Robert Montgomery
1904-1981

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Actor Who Played Comedy With The Lightest Of Touches

For a time he was Mr Sharp Dressed Man in Hollywood. Style could have been his middle name and as Hollywood's Archbishop of Class for years he refused to carry a wallet because it ruined the drape of his suits. Now that is class! Indeed some would say he made that other icon of style, Cary Grant look positively scruffy in comparsion! Maybe a bit strong but Montgomery definately had that something, which set him above the rest!

He was born Henry Montgomery Jr. in Beacon, New York, USA on the 21st May 1904. Montgomery was actor/director/producer. In his early career, from the late '20s to the early '40s, Montgomery was an amiable light comedian and dramatic actor, appearing in almost 40 sound films before 1935. He starred opposite Norma Shearer in Private Lives (1931), Joan Crawford in The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937), Carole Lombard in Hitchcock's unsuccessful comedy Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) and was nominated for an Academy Award for Night Must Fall (1937) and Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941).

His career took a more serious turn after his stint in World War II. For his first film after returning, They Were Expendable (1945), Montgomery not only starred but assisted John Ford in the direction.

He also starred in and directed the Raymond Chandler detective thriller Lady in the Lake, noted for its unique first-person point of view. His attentions then turned to politics and television. Montgomery gave "friendly" testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and by the mid '50s was a consultant to Republican President Eisenhower.

As a prestigious television producer, he supervised the '50s dramatic anthology series Eye Witness (1953) and Robert Montgomery Presents (1950-57), which offered his daughter Elizabeth her acting debut and which won him an early Emmy Award in 1952

He died of cancer in New York on the 27th September 1981

He was married twice, first to Elizabeth Bryan Allen from April 1928 to their divorce in 1950. They had three childrenm as well as the actress Elizabeth Montgomery (1933-1995) they had a son, Robert Montgomery, Jr (born 1936) and Martha Bryan, who was born October 13, 1930, but died of spinal meningitis at the age of 14 months. Second marriage from 1950 to his death in 1981 was to Elizabeth "Buffy" Grant Harkness.



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