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Jay Robinson


Mostly Credited As: Jay Robinson
Date Of Birth: April 14, 1930 (Age 83)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New York City, New York
Date Of Death: September 27, 2013

Jay Robinson


An evil, sinister villain with leering eyes of hatred who miniaturized children on "The Krofft Supershow," Shrinker was a surprise hit with the youngsters the 1977 season.
Mad Dog Shrinker and his midget assistant, Billy Barty, pleased audiences because they may scare you for a while, but they always goof up at the end. Shrinker developed into a curious mongrel — a lovable villain, and evidently, kids couldn't get enough of him.
On Sunday mornings, actor Jay Robinson looked out the window to find his front yard crowded with kids who wanted to meet Mrs. Shrinker and see the mad doctor's secret shrinking machine.
"Every day became Halloween around our place," admited a surprised Robinson, who reached celebrity status for a Saturday morning kids' show after nearly 30 year in the business of playing villains.
Ever since 1949, when he was throttled on stage by Boris Karloff as a swinish blackmailer, Jay had been typecast. The man simply had this ability to transmit an evil leer. It's a Robinson trademark, "an inner thing," said Jay, describing his intensity.
In the flesh, Jay Robinson was, as was Boris Karloff, a complete opposite to his acting roles — a gentle, kindly man who wouldn't hurt a child's feelings, much less shrink little boys. Picking him out in a crowd, you would never guess he specialized in portraying crafty Roman emperors.
When 20th Century-Fox signed Jay in the 1950s for the wide-screen epics, villainy looked like a good thing.
Under a five-year contract, Jay followed orders and played the game. He moved into exclusive Bel-Air, rode around in a Rolls-Royce, escorted starlets like Anne Bancroft to premieres, put on the toga and cast the evil eye before cameras. He played the classic bad guys on the screen — Caligula, Count Dracula, Demetrius in "The Gladiators," etc. Another evil eye — television — stopped Jay Robinson's Hollywood career in its tracks. Goodbye Bel-Air, goodbye Rolls-Royce, so long 20th Century-Fox paychecks. Back to reality. When he was not on stage performing "Richard II" or "The Picture of Dorian Gray," Robinson did the
Cyril Ritchard bit — turning up in movies or on television as the effete, sarcastic, slightly bizarre villain. It was a living in the character field, but hardly the spot for another smashing
breakthrough.
And then, from out of the blue, Jay Robinson, the Roman emperor specialist, was zapping the kids with old tricks. Television was making up for what it took away by giving the skillful villain a second chance.


TV Appearances

Main cast 
Dr. Shrinker (1976)As: Dr. Shrinker
Days of our Lives (1965)As: Monty Dolan (1988)
Episode Cast Credits 

The Nanny (US) (1993) 
  The Playwright 02x02: (Sep/19/1994) As Maitre d' 

Murder, She Wrote (1984) 
  Murder, Plain & Simple 07x20: (Apr/28/1991) As Bishop Burkhart 

Cheers (1982) 
  For Real Men Only 08x08: (Nov/16/1989) As Larry 

Night Court (1984) 
  Christine's Friend 04x17: (Feb/19/1987) As Roland Jeffries 

Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983) 
  The ACM Kid 01x05: (Oct/31/1983) As Wilson 

Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982) 
  Last Chance Louie 01x17: (Mar/11/1983) As Governor 

Voyagers! (1982) 
  Created Equal 01x02: (Oct/10/1982) As Cicero 

Barney Miller (1975) 
  The Tontine 08x08: (Jan/07/1982) As Unknown 
  Sniper 02x16: (Jan/22/1976) As Morton Hackler 

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979) 
  Planet of the Amazon Women 01x10: (Nov/08/1979) As Cassius Thorne 

The Waltons (1972) 
  The Comeback 05x03: (Oct/07/1976) As Prof. Thaxton 
  The House 04x23: (Feb/19/1976) As Prof. Thaxton 
  The Breakdown 04x06: (Oct/16/1975) As Prof. Thaxton 

Harry O (1974) 
  Group Terror 02x10: (Nov/13/1975) As Karl Singleton 

Bronk (1975) 
  The Fifth Victim 01x06: (Oct/26/1975) As Hanson 

Doc (1975) (1975) 
  Quartet 01x05: (Oct/04/1975) As Hollister 

Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974) 
  Chopper 01x15: (Jan/31/1975) As Professor Eli Strig 

Mannix (1967) 
  Picture of a Shadow 08x09: (Nov/24/1974) As Kilburn 
  Trap for a Pigeon 07x23: (Mar/24/1974) As Eddie Richter 
  Overkill 04x24: (Mar/13/1971) As Overkill 
  The Search for Darrell Andrews 03x22: (Feb/28/1970) As Executive #2 
  Pressure Point 02x03: (Oct/12/1968) As McClure, [Co-Guest Stars]

Planet of the Apes (1974) 
  Tomorrow's Tide 01x06: (Oct/18/1974) As Bandor 

Banacek (1972) 
  Now You See Me, Now You Don't 02x08: (Mar/12/1974) As Bradley Merrick / Kurt Steiner 

Search (1972) 
  Ends of the Earth 01x21: (Mar/21/1973) As Claude Johansen 

Hawaii Five-O (1968) (1968) 
  Cloth of Gold 04x20: (Feb/08/1972) As Ralph Mingo 

O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (1971) 
  Operation: White Fire 01x17: (Jan/28/1972) As George Cadlin 

Room 222 (1969) 
  Hail and Farewell 03x07: (Oct/29/1971) As Mr. Freebush 

Judd for the Defense (1967) 
  Visitation 02x20: (Feb/14/1969) As Roberts 

Star Trek (1966) 
  Elaan of Troyius 03x13: (Dec/20/1968) As Petri, [Co-Guest Stars]

The Wild Wild West (1965) 
  The Night of the Sedgewick Curse 04x04: (Oct/18/1968) As Dr. Maitland 

Wire Service (1956) 
  The Tower 01x07: (Nov/15/1956) As Usher 

The Secret Empire (1979) 
  Escape to the Stars 01x12: (Unaired) As Prince Demeter 
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