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Robert J. Wilke

Prolific American character actor of primarily villainous roles. The son of German parents, Cincinnati feed-store manager August Wilke and his wife Rose, Robert Joseph Wilke grew up in Cincinnati. He worked as a lifeguard at a Miami, Florida, hotel, where he made contacts in the film business. He was able to obtain work as a stuntman and continued as such until the mid-'40s, when he began getting actual roles in low-budget westerns and serials. A prominent appearance as one of the heavies in Le train sifflera trois fois (1952) led to work in higher-quality films. He worked extensively in television as well as movies, and became an enormously familiar face, though a fairly anonymous one to the general public. His weathered visage made him a perfect western bad guy, but he occasionally played sympathetic parts as well, as in Les moissons du ciel (1978). An expert golfer, he was said by his friend Claude Akins to have earned more money on the golf course than he ever did in movies. He died in 1989. -


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Born:
May 18, 1914 In Cincinnati - Ohio - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
142
First Appeared:
In the movie That Man's Here Again 1937-04-16
Latest Project:
Movie Days of Heaven 1978-09-13
Known For
Poster of The Long Rope
Poster of The Magnificent Seven
Poster of Cyclone Fury
Poster of Gunplay
Filmography

Days of Heaven (1978)

Drama Romance
Movie
as The Farm Foreman
7.6 221 votes

How the West Was Won (1976)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
8.0 1 votes

Run, Joe, Run (1974)

Family
Series
as Unknown

Santee (1973)

Drama Action Western
Movie
as Deaks (as Robert Wilke
2.0 2 votes

The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973)

Horror
Movie
as The Sheriff
6.5 4 votes

Kung Fu (1972)

Action & Adventure Drama Western
Series
as Unknown
7.3 30 votes

They Call It Murder (1971)

Movie
5.0 1 votes

The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler (1971)

Science Fiction Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Hugh Fielding
5.3 2 votes

A Gunfight (1971)

Western
Movie
as Marshal Tom Cater
5.3 8 votes

The Cheyenne Social Club (1970)

Action Comedy Western
Movie
as Corey Bannister
6 15 votes

The Desperate Mission (1969)

Western Action Adventure Drama
Movie
as Gant

Lancer (1968)

Western
Series
as Unknown
0.5 1 votes

The Outcasts (1968)

Western
Series
as Unknown

Tony Rome (1967)

Crime Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Ralph Turpin
6.3 14 votes

The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967)

Western
Series
as Unknown
9.0 2 votes

Cimarron Strip (1967)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown

Rango (1967)

Series
as Unknown

Smoky (1966)

Western
Movie
as Jeff Nicks
5 1 votes

The Monroes (1966)

Western
Series
as Unknown

Tarzan (1966)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.1 4 votes

The Legend of Jesse James (1965)

Western Drama
Series
7.0 1 votes

The Hallelujah Trail (1965)

Western
Movie
as Chief Five Barrels
6.0 26 votes

Fate Is the Hunter (1964)

Drama
Movie
as Stillman
7.0 5 votes

Daniel Boone (1964)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.8 6 votes

The Fugitive (1963)

Action & Adventure Drama Mystery
Series
as Unknown
7.9 14 votes

The Greatest Show on Earth (1963)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
0.0 1 votes

The Gun Hawk (1963)

Movie
5 2 votes

The Dakotas (1963)

Western
Series
as Unknown

The Virginian (1962)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.7 3 votes

Sam Benedict (1962)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Beachcomber (1962)

Series
as Unknown

Target: The Corruptors! (1961)

Series
as Unknown

The Long Rope (1961)

Movie
as Ben Matthews

The Slowest Gun in the West (1960)

Western Comedy
Movie
as Billy the Kid Blake

The Tall Man (1960)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
8.0 1 votes

Outlaws (1960)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown

Spartacus (1960)

Action Drama History
Movie
as Guard captain
7.4 561 votes

The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Western
Movie
as Wallace
7.5 528 votes

Bourbon Street Beat (1959)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Adventures in Paradise (1959)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.5 2 votes

The Third Man (1959)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Law of the Plainsman (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown

Wichita Town (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
3.8 2 votes

Laramie (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
6.7 5 votes

Riverboat (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
9.0 1 votes

Never Steal Anything Small (1959)

Drama
Movie
as Lennie

Rawhide (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.7 10 votes

Return To Warbow (1958)

Western
Movie
as Red
6 1 votes

Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.6 11 votes

Peter Gunn (1958)

Crime
Series
as Unknown
8.3 4 votes

Bronco (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.0 1 votes

The Texan (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown

The Rifleman (1958)

Action & Adventure Western
Series
as Unknown
7.3 19 votes

Man of the West (1958)

Action Western
Movie
as Ponch
6 24 votes

Lawman (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown
6.0 1 votes

Bat Masterson (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.3 3 votes

77 Sunset Strip (1958)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown
7.9 7 votes

The Tarnished Angels (1957)

Drama
Movie
as Hank
6.9 14 votes

Zorro (1957)

Western Action & Adventure Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown
8.4 10 votes

The Walter Winchell File (1957)

Series
as Unknown

Maverick (1957)

Comedy Western
Series
as Unknown
8.3 11 votes

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.9 34 votes

The Thin Man (1957)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.7 3 votes

Have Gun – Will Travel (1957)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
8.2 15 votes

Night Passage (1957)

Action Drama Thriller Western
Movie
as Concho
5.8 15 votes

Hot Summer Night (1957)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Tom Ellis (as Robert Wilke)
6.0 1 votes

The Lone Ranger (1956)

Adventure Western
Movie
as Cassidy (as Robert Wilke)
6.2 8 votes

Backlash (1956)

Western
Movie
as Jeff Welker
6.5 10 votes

Raw Edge (1956)

Western
Movie
as Sile Doty (as Robert Wilke)
5.3 3 votes

Canyon River (1956)

Western
Movie
as Joe Graycoe
6.0 1 votes

Gun The Man Down (1956)

Western Action
Movie
as Matt Rankin
6 1 votes

Written on the Wind (1956)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Dan Willis
6.9 42 votes

The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1956)

Western
Series
as Unknown

The Rawhide Years (1955)

Western
Movie
as Neal (as Robert Wilke)
4.3 4 votes

Cheyenne (1955)

Action & Adventure Western
Series
as Unknown
7.1 5 votes

Gunsmoke (1955)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.9 29 votes

Wichita (1955)

Western Action Romance
Movie
as Ben Thompson (as Robert Wilke)
3.9 8 votes

Shotgun (1955)

Western
Movie
as Bentley (as Robert Wilke)
4.2 3 votes

Strange Lady In Town (1955)

Western
Movie
as Karg
3.5 2 votes

Smoke Signal (1955)

Western
Movie
as 1st Sgt. Daly (as Robert Wilke)
6.0 2 votes

The Far Country (1955)

Drama Romance Western
Movie
as Madden
6.6 27 votes

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Adventure Drama Science Fiction
Movie
as First Mate of the Nautilus
6.8 145 votes

Lassie (1954)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.3 18 votes

Two Guns and a Badge (1954)

Western
Movie
as Moore - Outlaw (as Robert Wilke)

Cow Country (1953)

Western
Movie
as Sledge
4.2 3 votes

Arrowhead (1953)

Action Western
Movie
as Sgt. Stone
6.0 10 votes

War Paint (1953)

Western Adventure War
Movie
as Trooper Grady
4.6 4 votes

Powder River (1953)

Western
Movie
as Will Horn (as Bob Wilke)
5.5 2 votes

The Maverick (1952)

Western
Movie
as Massey (as Robert Wilke)

Wyoming Roundup (1952)

Western
Movie
as Wyatt - Henchman

Cavalcade of America (1952)

Series
as Unknown

Adventures of Superman (1952)

Action & Adventure Sci-Fi & Fantasy Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.0 17 votes

Fargo (1952)

Action Western
Movie
as Link - Henchman (as Robert Wilke)

Cattle Town (1952)

Western
Movie
as Keeno
10.0 1 votes

Hellgate (1952)

Western
Movie
as Sgt. Maj. Kearn (as Robert Wilkie)
7.0 4 votes

Road Agent (1952)

Western
Movie
as Slab Babcock

High Noon (1952)

Western
Movie
as Jim Pierce
7.6 388 votes

The Las Vegas Story (1952)

Drama
Movie
as Clayton (as Robert Wilke)
4.6 8 votes

Cyclone Fury (1951)

Western
Movie
as Henchman Bunco (as Bob Wilke)
5.0 1 votes

Gunplay (1951)

Western
Movie
as Henchman Winslow (as Robert Wilke)
6.0 1 votes

Best of the Badmen (1951)

Western
Movie
as Jim Younger
6.5 4 votes

Saddle Legion (1951)

Western
Movie
as Henchman Hooker

Pistol Harvest (1951)

Western
Movie
as Andy Baylor (as Robert Wilke)

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown

Overland Telegraph (1951)

Western
Movie
as Bellew - Henchman (as Robert Wilke)

Hot Lead (1951)

Western
Movie
as Stoney Dawson (as Robert Wilke)

Frontier Outpost (1950)

Western
Movie
as Krag Benson

The Desert Hawk (1950)

Action Adventure
Movie
as Camel Driver
6.0 1 votes

The Wyoming Bandit (1949)

Western
Movie
as Sam - Henchman (as Bob Wilke)

Homicide for Three (1948)

Crime
Movie
as Policeman

Carson City Raiders (1948)

Drama Western
Movie
as Ed Noble (as Bob Wilke)

Law of the Canyon (1947)

Western
Movie
as Knife-Throwing Henchman (uncredited)

Twilight on the Rio Grande (1947)

Adventure Music Romance Western
Movie
as Henchman

Blackmail (1947)

Action Crime
Movie
as Policeman
3.3 3 votes

Web of Danger (1947)

Adventure Action
Movie
as Station Wagon Driver
3.5 1 votes

The Ghost Goes Wild (1947)

Fantasy Comedy Romance Mystery
Movie
as Burglar

The Inner Circle (1946)

Thriller Crime Mystery
Movie
as Police Officer Cummings (as Bob Wilke)
6.0 1 votes

Passkey to Danger (1946)

Crime Mystery
Movie
as Police Sergeant

The Catman of Paris (1946)

Horror Thriller
Movie
as The Catman
6.0 1 votes

Sheriff of Cimarron (1945)

Western
Movie
as Henchman Dobie
6.0 1 votes

Earl Carroll Vanities (1945)

Romance Music
Movie
as Cab Driver

Corpus Christi Bandits (1945)

Western Action Romance
Movie
as Henchman Steve
1 votes

Santa Fe Saddlemates (1945)

Western
Movie
as Rawhide

Trail of Kit Carson (1945)

Western
Movie
as Dave MacRoy (as Bob Wilke)

Sunset in El Dorado (1945)

Action Adventure Music Romance Western
Movie
as Curley Roberts - Henchman (as Bob Wilke)
3.3 2 votes

Bandits of the Badlands (1945)

Western
Movie
as Henchman Keller (as Bob Wilke)
3.3 2 votes

Call of the Rockies (1944)

Western
Movie
as Deputy Jim

Cowboy and the Senorita (1944)

Western
Movie
as Townsman (uncredited)

The Fighting Seabees (1944)

Action War
Movie
as Construction Worker
6.4 14 votes

Bordertown Trail (1944)

Western
Movie
as Henchman

San Antonio Kid (1944)

Western
Movie
as Henchman (as Bob Wilke)

Vigilantes of Dodge City (1944)

Western
Movie
as Bill (as Bob Wilke)

Faces in the Fog (1944)

Drama
Movie
as Photographer

Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc. (1941)

Movie
as Cutter Helmsman

Sierra Sue (1941)

Adventure Music Romance Western
Movie
as Carnival Spectator (uncredited)

Adventures of Red Ryder (1940)

Action Western
Movie
as Henchman

Grand Ole Opry (1940)

Comedy Music
Movie
as Hillbilly (uncredited)

In Old Missouri (1940)

Adventure Comedy Drama
Movie
as Hillbilly
5.5 1 votes

In Old Monterey (1939)

Western
Movie
as Man on Wagon
5.0 1 votes

Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939)

Action Crime
Movie
as G-Man

Star Reporter (1939)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Reporter
5.5 1 votes

That Man's Here Again (1937)

Romance Comedy
Movie
as Extra in Park
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