Robert Young Father Best
August 7, 2011 by USA Post
Robert Young Father Best, Robert George Young (February 22, 1907 to July 21, 1998) was an American television, film and radio actor, best known for his starring role as Jim Anderson, Father Knows Best’s father (NBC and CBS) and as physician Marcus Welby in Marcus Welby, MD (ABC).
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Young was the son of an Irish immigrant father (Thomas E. Young) and an American mother (Margaret Fife). As a young man was a child, the family moved to Seattle and then Los Angeles where he attended Abraham Lincoln High School. After graduation, he studied and performed at the Pasadena Playhouse, as odd jobs and appearing in small roles in silent films. While touring with a production company of securities of the ship, the boy was discovered by an MGM talent scout and signed a contract. He made his debut in film sound for MGM in 1931 the Black Camel Charlie Chan movie.
Young appeared in over 100 films between 1931 and 1952. After appearing on stage, the youth was signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), the studio that had more stars in the sky and, despite having a “Level B” status, co-starred with study some of the most distinguished actresses as Margaret Sullavan, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Helen Hayes, Luise Rainer, and Helen Twelvetrees, among many, many. However, most of its work consists of B-movies, also known as programmers, requiring only two to three weeks of filming. The actors were relegated to a hectic schedule appeared as Young did, in about six to eight films a year.
As an MGM contract player, Young had resigned to the fate of most of his colleagues to accept any film that is assigned or risk being put on suspension, suspending agents and many were forbidden to earn a wage any company at all (even those unrelated to the film industry). In 1936, MGM borrowed summarily Gaumont British youth for two films: the first was directed by Alfred Hitchcck with the other co-starring Jessie Matthews bright, and while it was assumed that their employers to terminate its contract. But he was wrong.
Unexpectedly, received one of his most rewarding roles at the end of his career at MGM, in HM Pulham, Esq., With one of the most effective performances of Hedy Lamarr, and once it was assigned only the features Robert Montgomery and others actors had rejected A-list.
After his contract with MGM ended, Young starred in light comedies and dramas for studios such as biting 20th Century Fox, United Artists and RKO Radio pictures. Since 1943, Younganlyzed the most challenging roles in films such as Claudia, the miracle of love; they will not believe second wife, the Crossfire, and me. Many reviewers applauded his portrayal of unsympathetic characters in several of these films of the latter -which rarely occurred in the MGM pictures -.
Not surprisingly, despite an auspicious start as an independent actor, not the promotion of a large study, Young’s career began a gradual and imperceptible decline. Even playing a major player in the 1940′s and early 1950, but in mediocre films, which later disappeared from the silver screen, only to reappear several years later in a much smaller.
Today, most young people are remembered as the affable insurance salesman in the Father Knows Best (1949-1954 on radio, television, 1954-1960), so he and his co-star, Jane Wyatt won several Emmys. Elinor Donahue (“Princess”), Billy Gray (“Bud”) and Lauren Chapin (“Kitten”) played the Anderson children.
Young created, produced and starred with Ford Rainey and Moore Constance in the window of the CBS sitcom Nostalgia on Main Street (1961-1962) that lasted just six months.
Final youth television series, Marcus Welby, MD (1969-1976), co-starring a young James Brolin, won an Emmy Award for best young actor in a drama series.
He also made numerous television commercials, which convinced people, Sanka coffee nervous until the end of 1980.
Young married Betty Henderson from 1933 until her death in 1994. They had four daughters.
Despite his brand of happy, well-adjusted characters, never bitter toward Young Hollywood casting practices declined, and who suffered from depression and alcoholism, which culminated in a suicide attempt in the 1990s. Later, he spoke candidly about their personal problems in an effort to encourage others to seek help. Robert Young Center for Community Mental Health in Rock Island, Illinois, is the name of Young in honor of his work towards the adoption of Illinois Tax Referendum 708, which established a property tax to support health programs mental in his home state.
He died at his home in Westlake Village, California on July 21, 1998 of respiratory failure. He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
Young has three stars on the Walk of Fame Hollywood, in the categories of film (which is in the 6933 Hollywood Boulevard.), TV (6358 Hollywood Blvd.), and radio (1660 Vine Street).
Shout Factory has released two Father Knows Best and Marcus Welby MD on DVD.
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