82 (passed away Jan. 25th, 2003)
Oct. 15th, 1920
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Robert Rockwell's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1953 - The War of the Worlds
1952 - Just for You
1951 - The Frogmen
1949 - The Red Menace
1948 - You Gotta Stay Happy
Guest TV Roles
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As heartthrob "Mr. Boynton" on "Our Miss Brooks", Robert Rockwell was so identified with the role that other, dramatic roles were often denied him. Still, after beginning his career as a contract player for Republic Studios he appeared in over 350 television shows over fifty years, and on stage opposite Jose Ferrer in the 1946 Broadway production of "Cyrano de Bergerac", and with Ginger Rogers during the 1960s in a San Diego production of "A More Perfect Union".
- Studied at the Pasadena Playhouse where he received a masters degree.
- Children: daughters Susan and Alison; sons Robert Jr., Jeffrey and Gregory.
- Founding member of the California Artists Radio Theatre.
- Played a few standard leads in a couple of 'Cold War' era "B" propaganda films, including the cult film The Red Menace (1949) wherein he played a war vet who is duped by the Reds.
- Played Loretta Young's husband a few times on her anthology program "The Loretta Young Show" in the 60s.
- Grandfather of 'Taylor W. Rockwell' (qv).
- He took his most identifiable role of the handsomely awkward biology teacher Philip Boynton from "Our Miss Brooks" from radio to TV.
- Appeared in more than 200 commercials and voiceovers, most notably as the grandfather treating his grandson to a piece of candy in the Werthers Original Candy" spot.
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