Robert Donner


About

Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
April 27, 1931
Died
June 08, 2006
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

While never achieving star status, or even top billing in the many films he appeared in, Robert Donner's face is very recognizable as a popular character actor of the '60s, '70s and '80s. Raised in New Jersey and Texas, Donner wound up in Los Angeles after a stint in the Navy. He was working odd jobs when his neighbor, Clint Eastwood, suggested that he try his hand at acting. Gaunt with ...

Biography

While never achieving star status, or even top billing in the many films he appeared in, Robert Donner's face is very recognizable as a popular character actor of the '60s, '70s and '80s. Raised in New Jersey and Texas, Donner wound up in Los Angeles after a stint in the Navy. He was working odd jobs when his neighbor, Clint Eastwood, suggested that he try his hand at acting. Gaunt with heavy eyes and angular features, Donner's distinctive look made him easy to cast as menacing bad guys or comic heavies. He debuted in "Rio Bravo" with John Wayne and also appeared in the films "El Dorado" and "Rio Lobo" and on TV in "Rawhide," "Laredo," "The Big Valley," and "Bonanza." As the trend in the '70s switched from Westerns to crime dramas Donner went along, playing on episodes of "The Mod Squad," "Adam-12," and "S.W.A.T.." Still, he remained close to his Western roots, working with Eastwood in "High Plains Drifter" in 1973. Some of his more memorable television roles were as Yancy Tucker on "The Waltons" and the weird Exidor on "Mork and Mindy." He slowed down in the '90s but did find time to take a starring role on the 1995 series "Legend." Donner was just as well known in the Los Angeles celebrity community as he was on screen as an avid golfer, fundraiser, and popular "corporate speaker" in the Hollywood area. He died in 2006 at the age of 75.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Hoot (2006)
Columbo: Undercover (1994)
A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion (1993)
With a Vengeance (1992)
Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health (1991)
The Hit Man (1991)
Allan Quatermain And The Lost City Of Gold (1987)
Hysterical (1983)
A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain (1982)
Under The Rainbow (1981)
Five Days From Home (1978)
Standing Tall (1978)
The Last Hard Men (1976)
The Invasion of Johnson County (1976)
Young Pioneers (1976)
The Young Pioneers' Christmas (1976)
Take a Hard Ride (1975)
Bite the Bullet (1975)
Nakia (1974)
Mrs. Sundance (1974)
High Plains Drifter (1973)
Santee (1973)
The Horror at 37,000 Feet (1973)
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973)
Pickup on 101 (1972)
Jesse, 1st farmer
No Place to Run (1972)
Mrs. Pollifax--Spy (1971)
Larrabee
Fools' Parade (1971)
Willis Hubbard
One More Train to Rob (1971)
Sheriff Adams
something big (1971)
Angel Moon
Zigzag (1970)
Sgt. Mason Weber
Chisum (1970)
Morton
Rio Lobo (1970)
Whitey Carter
The Undefeated (1969)
Judd Mailer
Skidoo (1968)
Switchboard operators
The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell (1968)
Marine Private Ogg
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Boss Shorty
Catalina Caper (1967)
Fingers O'Toole
El Dorado (1967)
Milt
The Spirit Is Willing (1967)
Ebenezer Twitchell
Agent for H. A. R. M. (1966)
Morgue attendant

Cast (Special)

Frog Girl: The Jenifer Graham Story (1989)
The Big Hex of Little Lulu (1979)
The Outside Man (1977)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Captains and the Kings (1976)
Captains and the Kings Part 5 & 6 (1976)

Life Events

Bibliography