Robert J. Wilke Overview:

Character actor, Robert J. Wilke, was born Robert Joseph Wilke on May 18, 1914 in Cincinnati, OH. Wilke died at the age of 74 on Mar 28, 1989 in Los Angeles, CA .


Tall, broad-shouldered, light-haired, agile American actor with curling lips, icy eyes, and taut features. A former stuntman, Wilke looked ill-at-ease in a suit and, often seen in serials, was almost always cast as western villains. He made dozens of these minor "oaters" and almost 200 films, most of them in the period 1944-1958, before proving, towards the end of his career, that he could handle bona-fide character roles as well. He also made the occasional foray into horror, most notably as The Catman of Paris. Also billed variously as Robert Wilkie, Bob Wilkie, Robert Wilke and Bob Wilke.

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



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Ralph Turpin, Hotel House Detective: The day they squeeze something out of Tony is the day Georgia elects a colored governor.

[first lines]
[to gunman in doorway]
Dave MacRoy: What do you want?

Jeff Welker: You're going to talk and I'm going to listen.

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Once a lifeguard in a Miami hotel and a high-diver at Chicago's World Fair in 1933-34.

Father, with Patricia Wilke, of a son.

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