Robert Warwick

Robert Warwick (October 9, 1878 June 6, 1964) was an American stage, film and television actor with over 200 film appearances.

Robert Warwick
c. 1915
Robert Taylor Bien

(1878-10-09)October 9, 1878
DiedJune 6, 1964(1964-06-06) (aged 85)
West Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting placeHoly Cross Cemetery, Culver City
Years active1903–1960
Arline Peck
(m. 1903; div. 1909)

Josephine Whittell
(m. 1910; div. 19??)
Stella Larrimore
(m. 1930; died 1960)

Early life

Warwick was born Robert Taylor Bien in 1878 in England[1] or in Sacramento, California.[2] Handsome and with a booming voice, Warwick trained to be an opera singer, but acting proved to be his greater calling.


He made his Broadway debut in 1903 in the play Glad of It.[3] One of his co-stars was a young John Barrymore, also making his Broadway debut. Both actors, over time, became matinee idols. For the next twenty years, Warwick appeared in such plays as Anna Karenina (1906), Two Women (1910), with Mrs. Leslie Carter, and The Kiss Waltz (1911) and Miss Prince (1912), in both of which he was able to display his singing voice, The Secret (1913), A Celebrated Case (1915) and Drifting (1922) with Alice Brady, not to mention several other plays through the end of the 1920s.

Military service

Warwick served in the United States Army during World War I as an infantry captain and as a liaison officer with the French Army.[2]

Film career

Warwick started making silent films in 1914. He made numerous productions in the 1910s primarily in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Two films, Alias Jimmy Valentine and A Girl's Folly, both directed by Maurice Tourneur have been preserved, and showcase Warwick as a silent actor, as well as Tourneur's directing talent, and both are available on home video. From the 1920s on, Warwick alternated doing plays and silent films. He was fifty when sound films arrived, and now middle aged with his matinee idol looks fading, he found plenty of work in character roles in which his voice recorded well. This eventually necessitated his moving permanently to California to be near the film studios when they moved to Los Angeles. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Warwick's dependable acting and resonant voice ensured that he was seldom out of work. His immense filmography includes such classics as The Little Colonel (1935) with Shirley Temple and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) with Errol Flynn. He was one of a number of actors favored by director Preston Sturges and appeared in many of his films, among them Sullivan's Travels (1941), The Palm Beach Story (1942) and Hail the Conquering Hero (1944). He also appeared in I Married a Witch (1942) and Man from Frisco (1944).

Television and later life

Warwick made numerous appearances on television almost from its initial popularity in the late 1940s. In his seventies he was still hard at work and made appearances on every type of television show from westerns like Broken Arrow and Sugarfoot to the adventure series Rescue 8, to the science fiction series The Twilight Zone, to the anthology series The Loretta Young Show.

Personal life and death

Warwick was divorced from his first two wives, but survived his third, actress Stella Larrimore (1905–60) (a sister of Francine Larrimore). By his first wife Arline Peck (m.1903), together they produced one daughter, Rosalind, who bore him two grandchildren. The union ended in divorce in 1909. By 1910, Warwick married actress Josephine Whittell (1883-1961), but the marriage also ended in divorce, no children. With Warwick's third wife Stella, together they produced daughter Betsey, who later became a prominent published poet in Los Angeles. Betsey Warwick died in 2007, and is interred next to her father at Holy Cross Cemetery in Los Angeles. Robert Warwick and his wife Stella's headstones are engraved "Beloved Father" and "Beloved Mother".

Warwick, at age 85, died June 6, 1964 in West Los Angeles, California. Survivors included daughters Rosalind and Betsey, and two grandchildren.[2]

Complete filmography




  1. Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 155. ISBN 9780786450190. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  2. "Robert Warwick of Films and TV". The New York Times. United Press International. June 7, 1964. Archived from the original on February 9, 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  3. "("Robert Warwick" search results)". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on February 9, 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
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