Robert Montgomery

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Robert Montgomery
  • Birth Name: Henry Montgomery Jr.
  • Birth Place: Fishkill Landing, New York, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 05/21/1904, Taurus
  • Date of Death: 09/27/1981
  • Profession: Actor; director; producer
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Robert Montgomery Fast Facts:
  • Between 1929 and 1934, he made five films with Norma Shearer.
  • In 1935, became first president of the Screen Actors Guild.
  • Was a lieutenant commander in the Navy during World War II.
  • Got his start directing in 1945 when John Ford became ill during the production of They Were Expendable and he oversaw the shooting of the final scenes.
  • Directed and starred in 1946's Lady in the Lake; shot the film in a "first person" perspective in which his character was never seen except in a reflection in a mirror or window.
  • Hosted the 1948 Academy Awards.
  • In the late '40s, had a number of short stories published in popular magazines.
  • Coached presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower for his television and public-speaking appearances.
  • When Eisenhower became president in 1952, Montgomery was named television adviser and became the first show-business professional to occupy an office in the White House.
  • In 1959, he and James Cagney formed Cagney-Montgomery Productions. Their first film was The Gallant Hours, a 1960 biopic starring Cagney and featuring both Cagney and Montgomery's sons had small roles.
  • He, daughter Elizabeth and son Robert Jr. all died of cancer.
  • Robert Montgomery Relationships:
  • Mary Weed Montgomery - Mother
  • Henry Montgomery Sr. - Father
  • Elizabeth Grant Harkness - Wife
  • Donald Montgomery - Brother
  • Martha Bryan Montgomery - Daughter
  • Elizabeth Montgomery - Daughter
  • Robert Montgomery Jr. - Son
  • Elizabeth Allen - Ex-wife
  • Robert Montgomery Awards:
  • 1952 Emmy: Best Actor - Nominee
  • 1937 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1941 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1955 Tony: Director - Winner

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