Bob Steele Overview:

Character actor, Bob Steele, was born Robert Adrian Bradbury on Jan 23, 1907 in Portland, OR. Steele died at the age of 81 on Dec 21, 1988 in Burbank, CA .

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Dark-haired American cowboy star of slight stature but whirlwind acting style. His smile turned so readily to a distinctive scowl that he was soon seen in the occasional double-shaded role, after starting as a teenager in films directed by his father, Robert North Bradbury, a western specialist, and developing into a two-fisted star of "B" westerns and minor action films. As the 1930s ebbed, he won some interesting character roles, such as Curley in Of Mice and Men and Canino in the 1946 version of The Big Sleep, and went over to character acting altogether in post-war years. In some ways, his career pattern was similar to that of Tim Holt, another small-scale cowboy hero, although Steele's role grew very minor as his career drew towards its close. Still thought by some western buffs to have had the fastest draw of all B-movie cowboys.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).

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Bob Steele Quotes:

Jet Cosgrave: Did they give you any trouble?
Dude Rankin: Naw. There was only one Circle C rider on the place. I sent him home tied to his saddle with lead for ballast.


[last lines]
[when the sheriff's deputy leads the beautiful Chinese women out of their hidden room, Lucky tries to follow]
Sheriff: Where do you think you're going?
Lucky Smith: Sheriff, can't I be deported, too? I think I'd like it in China.
[gazing at Barbara]
Larry O'Day: I know I like right here where I am.


Lash Canino: What's the matter? Haven't you ever seen a gun before? What do you want me to do, count three like they do in the movies?


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Bob Steele Facts
Appeared in six movies with his pal John Wayne between 1953 and 1970.

Twin brother of actor Bill Bradbury.

High school classmate and pal of John Wayne , who appeared in at least a dozen westerns directed by Steele's father, Robert N. Bradbury.

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