Robert Emhardt (July 24, 1914 – December 26, 1994) was an American character actor who worked on stage, in film and on television. The portly Emhardt was frequently cast as a villain, often a crooked businessman or corrupt politician.
Robert Christian Emhardt
July 24, 1914
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
|Died||December 26, 1994 80) (aged|
Ojai, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|Spouse(s)||Martha Rofheart (Martha Jones) (1943-1950)|
Silvia Sideli (1954-1994)
(his death) (4 children)
Emhardt studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He began his Broadway career in the 1930s as an understudy for the equally heavyset Sydney Greenstreet. Emhardt made his stage debut in The Pirate (1942). One of the founding members of the Actors Studio, Emhardt was a member of the cast of the original 1952 Broadway stage production of The Seven Year Itch. He won the Critics Circle Award for best supporting actor for his performance in Life with Mother in the 1948-1949 season.
On television, he was the first actor to play Mac Cory on Another World. He also made over 250 guest appearances on such series as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Riverboat, The Tall Man, The Twilight Zone, GE True, Stoney Burke, Going My Way, The Untouchables, Perry Mason, The Naked City, My Three Sons, The Wild Wild West, The Andy Griffith Show, Gunsmoke, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Invaders, Adam-12, The Brady Bunch, Cannon, Kojak, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Quincy, M.E..
Personal life and death
Emhardt married actress Martha Jones (later married name Martha Rofheart) in 1943, with whom he had appeared on Broadway in both Harriet and The Pirate. After the dissolution of the marriage, he married actress Silvia Sideli in 1954. They had a son named Christopher and a daughter named Mia.
Emhardt died of heart problems at his home in Ojai, California, on December 26, 1994, at the age of 80.
- Marco Millions (1939, TV Movie)
- The Dagmar Story (1951, TV Movie) - Pa Lewis
- The Iron Mistress (1952) - Gen. Cuny
- The Big Knife (1955) - Bit Part (uncredited)
- 3:10 to Yuma (1957) - Mr. Butterfield, Stage Line Owner
- All the King's Men (1958, TV Movie)
- The Badlanders (1958) - Sample
- Wake Me When It's Over (1960) - Joab Martinson
- Underworld U.S.A. (1961) - Earl Connors
- The Intruder (1962) - Verne Shipman
- Kid Galahad (1962) - Maynard
- The Magnificent Yankee (1965, TV Movie) - Henry Adams
- Diamond Jim: Skulduggery in Samantha (1965, TV Movie) - Schindler
- The Group (1966) - Mr. Andrews
- Hostile Guns (1967) - R. C. Crawford
- Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968) - Otis J. Hendershot Sr
- Rascal (1969) - Constable
- Change of Habit (1969) - The Banker
- Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? (1970) - Lester Calhoun
- The Boy Who Stole the Elephant (1970, TV Movie) - Cy Brown
- Lawman (1971) - Hersham
- Lock, Stock and Barrel (1971, TV Movie) - Sam Hartwig
- Scorpio (1973) - Man in hotel
- The Stone Killer (1973) - Fussy Man
- Night Games (1974, TV Movie) - Judge Ambrose
- Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love (1974, TV Movie)
- It's Alive (1974) - The Executive
- The F.B.I. Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One (1974, TV Movie) - Dr. Willards
- Demon, Demon (1975, TV Movie)
- Alex & the Gypsy (1976) - Judge Ehrlinger
- The Chopped Liver Brothers (1977, TV Movie) - Duffy
- Fraternity Row (1977) - Brother Bob Abernathy
- It Happened One Christmas (1977, TV Movie) - Judge
- The Seniors (1978) - The Bishop
- Die Sister, Die! (1978) - James Lendon Price
- Pleasure Cove (1979, TV Movie) - Fat Man at Bar
- Institute for Revenge (1979, TV Movie) - Senator
- Aunt Mary (1979, TV Movie) - Berwick
- Forced Vengeance (1982) - Carl Gerlich (final film role)
- "Obituaries : Robert Emhardt; Actor, School Board Member". 30 December 1994 – via LA Times.
- "Character actor Emhardt dies of heart failure". San Bernardino County Sun. Associated Press. January 2, 1995 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Robert Emhardt; Character Actor (obituary)". New York Times. January 5, 1995. Retrieved 2008-07-06.
- IBDB, The Internet Broadway Database. "The Pirate - Opening Night Credits". Retrieved 28 April 2014.
- Garfield, David (1980). "Birth of The Actors Studio: 1947-1950". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 52. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.
Also [in Lewis' class were] Henry Barnard, Jay Barney, John Becher, Philip Bourneuf, Joan Chandler, Peter Cookson, Stephen Elliott, Robert Emhardt, Joy Geffen, William Hansen, Will Hare, Jane Hoffman, George Keane, Don Keefer, George Matthews, Peggy Meredith, Ty Perry, Margaret Phillips, David Pressman, William Prince, Elliot Reid, Frances Reid, Kurt Richards, Elizabeth Ross, Thelma Schnee, Joshua Shelley, Fed Stewart, John Straub, Michael Strong, John Sylvester, Julie Warren, Mary Welch, Lois Wheeler, and William Woodson.
- City Clerk, City of New York (1943). "Emhardt Jones Marriage Certificate". Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
- "Emhardt Jones Marriage License". City Clerk, City of New York. 1943. Retrieved 28 April 2014.