Job Actor, director
Years active 1929-1960
Known for Light comedy roles and romantic leads; father of actress Elizabeth Montgomery
Top Roles Philip Monrell, Joe Pendleton, Lt. John Brickley, Nick Higginson, Andy McAllister
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Film Adaptation, Mystery, Crime
Top TopicsBased on Play, Pre-Code Cinema, Book-Based
Top Collaborators (Producer), (Director), (Director),
Shares birthday with Raymond Burr, Joseph Janni, Bill Williams  see more..

Robert Montgomery Overview:

Legendary actor, Robert Montgomery, was born Henry Montgomery Jr. on May 21, 1904 in Beacon, NY. Montgomery appeared in over 60 film roles. His best known films include Inspiration (1930), The Divorcee (1930), Strangers May Kiss (1931), Private Lives (1931), Haunted Honeymoon (1940), Alfred Hitchcock's Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941), and Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941). Montgomery hosted an Emmy Award-winning television series, Robert Montgomery Presents (1950-1957), where his daughter Elizabeth Montgomery got her start in acting. Montgomery died at the age of 77 on Sep 27, 1981 in New York City, NY and was cremated and his ashes given to family or friend.


A debonair leading man, Robert Montgomery played snappy light comedy roles and romantic leads for MGM although he clearly had a yen for stronger stuff and proved chillingly effective as the killer in Night Must Fall. This got him away from the upper-society-bracket characters with which he had become identified, but he drifted away from show business after the forties and seems little remembered. He is the father of actress Elizabeth Montgomery.

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Although Montgomery was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1937Best ActorNight Must Fall (1937)DannyNominated
1941Best ActorHere Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)Joe PendletonNominated

He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Television and Motion Pictures.

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Robert Montgomery Quotes:

Messenger 7013: I have an idea, Mr. Jordan, couldn't we have him reborn?
Joe Pendleton: Nothing doing; I'm not gonna go through *that* again!

Carleton Towne: How are you fixed for money?
Carey Jackson: As usual, I'm un-loaded.

Marcia Townsend Warren: I don't want any dinner, and I'm bored and I have a headache.
Sheridan 'Sherry': I know a cocktail that could cure two of those things, and I could cure the headache.

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

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.

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

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