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Robert Cummings 1910-1990

Country : Joplin, Missouri
Profession : Actor
Date of birth : 1910-06-09
Date of death : 1990-12-02
Cause of Death : Kidney Failure

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Charles Clarence Robert Orville "Bob" Cummings (June 9, 1910 – December 2, 1990), was an American motion picture and television actor.

Bob Cummings performed mainly in comedies but was effective in his few dramas, especially two Alfred Hitchcock films, Saboteur (1942) and Dial M for Murder (1954).


Early life and career

Charles Clarence Robert Orville Cummings was born in Joplin, Missouri, the son of Dr. Charles Clarence Cummings and his wife Ruth Annabelle Kraft. His father was a surgeon, who helped form the original medical staff of St. John's Hospital in Joplin, and was the founder of the Jasper County Tuberculosis Hospital in Webb City, Missouri. Cummings' mother was an ordained minister of the Science of Mind.

While attending Joplin High School, he was taught to fly by his godfather, Orville Wright. During high school Cummings would give Joplin residents rides in his plane for $5 per person.

After graduating from high school, Cummings studied briefly at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, before his love of aviation led him to transfer to Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He studied aeronautical engineering there for a year before being forced to drop out as a result of pecuniary difficulties, his family, like so many others, having lost money in the stock market crash in 1929. Learning that the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City paid its male actors $14 a week, and desperately in need of funds, he transfered once again.

He studied there two years before setting out to establish a career on Broadway in 1931. Recognizing that British actors were heavily in demand, Cummings traveled to England to learn how to mimic an upper-class British accent. His efforts were successful, and he had a brief career on Broadway under the stage name of Blade Stanhope Conway, posing as an Englishman.

In 1933, while in New York, he met and married his first wife, Vivian Janis. At the time they were both with the Ziegfeld Follies, with Cummings starring as the male lead in the Follies, opposite famed comedian, Fanny Brice. In 1934, Cummings moved to Hollywood, where he initially acted under the name of Bruce Hutchens, assuming the persona of a wealthy Texan. He made his film debut a year late in The Virginia Judge.

He soon dropped his stage, acting throughout the 1930s under his own name, as a contract player, appearing in a number of minor roles.

Achieving stardom

He achieved stardom in 1939 in Three Smart Girls Grow Up, opposite Deanna Durbin. His many film comedies include: The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) with Jean Arthur, and The Bride Wore Boots (1946) with Barbara Stanwyck. Cummings gave memorable performances in three notable dramas: Kings Row (1942) with friend Ronald Reagan, Saboteur (1942) with Priscilla Lane and Norman Lloyd, and Dial M for Murder (1954), with Grace Kelly and Ray Milland. Cummings also starred in You Came Along (1945), which featured a screenplay by Ayn Rand. The Army Air Forces pilot Cummings played ("Bob Collins") died off camera, but was essentially resurrected some ten years later for his television show.

Cummings was chosen by producer John Wayne as his co-star for the part of airline pilot Captain Sullivan in The High and the Mighty, in part due to Cummings's experience as a pilot. However, director William A. Wellman overruled Wayne and hired Robert Stack for the part.

Cummings made his mark in the CBS Radio network's dramatic serial entitled Those We Love, which ran from 1938 to 1945. Cummings played the role of David Adair, opposite Richard Cromwell, Francis X. Bushman (a famed silent-era film actor), and Nan Grey.

World War II

In November 1942, Cummings joined the United States Army Air Corps. During the war he served as a flight instructor.Cummings had worked as a flight instructor for many years prior to the war. He was, in fact, the first certified flight instructor in the United States, having gained certification in 1938. After the war, Cummings served as a pilot in the United States Air Force Reserve.

Television career

Cummings began a long career on television in 1952, starring in the comedy "My Hero". He received an Emmy award for his portrayal of "Juror Number Eight," in the first televised performance of Twelve Angry Men, a live production which aired in 1955 (Henry Fonda played the same role in the feature film adaptation).


From 1955 through 1959, Cummings starred on a successful NBC sitcom, The Bob Cummings Show (known as Love That Bob in reruns), in which he played Bob Collins, an ex-WWII pilot who became a successful professional photographer, and as a bachelor in 1950's Los Angeles, thought himself to be quite the ladies' man. Bob also made an apperance at Disneyland's grand opening on July 17th, 1955. This sitcom was noted for some very risque humor for its time. Cummings also appeared on the NBC interview program Here's Hollywood.

The New Bob Cummings Show followed on CBS for one season, 1961-62. He also starred one season in My Living Doll (1964), another CBS sitcom. His last significant role was the 1973 TV movie Partners in Crime, co-starring Lee Grant.

Personal life

Cummings married five times and fathered seven children. He was a staunch advocate of natural foods and a healthy diet and authored a book, Stay Young and Vital (1960), on health foods and exercise. In reference to refined products such as white flour, white rice, and sugar, he was quoted as saying, "Never eat anything white."

Cummings' son, Tony Cummings, played Rick Halloway in the daytime serial Another World in the early 1980s.


Cummings died in 1990 at the age of 80. He was interred in the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California.


  • Seasoned Greetings (1933) (short subject)
  • Sons of the Desert (1933)
  • The Virginia Judge (1933)
  • So Red the Rose (1935)
  • Millions in the Air (1935)
  • Desert Gold (1935)
  • Forgotten Faces (1936)
  • Border Flight (1936)
  • Three Cheers for Love (1936)
  • Hollywood Boulevard (1936)
  • The Accusing Finger (1936)
  • Hideaway Girl (1936)
  • Arizona Mahoney (1936)
  • The Last Train from Madrid (1937)
  • Souls at Sea (1937)
  • Sophie Lang Goes West (1937)
  • Wells Fargo (1937)
  • College Swing (1938)
  • You and Me (1938)
  • The Texans (1938)
  • Touchdown, Army (1938)
  • I Stand Accused (1938)
  • Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939)
  • The Under-Pup (1939)
  • Rio (1939)
  • Everything Happens at Night (1939)
  • Charlie McCarthy, Detective (1939)
  • And One Was Beautiful (1940)
  • Private Affairs (1940)
  • Spring Parade (1940)
  • One Night in the Tropics (1940)
  • Free and Easy (1941)
  • The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)
  • Moon Over Miami (1941)
  • It Started with Eve (1941)
  • Kings Row (1942)
  • Saboteur (1942)
  • Between Us Girls (1942)
  • Forever and a Day (1943)
  • Princess O'Rourke (1943)
  • Flesh and Fantasy (1943)
  • You Came Along (1945)
  • The Bride Wore Boots (1946)
  • The Chase (1946)
  • Heaven Only Knows (1947)
  • The Lost Moment (1947)
  • Sleep, My Love (1948)
  • Let's Live a Little (1948)
  • The Accused (1949)
  • Reign of Terror (1949)
  • Tell It to the Judge (1949)
  • Free for All (1949)
  • Paid in Full (1950)
  • The Petty Girl (1950)
  • For Heaven's Sake (1950)
  • The Barefoot Mailman (1951)
  • The First Time (1952)
  • Marry Me Again (1953)
  • Lucky Me (1954)
  • Dial M for Murder (1954)
  • How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955)
  • My Geisha (1962)
  • Beach Party (1963)
  • The Carpetbaggers (1964)
  • What a Way to Go! (1964)
  • Promise Her Anything (1965)
  • Stagecoach (1966)
  • Five Golden Dragons (1967)

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