Robert J. Wilke Biography

Birthday: 1914-05-18
Place of Birth: Cincinnati, Ohio
Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
Wiki Biography: 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 High Noon (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 Days of Heaven (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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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Texas John Slaughter Jed 1958 - 1961
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc 1949 Crime, Drama
His Kind of Woman 1951 Comedy, Crime
The Far Country 1954 0, Biography, Fantasy
20000 Leagues Under the Sea 1954 Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Backlash 1956 Mystery, Romance
Written on the Wind 1956
Hot Summer Night 1957
Night Passage 1957
The Tarnished Angels 1958 Drama, Romance
Man of the West 1959 Action, Drama, Romance
Never Steal Anything Small 1959 Musical
Fate Is the Hunter 1964 Drama
The Hallelujah Trail 1965 Comedy
Tony Rome 1967
The Cheyenne Social Club 1970 Comedy
A Gunfight 1971
Wild and Wooly 1978 Comedy
Days of Heaven 1978 Drama, Romance
High Noon Jim Pierce 2009 0, Biography