Robert Walker

Born Oct 13, 1918

Robert Hudson Walker was an American actor, best known for his starring role in Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 thriller Strangers on a Train. He started in youthful boy-next-door roles, one of them opposite his first wife Jennifer Jones. He also played Jerome Kern in Till the Clouds Roll By. Twice divorced by thirty, he suffered from alcoholism and mental illness. He died after taking medication.… Read More

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1918 Birth Born on October 13, 1918.


1937 18 Years Old Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Zella (née McQuarrie) and Horace Walker, he was the youngest of four sons. Emotionally scarred by his parents' divorce when he was still a child, he subsequently developed an interest in acting which led his maternal aunt Hortense (McQuarrie) Odlum (the president of Bonwit Teller) to offer to pay for his enrollment at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City in 1937. Walker lived in her home during his first year in the city. While attending American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Walker met fellow aspiring actress Phylis Isley, who later took the stage name Jennifer Jones. After a brief courtship, the couple were married in Tulsa, Oklahoma on January 2, 1939 and moved to Hollywood to find work in films but their prospects proved to be meager and they soon returned to New York. … Read More


1943 24 Years Old By that time Selznick and Jones' affair was common knowledge, and Jones and Walker separated in November 1943, in the midst of production. The filming of their love scenes was torturous as Selznick insisted that Walker perform take after take of each love scene with Jones. She filed for divorce in April 1945. … Read More
1946 27 Years Old In 1946, Walker starred in Till the Clouds Roll By, where he played the song writer Jerome Kern. … Read More
1948 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1948, Walker starred with Ava Gardner in the film One Touch of Venus, directed by William A. Seiter. … Read More


1949 30 Years Old He spent time at the Menninger Clinic in 1949 where he was treated for a psychiatric disorder. … Read More
1951 32 Years Old 1 More Event
On the night of August 28, 1951, Walker's housekeeper found the actor in an emotional state. … Read More
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