Dale Robertson
American film and television actor
Dale Robertson
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.
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In A Small Town, Veterans Provide A Big Service To Their Peers
NPR - 2 months
At the VETS Peer to Peer Outreach Center in Watertown, N.Y., veterans come to socialize and connect. Veterans Tim Cryster and Dave Robertson lead a team that helps their peers find support. (Image credit: Meredith Turk)
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Who’s the all-time best team in each NFL franchise’s history?
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Every NFL franchise has a squad that stands above the rest from the others in team annals. For some franchises, picking that team is a no-brainer. For others, it’s a little more difficult (try asking Steelers, 49ers and Cowboys fans which of their Super Bowl winners they liked best). The Chronicle’s Dale Robertson tackled the task by choosing the best-ever team for each NFL franchise. Click through the gallery above to see Robertson’s choices.
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Video: McClain, Robertson discuss Texans’ QB situation
Houston Chronicle - almost 2 years
Chronicle Texans writers John McClain and Dale Robertson discuss the Texans’ quarterback situation and the competition coach Bill O’Brien will bring to the position.
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From preps to pros: The best QBs in Houston history
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
For more on Case Keenum and Andrew Luck, check out Dale Robertson’s piece on HoustonChronicle.com.
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Linebacker Brian Cushing suffers season-ending injury
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
Texans star linebacker Brian Cushing suffered a season-ending injury in the 17-16 loss at Kansas City. The preliminary diagnosis for Cushing is a torn LCL in his left knee and broken fibula. He will have an MRI on Monday. Cushing suffered the injury on a low block by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. Charles’ helmet went right into Cushing’s knee. It’s the same knee in which Cushing tore his ACL last season. Cushing, on crutches, declined to talk to reporters after the game, saying he wanted to get MRI results first. The Texans players know the severity of the injury. Linebacker Brooks Reed called it a “huge loss.” As Chronicle writer Dale Robertson put it, “This season is cursed.” Just a couple months ago, Cushing, the heart and soul of the Texans defense, signed a six-year, $55.6 million extension.
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Scorer’s Call: Rivera Gets Win, Not Save
NYTimes - over 3 years
After the Yankees’ victory Thursday in Baltimore, the official scorer at Camden Yards invoked a rule that allowed him to take the win away from an ineffective pitcher — here, Dave Robertson — and give it to another.     
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Roundtable discussion: Texans vs Chargers – Week 1
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
Chronicle Texans writers Brian Smith and Dale Robertson joined San Diego Union-Tribune Chargers writers Tom Krasovic and Michael Gehlken for a roundtable discussion heading into Monday night’s nationally televised game. The Texans have won the AFC South each of the last two seasons but failed to reach the AFC championship game. Why should fans believe they are ready to make the next step? Brian Smith: J.J. Watt. Arian Foster. Andre Johnson, Brian Cushing, Ed Reed, Matt Schaub and one of the thickest rosters in the NFL. Good teams often become great by getting punched in the gut a couple times. It’s happened to the Texans two consecutive years and anything less than an AFC Championship appearance will be a major disappointment, while everyone from Watt and Johnson to coach Gary Kubiak have openly discussed a first-ever trip to the Super Bowl since training camp began. This year’s Texans are ready for the next level. If they don’t achieve it, heads should roll. Tom Krasovic: A hea ...
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Texans report: Salutes, swordsmanship safe from punishment
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
There was confusion after the morning practice regarding officials cracking down on excessive celebrations. The rule is already on the books, but it’s been loosely called until now. It turns out that J.J. Watt, Antonio Smith and Arian Foster have no problems with their celebrations. The rule stipulates that as long as the celebration isn’t directed at an opponent, it won’t be subject to punishment. Watt salutes the military after sacks. He does it facing the fans. Smith does his Ninja routine after sacks, also directed to the fans. And Foster bows to fans in the end zone after scoring touchdowns. “I’m not taunting anybody,” Watt said. “I’m not looking at anybody, and I’m not disrespecting anybody. I’m legitimately showing a sign of respect and appreciation for our military. That’s who it’s for: the men and women who sacrifice their lives so I can play a game and our country can be free. “Mine’s probably the most tame sack celebration you could possibly have. It takes five secon ...
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NFL draft central: Your primer for the league’s biggest offseason event
Houston Chronicle - almost 4 years
J.J. Watt was the Texans’ first-round selection two years ago. (Jason DeCrow/Associated Press) The 2013 NFL draft kicks off at 7 p.m. on Thursday night with the first round. The Texans have the 27th pick in the first round and nine picks overall. Who will they select? See what our experts have to say below. The second and third rounds will take place Friday with picks coming off the board at 5:30 p.m. The three-day event concludes on Saturday with rounds 4-7, beginning at 11 a.m. Texans picks Round 1, Pick 27 (27 overall) Round 2, Pick 25 (57) Round 3, Pick 27 (89) Round 3, Pick 33 (95) (Compensatory selection) Round 4, Pick 27 (124) Round 5, Pick 27 (160) Round 6, Pick 27 (195) Round 6, Pick 33 (201) (Compensatory selection) Round 7, Pick 27 (233) Luke Joeckel could be the first Texas A&M to go No. 1 overall. (Karen Warren/Chronicle) Mock drafts John McClain: Mock 4.0 Lance Zierlein: Mock 3.0 Features John McClain: Texans likely to buck trend of ...
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Actor Dale Robertson dies
CNN- Cafferty File - almost 4 years
Dale Robertson, whose horse expertise, Oklahoma roots and handsome looks helped him win cowboy roles in 1950s and '60s, has died at age 89, his wife said Thursday.
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Dale Robertson, actor in U.S. westerns, dies at 89
Reuters Canada - almost 4 years
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Dale Robertson, the star of scores of Hollywood Westerns in the 1950s and 1960s, has died at the age of 89 in Southern California, Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla said on Thursday.
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Western star Dale Robertson dies
Byron Shire News - almost 4 years
DALE Robertson who became a star of television's Dynasty and movie Westerns during the genre's heyday has died aged 89.
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Pastorini vs. Robertson: The rematch for charity
Houston Chronicle - about 4 years
“Pastorini vs. Robertson: The Rematch” will be Tuesday night as part of the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge at the soon-to-open 1919 Wine & Mixology Bar adjacent to chef Bruce Molzan’s new Corner Table restaurant, 2736 Virginia behind West Avenue. The event is 6 to 8 p.m. Former Houston Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini and Chronicle sports writer Dale Robertson, participants in a famous dustup before the AFC Championship Game in January 1980, are convening to formally bury the hatchet – hopefully, Robertson says – to raise money for the Houston Food Bank, the Houston Texans’ official charity. The Chronicle’s John McClain will also be on hand to “referee,” joined by NFL Hall-of-Famer Kenny Houston, ex-Astros pitcher, manager and broadcaster Larry Dierker, former Rocket Calvin Murphy and Houston Texans Ambassador Chester Pitts. Other local sports celebrities are expected to attend. Passed foods featuring Pastorini’s new line of meat rubs will be featured along with locally brewed b ...
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Notes: Injuries leave little depth at inside linebacker and more
Houston Chronicle - about 4 years
By Tania Ganguli and Dale Robertson Dobbins may join sidelined ILBs The Texans couldn’t be thinner at inside linebacker heading into the playoffs. A day after the team put Darryl Sharpton on injured reserve, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips admitted Wednesday he’s “worried” about Tim Dobbins’ availability for Saturday. Dobbins has been battling a shoulder problem [...]
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Rays 4, Yankees 3: Rodriguez Returns, but Yankees’ Lead Slips to One
NYTimes - over 4 years
Alex Rodriguez was 1 for 4 in his first game since he broke his hand on July 24, but Tampa Bay broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning off reliever Dave Robertson.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dale Robertson
  • 2013
    Age 89
    He died at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla within San Diego, California, on February 27, 2013, from lung cancer and pneumonia.
    More Details Hide Details He was 89 and had a daughter and a granddaughter.
  • 1999
    Age 75
    In 1999, Robertson won the award for film and television from the American Cowboy Culture Association in Lubbock, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details "Upon our first meeting Henry Hathaway walked up and warned me that he might scream and holler at his actors but that it was all for the good of the movie and that he truly meant nothing by it. I told him that I had a hard fast rule that any director that berated me in front of the cast would have his teeth knocked out. We became friends after that. -On his first day of working with director Henry Hathaway on O. Henry's Full House
  • 1993
    Age 69
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During an appearance on The Tonight Show, Robertson said he was of Cherokee ancestry. He joked, "I am the tribe's West Coast distributor." Though Robertson played a central part in two episodes of CBS's Murder, She Wrote series with Angela Lansbury, he was not credited in either appearance. He received the Golden Boot Award in 1985, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and is also in the Hall of Great Western Performers and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
  • 1987
    Age 63
    In 1987, he starred as the title character on the NBC crime drama, J.J. Starbuck.
    More Details Hide Details Robertson also appeared in the TV series Dallas, during the 1982 season. His character was Frank Crutcher, who appeared in about a half dozen episodes.
  • 1983
    Age 59
    In 1983, Robertson made another television pilot Big John where he played a Georgia Sheriff who becomes a New York Police Department detective.
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  • 1981
    Age 57
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1985, it was revealed in the story line that the character had died off screen.
  • 1980
    Age 56
    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.
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  • 1969
    Age 45
    Robertson guest-starred on the Nov. 17, 1969 episode of The Dean Martin Show musical comedy variety series.
    More Details Hide Details He portrayed legendary FBI agent Melvin Purvis in two made-for-television movies, Melvin Purvis: G-Man (1974) and The Kansas City Massacre (1975).
  • 1968
    Age 44
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In rebroadcasts, Death Valley Days is often known as Trails West, with Ray Milland in the role of revised host.
  • 1966
    Age 42
    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.
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  • 1965
    Age 41
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Robertson filmed a television pilot about Diamond Jim Brady that was not picked up as a series.
  • 1963
    Age 39
    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.
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  • 1962
    Age 38
    In 1962, he similarly appeared on a short-lived western comedy and variety series, ABC's The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show.
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  • 1960
    Age 36
    In 1960, Robertson guest-starred as himself in NBC's The Ford Show, starring Tennessee Ernie Ford.
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  • 1959
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He sometimes made use of his physique in "beefcake" scenes, such as one in 1952's Return of the Texan where he is seen bare-chested and sweaty, repairing a fence.
  • 1957
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The show was originally produced by Nat Holt whom Robertson felt he owed his career to for giving him his first leading roles. Robertson also did the narration for Tales of Wells Fargo through which he often presented his own commentary on matters of law, morality, and common sense.
  • 1923
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During this time Columbia Pictures offered Robertson the lead in their film version of Golden Boy but Robertson turned down the trip to Hollywood for a screen test as he didn't want to leave the ponies he was training or his home. During World War II he was commissioned through Officer Candidate School, and served in the United States Army 322nd Combat Engineer Battalion of the 97th Infantry Division in Europe. He was wounded twice and was awarded the Bronze and Silver Star medals. Robertson began his acting career by chance when he was in the United States Army. Stationed at San Luis Obispo, California, Robertson decided to have a photograph taken for his mother; so he and several other soldiers went to Hollywood to find a photographer. A large copy of his photo was later displayed in the photographer's shop window. He found himself receiving letters from film agents who wished to represent him. After the war, Robertson's war wounds prevented him from resuming his boxing career. He stayed in California to try his hand at acting. Hollywood actor Will Rogers, Jr., gave him this advice: "Don't ever take a dramatic lesson. They will try to put your voice in a dinner jacket, and people like their hominy and grits in everyday clothes." Robertson thereafter avoided formal acting lessons.
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