Douglass Montgomery

Robert Douglass Montgomery (also credited as Kent Douglass; October 29, 1909[1] July 23, 1966) was an American film actor.

Douglass Montgomery
Frame from trailer for Little Women (1933)
Robert Douglass Montgomery

(1909-10-29)October 29, 1909
DiedJuly 23, 1966(1966-07-23) (aged 58)
Other namesKent Douglas
Years active1926-1957
Spouse(s)Kay Young (1952-1966) (his death)

Early years

The son of Chester Montgomery, a jeweler, Montgomery graduated from Los Angeles High School.[1]


Montgomery used the stage name Douglass Montgomery when he started acting in New York. He often appeared as a ruggedly handsome, if slightly naive, fair-haired young man.

He gained early acting experience at the Pasadena Community Playhouse.[1]

The film component of his career began at MGM in 1930, playing the second male lead in films such as "Paid" and "Five and Dime". When he signed his contract at the studio his name was changed to Kent Douglass, to avoid confusion with that studio's star Robert Montgomery.[2] Upon leaving MGM in 1932, he changed it back to Douglass Montgomery.

Among his most celebrated roles was Laurie in Little Women (1933), opposite Katharine Hepburn's Jo March. He also played Johnny Hollis ("Johnny-in-the-Clouds") in The Way to the Stars (1945).

After serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, Montgomery moved to Great Britain and made films there. He later returned to the U.S. and appeared in a number of television shows.


Montgomery married British actress Kay Young (born Kathleen Tamar Young) on March 14, 1952 at Bethlehem Federated Church.[3] He was her second husband. Young had divorced film actor Michael Wilding the year before she wed Montgomery.[4] (Wilding remarried in 1952, to Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor.)[5] Young and Montgomery remained married until his death.


Douglass Montgomery died of spinal cancer in Norwalk, Connecticut, aged 58, on July 23, 1966. He was cremated, with his ashes given to his widow.[6]


Television appearances


  1. "He Refused to Eat from a Golden Spoon". Detroit Free Press. Michigan, Detroit. August 19, 1934. p. 68. Retrieved June 22, 2018 via
  2. Room, Adrian (2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 334. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  3. Wildings & Thurleys, Cantophers & McConnells, "Hatches, Matches & Dispatches only" (page 28),; accessed January 18, 2010.
  4. Wildings & Thurleys, Cantophers & McConnells, "Hatches, Matches & Dispatches only" (page 46),; accessed January 18, 2010.
  5. Wildings & Thurleys, Cantophers & McConnells, "Hatches, Matches & Dispatches only" (page 44),; accessed January 18, 2010.
  6. Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. (2 volume set). McFarland. p. 525. ISBN 9780786479924. Retrieved 8 April 2017.

Also see

  • Halliwell, Leslie (2001-08-07). Walker, John (ed.). Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies (14th ed.). HarperResource. ISBN 0-06-093507-3.
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