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Robert Sterling

Mostly Credited As: Robert Sterling
Birth Name: William Sterling Hart
Date Of Birth: November 13, 1917 (Age 88)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New Castle, Pennsylvania
Date Of Death: May 30, 2006
Cause Of Death: Natural Causes (Brentwood, California)
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Robert Sterling


Born William Sterling Hart in 1917, he was the son of a professional ballplayer. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, then worked as a clothing salesman before deciding to give acting a try. He certainly had the requisite good looks as Columbia signed this dark-haired, extraordinary-looking specimen in 1939 straight out of college. Billed as Robert Sterling as not to confuse anyone with the silent screen legend William S. Hart, he was groomed in two-reeled shorts and bit parts in minor features but nothing much happened. In 1941, MGM took him on as a possible replacement for another gorgeous Robert - Robert Taylor - who was about to join the Navy. Sterling met and married actress Ann Sothern at around this time and had a daughter, Tisha Sterling, who later came Robert's film career lost major momentum with bland second leads in such action drama as Bunco Squad (1950) and Column South (1953). Divorced from Ms. Sothern in 1949, he was introduced to actress Anne Jeffreys while performing in a Broadway show, "The Grameroy Ghost," down the street from her show. They wed in 1951 and produced three sons. Robert and Anne (who was also having a down time in films) decided to revive their faltering careers with a club act. Not only was their pairing a success, it led directly to their starring roles in the classic "Topper" (1953) series on TV. As wry, debonair ghost George Kirby, he and Anne (playing his equally spirited wife Marion) became household names engaging audiences week after week with their delightfully capricious antics and disappearing acts. Robert and Anne continued to perform together on stage and even attempted another sitcom "Love That Jill" (1958) which lasted only a few months. After another failed series "Ichabod and Me" (1961), which was a solo effort, and a couple of pedestrian parts in the movies Return to Peyton Place (1961) (as Dr. Michael Rossi) (1961), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) and A Global Affair (1964), Robert slacked off, retiring altogether in the 1970s. He entered into what would become a lucrative computer business, and has since kept a decidedly low profile, prompting many fans to think that the ever-busy Anne Jeffreys has been a widow for years! In truth, they guested together in the 80s in episodes of "Hotel" and "Murder, She Wrote".

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Ichabod and Me (1961)As: Bob Major
Love That Jill (1958)As: Jack Gibson
Front Row Center (1955)As: Host (1956)
The 20th Century-Fox Hour (1955)As: Host (1956-1957)
Topper (1953)As: George Kerby
Episode Cast Credits 

Murder, She Wrote (1984) 
  If A Body Meet A Body 02x18: (Mar/09/1986) As Ben Shipley 

Hotel (1983) 
  Tomorrows 01x14: (Jan/11/1984) As Mr. Jenks 

Simon & Simon (1981) 
  The Last Time I Saw Michael 02x08: (Dec/09/1982) As Michael Wells/Arthur Bristol 

Fantasy Island (1977) (1978) 
  The Beautiful Skeptic/The Lost Platoon 06x06: (Nov/27/1982) As Walter Rawlin 

The Brian Keith Show (1972) 
  The Ultra Marine 02x19: (Feb/15/1974) As Linc 

Nanny and the Professor (1970) 
  The Conversion of Brother Ben 03x09: (Nov/08/1971) As Ben Everett 

Naked City (1958) 
  Alive and Still a Second Lieutenant 04x24: (Mar/06/1963) As Jason Colwell, [Special Guest Stars]

The Twilight Zone (1959) 
  Printer's Devil 04x09: (Feb/28/1963) As Douglas Winter 

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962) 
  House Guest 01x08: (Nov/08/1962) As Ray Roscoe 

General Electric Theater (1953) 
  Adam's Apples 08x29: (Apr/24/1960) As Robert Major 

Wagon Train (1957) 
  The Julia Gage Story 01x14: (Dec/18/1957) As Tobias "Tobe" Cannon, [Special Guest Stars]

What's My Line? (US) (1950) 
  EPISODE #373 08x48: (Jul/28/1957) As Mystery Guest Duo 

Cavalcade of America (1952) 
  The Widow is Willing 05x24: (Mar/26/1957) As guest star 

The Steve Allen Show (1956) 
  Season 2, Episode 12 02x12: (Dec/09/1956) As Himself 

The 20th Century-Fox Hour (1955) 
  The Money Maker 02x03: (Oct/31/1956) As Steve Buchanan 

The Ford Television Theatre (1952) 
  The Clay Pigeon 04x35: (May/31/1956) As Frank Darin 

The Lux Video Theatre (1950) 
  Here Comes the Groom 06x23: (Mar/01/1956) As guest star 
  Hands Across the Table 06x15: (Jan/05/1956) As guest star 
  Autumn Nocturne 03x25: (Feb/23/1953) As David 
  Inside Story 01x38: (Jun/18/1951) As Lew Davies 

The Loretta Young Show (1953) 
  Tightwad Millionaire 03x24: (Feb/19/1956) As Markle 

Climax! (1954) 
  Thin Air 02x06: (Oct/13/1955) As Husband 

Robert Montgomery Presents Your Lucky Strike Theatre (1950) 
  Keep Your Head Up, Mr. Putnam 04x19: (Jan/05/1953) As Peter Putnam 
  The Davidian Report 04x12: (Nov/17/1952) As guest star 
  Candles for Theresa 03x30: (Jun/02/1952) As guest star 
  The Lonely 03x26: (May/05/1952) As guest star 

Suspense (US) (1949) 
  The Man Who Had Seven Hours 05x08: (Oct/21/1952) As guest star 
  The Door's on the 13th Floor 01x12: (May/31/1949) As guest star 

Lights Out (1949) 
  The Borgia Lamp 04x30: (Mar/17/1952) As guest star 
  The Faceless Man 03x50: (Aug/06/1951) As guest star 

Studio One (1948) 
  There Was a Crooked Man 02x40: (Jun/19/1950) As Jeff Troy 
  The Man Who Had Influence 02x38: (May/29/1950) As David Grant 
  The Ambassadors 02x36: (May/15/1950) As Chad Newsome 
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