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.
1955, Tony — Director: Winner
1937, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
1941, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
1952, Emmy — Best Actor: Nominee
Elizabeth Montgomery — Daughter
Robert Montgomery Jr. — Son
Elizabeth Allen — Ex-wife
Mary Weed Montgomery — Mother
Martha Bryan Montgomery — Daughter
Henry Montgomery Sr. — Father
Elizabeth Grant Harkness — Wife
Donald Montgomery — Brother
Birth Name: Henry Montgomery Jr.
Birth Place: Fishkill Landing, New York, United States