Robert Montgomery

Robert Montgomery

Born May 21, 1905

Robert Montgomery was an American actor and director.

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1904 Birth Born on May 21, 1904.


1922 18 Years Old After his own father committed suicide in 1922, jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge, the family's fortune was gone. … Read More


1928 24 Years Old Montgomery married twice; actress Elizabeth Allen (sister of Martha-Bryan Allen) in 1928, with whom he had two children, and Elizabeth Grant Harkness, whom he married in December 1950, less than a week after his divorce from his first wife was finalized.
1929 25 Years Old Sharing a stage with George Cukor gave him an in to Hollywood, where, in 1929, he debuted in So This Is College. … Read More


1935 31 Years Old In 1935, Montgomery became President of the Screen Actors Guild, and was elected again in 1946.
1937 33 Years Old In 1937, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor as a psychopath in the chiller Night Must Fall, then returned to playing light comedy roles, such as Alfred Hitchcock's Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) with Carole Lombard, but continued his search for dramatic roles.
1942 38 Years Old He was again nominated for an Oscar in 1942 for Here Comes Mr. Jordan. … Read More


1945 41 Years Old In 1945, he returned to Hollywood, making his uncredited directing debut with They Were Expendable, where he directed some of the PT Boat scenes when director John Ford was unable to work for health reasons. … Read More
1947 43 Years Old Active in Republican politics and concerned about communist influence in the entertainment industry, Montgomery was a friendly witness before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947.
1948 44 Years Old The next year, 1948, Montgomery hosted the Academy Awards. … Read More


1954 50 Years Old In 1954, Montgomery took an unpaid position as consultant and coach to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, advising him on how to look his best in his television appearances before the nation. … Read More


1981 77 Years Old Montgomery died of cancer in 1981 at age 77 in New York City. … Read More
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