Mostly Credited As: Bob Cummings
Sometimes Credited As: Robert Cummings
Blade Stanhope Conway
Charles Clarence Cummings
Charles Clarence Robert Orville Cummings
Charles Clarence Robert Orville "Bob" Cummings
Birth Name: Charles Clarence Robert Orville Cummings
Date Of Birth: June 10, 1908 (Age 82)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Woodland Hills, California
Date Of Death: December 02, 1990
Cause Of Death: kidney failure (Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, CA)
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)
CHARLES CLARENCE ROBERT ORVILLE (after the pioneer-airman Wright) CUMMINGS was originally destined to follow in his father's footsteps and become a doctor. But the young man was persuaded to take part in amateur dramatics at college. That was the turning point of his life. Robert Cummings, star of series " My Hero," was one of the best comedians schooled by Hollywood since the advent of talkies. He took the role of Bob Beanblossom, a young businessman who had the awkward knack of finding himself in embarrassing (and, incidentally, hilariously funny) situations.
Robert Cummings was born on June 9, 1909, in Joplin, Missouri. In 1955, his wife Mary gave birth to a daughter—the fourth child of one of Hollywood's happiest marriages.
They lived in a huge house—nicknamed The Hotel--at Beverly Hills, and every member of the family (except baby) had his or her own car. In the garage, alongside the streamlined models belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Cummings, are three toy cars for the elder children.
There was-no meteoric rise to stardom for Cummings. After abandoning medicine he went to New York to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His efforts to get into a Broadway play failed. After a year he decided to visit England and develop an Oxford accent.
He joined a repertory company at Harrogate, studied the English way of life for six months, and then prepared to return to the States. He was at that time working under the
name of Blade Stanhope Conway. Realising that a little bluff would be necessary, he persuaded an electrician at Harrogate to set up his name in lights on the front of the theatre where he had a supporting role. Cummings had the result photographed, and sent to New York agents to show his success in England. The ruse and the accent worked. He went straight into John Galsworthy's The Roof. Many more important parts followed until Milton Berle signed him as "feed" man for his vaudeville act.
In 1935 Cummings read that Hollywood film director King Vidor was looking for a young Texan to play in his next picture So Red the Rose. Once again, he felt that a change of name and accent would be judicious—so he applied for the role under the name of Brice Hutchens. Director Vidor was impressed by the tall, handsome actor with the assuring manner
and the Southern drawl—and Cummings got the part.
War interrupted Cummings' successes. He enlisted as a flight-instructor in the United States Army Air Force—flying was his hobby for years. Since the war he continued to make films for both the cinema and television.
One of his latest portrayals—that of the lover in Dial 'M' for Murder—was also one of his best.
(Written by Barry Daniels)