Robert Fuller

Actor + Rancher + Harpist
Born Jul 29, 1933

Robert Fuller is an American former television Western actor and current rancher. In his five decades of television, he is best known for starring roles as Jess Harper and Cooper Smith on the popular 1960s western series, Laramie and Wagon Train, and for his work in the lead role, Dr. Kelly Brackett, in the popular 1970s medical drama Emergency!, opposite his best friends Julie London and her husband Bobby Troup.… Read More

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  • Wildlife Artist Robert Fuller To Auction A Bear Painting For Pudsey
    Birdlington Free Pass - Nov 13, 2013
  • Robert Fuller: Are You A Home For Identities?
    The Huffington Post - Jun 30, 2013
  • Robert Fuller: The Moral Arc Of The Universe
    Huffington Post - May 22, 2013
  • Robert Fuller: Beyond Fundamentalism And Relativism
    Huffington Post - Aug 22, 2012


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Fuller.


1933 Birth Fuller was born as Leonard Leroy Lee on July 29, 1933, in Troy, New York, the only child of Betty Simpson, a dance instructor. … Read More


1948 14 Years Old He dropped out in 1948, at the age of 14, due to the fact that he disliked school and was doing poorly there.
1950 16 Years Old In 1950, at the age of 16, he traveled with his family to Hollywood, California, where his first job was as a stunt man. … Read More
1952 18 Years Old Fuller's first small role was as an extra in the 1952 film Above and Beyond. … Read More
1953 19 Years Old In 1953, he again had another minor part in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which starred Marilyn Monroe. … Read More


1955 21 Years Old He served a tour of duty in Korea and returned to the United States in 1955. … Read More
1956 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Fuller's first speaking role was in Friendly Persuasion in 1956, where he worked with his future Laramie co-star John Smith and another close friend, Doug McClure.
1957 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1957, Fuller was cast in his first major film role in Teenage Thunder. … Read More
In 1959, he portrayed a character accused of arson in Broderick Crawford's syndicated series, Highway Patrol. … Read More


1966 32 Years Old In 1966, Fuller starred in the Western film Incident at Phantom Hill. … Read More
1971 37 Years Old After producer Jack Webb saw Fuller in the 1971 movie The Hard Ride, he insisted Fuller star in his new NBC medical drama, Emergency! … Read More


1976 42 Years Old In the sixth season of Emergency! in 1976 and 1977, Fuller's appearances were reduced because he had grown unhappy with the direction the show was taking. … Read More


1998 - 2002 2 More Events
2009 75 Years Old Fuller's stepfather, Robert Simpson, Sr., died in 2009.
2010 76 Years Old 1 More Event
On March 10, 2010, Fuller presented James Drury with the "Cowboy Spirit Award" at the Festival of the West. … Read More
2012 78 Years Old In September 2012, Fuller, along with several other western celebrities, attended the first annual Spirit of the Cowboy Western festival held at Chestnut Square in McKinney, Texas.
In a June 2013 interview with Tom Blixa of WTVN, Fuller said of his Emergency! medical partner and secondary series lead Julie London that she had what he called a "potty-mouth." … Read More
2014 80 Years Old On November 8, 2014, aged 88, Best's final appearance with Fuller was when the two (along with their wives) flew to Los Angeles, California from their homes (Best was living in North Carolina), to celebrate the 100th Birthday of their dear friend, Norman Lloyd, and reminisce over Norman's memory.
2015 81 Years Old Five months later, on April 6, 2015, Fuller lost Best to pneumonia. … Read More
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