ROBERT WALKER BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Robert Walker was born on October 13th, 1918 in Salt Lake City, Utah with the birth name Robert Hudson Walker. He was the youngest of four boys in the family. His father, Horace Walker worked as a news editor for the local newspaper. At a young age his parents divorced and this had a great effect on his behavior in school. He was expelled numerous times and in order for his parents to control his behavioral problems and teach him self confidence they got him involved in acting. He was cast in the lead in a school play at the San Diego Army and Navy Academy at Carlsbad-by-the-Sea, California.
His aunt, Hortense Odlum offered to pay for him to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City in 1937. in 1939, he moved with his first wife to Hollywood, California in search of work in the film industry, however with no luck in their search, they soon returned back to New York. He eventually found work in radio and his wife, Phylis stayed home raising two young sons. However, she soon tried her luck again at the Hollywood scene and was discovered by producer, David O. Selznick whom hired her for Twentieth Century Fox. The two soon began an affair. She remained married for a bit longer to Walker bringing him over to California where he was able to get work in the film industry as well thanks to Selznick.
Walker secured a contract with MGM and first debuted on the film drama, "Bataan" (1943). Critics liked his look and boyish appearance and he was able to secure more roles on films such as, "Since You Went Away", "See Here, Private Hargrove" (both 1944) and "Her Highness and the Bellboy" (1945).
Eventually, Walker's first marriage came to an end when it became public knowledge that his wife was having an ongoing affair with Selznick. The divorce began to take a toll on Walker emotionally even though he did continue to work in Hollywood getting cast next on the film, "The Clock" ( 1945), "Till the Clouds Roll By" (1946) and "Songs of Love" (1947).
Soon after, he had a nervous breakdown and in 1949 was admitted to the Menninger Clinic where he was treated for psychiatric disorder. Even upon his release from the center, he never quite overcame his depression and addiction to alcohol, but did continue to work in the industry and try to move on with his life.
His next film role was on, "Strangers on a Train" (1951) which was considered to be one of his best roles portraying a psychopathic Bruno Anthony. It was this film that finely helped him put his emotional issues in the past and his career was now heading in the right direction. His final film role was in, "My Son John" (1952).
Soon an unexpected tragedy took place when on August 28th, 1951, Walkers housekeeper found him in his home in a disillusioned state and when she called his doctor for help he was administered a sedative which in turn caused him to have an allergic reaction and he passed away in Los Angeles, California. He is interred at Washington Heights Memorial Park in Ogden, UT.
Robert Walker married three times throughout his life. First to, Jennifer Jones on January 2nd, 1939 through June 20th, 1945 and the couple had two children together, Robert Walker Jr. and Michael Walker whom both became actors as well in their adult lives. He then married Barbara Ford from July 8th, 1948 and they remained together until December 16th, 1948. His final marriage was to Hann Landy from July 25th, 1950 through his death on August 28th.
1952 My Son John
1951 Strangers on a Train
1951 Vengeance Valley
1950 The Skipper Surprised His Wife
1950 Please Believe Me
1950 Military Academy with That Tenth Avenue Gang
1949 Black Midnight
1949 Law of the Barbary Coast
1949 My Own True Love
1949 Rhapsody of Negro Life
1948 Miraculous Journey
1948 One Touch of Venus
1948 Arthur Takes Over
1947 Song of Love
1947 The Sea of Grass
1947 The Beginning or the End
1946 Till the Clouds Roll By
1946 Do You Love Me
1946 Midnight Menace
1945 The Sailor Takes a Wife
1945 What Next, Corporal Hargrove?
1945 Her Highness and the Bellboy
1945 The Clock
1944 Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
1944 Since You Went Away
1944 See Here, Private Hargrove
1943 Madame Curie
1939 Dancing Co-Ed
1939 These Glamour Girls
1939 Winter Carnival