Willard Robertson

Willard Robertson (January 1, 1886 April 5, 1948) was an American actor and writer. He appeared in 147 films between 1924 and 1948. He was born in Runnels, Texas, and died in Hollywood, California.

Willard Robertson
Born(1886-01-01)January 1, 1886
Runnels, Texas, U.S.
DiedApril 5, 1948(1948-04-05) (aged 62)
Years active1924–1948


Robertson first worked as a lawyer in Texas, but he left his profession for a sudden interest in acting[1] after being encouraged to do so by Joseph Jefferson.[2]

Robertson's initial venture onto the stage did not last, however. He returned to the practice of law as an attorney with the Interstate Commerce Commission. During World War I, he was an administrator in the Chicago office of the federal railway police.[2]

He appeared on Broadway in 16 plays between 1907 and 1930.[3] Robertson played supporting roles in many Hollywood films from 1930 until the year he died, typically portraying men of authority such as doctors, elected officials, military officers, and also lawyers.[4] He played Jackie Cooper's stern but loving father in the oscar-winning drama Skippy (1931) and its sequel Sooky (1931). Robertson also portrayed a flamboyant lawyer in Remember the Night (1940) and the straight sheriff in The Ox-Bow Incident (1943).

Robertson was also a notable writer of numerous plays, two of them were adapted into films. He also wrote the novel Moon Tide (1940) which was turned into Archie Mayo's drama thriller Moontide (1942)[5] starring Jean Gabin and Ida Lupino.

Selected filmography


  1. Willard Robertson at NY Times
  2. Coons, Robbin (June 13, 1939). "Hollywood Sights And Sounds". The Bristol News Bulletin. Tennessee, Bristol. p. 4. Retrieved September 24, 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  3. Willard Robertson at IBDB
  4. IMDb Bio
  5. Babcock, Frederic (April 4, 1943). "Among the Authors". Chicago Tribune. Illinois, Chicago. p. 12. Retrieved September 25, 2019 via Newspapers.com.
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