Dale Robertson

Film and Television Actor
Born Jul 14, 1923

Dayle Lymoine "Dale" Robertson was an American actor best known for his starring roles on television. He played the roving investigator Jim Hardie in the NBC/ABC television series, Tales of Wells Fargo, and the owner of an incomplete railroad line in ABC's The Iron Horse, often presented as a deceptively thoughtful but modest western hero.… Read More

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1923 Birth Born in 1923 to Melvin and Vervel Robertson in Harrah in Oklahoma County near Oklahoma City in central Oklahoma, Robertson fought as a professional boxer whilst enrolled in the Oklahoma Military Academy in Claremore. … Read More


1957 33 Years Old For most of his career, Robertson played in western films and television shows—well over sixty titles in all. His best-remembered series, Tales of Wells Fargo, aired on NBC from 1957 to 1961, when it moved to ABC and expanded to an hour-long program for its final season in 1961-1962. … Read More
1959 35 Years Old In its March 30, 1959, cover story on television westerns, Time magazine reported Robertson was 6 feet tall, weighed 180 pounds, and measured 42-34-34. … Read More
1960 36 Years Old In 1960, Robertson guest-starred as himself in NBC's The Ford Show, starring Tennessee Ernie Ford.
1962 38 Years Old In 1962, he similarly appeared on a short-lived western comedy and variety series, ABC's The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show.
1963 39 Years Old In 1963, after Tales of Wells Fargo ended its five-year run, he played the lead role in the first of A.C. Lyles' second feature westerns, Law of the Lawless.


1965 41 Years Old Robertson created United Screen Arts in 1965 which released two of his films, The Man from Button Willow (1965, animated) and The One Eyed Soldiers (1966). … Read More
1966 42 Years Old In the 1966-67 season, Robertson starred in Scalplock another television pilot released as a movie that became ABC's The Iron Horse, in which his character wins an incomplete railroad line in a poker game and then decides to manage the company.
1968 44 Years Old In 1968, he succeeded Robert Taylor as the host of Death Valley Days, a role formerly held by Stanley Andrews and future U.S. President Ronald W. Reagan. … Read More
1969 46 Years Old Robertson guest-starred on the Nov. 17, 1969 episode of The Dean Martin Show musical comedy variety series. … Read More


1980 57 Years Old In his later years, Robertson and his wife, the former Susan Robbins, whom he married in 1980, had lived on his ranch in Yukon, Oklahoma.
1981 58 Years Old In 1981, Robertson was in the original starring cast of ABC's popular night-time soap opera, Dynasty, playing Walter Lankershim, a character who disappeared after the first season. … Read More


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1993 70 Years Old In December 1993 and January 1994, Robertson appeared in two episodes of the CBS comedy/western Harts of the West in the role of "Zeke Terrell," the brother of series co-star Lloyd Bridges. … Read More
1999 76 Years Old In 1999, Robertson won the award for film and television from the American Cowboy Culture Association in Lubbock, Texas. … Read More
2013 90 Years Old He died at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla within San Diego, California, on February 27, 2013, from lung cancer and pneumonia. … Read More
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