Bob Kortman

Robert F. Kortman (December 24, 1887 March 13, 1967) was an American film actor mostly associated with westerns, though he also appeared in a number of Laurel and Hardy comedies. He appeared in more than 260 films between 1914 and 1952.

Bob Kortman
Lobby card for The Fugitive (1933) with Bob Kortman and Rex Bell
Robert F. Kortman

(1887-12-24)December 24, 1887
DiedMarch 13, 1967(1967-03-13) (aged 79)
Years active1914-1952


The son of a rancher, Kortman was born in Brackettville, Texas, in 1887. He spent six years in the U.S. cavalry.[1]

Director Tom Ince cast Kortman as a villain when he began working in films in 1911,[2] and he went on to become the "favored on-screen opponent" for William S. Hart with regard to their film fights.[3]

Kortman died in Long Beach, California from cancer.

Selected filmography


  1. "At the Dome". New Castle Herald. Pennsylvania, New Castle. May 13, 1921. p. 12. Retrieved October 11, 2018 via
  2. "Staunton's Movie Talk". The News Leader. Virginia, Staunton. September 30, 1944. p. 6. Retrieved October 11, 2018 via
  3. Freese, Gene (2017). Classic Movie Fight Scenes: 75 Years of Bare Knuckle Brawls, 1914–1989. McFarland. p. 6. ISBN 9781476629353. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
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