Robert Warwick

Biography

A prominent matinée stage and silent film star with handsome features offset only slightly by a prominent proboscis, actor Robert Warwick was born and raised in Sacramento, California, his christened name being Robert Taylor Bien. The gift of music was instilled at an early age (he sang in his church choir) and initially prepared for an operatic career. Studying vocally in Paris, he abandoned legit singing for acting after being hired in 1903 to understudy in the Broadway play "Glad of It". He grew quickly in stature in such popular stage showcases as "Vronsky" in "Anna Karenina" (1907), and was a strong presence in the musical operettas "The Kiss Waltz" (1911) and "The Princess" (1912), the latter featuring his first wife, actress Josephine Whittell. With effortless charm, Warwick segued into romantic star film roles playing dashing leads in Alias Jimmy Valentine (1915), The Face in the Moonlight (1915), The Heart of a Hero (1916), in which he portrayed Revolutionary War hero "Nathan Hale", The Mad Lover (1917) and A Girl's Folly (1917). At one point, he even formed his own production company, Robert Warwick Film Corp. The company produced four films before Warwick temporarily left Hollywood to serve in WWI as an infantry captain in 1917. In the 1920s, he shifted between Broadway and film leads. His well-modulated voice proved ideal for sound pictures where he subsequently enjoyed a long career (over 200 films) in grand, authoritative character parts. Among his plethora of movie roles were "Neptune" in Night Life of the Gods (1935), "Colonel Gray" in Shirley Temple's The Little Colonel (1935), "Sir Francis Knolly" in Mary of Scotland (1936) and "Lord Montague" in the Norma Shearer/Leslie Howard starrer Romeo and Juliet (1936). He also was seen to fine advantage in several of Errol Flynn's rousing costumers such as The Prince and the Pauper (1937), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939), and The Sea Hawk (1940). A grand, stately gent, he was often seen impersonating high-ranking war figures, dapper businessmen or stern but benevolent father figure types. The legendary Preston Sturges utilized his services, including small roles in The Great McGinty (1940), Christmas in July (1940) and The Lady Eve (1941), before handing him a standout part as an avuncular studio mogul in Sullivan's Travels (1941). For the most part, however, Warwick was humbled into playing smaller, serviceable roles in adventures and crime drama with many of these characters embracing unyielding traditionalist values. Other exceptions to this rule were his hammy, downtrodden Hollywood actor "Charlie Waterman" in In a Lonely Place (1950) and his dying tycoon in While the City Sleeps (1956). Warwick continued performing well into his 80s. Primarily on TV in his twilight years, he was spotted frequently on such programs as "The Twilight Zone" (1959), "Maverick" (1957) and "Dr. Kildare" (1961). Divorced from his first wife, he survived his second, actress Stella Lattimore (1905-1960), before dying in 1964 following an extended illness. He had one daughter, who bore him two grandchildren, and was buried at Holy Cross Cemetary in Los Angeles.

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Sullivan's Travels

Mr. Lebrand

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A Shot in the Dark

Joseph Harris

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The Falcon's Adventure

Kenneth Sutton

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Gangster's Boy

Tim Kelly

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Girl From Calgary

Bill Webster

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Vendetta

The French Prefect

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Ein Fremder kam nach Arizona

J.C. Crane

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Bars of Hate

The Governor

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The Bold Caballero

Governor Palma

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Murder in the Air

Doctor Finchley

Starring In
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Girl From Calgary

Bill Webster

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Lady Godiva of Coventry

Humbert

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A Howling in the Woods

Spotted Tail

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Del Amor y Otras Soledades

Mr. LaPlant

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Song Without End

Emissary (scenes deleted)

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It Started with a Kiss

Congressman Muir

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Night of the Quarter Moon

Judge

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Buccaneer, The

Capt. Lockyer

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Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend

Brother Abraham

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While the City Sleeps

Amos Kyne

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Ritt in den Tod

Chief Eskiminzin

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Chief Crazy Horse

Spotted Tail

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Escape to Burma

The Sawbwa

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Passion

Padre (uncredited)

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Silver Lode

Judge Cranston

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Salome

Courier (uncredited)

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Topper

Police Psychiatrist (1 episode, 1954)

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Fort Algiers

Haroon

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The Mississippi Gambler

Gov. Paul Monet

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Jamaica Run

Court Judge

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König der Piraten

New Governor of Cuba (uncredited)

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Against All Flags

Capt. Kidd

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The Star

R.J., Aging Actor at Party (as Robert Warrick)

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The Mark of the Renegade

Colonel Vega

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Ein Fremder kam nach Arizona

J.C. Crane

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Vendetta

The French Prefect

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In a Lonely Place

Charlie Waterman

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Tarzan and the Slave Girl

High Priest

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The Earl of Chicago

Clerk at Parliament (uncredited)

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Francis

Col.onelCarmichael

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Impact

Capt. Callahan

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A Vida Íntima de uma Mulher

Roberts

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Adventures of Don Juan

Count de Polan

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The Three Musketeers

D'Artagnan Sr. (uncredited)

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Fury at Furnace Creek

Gen. Fletcher Blackwell

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Gentleman's Agreement

Irving Weisman (uncredited)

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Unconquered

Pontiac (chief of the Ottawas) (scenes deleted)

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Piratas de Monterrey

Governor de Sola

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Desert Command

Col. Brent (archive footage)

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The Falcon's Adventure

Kenneth Sutton

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Criminal Court

Marquette

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Sudan

Maatet

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The Princess and the Pirate

The King

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Kismet

Alfife

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Hail The Conquering Hero

Marine Colonel (uncredited)

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Dixie

Mr. LaPlant

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War of the Wildcats

Chief Big Tree (uncredited)

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The Palm Beach Story

Mr. Hinch

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I Married A Witch

J.B. Masterson

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Tennessee Johnson

Major Crooks

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Sullivan's Travels

Mr. Lebrand

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A Woman's Face

Associate Judge

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The Lady Eve

Passenger on Ship (uncredited)

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Bob Hope Tribute Collection - Louisiana Purchase / Never Say Die Double Feature

Speaker of the House

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Christmas in July

Jury Member (uncredited)

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A Dispatch from Reuters

Opposition Parliament Speaker (uncredited)

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The Sea Hawk

Frobisher

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Murder in the Air

Doctor Finchley

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The Great McGinty

Opposition Speaker (uncredited)

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New Moon

Commissar

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The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex

Lord Mountjoy

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The Magnificent Fraud

General Pablo Hernandez

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Juarez

Maj. Du Pont (uncredited)

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Devil's Island

Demonpre

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Gangster's Boy

Tim Kelly

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The Adventures of Robin Hood

Sir Geoffrey

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The Prince and the Pauper

Lord Warwick

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The Awful Truth

Mr. Vance

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Fit for a King

Prime Minister (uncredited)

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The Life of Emile Zola

Major Henry

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The Road Back

Judge

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Marie Walewska

Capt. Laroux (uncredited)

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Souls at Sea

Vice Admiral (uncredited)

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The Bold Caballero

Governor Palma

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Romeo and Juliet

Lord Montague

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Mary of Scotland

Sir Francis Knollys

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Adventure in Manhattan

Phillip

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Tough Guy

Mr. Frederick Martindale Vincent II

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Bars of Hate

The Governor

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The Bride Walks Out

Mr. McKenzie

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Charlie Chan at the Race Track

Police Chief (uncredited)

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A Tale of Two Cities

Judge at Tribunal

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Whipsaw

Robert W. Wadsworth

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Anna Karenina

Colonel (uncredited)

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The Little Colonel

Col. Gray

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A Shot in the Dark

Joseph Harris

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Cleopatra

Gen. Achillas

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Jimmy the Gent

Probate Judge Kalsmeyer (uncredited)

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The Dragon Murder Case

Dr. Halliday

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Pilgrimage

Maj. Albertson

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Female

Attorney Bradley (uncredited)

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Ladies They Talk About

Warden (uncredited)

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The Whispering Shadow, Vol. 2

Detective Robert Raymond

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I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang

Fuller

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The Rich Are Always with Us

The Doctor

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The Dark Horse

Mr. Clark

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Frisco Jenny

Kelly (uncredited)

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So Big!

Simeon Peake, Gambler

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Doctor X

Stevens

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