Robert Montgomery

Robert Montgomery

Actually had three children by wife Elizabeth Allen. His first child, Martha Bryan Montgomery, was born October 13, 1930, but died of spinal meningitis at the age of 14 months. Elizabeth Montgomery and Robert Montgomery Jr. arrived in 1933 and 1936, respectively.

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 571-573. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.

Elizabeth Montgomery (of Bewitched fame) is Robert Montgomery's daughter.

Father of actress Elizabeth Montgomery and Robert Montgomery Jr..

He was host of CBS Radio's "Suspense" for six months in 1948 when the show went from a half hour to an hour.

His series, "Robert Montgomery Presents" (1950), won the Emmy as the Best Dramatic Program of 1953.

In 1949, he accepted the Oscar for "Best Picture" on behalf of Laurence Olivier, who was not present at the awards ceremony.

Pioneered the concept of the political "image consultant" in the early television era by advising President Dwight D. Eisenhower on how to most effectively present himself to TV viewers. Following Richard Nixon's disastrous first televised debate with John F. Kennedy during the 1960 campaign, Eisenhower remarked that he was certain that if Nixon had only let Montgomery coordinate his appearance, Nixon would have looked much better, and would have probably won the debate... and the election.

President of Screen Actors Guild (SAG). [1935-1938]

President of Screen Actors Guild (SAG). [1946-1947]

Served on the board of directors of several major corporations in the 1960s, including R.H. Macy and Co. and the Milwaukee Telephone Company.

Son of Henry Montgomery and wife Mary Weed Barney.

Was widely considered to be one of the best dressed men in Hollywood and for years did not carry a wallet because it ruined the drape of his suits.

Won Broadway's 1955 Tony Award as Best Director for "The Desperate Hours."

Wrote a book in 1968 entitled "An Open Letter from a Television Viewer," which blasted the television industry for its monopolistic schemes and violent programming.