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.


  • 1937, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1955, Tony — Director: Winner
  • 1941, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1952, Emmy — Best Actor: Nominee


  • Elizabeth Grant Harkness — Wife
  • Donald Montgomery — Brother
  • Martha Bryan Montgomery — Daughter
  • Mary Weed Montgomery — Mother
  • Elizabeth Montgomery — Daughter
  • Robert Montgomery Jr. — Son
  • Elizabeth Allen — Ex-wife
  • Henry Montgomery Sr. — Father


  • Birth Name: Henry Montgomery Jr.
  • Birth Place: Fishkill Landing, New York, United States
  • Died: September 27, 1981
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer

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