Robert Hays

Active - 1976 - 2008  |   Born - Jul 24, 1947 in Bethesda, Maryland, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Drama, Children's/Family, Action, Horror

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Biography by Hal Erickson

A graduate of San Diego State University and a veteran of the San Francisco theatre scene, Robert Hays began showing up on TV in the mid-1970s, first as co-star of the well-received television movie Young Pioneers, then in the regular role of Dr. Brad Benson on the 1979 sitcom Angie. On the basis of his dead-pan comedy performances in such films as Airplane (1980) and Take This Job and Shove It (1981), Robert Hays should have been a big-time movie star of the 1980s. Alas, the momentum of Hays' career was laid low by too many bad scripts and too many desultory TV series like Starman (1986) and FM (1989). Robert Hays remains a likeable screen presence into the 1990s, even if it's only in the occasional TV commercial or such Disney family fare as Homeward Bound: An Incredible Journey (1993).

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  • Highly influenced by acting mentor and friend Peter Graves.
  • Worked on the series Angie and the movie Airplane! (1980) simultaneously for two weeks, with both being on the same lot.
  • Hays' car, a Mustang Bob Stack, was used in the movie Airplane! (1980).
  • Broke his neck in a body surfing accident in Hawaii.
  • Voiced the character of Tony Stark/Iron Man on three series: Iron Man (1994), Spider-Man (1994) and The Incredible Hulk (1996).