Robert Lowery (actor)
Robert Lowery Hanks
October 17, 1913
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||December 26, 1971 58) (aged|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery|
|Other names||Bob Lowery|
|Spouse(s)||Vivan Wilcox (1941–1944) (divorced)|
Rusty Farrell (1947–1948) (divorced)
Jean Parker (m. 1951)
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Lowery grew up on Wayne Avenue near the long-demolished Electric Park. Lowery's father was a local attorney and oil investor who worked several years for the Pullman Corporation as a railroad agent; his mother, Leah Thompson Hanks, was a concert pianist.
Syndicated newspaper columnist Harrison Carroll reported that Lowery was "a direct descendant of Nancy Hanks".
He graduated from Paseo High School in Kansas City, and soon was invited to sing with the Slats Randall Orchestra in the early 1930s. Lowery played on the Kansas City Blues minor league baseball team and was overall considered a versatile athlete; his physique and strength were gained from a stint working in a paper factory as a teenager. After the death of his father in 1935, he traveled to Hollywood with his mother and their housekeeper, and enrolled in the Lila Bliss acting school before being signed by Twentieth Century Fox in 1937.
Lowery debuted in motion pictures in Come and Get It (1936).
During his career, Lowery was primarily known for roles in action films such as The Mark of Zorro (1940), The Mummy's Ghost (1944), and Dangerous Passage (1944). He became the second actor to play DC Comics' Batman (succeeding Lewis Wilson), starring in a 1949's Batman and Robin serial.
Lowery also had roles in a number of Western films including The Homesteaders (1953), The Parson and the Outlaw (1957), Young Guns of Texas (1962), and Johnny Reno (1966). He was also a stage actor and appeared in Born Yesterday, The Caine Mutiny, and in several other productions.
On television, Lowery was best known for the role of Big Tim Champion on the series Circus Boy (1956–1957). In 1956, he guest starred in "The Deadly Rock," an episode of The Adventures of Superman (which was the first time a Batman actor shared screen time with a Superman actor, although Lowery and Reeves had appeared together in their pre-superhero days in the 1942 World War II anti-VD propaganda film, Sex Hygiene.) Lowery also had guest roles on Perry Mason, featured as murder victim Amos Bryant in "The Case of the Roving River," and as Andrew Collis in "The Case of the Provocative Protégé", 'Playhouse 90 ("The Helen Morgan Story"), Hazel, Cowboy G-Men, Maverick, Tales of Wells Fargo, Rawhide, 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, and Pistols 'n' Petticoats.
Personal life and death
He was married three times, to three actresses. He and Jean Parker had a son, Robert Lowery Hanks II, in 1952.
Although a divorce action was filed in his last marriage to Parker, it was never finalized.
|1936||Come and Get It||Chicago Restaurant Patron||Uncredited|
|Great Guy||Mr. Parker||Uncredited|
|1937||Wake Up and Live||Chauffeur|
|The Lady Escapes||Reporter||Uncredited|
|You Can't Have Everything||Co-Pilot||Uncredited|
|Wife, Doctor and Nurse||Interne||Uncredited|
|Charlie Chan on Broadway||Reporter||Uncredited|
|Life Begins in College||Sling|
|Big Town Girl||Elevator Boy||Uncredited|
|Happy Landing||Newspaper Reporter||Uncredited|
|Walking Down Broadway||Delivery Man||Uncredited|
|Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm||Attendant||Uncredited|
|Island in the Sky||Elevator Starter||Uncredited|
|Four Men and a Prayer||Sailor||Uncredited|
|A Trip to Paris||Bank Teller||Uncredited|
|Alexander's Ragtime Band||Reporter||Uncredited|
|Safety in Numbers||Harry|
|One Wild Night||Bank Messenger||Uncredited|
|Always Goodbye||Don Gordon||Uncredited|
|Passport Husband||Ted Markson|
|Keep Smiling||Man at Auction||Uncredited|
|Straight, Place and Show||Bob||Uncredited|
|Submarine Patrol||Sparks, radioman|
|Kentucky||Sally's Partner at Ball||Uncredited|
|1939||Tail Spin||Sam, Mechanic||Uncredited|
|Wife, Husband and Friend||Interne||Uncredited|
|Everybody's Baby||B. Wilson||Uncredited|
|Mr. Moto in Danger Island||Lt. George Bently|
|Young Mr. Lincoln||Juror Bill Killian||Uncredited|
|Charlie Chan in Reno||Wally Burke|
|Second Fiddle||Orchestra Leader||Uncredited|
|Here I Am a Stranger||Minor Role||Uncredited|
|The Escape||Ambulance Driver||Uncredited|
|Hollywood Cavalcade||Henry Potter|
|Drums Along the Mohawk||John Weaver|
|Day-Time Wife||Flirty Architect||Uncredited|
|1940||City of Chance||Ted Blaine|
|Free, Blonde and 21||Dr. Stephen Craig|
|Shooting High||Bob Merritt|
|Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise||Dick Kenyon|
|The Mark of Zorro||Rodrigo|
|Murder Over New York||David Elliot|
|1941||Ride on Vaquero||Carlos Martinez|
|Private Nurse||Henry Holt|
|Cadet Girl||Walton, a Cadet|
|Remember the Day||Hotel P.A. Announcer||Uncredited|
|1942||Who Is Hope Schuyler?||Robert Scott|
|My Gal Sal||Sally's friend||Uncredited|
|She's in the Army||Navy Lt. Jim Russell|
|Lure of the Islands||Wally|
|Criminal Investigator||Bob Martin|
|Rhythm Parade||Jimmy Trent|
|Dawn on the Great Divide||Terry Wallace|
|1943||So's Your Uncle||Roger Bright|
|Revenge of the Zombies||Larry Adams|
|A Scream in the Dark||Mike Brooker|
|The North Star||Russian gunner|
|Campus Rhythm||Buzz O'Hara|
|Tarzan's Desert Mystery||Prince Selim|
|December 7th: The Movie||Pvt. Joseph L. Lockhart||Uncredited|
|1944||The Navy Way||Johnny Zumano|
|Hot Rhythm||Jimmy O'Brien|
|The Mummy's Ghost||Tom Hervey|
|Dark Mountain||Don Bradley|
|Mystery of the River Boat||Steve Langtry|
|Dangerous Passage||Joe Beck|
|1945||High Powered||Tim Scott|
|Fashion Model||Jimmy O'Brien|
|The Monster and the Ape||Ken Morgan|
|Road to Alcatraz||John Norton|
|Sensation Hunters||Danny Burke|
|Prison Ship||Tom Jeffries|
|1946||God's Country||Lee Preston / Leland Bruce|
|House of Horrors||Steven Morrow|
|They Made Me a Killer||Tom Durling|
|Big Town||Pete Ryan|
|Gas House Kids||Eddie O'Brien|
|Lady Chaser||Peter Kane|
|1947||Queen of the Amazons||Gary Lambert|
|I Cover Big Town||Pete Ryan|
|Danger Street||Larry Burke|
|Jungle Flight||Kelly Jordon|
|Killer at Large||Paul Kimberly|
|1948||Mary Lou||Steve Roberts|
|Heart of Virginia||Dan Lockwood|
|Shep Come Home||Mark Folger|
|Highway 13||Hank Wilson|
|1949||Batman and Robin||Bruce Wayne / Batman||Serial|
|Arson, Inc.||Joe Martin|
|The Dalton Gang||Blackie Dalton / BlackieMallet|
|Call of the Forest||Sam Harrison|
|1950||Western Pacific Agent||Bill Stuart|
|I Shot Billy the Kid||Sheriff Pat Garrett|
|Gunfire||Sheriff John Kelly|
|Train to Tombstone||Marshall Staley|
|1953||Jalopy||Skid Wilson||with The Bowery Boys|
|The Homesteaders||Clyde Moss|
|Cow Country||Harry O'Dell|
|1955||Lay That Rifle Down||Nick Stokes/Poindexter March, III|
|Two Gun Lady||"Big Mike" Doughterty|
|1957||The Parson and the Outlaw||Col. Jefferson Morgan|
|1960||The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond||Arnold Rothstein|
|1062||Deadly Duo||Jay Flagg|
|When the Girls Take Over||Maximo Toro|
|Young Guns of Texas||Jesse Glendenning|
|1963||McLintock!||Gov. Cuthbert H. Humphrey|
|1964||Stage to Thunder Rock||Deputy Sheriff Seth Barrington|
|1965||Zebra in the Kitchen||Preston Heston|
|1966||Johnny Reno||Jake Reed|
|Waco||Mayor Ned Wood|
|The Undertaker and his Pals|
|1967||The Ballad of Josie||Whit Minick, Town Drunk||Last movie, (final film role)|
|1954||The Joe Palooka Story||Don Jackson||1 episode|
|The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse||George Loring||1 episode|
|1955||Letter to Loretta||Gordy||1 episode|
|1956||The Millionaire||David Hanley||1 episode|
|1956–1957||Circus Boy||Big Tim Champion||49 episodes|
|1958||Casey Jones||Greg Pontus||1 episode|
|26 Men||Red Tanner||3 episodes|
|Yancy Derringer||Blair Devon||2 episodes|
|1959||The Texan||Coy Bennet||1 episode|
|Bronco||Mike Kirk||1 episode|
|Cimarron City||Harris||1 episode|
|1960||Richard Diamond, Private Detective||Mark Sutro||1 episode|
|Cheyenne (1955 TV series)||Episode: "Counterfeit Gun", Giff Murdock / Richard Scott||1 episode|
|Hotel de Paree||Trent||1 episode|
|Coronado 9||Miller||1 episode|
|1961||Whispering Smith||Dave Markson||1 episode|
|1962||Frontier Circus||Marshal Taggert||1 episode|
|Gunsmoke||Idaho Smith||1 episode|
|Hazel||Pablo Rivera||1 episode|
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- "Marriages". Billboard. April 5, 1947. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
- Forgotten Noir DVD VCI entertainment
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