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Robert Colbert Biography
Robert Colbert is an American actor widely known for his leading role portraying Dr. Doug Phillips on the ABC television series The Time Tunnel.
He made two appearances as Brent Maverick, a third Maverick brother in the ABC/Warner Brothers western, Maverick starring James Garner, Jack Kelly and Roger Moore.
Robert Colbert Age
Robert was born on July 26, 1931 in Long Beach, California, U.S. He is 91 years
Robert Colbert Dottie Harmony | Robert Colbert Wife
He got married to dancer and songwriter Dotty Harmony in 1961. Dotty wrote for Metric Music with Sharon Sheeley and had songs recorded by Rick Nelson.
They have two children together, Cami and Clay. Cami is married to Jon Freeman (Flesh Wound Films), a filmmaker. He produces the highly successful “Crusty Demon” series of DVDs.
Robert Colbert Actor
Robert began acting when he was a soldier based on the Pacific island of Okinawa. He was then a clerk typist with a Military Police unit and also worked as a disc jockey for Radio Free Asia in the evenings.
A woman in Air Force Special Services heard Robert’s voice and recruited him to act in a performance of The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.
Hooked on acting, Robert returned to the United States and performed on stage, where he was noticed by Mickey Shaughnessy, who recommended him to a talent agency.
Robert Colbert Film And Television
Robert appeared in a number of minor films, including Have Rocket, Will Travel starring the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Joe DE Rita). He was signed to a contract with Warner Brothers and subsequently cast in the feature film A Fever in the Blood (1961) along with many guest appearances on television series.
In 1960, Robert appeared in three episodes of the ABC/WB western, Colt .45, including the episode “Showdown at Gold town”, with Donald May in the lead series role as Sam Colt, Jr. Colbert plays Johnny Moore, a young ex-convict whose parole officer is Sam Colt. Johnny drives a stagecoach in a mining town.
The outlaw Clay Hooper, portrayed by Harry Shannon, pressures Johnny, his old partner in crime, to help him in robbing a gold shipment. Ruta Lee is cast in the episode as Molly Perkins, and Dan Sheridan then plays the part of Driscoll.
Robert also appeared as Bill Mannix with Vaughn Taylor as Dr. Bryan Craig in another 1960 Colt .45 episode, entitled “Strange Encounter.”
Robert was cast as Army Corporal Howie Burch in the episode “Two Trails to Santa Fe” of the ABC/WB western series Cheyenne, with Clint Walker in the titular role on October 28, 1960. In the story line, Howie tries to steal gold from miners working a claim near the fort where he is stationed.
He is also trying to win back the affection of Randy Stuart, his former wife, whose unsuspecting husband (Richard Webb) is one of the miners. The Army then decides to abandon the fort.
Cheyenne Bodie, meanwhile, comes to the defense of an Apache woman, Aleeah (Sonya Wilde), left for dead after the massacre of her white husband.
Robert Colbert Maverick
Robert’s first appearance in Maverick was in the fourth season, in an episode entitled “Hadley’s Hunters,” playing a character called “Cherokee Dan Evans.” Later that same season, in 1961, he was forced by Warner Brothers to dress exactly as lookalike James Garner had in Garner’s earlier role of Bret Maverick to play a new series regular called Brent Maverick.
Thinking of the inevitable comparisons to Garner that were bound to ensue, Colbert famously said to his bosses, “Put me in a dress and call me Brenda, but don’t do this to me!”
Garner had been a huge success in the role and was in the process of moving into a much-anticipated theatrical movie career in the wake of winning a contentious lawsuit with Warner Brothers.
Colbert played his part in two episodes and was not called back for the following season since the studio, facing a steep ratings decline after the departures of writer/producer Roy Huggins and star Garner, decided to alternate new episodes featuring only Bret and Brent’s brother “Bart Maverick” (Jack Kelly) with reruns from earlier seasons starring the popular Garner during the series’ fifth and final season.
Colbert, whose only two episodes as Brent Maverick were entitled “The Forbidden City” and “Benefit of the Doubt,” had never received enough screen time to see if he could have eventually succeeded in bolstering the ratings.
Robert Colbert Show
In 1962, Robert played Lonzo Green in the episode “Footlights” of the ABC/WB crime drama, The Roaring 20s. Moreso, he guest starred on most of the ABC/WB series which include 77 Sunset Strip and Hawaiian Eye (seven times each), Bronco (six times), Bourbon Street Beat (three times), Sugar foot, The Alaskans with Roger Moore, and Surfside 6 (twice each), and Cheyenne and Lawman, once each.
Robert Colbert Post Warner Pros
Throughout the early 1960s Robert guest starred in a variety of popular television series including a trip back to Warners to appear in a 1964 episode of 77 Sunset Strip. He made an unsuccessful 1964 television pilot for MGM Television playing the title role of The Mayor.
Colbert made two guest appearances on Perry Mason as Deputy District Attorney Snell; first in “The Case of the Grinning Gorilla,” then in “The Case of the Hasty Honeymooner” in 1965.
Raymond Burr appeared as the oft-filmed attorney in this television series which is based on Erle Stanley Gardner’s novels.
Robert Colbert Now
Robert is retired, though he still makes occasional cameo appearances, he takes part in science fiction conventions and Western conventions all across America. He also participates in celebrity golf tournaments for fundraising events.
Robert Colbert Net Worth
Colbert’s net worth is not yet revealed.
Robert Colbert Height
Colbert stands at a height of 1.85m.
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