Robert Dudley

Active - 1918 - 1971  |   Born - Sep 13, 1869   |   Died - Sep 15, 1955   |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Biography by Hans J. Wollstein

A former dentist, Robert Dudley began appearing in small supporting roles on screen around 1917 (he played a clerk in the first screen version of the mystery-comedy Seven Keys to Baldpate) and would appear in literally hundreds of films until his retirement in 1951. Often cast as jurors, shopkeepers, ticket agents, and court clerks, the typical Dudley character displayed a very short fuse. Of all his often miniscule performances, one in particular stands out: the apartment-hunting "Wienie King" in Preston Sturges' hilarious The Palm Beach Story (1942).

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