited) 1944-01-27
Movie Cowboy and the Senorita Townsman (uncredited) 1944-05-13
Movie Vigilantes of Dodge City Bill (as Bob Wilke) 1944-11-15
Movie Bordertown Trail Henchman 1944-08-11
Movie San Antonio Kid Henchman (as Bob Wilke) 1944-08-16
Movie Sheriff of Sundown Bradley - Henchman (as Bob Wilke) 1944-11-07
Movie Faces in the Fog Photographer 1944-11-30
Movie Whispering Footsteps Bank Customer 1943-12-30
Movie Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc. Cutter Helmsman 1941-12-27
Movie Sierra Sue Carnival Spectator (uncredited) 1941-11-12
Movie Adventures of Red Ryder Henchman 1940-06-28
Movie Grand Ole Opry Hillbilly (uncredited) 1940-06-25
Movie In Old Missouri Hillbilly 1940-04-17
Movie In Old Monterey Man on Wagon 1939-08-14
Movie Daredevils of the Red Circle G-Man 1939-06-10
Movie S.O.S Tidal Wave Man in TV Studio 1939-06-02
Movie Star Reporter Reporter 1939-02-22
Movie That Man's Here Again Extra in Park 1937-04-16

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