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 Walker was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, the youngest of four sons of Zella (née McQuarrie) and Horace Hudson Walker. He was of English and Scottish descent. 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 (then 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. … Read More


1939 20 Years Old While attending the 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. … Read More
1941 22 Years Old Walker co-starred in the weekly show "Maudie's Diary" from August 1941 to September 1942. … Read More
1943 24 Years Old By that time, Jones' affair with Selznick was common knowledge, and Jones and Walker separated in November 1943, in mid-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 the musical Till the Clouds Roll By, in which he played the popular composer 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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