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Bob Cummings

Mostly Credited As: Bob Cummings
Sometimes Credited As: Robert Cummings
Blade Stanhope Conway
Bruce Hutchens
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)

Bob Cummings


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)

Bob Cummings
TV Appearances

Main cast 
My Living Doll (1964)As: Dr. Bob McDonald
The Bob Cummings Show (1961) (1961)As: Bob Carson
The Bob Cummings Show (1955)As: Bob Collins
My Hero (US) (1952)As: Robert S. Beanblossom
Episode Cast Credits 

Matt Houston (1982) 
  The Good Doctor 01x11: (Dec/12/1982) As Tony 

Fantasy Island (1977) (1978) 
  Amusement Park/Rock Stars 02x25: (May/13/1979) As Ride Operator 
  Bowling/Command Performance 02x24: (May/12/1979) As Lava Lava Boy 
  Yesterday's Love/Fountain of Youth 02x21: (Mar/17/1979) As Tama 

The Love Boat (1977) 
  Third Wheel/Grandmother's Day/Second String Mom 02x27: (May/12/1979) As Eliott Smith 

Love, American Style (1969) 
  Love and the Secret Spouse 05x23: (Oct/19/1973) As Unknown 
  Love and the Pill 01x01: (Sep/29/1969) As Unknown 

Here's Lucy (1968) 
  Lucy and Her Genuine Twimby 05x17: (Jan/15/1973) As Robert Henning 
  Lucy's Punctured Romance 04x22: (Feb/07/1972) As Bob Collins 

Bewitched (1964) 
  Samantha and the Troll 07x19: (Feb/18/1971) As Mr. Berkley 

Arnie (1970) 
  Hello, Holly 01x17: (Jan/16/1971) As Hollingsworth 

Green Acres (1965) 
  Rest and Relaxation 05x15: (Jan/10/1970) As Mort Warner 

What's My Line? (US) (1950) 
  EPISODE #727 15x52: (Aug/23/1964) As Himself (Mystery Guest) 

The Great Adventure (1963) 
  Plague 01x19: (Feb/28/1964) As Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse 

The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) 
  The Race for Queen 02x19: (Feb/05/1964) As Himself 

The Hollywood Palace (1964) 
  Host: Bob Cummings / Rosemary Clooney 01x02: (Jan/11/1964) As Himself, [Guest Hosts]

Zane Grey Theatre (1956) 
  The Last Bugle 05x07: (Nov/24/1960) As Lt. Gatewood 

The Twilight Zone (1959) 
  King Nine Will Not Return 02x01: (Sep/30/1960) As Captain James Embry 

The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957) 
  The Ricardos Go to Japan 03x02: (Nov/27/1959) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1956) 
  Season 3, Episode 32 03x32: (May/10/1959) As Himself 
  Season 3, Episode 9 03x09: (Nov/30/1958) As Himself 
  Season 2, Episode 19 02x19: (Mar/09/1958) As Himself 
  Season 2, Episode 2 02x02: (Oct/27/1957) As Himself 

The Steve Allen Show (1956) 
  NBC Fall Preview 04x03: (Sep/21/1958) As Himself 
  NBC Fall Preview 03x01: (Sep/22/1957) As Himself 

Playhouse 90 (1956) 
  Bomber's Moon 02x36: (May/22/1958) As Colonel Culver 

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951) 
  Dual Control 07x06: (Nov/01/1957) As Spencer O. Spencer 
  One Left Over 06x18: (Feb/01/1957) As guest star 

General Electric Theater (1953) 
  Too Good with a Gun 05x27: (Mar/24/1957) As Russ Baker 

Studio One (1948) 
  A Special Announcement 09x01: (Sep/24/1956) As George Lumley 
  Twelve Angry Men 07x01: (Sep/20/1954) As Juror #8 

This Is Your Life (1952) (1952) 
  Bob Cummings 04x02: (Apr/04/1956) As Himself 

The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950) 
  Billy Daniels, Anna Maria Alberghetti 06x06: (Oct/30/1955) As Himself 
  Edgar Bergen 05x36: (Aug/07/1955) As Himself 
  Bob Hope 01x16: (Dec/24/1950) As Himself 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 7th Annual Emmy Awards 07x01: (Mar/07/1955) As Winner: Best Actor in a Single Performance (for 'Studio One': episode 'Twelve Angry Men') 

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950) 
  Gracie Thinks Bob Cummings is in Love with Her 05x13: (Dec/27/1954) As Himself 

The Milton Berle Show (1948) 
  Season 6, Episode 18 06x18: (Mar/23/1954) As Himself 
  Season 5, Episode 25 05x25: (Apr/28/1953) As Himself 

Robert Montgomery Presents Your Lucky Strike Theatre (1950) 
  Lila, My Love 03x27: (May/12/1952) As guest star 
  The Truth About Blayds 03x25: (Apr/28/1952) As Guest Host 

Your Show of Shows (1950) 
  Season 2, Episode 24 02x24: (Feb/17/1951) As Himself 
  Season 2, Episode 1 02x01: (Sep/09/1950) As Himself 
Crew Credits

Show Crew



Episode Crew


The Bob Cummings Show (1955) (Credited in 10 episodes from this show) 
 
Show all 10 episode crew credits
Bob Judges a Beauty Contest 05x12 Dec/16/1958 As: Director
Collins the Crooner 05x11 Dec/09/1958 As: Director
Bob Butters Beck (aka Beck Butters Better) 05x10 Dec/02/1958 As: Director
Bob and the Dumb Blonde 05x02 Sep/30/1958 As: Director
Bob's Forgotten Fiancee 04x36 Jun/17/1958 As: Director
My Hero (US) (1952) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Cupid 01x06 Dec/13/1952 As: Writer
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Trivia

In dramatic films he was billed in the credits as Robert Cummings; in lighter fare, often as Bob Cummings.

Godson of Orville Wright, an old family friend, who also taught him to fly. He piloted his own plane most of his life.

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